Hans Huggler has been an ALSC pro bono attorney since 2021, taking full-rep cases and providing both Brief Service and one-time consultations for ALSC clients. In 2023 he’s helped nearly 30 clients thus far obtain their SNAP (food stamp) benefits after a long delay in services. Thanks, Hans, for all you do!
Why did you choose to volunteer with ALSC?
I started volunteering for ALSC in 2020 when I joined Lane Powell’s Anchorage office. The firm has a long affiliation with ALSC. When I opened my disability benefits firm this year I wanted to continue that relationship.
What are some of your experiences with ALSC that have made a positive difference in the lives of others and/or the community?
I’ve been able to serve a few Alaskans with advice through the Attorney for a Day program, and also was successful negotiating the resolution of a thorny lien foreclosure dispute that kept a family of six in stable housing. This year I’ve been assisting clients with SNAP Fair Hearing requests to prompt state approval of long-delayed benefits claims.
How do you think your experiences with ALSC will benefit you in the future?
My current practice is fairly narrow, so ALSC work provides welcome variety and helps connect me to parts of the legal community I would not otherwise interact with.
What do you do when you are not volunteering with ALSC?
I own Borealis Benefits Law, Inc., which represents Alaskans (and Oregonians and Washingtonians) in ERISA-governed short- and long-term disability insurance applications and lawsuits. My family recently moved to British Columbia and we are busy exploring our new region with our rambunctious offspring. This summer I am also back on a soccer field for the first time since my 2015 shift with the Anchorage Bar Association Young Lawyers team (and wearing the same shoes!)