January 20, 2017

Attorneys Train for New BBVLP Veterans Help Desk!

Thank you to the presenters:
The Honorable John Carroll
Larry Dees, Veterans Administration
David Webster, Legal Services Alabama-Birmingham 
Barbara Luckett, Legal Services Alabama- Birmingham 
Matthew Swerdlin 
Jessica Drennan, Kirk Drennan Law

More than 40 attorneys partcipated last week in a CLE for the BBVLP's new 2017 monthly Pro Bono Veterans Help Desk. 
1. Please Help This Mother of One Receive a Divorce From Her Incarcerated Spouse

This woman is seeking a divorce from her husband who is in prison for violating parole on a manslaughter conviction. This will not be a difficult divorce case as the BBVLP knows how to serve someone who is incarcerated and will help the attorney volunteering for this case. (16-0007614)

*This is the second time in eBrief

2. Help This Client Who is Struggling With Cancer Fight a 3rd Party Creditor

This client was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer. After the client's first visit, she had a balance remaining on her account.  Three months later, the client was admitted again for health issues. After the second hospital visit, the client filed her claims under her health insurance and the healthcare provider paid the account balance. The client has since received a complaint  from a 3rd party creditor stating that she owes $300. Client has repeatedly asked for an itemized list of expenses, and proof of assignment. However, client has not received the documents. (17-000-7727)
3.  This Abused Mother of Four Needs Your Help

This mother of four small children needs your help in navigating her divorce process. After years of abuse from her spouse, including throwing the client through a wall and kicking her door down. Our client is trying to obtain  a divorce and gain support for her four children. 

*Clients face is blurred due to Domestic Violence


Lorrie Hargrove, Maynard Cooper & Gale, volunteers at the Civil Help Desk.

Heather Ward, Maynard Cooper & Gale, helps a client at the Domestic Relations Help Desk. 

here to volunteer at a Help Desk! We are seeking volunteers for all of 2017 and for the following dates in the next weeks:
Civil Hep Desk:
Monday 01/23/2017 
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday  1/30/2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Thursday 2/02/2017
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Domestic Relations  Help Desk:
Wednesday 1/25/2017
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday 2/01/2017
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
April Bauder, Merrell Law Firm
Kathleen Bowers, Bressler Amery Ross
Kathy Collier, Balch & Bingham
Victoria Ebrahimi-Charles, The Frankowski Firm
Melinda Guillaume
Kendra Johnson
Jessie Hardy, Kirk Drennan Law
Preston Martin, Bressler Amery Ross
John Milledge
Preston Nichols, The Law Office of Preston Ford Nichols
Honza Prchal, Heninger Garrison Davis
Heather Ward, Maynard Cooper & Gale
Pamela Weed

Jessica Chang, Cumberland Law School
Meredith Busby
Kirk Drennan Law
John Carroll Tom DeLawrence
Patricia Doblar

Kelly Estes
HealthSouth Corporation
Sandi Gregory Melinda Guillaume Carla Hawley  
Kay Laumer Brooke Malcom
Lightfoot Franklin & White
Matthew McVay Tanisia Moore
Honza Prchal
Heninger Garrison Davis
Tereza Sampaio Amie Vague Melonie Wright
Butler Snow
Sarah Yates
Bressler Amery & Ross

Jessica Betts 
Carmichael Law Firm

Jessica agreed to help a father through his child support arrearage case.

Cedrick Coleman
May Legal Group

Cedrick agreed to help a domestic violence victim through her divorce process  
Morgan Franz 

Morgan agreed to help a couple obtain an adoption. 

Jessie Hardy
Kirk Drennan Law

Jessie accepted a contested divorce case with domestic violence from the Domestic Relations Help Desk

Preston Nichols
The Law Office of Preston Ford Nichols

Preston volunteered to to help a client collect on a small claim judgement. 

Jessica Powers
Powers Law

Jessica volunteered  to help a couple obtain an adoption.
The Honrable Nakita Blocton
10th Judicial Circuit, Jefferson County
Domestic Relations

Nakita helped a client adopt her grandchildren.

David Stephenson
HealthSouth Corporation

David helped client write a demand letter and collect fees owed to her by the defendant.

Donations from the community are the number one funding source for the Volunteer Lawyer Program. 
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Only clients who cannot afford representative are served by the BBVLP. Click here to see eligibility guidelines.