January 6, 2017

Preston Martin , Bressler, Amery & Ross,  John Paul Bruno , Lorant Law Group,  James Illston , Merrell Law Firm,  Melinda Guillaume Jessie Hardy,  Kirk Drennan Law,  Ernie Cory,  Cory Watson,  Andrew Nix , Bradley, and  Edward Merrell , Merrell Law Firm, accept their 2016 Pro Bono Awards.

Hear from the BBVLP's 2016 Pro Bono Award Winners!
The Birmingham Bar held their Annual Meeting on December 9, 2016. During this meeting the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program got the opportunity to thank our dedicated board, firms and volunteers. Without the support from our volunteers, the BBVLP would not have been able to serve over 2,500 low-income clients in the year of 2016! Congratulations to the below winners:

2016 Pro Bono Large Firm of the Year
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
2016 Pro Bono Midsize Firm of the Year
Bressler Amery Ross
2016 Pro Bono Midsize Firm of the Year
Cory Watson Attorneys
2016 Pro Bono Small Firm of the Year
Kirk Drennan Law
2016 Pro Bono Small Firm of the Year
Merrell Law Firm
2016 Pro Bono Small Firm of the Year
Lorant Law Group
2016 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
James Illston, Merrell Law Firm
2016 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year
Melinda Guillaume

"Our American legal system is one with complex rules and procedures that most individuals are unable to understand and many Alabama citizens struggle with the cost of paying an attorney for their matter.  A law firm's commitment to assist as many of these individuals as reasonable is so important to the success of the justice system and critical to the individual client in navigating through the system."

- Edward Merrell, Merrell Law Firm

"To me, volunteering means an opportunity to give back to my community. It gives me perspective. By volunteering I get a different view of the law and the world than I get in my daily practice, and I am reminded why I became an attorney and what a privileged life I live."

- Julie Carter, Bradley

"There are many clients that I often think about and hope that they are doing well and that I have provided them with answers and helped them resolve their problem. I truly enjoy volunteering with BBVLP because the program benefits so many people in Jefferson County who otherwise could not afford legal assistance."

- Melinda Guillaume

"Volunteering is a great way to give back as a lawyer, especially as the legal system can be very confusing, intimidating, and of course expensive to many people. I enjoy helping others in need navigate this system and knowing that I hopefully made the legal process just a little easier and smoother for those who need it most."

- James Illston, Merrell Law Firm

Bankruptcy 101 CLE: ABC's of Screening a Bankruptcy is Postponed till January 20th

Bankruptcy 101 CLE: ABS's of Screening a Bankruptcy will be postponed due to weather concerns. The CLE will now be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m on January 20th. At this CLE you will learn how to screen clients for possible Chapter 7 bankruptcies in preparation for the BBVLP's new 2017 monthly Pro Bono Bankruptcy Help Desk. The new clinic, for low-income clients, is beginning in February on the first Friday of every month at the Federal Bankruptcy Court.

Register by emailing Katrina Brown.
Helping Those Who Have Served Our Country- Veterans CLE
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
2 to 5 p.m.

Learn how to provide legal assistance to veterans and their families in preparation for the BBVLP's new Veterans Help Desk. This Help Desk will be on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Birmingham VA Medical Center.

Register by emailing Katrina Brown.

1. Help This Mother of Three Through Her Divorce Process

The client's spouse had a wreck last week and was charged with a DUI. All of their children were in the vehicle with no seat belts on. The spouse is addicted to drugs and alcohol and has abused the woman throughout the marriage. (17-0007655)

*Clients face is blurred for Domestic Violence
2. Please Help This Abused Mother of Four Minor Children Through Her Divorce Process

This mother of four small children needs your help navigating the divorce process. The spouse has been violent towards the client throughout their marriage. 

*Clients face is blurred for Domestic Violence
3.  This Mother of Three Needs Help with Her Pending Divorce

The client's spouse has temporary custody of their three minor children and will not allow our client to visit her children. There has been continued abuse throughout the marriage. The client has also applied for disability. (17-0007648)

*Clients face is blurred for Domestic Violence
Chris Christie, Bradley, helps a client at the Homeless Help Desk.
Tarackia Barge talks to a client at the Domestic Relations Help Desk.

Click 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 Help Desk:
Monday 01/09/2017
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Thursday 1/19/2017
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Domestic Relations Help Desk:
Wednesday 01/18/2017 
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday   01/25/2017
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. 
Veterans Help Desk:
Wednesday 01/25/2017
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Tarackia Barge
Julie Carter, Bradley
J.S. Christie, Bradley
Kathy Collier, Balch & Bingham
Tiffany DeGruy, Bradley
Patricia Doblar
James Griffin
Melinda Guillaume
Yu Huang
Kendra Johnson
Stephen Parsley, Bradley
Honza Prchal, Heninger Garrison Davis
Alison Smith, Bradley
Moses Stone, Stone Law Firm
Abigail Van Alstyne, Quinn Connor Weaver
Melonie Wright, Butler Snow

Perryn Carroll,
Carroll & Carroll
Megan Elder,
Kirk Drennen Law
Lorrie Hargrove,
Maynard Cooper & Gale
Monica Hatcher,
Hatcher Law Office
Melinda Guillaume Kendra Johnson Loring Jones,
Jones & Associates
Preston Martin,
Bressler Amery & Ross
Louis Mendez,
Bressler Amery & Ross
Matthew McVay Pamela Pickett Honza Prchal,
Heninger Garrison Davis
Adam Tice

Louis Montgomery
Bhate Environmental

Louis helped a domestic violence victim who is a mother of eight children receive her divorce.


Donations from the community are the number one funding source for the Volunteer Lawyer Program. 
Click here to donate.

There are two ways attorneys can choose to help with the Volunteer Lawyer Program. Click here for what you can do.

Only clients who cannot afford representative are served by the BBVLP. Click here to see eligibility guidelines.