Current Pro Bono Cases

 

Updated 8/13/2018

Alaska Legal Services Corporation Pro Bono Cases

 

Please contact Laura Goss at 222-4521 or lgoss@alsc-law.org if you are interested in any of the cases and/or projects listed below.

 

KN-18-29389

Widower needs the assistance of a lawyer to file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, mainly due to medical bills.

 

AN-18-29526

Disabled Veteran would like to renegotiate a payment plan with Child Support, as he cannot afford the monthly payments now. 

 

BE-18-28352

 Alaska Native man took his boat in for repair and paid for it.  The shop then sold his boat to a third party.  ALSC has already filed a complaint and a motion for a writ of attachment in this case.  He needs a lawyer’s help with this case.

 

PA-18-27847

Disabled woman would like to file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, and needs the help of a good lawyer to do so.

 

JU-18-29776

Disabled senior in a limited income would like to sell a parcel of property to pay for living expenses. He believes he cannot due to the lack of an easement. He needs a real estate lawyer to help resolve his issue.

 

AN-18-27695

Client’s electricity is tied into the electricity for common areas. As a result, she has been charged much higher monthly bills than what she agreed to when she signed the lease.  Property manager has not been responding to her requests to have this fixed. 

 

AN-18-29669

Woman moved out of her rented home, and the landlord not only kept her $1500 deposit, but has also charged her another $2300 for alleged damages.  She is being taken advantage of and it should be a relatively easy demand letter to resolve.

 

BE-18-29595

Yupik elder in Eek, AK wants a will.  He will need translation, which ALSC will pay for.

 

AN-18-27135

Client has a potential claim against his former employer for unpaid wages and breach of contract.  He had a lawyer, but client can no longer afford it.  English is this client’s second language.

 

BE-18-29619 and BE-18-29620

Client is an Alaska Native woman and has raised a child in her care since birth. She needs legal assistance getting the documentation to formalize this relationship. She would like guardianship or custody of the child. Many issues have arisen due to her not having legal custody, including medical care and filing for the PFD. 

 

AN-18-29495

A Business Lawyer is needed to represent a client in a lawsuit against her ex-boyfriend and/or his business for unpaid earnings from his restaurant.  They have been in relationship for 7 years and she would like to leave the relationship, as there was domestic violence. 

 

AN-18-27752

Client was divorced in Fairbanks in 2004. She was awarded a portion of her ex-husband’s military retirement but the court put the burden on her to hire an attorney to draft the military pension order.  She needs assistance getting this order submitted and possibly getting a judgement for the several years of back pay.  ALSC works with an out-of-state law firm that may draft the pension order free of charge.

 

AN-18-29638

This is a divorce case.  A pro bono lawyer took it to the Supreme Court, an opinion was issued, and it has been remanded for further proceedings.  A pro bono lawyer is being requested for the proceedings on remand. 

 

BE-18-29096

Lifelong Bethel resident needs assistance obtaining adoption of her grandson.  Her son died in April 2018. Prior to the death, both the son and grandson lived with her.  The child’s mother is not in his life in any way.

 

AN-18-27308

Client’s mother died in her apartment.  Landlord threw her mother’s belongings in trash bags and put in a shed, then re-rented the apartment.  She would like her mother’s belongings and furniture back.  Client has a very strong position—just a small amount of legal work will do a lot of good for her.

 

AN-18-29451

Disabled Veteran needs assistance negotiating a child support payment settlement with Alaska CSSD.

 

BE-18-29406

Native Alaskan woman needs to Probate her brother’s estate.  The main issue is a fishing permit.

 

AN-18-28206

Native Alaskan Elder has a claim against a large seafood company regarding his leased boat and permit.  He believes his debt to the company is paid in full, and that the company is continuing to take money from his profits.  He needs a lawyer to get the company to provide an accounting of their payments to our client.

 

AN-18-28547

Our client is seeking SSI or Union benefits as a surviving spouse.  She would like someone to review the union plan to research her benefit possibility, and someone to contact Social Security about her denied claim.

 

AN-17-27077

A disabled man is currently hospitalized for brain encephalitis and aspiration pneumonia.  He is bedridden and has a tracheotomy.  He is competent, but his brother has a POA.  Client was hospitalized because his wife was neglecting his care.  He would like to file for divorce. 

 

AN-18-27674

Woman has been married for more than 40 years.  She and her husband separated in November 2017 and she moved to Kansas.  There is substantial marital property.  Client is chronically ill and would like a legal separation so she can stay on her husband’s health insurance.  She would like a fair division of marital assets, so that she can start a new life in Kansas.

 

AN-18-27224

Client who is a senior is seeking recovery of money she believes was wrongfully extracted from her to pay off condo dues and special assessments when she sold her home. 

 

JU-18-27302

Uncontested adoption of a child from America Samoa by her aunt in Alaska.  The baby has been raised here by her Aunt since September 2017.  This should be a non-contentious feel-good case.

 

KN-17-26102

57 year-old woman needs a divorce from a violent husband. There are no minor children. There was a Dissolution Petition in 2014 but the court denied it because the property and debt distribution appeared to be “patently inequitable.”  She needs an attorney to help her obtain the marital home, a portion of husband’s retirement income, and potential spousal support.  (ALSC will pay for the QDRO.)

 

AN-17-26144

Woman took out a large loan in 2009 to pay for her son-in-law’s substance abuse treatment. She is still paying on this loan, even though her son-in-law is now deceased.  Client is hoping to recover some money from her son-in-law’s estate or from the rehab facility. 

 

PA-17-24620

This is a custody case from Kenai, though a bit different.  There are disagreeing parents and a GAL regarding the course of treatment of a 15 year old who recently suffered a psychotic break.  The father and client is legally blind, and can really benefit from an attorney to assist him with getting all of the best information before the GAL and the Court so that the best possible decisions can be made for this vulnerable teen.

 

Unbundled Pro Bono Opportunities with ALSC:

 

Landlord/Tenant Hotline

During one 2 hour evening shift per month, you will answer calls from Alaskans with questions about their current situation.  Your main resource is the Landlord/Tenant Act Handbook.  You will receive calls at any phone of your choice.  Contact Laura Goss at ALSC for more information.  907-222-4521 or LGoss@alsc-law.org.

 

Housing Court Justice Project

Assist Pro Se low-income tenants or low-income landlords (if the other side has an attorney) in Eviction Court.  You will be present at Anchorage District Court one morning per month to provide limited assistance to clients scheduled for eviction proceedings such as: legal counseling, negotiating settlement agreements, representation in an eviction hearing, and drafting any relevant documents, such as pleadings and answers.  Contact Laura Goss at ALSC for more information.  907-222-4521 or LGoss@alsc-law.org.

 

Veterans Legal Clinic – sponsored by ALSC and the VA

You will provide free consultations for income-qualifying Veterans regarding civil legal matters.  Clinic days are scheduled once monthly and in advance.  Shifts will be 7 hours (9am-4pm) at the Northway Mall.  Consultations are 45 minutes and are pre-scheduled one hour apart.  Contact Laura Goss at LGoss@alsc-law.org or 222-4521 for more information and to sign up to volunteer to help Vets.

 

Early Resolution Project (ERP) – Anchorage – Palmer – Kenai – Juneau 

In one afternoon, you will offer free legal advice to family law pro se litigants referred by the Alaska Court System, who they have deemed as easy to resolve with attorney assistance.  You will meet privately with your client and work out an amicable agreement between both parties that same day.  86% of ERP cases are amicably completed that afternoon.  ERP volunteers are needed in Anchorage, Palmer, Juneau, and Kenai.  ERP sessions are held once per month in each city except Anchorage where it is held weekly.  Contact Laura Goss at ALSC for more information.  907-222-4521 or LGoss@alsc-law.org.

 

Pro Bono Attorney Mentoring Opportunity  

The Pro Bono Training Academy (PBTA) is an exciting new initiative aimed at increasing support for our pro bono volunteers.  We hope to do this in many ways, one of which is by creating a mentoring system wherein experienced volunteer attorneys mentor newer volunteer attorneys in specific areas of the law.  Hopefully, knowing they are supported will encourage attorneys to take on more complex cases on a volunteer basis. This project is in the planning phase. We are looking for experienced attorneys interested in serving as a mentor attorney.  We are also very interested in your ideas about what such a program should look like.  If you want to serve Alaska’s low-income population by sharing your legal expertise, please contact: Sarah Carver, Project Coordinator, Pro Bono Training Academy, scarver@alsc-law.org, 907.406.2222.


Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault—Legal Advocacy Program

 

(Updated 6/14/2018)

 

ANDVSA will provide training and mentoring for volunteers interested in any cases needing placement.

 

Palmer divorce/custody case: Trial set for 12/18.  OP has a history of domestic violence documented through criminal cases.

 

Please contact Christine Pate at (907) 747-2673 or by email at cpate@andvsa.org if interested in receiving more information. 


Federal Pro Bono Project 

 

Updated 6/12/2018

 

3:18-cv-00037-TMB, Moondog v. Cordle, et al.

Complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 concerns freedom of speech allegations based on prisoner voicing his concerns about (1) rodents in Lemon Creek Correctional Center’s kitchen and dining area and (2) a correction official being the victim of spousal abuse.  Prisoner alleges being retaliated against by being threatened to lose—and then losing—his “Floor Custodial” job, being placed in segregation, being threatened to have his “privileged mail” opened, being threatened to be transferred—and then being transferred—to  another facility, and having his television destroyed in the process.  Complaint is in the process of being served.  Plaintiff has provided all of the relevant paper evidence that he knows of. The U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for any limited-scope representation.  Volunteer attorney(s) could help by committing to one round of interrogatories, or assisting with the limited task of learning the name(s) of those allegedly responsible for transferring plaintiff to Spring Creek Correctional and/or shipping his television without insurance.

 

3:16-cv-00223-RRB  Bradshaw v. Nyholm, et al.Federal civil rights case challenges idea that prisoner safety is a privilege.  Case involves Department of Corrections’ use of solitary confinement and process by which prisoners become eligible for protective custody.  Federal Pro Bono Project volunteers have drafted an amended complaint.  Discovery motions are now due June 19, and dispositive motions are due August 20, 2018.  U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for any limited-scope representation that a volunteer is willing to undertake.

 

3:17-cv-00154-RRB, Helveston v. Brooks, et al.Federal civil rights case concerns allegations that prisoner was infected by a dentist with chronic hepatitis C while housed at Spring Creek Correctional Center and has not received medical care as agreed to in a previous court case’s settlement.  Complaint is in the process of being served; the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for limited-scope representation that a volunteer is willing to undertake (e.g., discovery, dispositive motion(s), and/or settlement negotiations).

 

3:17-cv-00036-SLG Powell v. Goslin, et al.Federal civil rights case concerns allegations of inadequate health care by Department of Corrections staff regarding treatment of prisoner’s shoulder injury and staph infection. The United States District Court for the District of Alaska is willing to appoint pro bono counsel for representation limited to discovery, a motion for preliminary injunction under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65, settlement negotiations, or any other scope of representation that a volunteer is willing to undertake.

 

 

If interested in volunteering please contact Eric Glatt at eglatt@acluak.org or (907) 258-0044.


Alaska Institute for Justice – Pro Bono Asylum Project

(Updated 2/20/2018)

 

The Alaska Institute for Justice will provide training and mentoring for pro bono attorneys willing to take on an asylum case.

 

  • “G.N.” – Young woman from West African country recently placed in immigration court removal proceedings.  Needs attorney to represent her in immigration court to present asylum claim and petition to reinstate her green card. 
  • “D.N.” – Asylum seeker from West African country needs pro bono attorney to prepare affirmative application for political asylum and represent him before the asylum office. 

Please contact Dan Rodgers at (907) 279-2457 or dan.rodgers@akijp.org if interested in receiving more information.