Current Pro Bono Cases
Alaska Legal Services Corporation Pro Bono Cases
Please contact Laura Goss at 222-4521 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in any of the cases and/or projects listed below.
Man in Wasilla has a possible FMLA claim with a past employer who fired him as result of a problem that happened during the shift the client took off to assist his mother in going to the hospital.
Assistance is needed with a quiet title case. An Answer needs to be filed very soon, and this woman can use help from an attorney to file her Answer. The property is located in Willow, where the client resides.
Client needs assistance with a compelling motion to set aside default judgement from an older FED. She left the apartment during a domestic violence situation.
Young man needs to file Chapter 7 Bankruptcy after a lawsuit with a past employer.
Senior with Parkinson’s disease needs an attorney to file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy for him.
Elderly woman living in Anchorage is trying to recover her interest in a parcel of real estate in Kenai.
Unbundled Pro Bono Opportunities with ALSC:
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, email@example.com, 907.406.2222.
Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault—Legal Advocacy Program
- Petersburg divorce/custody. Pretrial conference 8/29/19. Severe DV including strangulation, broken ribs. Client has struggled with substance abuse and is in treatment program in Anchorage.
- Fairbanks custody modification. Motion to modify not yet filed. 1 child. New DV has occurred since initial custody order. Opposing party has substance abuse issues.
Fairbanks custody – pro se assist only. Case filed, father has not yet answered. Assist client representing herself in custody case. Default possible due to uninvolved father. DV includes strangulation and sexual assault.
Anchorage divorce only. Case not yet filed. Parties previously divorced and remarried. Client is disabled and DV includes isolation, withholding medication and medical care, and assault. Client has long-term DVPO in place. Interesting property issues related to division of property from prior divorce.
- Anchorage divorce only. Case not yet filed. Simple divorce – limited property. Client has long-term DVPO in place and is experiencing severe health issues. Good case for a new volunteer!
Any questions and/or interest in the above cases, please contact Katy Soden @ 907-297-2791 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal Pro Bono Project
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 Susan Orlansky at email@example.com or (907) 222-7117.
Alaska Immigration Justice Project – Pro Bono Asylum Project
The Alaska Immigration Justice Project will provide training and mentoring for pro bono attorneys willing to take on an asylum case or a Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (“SIJS”) guardianship case.
Asylum #1 – Mexican mother of four daughters seeks asylum due to political persecution involving sexual assaults. Needs pro bono attorney to file asylum application and represent her in Immigration Court.
Asylum #2 – Mother and daughter from Central American country seek asylum due to gender persecution. Need pro bono attorney to file asylum applications and represent them in Immigration Court.
Please contact Dan Rodgers at (907) 279-2457 or firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in receiving more information.