Current Pro Bono Cases

 

 

Alaska Legal Services Corporation Pro Bono Cases

 

Please contact Laura Goss at ALSC for information about these pro bono opportunities.

907-222-4521 or lgoss@alsc-law.org

 

(Updated 12/29/2020)

 

ALSC pro bono cases make up approximately 12% of all cases statewide annually. 

 

  • Average time commitment on an ALSC pro bono case is just 11 hours, and in 2018, most (86%) of ALSC pro bono cases were completed by a volunteer attorney in 10 hours or less.
  • In 2018-2019 only 16% of pro bono cases went to court.

Taking a pro bono case with ALSC comes with a variety of supports, including:

 

  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Mentorship for those taking on a case in a new practice area
  • Access to online resources, including a brief bank, legal webinars, and templates
  • Waiver of court filing fees
  • Reimbursement of expenses
  • Use of our office space to meet with your pro bono clients or prepare for your cases

Unbundled Pro Bono Opportunities with ALSC:

 

Advice and Counsel Clinics

Provide basic screening and one-time legal assistance for a low-income Alaskan with a civil legal need, either in-person or by phone.  Specific clinics are scheduled with one-hour consultations for Employment, Bankruptcy, Veterans, Family Law, Landlord/Tenant, Wills and Probate, and General Matters.  Volunteering for clinics typically involves 3-7 hours per day/clinic, once a quarter, and most are booked according to your schedule.  Contact Laura Goss at ALSC for more information.  907-222-4521 or LGoss@alsc-law.org.

 

Landlord/Tenant Hotline

ALSC is seeking new pro bono volunteers to staff its Landlord/Tenant Hotline. Volunteers will be asked to give two hours of time on one evening per month. Shifts run from 6-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and volunteers will be able to select their desired shift and work from wherever they would like. Volunteers will answer questions from both tenants and landlords about their legal rights and responsibilities. Training and support are provided.

 

ALSC is seeking to add new volunteers to this long-standing program as it expects a sharp spike in eviction proceedings once the federal eviction moratorium is lifted (probably in early-to-mid 2021).

 

If you have questions, need more information or would like to volunteer, please contact Laura Goss at (907) 222-4521 or by email at 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 for 2 hours 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.

 

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.  You can schedule to participate depending on your availability.  907-222-4521 or LGoss@alsc-law.org.

 

Pro Bono Attorney Mentoring Opportunity  

The Pro Bono Training Academy (PBTA) is an exciting 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.  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 1/5/2021)

 

 

Low Bono Opportunities

 

ANDVSA has a new grant that allows us to offer low bono contracts for domestic violence and sexual assault-related family law cases!  Please note that these funds are limited and any of these cases may instead be taken pro bono.  For more information, please contact Katy Soden at ksoden@andvsa.org.

  1. Kenai divorce/custody. Case not yet filed.  Client seeks divorce and custody, 3 kids.  Client has long-term DVPO against OP and OP has pending criminal charges for assault-3 and reckless endangerment.  Client has ample DV evidence, including photos, audio and video recordings.  Property to divide includes house, military TSP, credit card debt.  ANDVSA can pay $75/hour up to 50 hours for this case. 
  2. Juneau divorce only. Case not yet filed.  Spanish-speaking client; ANDVSA will provide access to interpreter services.  Client seeks divorce, no minor children.  Parties may be in agreement about division of assets, which include trailer and retirement.  ANDVSA can pay $75/hour up to 50 hours for this case. 
  3. Juneau divorce/custody. Scheduling conference 1/6/21.  Client seeks divorce and custody of two children.   GAL has been appointed and children are of age to express preferences.  OP has history of DV to client and to past partner.  Little to no property.  OP has counsel.  ANDVSA can pay $75/hour up to 50 hours for this case. 
  4. Homer divorce/custody. Pretrial conference 1/7/21; interim custody hearing 2/4/21.  Client seeks divorce and custody, 1 child.  Client has long-term DVPO in place and OP has pending criminal charges for sexual abuse to stepchild.  OP also has history of criminal convictions of DV.  Severe DV.  Client and children are safely out of state. Client has support of an out-of-state pro bono attorney and advocate who can assist Alaskan volunteer.  ANDVSA can pay $75/hour up to 50 hours for this case.
  5. Anchorage custody/DVPOs. DVPO hearings and interim custody hearing 1/8/21. Client seeks custody of 1 child and DVPO against OP.  OP also seeking DVPO against client.  Both parties have pending criminal charges.  DV to client includes strangulation, kicking in face – in front of young child.  ANDVSA can pay $75/hour up to 50 hours for this case. 

 

Pro Bono Opportunities 

  1. Ketchikan custody/DVPO. Cases not yet filed.  Client seeks custody of 1 child and DVPO against ex.  Significant DV in the past, including pushing client while pregnant, strangulation, harm to baby.  OP has no contact with child but is threatening to seek visitation. 

Any questions and/or interest in the above cases, please contact Katy Soden @ 907-297-2791 or ksoden@andvsa.org.

 


Federal Pro Bono Project

 

(Updated 7/14/2020)

 

Current Volunteer Opportunities

 

3:17-cv-00036-SLG; Powell v. Goslin, et al.Federal prisoner civil rights case alleging inadequate health care by Department of Corrections staff regarding treatment of prisoner’s shoulder injury and staph infection. A pro bono attorney would be helpful in navigating discovery, motions practice, any possible settlement conferences, and trial.

 

3:18-cv-00211-RRB; Wagoner v. Dahlstrom, et al.Federal prisoner civil rights case alleging that the Department of Corrections has refused to provide Wagoner with medical and mental health care for gender dysphoria and gender dysphoria related injuries. A pro bono attorney would be helpful in drafting an amended complaint, navigating discovery, motions practice, any possible settlement conferences, and trial.

 

3:18-cv-249-RRB; Jones v. More, et al.Federal prisoner civil rights case alleging that correctional officers failed to protect him from harm from other inmates.  A pro bono attorney would be helpful in drafting an amended complaint, navigating discovery, motions practice, any possible settlement conferences, and trial.

 

3:19-cv-151-RRB; Hernandez v. Lord, et al.Federal prisoner civil rights case alleging inadequate health care by Department of Corrections staff regarding treatment of prisoner’s leg injury.  A pro bono attorney would be helpful in navigating discovery, motions practice, any possible settlement conferences, and trial.

 

3:19-cv-270-RRB; Dreves v. Dahlstrom, et al.Federal prisoner civil rights case alleging disability discrimination and inadequate health care due to Department of Corrections policy regarding the treatment of opioid use disorder.  A pro bono attorney would be helpful in drafting an amended complaint, navigating discovery, motions practice, any possible settlement conferences, and trial.

 

3:19-cv-307-TMB; Kone v. Brown, et al.Federal prisoner civil rights case alleging racial discrimination, employment discrimination, and First Amendment violations by prison staff.  A pro bono attorney is primarily needed for the assistance of drafting an amended complaint and motions practice.  Additional assistance would be helpful for navigating discovery, any possible settlement conferences, and trial.

 

If interested, please contact Natalie Wicklund, Pro Se Law Clerk, United States District Court, District of Alaska at  (907) 677-6135 or natalie_wicklund@akd.uscourts.gov