Alaska Legal Services Corporation is looking for volunteer assistance with the following cases. If you are interested in taking a case or assisting with a Pro Bono activity, contact Laura Goss by email at LGoss@alsc-law.org or by phone at 907-222-4521. If you are interested in volunteering but not sure how, please fill out ALSC’s pro bono volunteer form.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 907.406.2222.
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.
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 at the VA offices (1201 N. Muldoon, Anchorage, AK). Shifts will be 7 hours, 9am-4pm, or can possibly be split into two volunteer shifts. Consultations are 45 minutes and are pre-scheduled one hour apart.
Anchorage – Palmer – Kenai – Juneau – Early Resolution Project (ERP)
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.