October 21, 2016 

(Top)  Mankinta Holloway,  LaResha Cade and  Judge Andra Sparks spoke to a room full of people about the new Homeless Help Desk. (Left to right)  Jim McLaughlinMaynard Cooper & Gale, was also a speaker at the CLE. Michelle FarleyOne Roof, also spoke about the struggles the homeless deal with everyday.

Attorneys get ready for NEW Homeless Help Desk on November 1

Thank you to all who attended the CLE in preparation for the revamped Project Homeless Connect Monthly Help Desk starting November 1st at Cooper Green Hospital.

Judge Andra Sparks, the presiding Judge of City of the Birmingham Municipal Court, LaResha Cade, Assistant Prosecutor of the City of Birmingham and Mankinta Holloway, City of Birmingham Court Administrator, presented detailed information about the Turning Point Docket where they help clients address their past criminal issues so that they can move on and be productive citizens. 

Also speaking were: Michelle Farley, Executive Director of One Roof, a Birmingham organization that tries to end chronic homelessness; Lisa Borden, Pro Bono Shareholder at Baker Donelson, Jim McLaughlin, Shareholder at Maynard Cooper & Gale and Michael Hanle, Partner at Jaffe Hanle Whisonant & Knight.

To volunteer to provide legal assistance to homeless clients at the new Project Homeless Connect Monthly Help Desk, which will be the first Tuesday morning of every month at Cooper Green Hospital, email Heather Bussey.

Click here for a flyer about the Help Desk.
John MilledgeAnn GathingsLisa Borden, Baker Donelson, April Bauder, Merrell Law Firm, Pamela Kilgore, Honza Prchal, Heninger Garrison Davis.

Congratulations to our 2016 Pro Bono Exemplars  
Forty-six Birmingham attorneys were recognized this week by the Alabama Access to Justice Commission at the Alabama Supreme Court for volunteering 50 or more hours in 2015.  A total of 95 attorneys were recognized statewide.

Congratulations to:

Sara Adams
Rosemary Alexander Jennifer Anderson James Bailey
James Bedsole
Kimberly Bell Kevin Berry Jessica Betts
Allen Brooks Blow
Lisa Borden Meredith Busby Henry Caddell
Craig Campbell
John Carney Marcus Chatterton Patricia Clotfelter
Cedrick Coleman
Richard Davis Edward Dean Patricia Doblar
Scott Steven Fredrick Kevin Ray Garrison Ann Gathings Amy Glenos
Matthew Griffin Stephen Nathaniel Gordon William Patton Hahn Chervis Isom
Matthew Jackson Clay Caldwell Johnson Leon Johnson William Johnson
Priscilla Kelley Pamela Kilgore Denise Killebrew Charles J. Lorant
Preston Martin James McLaughlin Anderson Mears John Milledge
Louis Montgomery Tarackia Phillips-Barge Honza Prchal William Prosch
Robert Riccio Jade Eleanor Sipes Marshall E. Smith, III William Glassell Somerville III
Shaun Styers Spencer M. Taylor Joseph Thetford Rence Thiry
Patrick Ward Andrew Wheeler-Berliner Richard Williams Michael Wing
Donald Winningham

Last year many attorneys volunteered at the Wills Clinic. Don't miss out on your chance to help first responders and senior citizens.

Volunteer to work at a Wills Clinic for Pro Bono Month!

Get out and celebrate Pro Bono by giving back to the community. Support our first responders and senior citizens by volunteering at one of the wills clinic below:

Oxmoor Senior Center Wills for Seniors Clinic
Volunteers can sign-up for two-hour time slots to draft Simple Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Advanced Healthcare Directives for local seniors.
November 3, 9am-4pm
Oxmoor Valley Community Center
1992 Wenonah Oxmoor Rd, Birmingham, AL 35211

Jefferson County Sherriff's Department Wills for Heroes Clinic
Volunteers can sign-up for two-hour time slots to draft Simple Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Advanced Healthcare Directives for police officers and firemen.
November 1 & 2, 9am-4pm
Location: TBA

Please email Katrina Brown if you are interested in  volunteering.
1. Please help abused mother of two minor children through her divorce process

This mother has suffered domestic violence throughout the marriage. Spouse keeps money from mother and mother has no way to hire an attorney.  ( 16-0006909)

*Client is blurred due to domestic violence
*This is the second time in eBrief
2. Please help this client obtain guardianship over her ailing sister

This client is seeking guardianship over her sister, who was recently diagnosed with cancer and has been struggling with schizophrenia.   The client has a letter from a physician in support of the appointment of a guardian. (16-0006315)

3.  Please help this client see his two-year-old son

This client's spouse, who abandoned him, moved their two-year-old son to Georgia without consent. Please help him through his divorce process. (16-0007070)

Monday & Thursday Mornings

Gregory Buchanan, The Buchanan Law Firm, volunteers at the Civil Help Desk. 

Wedne sday Mornings

Summer Walker talks to a client at the Domestic Relations Help Desk.

Homeless Shelter Help Desk
Tuesday Mornings
1st & 3rd at Pathways | 2nd & 4th at Firehouse

Kimberly Bell, Bach & Bingham, talks to a client at Pathways Women's Shelter. Starting November 1st, the Homeless Shelter Help Desk will be once a month on the first Tuesday of the month at Cooper Green. 

April Bauder, Merrell Law Firm
Kimberly Bell, Balch & Bingham
Kathy Collier, Balch & Bingham
Patricia Doblar
Julie Goyer
Melinda Guillaume
Yu Huang
Matthew McVay
Vincent Nelan, Baker Donelson
Stephen Parsley , Bradley
Honza Prchal, Heninger Garrison Davis
Pamela Weed
Morgan West

Jessica Chang, Cumberland Law School
Kate Furek , Cumberland School of Law
Jamillah Pritchett, Cumberland Law School
Sidni Smith, AmeriCorps Member / UAB

Meade Whitaker

Meade successfully represented a client whose former landlord resisted returning the client's security deposit. Meade negotiated a settlement with the landlord resulting in a favorable outcome and avoided the need to file a complaint.  
April Bauder
Merrell Law Firm

April accepted an uncontested divorce case from the Domestic Relations Help Desk

Yashiba Glenn-Blanchard

Yashiba  accepted a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy case.
Elizabeth Huntley
Lightfoot Franklin & White

Elizabeth accepted a contempt case against client's ex-husband.

Pamela Weed

Pam accepted an uncontested divorce case from the Domestic Relations Help Desk


Give the Gift of Reading
You still have time to drop off books for the incarcerated youths of Alabama! Please bring soft-cover books with a 3rd - 12th grade reading level.
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