Pro Bono Legal Service Providers (Volunteering)
Pro Bono Legal Service Providers
Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC)
Laura Goss, Director of Pro Bono and Development
1016 West Sixth Avenue, Suite 200
Anchorage, AK 99501
Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) Volunteer Attorney Support program responded to a call to action over 30 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 13 communities around Alaska. 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 Institute for Justice (AIJ)
Robin Bronen, Executive Director
431 West Seventh Avenue, Suite 208
Anchorage, AK 99501
The Alaska Institute for Justice (AIJ) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of all Alaskans. Formerly known as the Alaska Immigration Justice Project, it transformed into the Alaska Institute for Justice to reflect the inclusion of an additional program dedicated to environmental and social justice issues including 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.
To learn more about AIJP visit www.akijp.org.
The 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. 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 on-call mentoring assistance, extensive written resources (including an Alaska-specific Volunteer Family Law Manual, American Bar Association Family Law practice manuals, and sample pleadings), and live and prerecorded training opportunities. 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 https://andvsa.org/get-involved/become-a-pro-bono-volunteer/.
To apply for legal help from ANDVSA, please contact an ANDVSA member program in your area, https://andvsa.org/find-help/member-programs/.
American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska (ACLU)
The ACLU of Alaska has wide array of needs for legal volunteers who are looking to assist. From a discrete research assignment in an area of immigration law, to co-counseling large civil rights cases, the organization’s needs are dynamic. Anyone who is interested in volunteering should contact the ACLU at acluak.org and fill out our volunteer form, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disability Law Center (DLC)
Dave Fleurant, Executive Director
3330 Arctic Blvd., Suite 103
Anchorage, AK 99503
Disability Law Center 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. Disability Law Center of Alaska is Alaska’s protection and advocacy system.
Congress recognizes that people with disabilities need advocacy and legal representation. Disability Law Center 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.
Disability Law Center 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. Disability Law Center 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.