Kodiak residents in need have a new option for legal help: the ALSC Kodiak office, recently reopened to the public under the leadership of Supervising Attorney Teka Lamade. Following a year of serving clients remotely, the Kodiak office has reestablished a physical presence and resumed providing free legal services and education to the community.
ALSC’s Kodiak office reopened in 2017 through a medical-legal partnership (MLP) with Kodiak Area Native Association, whose support made it possible to maintain an office in the community. This innovative program recognizes that medical patients may have legal needs that affect their health, such as domestic violence, access to food, or Medicare/Medicaid eligibility, and embeds legal aid extenders into the healthcare setting to assist them. After a period of serving clients remotely due to the pandemic, ALSC is proud to return to providing these critical legal services in-person to the people of Kodiak.
The office roster currently stands at just one, Supervising Attorney Teka Lamade, with growth on the horizon as additional staff will join the team later this fall. Prior to joining the Kodiak office, Teka served as the Supervising Attorney for ALSC’s Fairbanks office for several years. In her new role, Teka is strengthening partnerships with local organizations such as the Kodiak Area Native Association and Kodiak Women’s Resource in Crisis Center, learning how to best serve the region’s unique needs. The office will provide a full spectrum of legal services, with an emphasis on supporting elders, increasing family stability and promoting community health.
The office can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for general inquiries, and people seeking legal support can apply for services by calling the statewide toll-free intake line at 1-888-478-2572.