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 7/28/2020)

 

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

Current Cases needing a Pro Bono Attorney:

 

PA-19-36120

Disabled woman needs a lawyer in the Mat-Su Valley to help her to file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.  Most of her debts are credit cards.  She will need Alaska exemptions to protect her house.    

 

AN-19-36397

Woman in Trapper Creek (she will come to Anchorage to meet with her attorney) needs a lawyer to investigate the Equal Pay Act claim; also potential breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing.  She feels she was fired due to her age (63) and gender.  She has current and past employees to substantiate her claim.  

 

 

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

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 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 9/24/2020)

 

 

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. Juneau divorce/custody case.  Trial setting conference 9/29/20.  Client seeks representation in divorce/custody case.  1 child. Client lost interim custody last year due to her struggles with substance use disorder.  She is now in recovery and has multiple supports.  DV included strangulation, breaking phones, stalking.  OP has representation.  ANDVSA can pay $75/hour up to 50 hours for this case.
  2. Glennallen divorce/custody/DVPO case.  Long-term DVPO hearing on 9/30/20.  Client seeks divorce and custody and representation in DVPO case. 3 kids.  DV includes punching, assault.  OP has used system against client and she has been arrested.  OP has counsel.  ANDVSA can pay $75/hour up to 100 hours for this case.
  3. Anchorage divorce/custody case.  Trial date setting conference 10/14/20.  Client seeks representation in divorce/custody case.  Long history of psychological, physical, and sexual abuse to client.  Client is facing criminal charges and does not currently have custody of 3 kids.  OP has counsel.  ANDVSA can pay $75/hour up to 100 hours for this case.
  4. Fairbanks custody modification.  Motion not yet filed.  Client seeks representation to modify custody order. 1 child. Client has a current long-term DVPO against OP; court made findings of sexual assault and assault.  ANDVSA can pay $75/hour up to 50 hours for this case.

Pro Bono Opportunities

  1. Anchorage employment consult. Client seeks a consultation and possible representation regarding employment issue.  Client was subjected to repeated sexual harassment at work, let go when she refused to date boss, and has not been paid.  She needs guidance about her various options, including administrative remedies.

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