Pro Bono Legal Service Providers
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Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC)
Laura Goss, Director of Volunteer Services and Community Support
1016 West Sixth Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
907-272-9431 or 800-478-9431
Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) Volunteer Attorney Support program responded to a call to action over 20 years ago to the civil legal needs of low-income Alaskans in need of legal assistance. Their efforts are rooted in improving the quality of life for children, families, the elderly, disadvantaged and ultimately, our communities.
Through a strong network of volunteer attorneys and other professionals, ALSC serves in eight communities around Alaska. Nearly 90 clinics are given in four of those communities each year with topics of bankruptcy, family, landlord/tenant, wills/probate and general civil law. Their greatest need is in client representation. Other volunteer opportunities are one-time client consultation, teaching at a legal clinic and mentoring other attorneys. Volunteers are also needed to write, edit, or review client-oriented self-help education materials for AlaskaLawHelp.org, a joint project of ALSC and other Alaska justice community partners.
Your participation in ALSC brings many benefits: Malpractice insurance, co-counsel and/or mentoring opportunities, sample briefs and reasonable reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses.
To learn more about ALSC, volunteer opportunities, and other office locations visit www.alsc-law.org.
Alaska Immigration Justice Project (AIJP)
Contact: Robin Broden, Executive Director
431 West 7th Ave., Suite 208
Anchorage, AK 99501
The Alaska Immigration Justice Project is a non-profit agency that provides low-cost immigration legal services to immigrants in all immigration applications, including citizenship applications, permanent resident status, work permits, family petitions, and petitions for domestic violence victims.
El Proyecto de Justicia Inmigratoria de Alaska es una agencia no lucrativa que ofrece asesoria legal a un costo reducido a inmigrantes en todos los asuntos inmigratorios, tales como solicitudes de ciudadania, de residencia permanente, de permisos de trabajo, o peticiones familiares o para victimas de abuso domestico.
To learn more about AIJP visit www.akijp.org.
Alaska Network On Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (ANDVSA)
Contact: Christine McLeod Pate, Pro Bono Mentoring Attorney
130 Seward Street #214
Juneau, AK 99801
Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) provides support to low-income victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in need of legal assistance. Alaska ranks among the top 5 states in the U.S. for per capita rates of domestic violence and ANDVSA’s statistics mirror that. Serving an average of 110 clients per year, ANDVSA supports volunteer attorneys willing to take a wide variety of civil cases.
Serving on a statewide basis, ANDVSA’s volunteers are put to work taking full cases, serving as mentors, doing legal research and answering the Information and Referral Hotline. The Information and Referral Hotline is offered 18 times per year for two hours each rotation by volunteer attorneys around Alaska.
ANDVSA is renowned for its critical mentoring assistance, extensive written resources (American Bar Association Family Law practice manuals) and transportation and free registration to their annual CLE held each spring in Anchorage. Additional benefits to volunteers are malpractice insurance, case cost coverage, and the assistance of paralegals and shelter advocates.
To learn more about ANDVSA and its volunteer opportunities visit www.andvsa.org/pro-bono-program.
Disability Law Center (DLC)
Contact: Dave Fleurant, Executive Director
3330 Arctic Blvd., Ste 103
DisabilityLawCenter of Alaska, established in 1977, is a civil rights organization protecting the human, civil and legal rights of Alaskans with disabilities through legally-based advocacy. Each state and territory is mandated by law to have a designated independent Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system for people with disabilities. DisabilityLawCenter of Alaska is Alaska’s protection and advocacy system.
Congress recognizes that people with disabilities need advocacy and legal representation. DisabilityLawCenter of Alaska has the legal authority to serve most any person with a disability when the issue they need assistance with is directly related to their disability. We represent children and adults with a wide range of disabilities, including, but not limited to those with cognitive, mental, sensory and physical disabilities. Today, more than 51 million Americans live with a disability; more than 83,000 or 13 percent of Alaskans live with a disability.
DisabilityLawCenter of Alaska provides information and referral, individual advocacy, legal representation, systems advocacy, and education and training. They have broad statutory powers to safeguard the rights of people with disabilities. DisabilityLawCenter of Alaska clients make their own decisions. They work to promote self-determination, personal autonomy, and self-advocacy. They advise and present options to clients in order to assist them in making their own informed choices.
To learn more about DLC visit www.dlcak.org.
Law Project for Psychiatric Rights
Contact: James B. (Jim) Gottstein, Esq.
406 G. Street, Suite 206
The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights is a public interest law firm devoted to the defense of people facing the horrors of unwarranted forced psychiatric drugging. We are further dedicated to exposing the truth about these drugs and the courts being misled into ordering people to be drugged and subjected to other brain and body damaging procedures against their will.
To learn more about the project visit psychrights.org.
Questions? Contact Pro Bono Director Krista Scully.