April 28, 2017

Judge John Carroll honored

The Honorable John Carroll was named the 2017 recipient of the Brewer-Torbert Public Service Award by the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice this week.

Judge Carroll is currently a  law professor and the former dean of Samford University's Cumberland School of Law. He is a former board member for the BBVLP and an active volunteer. J udge Carroll helped the BBVLP start the Veterans Help Desk, which aims to give legal assistance to low-income veterans. 

Sponsor now for PRO HOPS VINO! on September 21, 2017!

The BBVLP helped 2,700  low-income citizens solve life-altering legal problems last year. With your support, we can do more!

Click here to see sponsorship opportunities for Pro Hops Vino!, our annual wine- and beer-tasting fundraiser.  Email Nancy Yarbrough or call  at  205-250-5198 ext. 1 to become a sponsor today!

1.  Please help a disabled domestic violence victim through her divorce

This client has two charges of assault pending against her spouse. Her husband physically assaulted her last week and set her car on fire. She is in desperate need of a divorce and cannot afford an attorney. Please help this woman end this abusive relationship. 
( 17-0008554)

*Client's face is blurred due to domestic violence
*This is the third time in eBrief         
2. Please help a mother of one through her divorce

The client's spouse is currently in jail for two unlawful possession of a controlled substance charges, possession of contraband and a DUI. Please help this mother through the divorce process.   (17-0008595)

3. Please help cancer patient and father of two children through his divorce

Our client has been diagnosed with stage 2 carcinoma and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Please help him navigate the divorce process. ( 17-0008640)

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 5/01/2017
8:30 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Thursday 5/08/2017
8:30 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Domestic Relations Help Desk:
Wednesday 5/10/2017
8:30 am - 10:00 am

Domestic Relations Self-Represented Docket with Judge Stephens:
Friday  5/12/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 HELP DESK ATTORNEYS:  Thank you to the following attorneys
Civil Help Desk: 25 clients served
Alan Garner
Alan Garner Legal Service

Leon Johnson
Bill Prosch
David Webster
Legal Services of Alabama

Domestic Relations Help Desk: 34 clients served
Patricia Doblar
Maura Goodwyn
Melinda Guillaume
Scott Harwell
Leon Johnson
Priscilla Kelley
John Milledge
Veterans Help Desk: 30 clients served
Jason Bonar

Perryn Carroll
Carroll & Carroll
Tom DeLawrence
Balch & Bingham
John Carroll,  Cumberland School of Law, Jordan ThompsonCumberland School of Law Volunteer, Andrew Nix, Bradley, BBVLP Board President

Cline Thompson,  BBVA Compass, and  LaJuana Davis,  Cumberland 
School of Law
Mark Rubino
Military Officers Association of America

April Bell
Jessica Chang
Cumberland School of Law
Jordan Thompson
Cumberland School of Law
Tom Brinkley
Maynard Cooper & Gale
Bob Dow
Maynard Cooper &
James Gibson
Lightfoot Franklin &
Bowman Givhan
Maynard Cooper &
Brooke Malcom
Lightfoot Franklin &
Ashley Rhea
Maynard Cooper &
Allison Taylor
Maynard Cooper &

C ourtney Brown Dubberly
Sandi Gregory Firm

Courtney helped a client receive his divorce from Judge Stephens Pro Se Docket.

J. Pratt Austin-Trucks
Law Offices of Jacqueline Austin

Jacqueline helped a domestic violence victim through her divorce. The client states, "The attorney was wonderful, I was very pleased with her services"
Ashley Rhea
Maynard Cooper

Ashley helped a client through her divorce case where the client received alimony.

T ed Stuckenschneider
The Law Office of  Ted Stuckenschneider

Ted helped a homeless client file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. 
Christen Butler
Dominick Feld Hyde

Christen took an uncontested divorce case for a Syrian refugee.

Donnie Winningham
Bressler Amery & Ross

Donnie agreed to help a party through her uncontested divorce case.

BBVLP seeking AmeriCorps members

If you or if you know someone interested, email a cover letter and resume to  Serra Craig. For information on the AmeriCorps program click  here. Questions about your service with the BBVLP? Email our awesome AmeriCorps Members,  Sidni Smith and Taylor Elom

Benefits include:
· Stipend of $1000/month (pre-taxes)
· An educational award of $5,815 upon completion
· Health insurance for the individual
· Student loan forbearance and interest accrual
· Child care subsidy and SNAP eligibility for those who qualify
· Extensive personal and professional development

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.