May 26, 2017

Attorney Spotlight: Jessica Powers, Powers Injury Law

Years Volunteering with BBVLP:  7 years working with clients, 4 years as a board member
Current Case: Jessica helped the stepfather of an eight-year-old boy adopt him so that the boy, stepfather, and mother could be a family.
Why was this case meaningful? "The family works hard but still doesn't make enough money to afford legal work," Jessica said. "Without the service of the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program, the adoption would have been put off for years. The family needed it to take place so that they could move on with their lives".
What the client said: "The representation was amazing," the stepfather said. "She was always friendly and eager to help me achieve the goal of adopting my son."

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

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1. 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)

*This is the third time in eBrief         

2.  Please help abused woman with cancer through her divorce

Please help this woman who has Stage 4 colon cancer. The Client had to quit her job due to having cancer. This is a Shelby County case. 

*Client's face is blurred due to special circumstances

3.Please help disabled domestic violence victim of three children through her divorce

The spouse is physically and mentally abusive to the client and her children. She is in desperate need of a divorce so that she can rebuild her life.  Please help! (17-0008760)

* Client's face is blurred due to domestic violence

 HELP DESK ATTORNEYS:  Thank you to the following attorneys
Civil Help Desk: 28 clients served
Hansen Babington, Balch & Bingham, and law clerk, Trey Bundrick

Kathleen Bowers
Bressler Amery Ross
Shannon Dye
Carney Dye
Julie Goyer
Kendra Johnson
Leon Johnson
Brooke Malcom
Lightfoot Franklin & White
Honza Prchal
Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC.
Kendra Shaw
Legal Services of Alabama
Lacy Triplett
Bressler Amery Ross
David Webster
Legal Services of Alabama

Domestic Relations Help Desk: 29 clients served
Michael Anderson
April Bauder, Merrell Law Firm and Jessica Chang
Patricia Doblar
Ann Gathings, Gathings Law
Matthew Griffin
Melinda Guillaume
Leon Johnson
Student Volunteers Ramsha Gowani and Kaylie Eicholt

Veterans Help Desk: 22 clients served
Alan Garner
Legal Services of Alabama 
Steve Rygiel, Birmingham Aids Outreach and Jordan Thompson, Cumberland student
Angeline Sperling, Sperling & Moore, P.C. and Jon K. Turner

April Bell
Jessica Chang
Cumberland School of Law
Ramsha Gowani
Brown Mackie College
Trey Bundrick

Kaylie Eicholt
Cumberland School of Law
Jordan Thompson
Cumberland School of Law
Perryn Carroll
Carroll & Carroll
Maura Goodwyn
Carolynn Moore
M. Wayne Wheeler, PC.
Honza Prchal
Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC.
Ashley Rhea
Maynard Cooper &

Victoria Ebrahimi Charles
The Frankowski Firm

Victoria helped a woman through her divorce process.

April Bauder
Merrell Law Firm

April volunteered to assist a woman through her divorce where her spouse is incarcerated.

Benjamin Cohn
Williams Elliot & Cohn

Benjamin agreed to help a disabled client through her divorce.
Pamela Cousins

Pamela agreed to help a party through her pending divorce case.

Melody Eagan 
Lightfoot Franklin White

Melody agreed to assist a party through her divorce.
Leon Johnson

Leon agreed to help a domestic violence victim through her divorce.

LaBrenda Norman

LaBrenda accepted two cases: She agreed to help a disabled woman through her divorce case and help a woman maintain custody of her three-year-old child.

Ann Gathings
Gathings Law 

Ann agreed to represent two divorce cases and two child support cases.

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.