June 30, 2016 

Alabama State Bar honors BBVLP board members, supporters and volunteers

Congratulations to the following Birmingham Area state bar Pro Bono Award Winners:
-- Cumberland Public Interest Program Director  Cassandra Adams pictured with BBVLP Board Member Sam Franklin, who also won an award,
-- the law firm of Baker Donelson, represented by BBVLP Volunteer  Pat Clotfelter and BBVLP Board Member Lisa Borden,
-- and University of Alabama Assistant Dean for Public Interest Glory McLaughlin pictured with State Bar President Lee Copeland.
These winners were presented their awards at the Bench and Bar luncheon at the Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting last week in Sandestin. Please click here to read about their accomplishments.
As well as their accomplishments listed in the program, the honorees have also been leaders and supporters of the BBVLP. Cassandra Adams provides Cumberland Law student volunteers to the BBVLP and is a leader in organizing Wills Clinics and Homeless Clinics. Sam Franklin continues to be a BBVLP leader as he has since its inception more than 20 years ago and, without his diligent fundraising, the BBVLP would cease to exist. Lisa Borden, former BBVLP Board President and now a board member, and Pat Clotfelter, a longtime BBVLP volunteer, organize volunteers from Baker Donelson, which is also one of the BBVLP's top financial supporters. Glory McLaughlin provides University of Alabama law students to volunteer at the BBVLP and is an active supporter of the BBVLP's programing.
Congratulations to these and all the winners of state bar awards.   

1. Help this woman divorce her husband who is awaiting a murder trial
The client's spouse is currently being held without bond at the Jefferson County jail awaiting capital murder charges for the death of the women whom he was allegedly  having an affair with. Please help this client navigate her divorce process and start a fresh life.

Click here to read the full AL.com story. 

2. Please help abused mother through her divorce

Mother of two young children has been abused by her husband. He has been controlling and manipulative throughout the marriage. The client is from the United Kingdom and needs help navigating the court system. (16-0006082)

This is the second time in eBrief.

*Clients face is blurred due to Domestic Violence 
There will be no Help Desk on Monday, July 4th!
Monday & Thursday Mornings

Shenavia Murphy , Southern Company, helps a  client at the Civil Help Desk.

Wednesday Mornings

John Bodie helps a client at the Domestic Relations Help Desk. Bodie is the president of the BBA Family Law Section, and all members are volunteering at a BBVLP Help Desk.

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

Dave Simpson , assists a client at Firehouse Shelter. 

April Bauder , Merrell Law Firm
John Bodie
Gregory Buchanan
Meredith Busby
Melinda Guillaume
James Illston
De Martenson , Huie Fernambucq Stewart  
Ryan Myers , Cory Watson  
Kendra Johnson
Priscilla Kelley
Tarackia Phillips-Barge
Tereza Sampaio
Kayla Schoen , Bressler Amery Ross 
David Simpson , Simpson Law Firm
Donnie Winningham, Bressler Amery Ross 

Jessica Chang , Cumberland Law School  
Constantin Post , Cumberland Law School  
Sidni Smith , University of Alabama at Birmingham
Barbara Saurer , University of Alabama
Rebecca Wadley YWCA

Benjamin Cohn
Williams Elliott & Edwards

Ben helped his client receive veteran disability and exit a bad marriage.

Megan Elder
Kirk Drennan

Megan helped a client that was a domestic violence victim.

Ann Gathings
Gathings Law

Ann was able to help a client obtain a divorce from her spouse after he left the US and moved back to Africa. 

Deborah Gregory

Deborah helped a domestic relations client.

Ginger Hamilton

Ginger helped a domestic relations client.

Scott Harwell
Harwell Law Firm

Michael helped a client with an uncontested divorce so she could start her new life. 

Diane Paris

Diane tried her client's divorce case and got her client custody and child support.

James Illston

James helped his client obtain a divorce from her husband who was recently released from jail for parole violation of drugs. 

Tarackia Barge
Jacquese Gary
De Martenson , Huie Fernambucq Stewart
Lisa Robinson
Kayla Schoen , Bressler, Amery & Ross
David Simpson , Simpson Law Firm

Sponsorships for Pro Hops Vino!, the wine- and beer-tasting party that is the BBVLP's only fundraiser, are selling fast. Click here  to sign-up today to support this great event on September 22nd at the Alabama Ballet Center.  This week Infinity Insurance, CicaydaRevill Law Firm, and Marsh Rickard Bryan became sponsors. 

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* 3 more sponsorships available at the $5,000 level:
Naming rights on a tasting room, free tickets, banner and more! Click here for full details!
Hopeus Corpus
* 9 more sponsorships available at the $3,000 level:
Free tickets, banner, social media marketing and more! Click here for full details!
Ad Hops

*9 more sponsorships available at the $1,000 level: 
Free tickets, poster, social media marketing and more! Click here for full details!


BBA Workers Compensation Section
Donations from the community are the number one funding source for the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Click  here  to donate.
There are two ways attorneys can choose to help with the Volunteer Lawyers 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.