The Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program would like to welcome our newest Staff Attorneys
Katrina Brown and Heather Bussey!

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View below for our weekly BBVLP Briefing

Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program eBrief
July 11, 2014

New interesting and unique Pro Bono cases! 

Case 1765: Foreclosure assistance. This client was referred to the BBVLP by Neighborhood Housing Services, a social service agency helping people facing foreclosure, because they felt the client's lender might be discriminating against the client due to his age and race.


Case 971: Property dispute. The client inherited his father's property in a properly probated will but when he tried to evict his stepmother from the house she produced a quitclaim deed from the client's father. The client claims the father could not have knowingly executed the deed because he was illiterate. Now the case is in Circuit Court and the client needs help.


Case 20517: Air Force service member wants to be responsible for his baby. This case was referred to the BBVLP by the American Bar Association Military Pro Bono Project. The client is a young Air Force service member stationed in another state who needs help because his ex-girlfriend in Jefferson County refuses to communicate with him about their baby. The service member seeks to establish paternity, child visitation, and child support.

Three uncontested divorces!
Three Chapter 7 bankruptcies from clients needing fresh starts including a veteran and a client who successfully completed a drug rehab program from the Salvation Army who will vouch for the client. All are ready to move on.
Help Desk volunteers needed
The BBVLP has some spots still open in July and August. Please with when you can help at District or Domestic Relations Court.

Don't miss out on Turning Point

Volunteer slots are limited so don't miss out on making a difference by spending a couple hours representing a deserving person experiencing homelessness in a special court designed to find alternative sentencing options. to sign-up.


Calling all foreclosure defense attorneys 

The BBVLP is working with the United Way of Central Alabama to help folks facing foreclosure. Please let us know if you can help. Click here for more information.


Thank you to the following attorneys for closing their BBVLP cases

Judson R. Brooks, Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC

Ginger W. Hamilton

Jessica K. Hardy, Kirk Drennan, PC

Lisa C. Robinson

William E. Swatek


BBVLP Help Desk heroes for the past two weeks

District Court Help Desk: 48 people helped

Patricia Doblar

Burton Dunn, White Arnold & Dowd 

De Martenson, Huie Fernambucq & Stewart

Donnie Winningham, Maynard Cooper & Gale

David Webster, Legal Services of Alabama

Julie Goyer


Thanks also to the following attorneys who stopped by to help

Vincent Saylor, Lorant Law Group

Ryan Myers, Lorant Law Group


Domestic Relations Help Desk: 53 people helped

Dru Clark, Legal Services of Alabama

Patricia Doblar

Ginger Hamilton- took a case!

Leon Johnson

Priscilla Kelley

Alison Smith, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

Andrew Wheeler-Berliner, 23rd Street Law

Elise Fuller

Stella Jackson

Browne "Bo" Linder, Law office of Browne G. Linder III

Loring Jones, Jones & Associates

Andy Mears, Anderson Mears Law


Attorneys accepting cases this week:

Ginger Hamilton- accepted a case from the DR Help Desk

Grace Murphy, Maynard Cooper & Gale- accepted a divorce case 


Thank you mentors!

Lisa Robinson

Amy Peake

If you are willing to mentor an attorney, please let us know.


Congratulations to BBVLP Board Member and Volunteer Heather Fann for being named Shareholder of Boyd, Fernambucq, Dun & Fann, P.C.! 


Thank you Brian Brock for putting in many man hours to ensure our computer system continues to operate flawlessly!


Thank you Deborah Smith of Christian & Small for donating furniture so BBVLP interns can have desks and chairs too!

Thank you Jeanne Walston, Worker Compensation Section Secretary of Starnes Davis Florie, LLP, for donating several copies of the 2013 Alabama Rules of Civil Procedure and 2013 Alabama Rules of Court.
Read about the BBVLP in the American Bar Association's "Dialogue" online publication by clicking here.

The BBVLP appreciates our volunteers and financial supporters. Be one of the good guys; volunteer today! 



Qualify for Help

Clients whose income level is equal to or below 125% of the federal poverty level and who have first been interviewed by Legal Services Alabama staff or VLP staff are eligible for free legal help through the VLP. Only civil, non-fee generating cases are accepted by the VLP.  See the "Get Help & Volunteer" page to apply for assistance.

Further, for information on how to apply for services, you may contact our intake line at (205) 250-5198 option #0.

New do-it-yourself instructions and forms are provided by the Alabama State Bar Committee on Pro Se Forms. See the LawHelp website for more information.

Disaster Help Links
Help for filing insurance claims provided by the Alabama Association for Justice.
Free legal services for tornado victims provided by the University of Alabama and Alabama State Bar.  The Alabama State Bar also has a Disaster Relief Hotline, at 1-800-354-6154.

See the "Disaster Relief - Legal Information" page for information and forms on dealing with contractors, unemployment, notice to landlord and other issues.
Haley Box (LSA) assisting a client at our District Court Help Desk.
Haley Box (LSA) assisting a Client at Our District Court Help Desk.

Patricia Doblar assisting a client at our Domestic Court Help Desk.