July 14, 2017

Save The Date!

We hope you will plan to join us on Thursday, August 10th at 11:00 a.m. at the Birmingham Bar Association for this important training offered by The Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody, a project of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Lawyers and judges across the legal community are invited to participate in this interactive discussion about the implications of domestic violence, safety and accountability in court interventions. 

We're so pleased to host our presenter, Jennifer Arsenian, J.D., who is the Senior Program Manager for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Ms. Arsenian will lead session participants to identify and address the process victims experience in deciding whether to separate from their batterers and/or disclose abuse, as well as the factual circumstances that support a range of access/parenting plans available to address the particular circumstances presented by litigants.

The training is presented by the YWCA Central Alabama, One Place Family Justice Center, and the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program.  Lunch will be provided. Additional details to follow.
W. Whitney Seals, Pate & Cochran, LLC.

Years Volunteering with the BBVLP: I have been volunteering with the BBVLP for 2 years.

Current Case:  My client was sued on an old debt.We tried the case in District Court but were not successful. We won an appeal to the Circuit Court following trial.

Why Was This Case Meaningful?: I think the debt industry is hurtful and unfair to consumers like my client. I was happy to help her.

Client Commentary: "I can't believe it!"


The BBVLP is hiring a  Safe Housing/Serving Veterans Programs Manager , an Administrative Marketing Coordinator, and an AmeriCorps Program Manager. Please click the links above to learn more about these positions.


1. Please help this homeless woman through her divorce

This client is currently residing in a Birmingham shelter. The client's husband is on bonded house arrest due to charges for attempted murder, robbery, and kidnapping. Please help this client restart her life.


2. Please help this bed-ridden client draft a last will and testament

This elderly client has severe medical issues and is unable to leave her home.  She wants to get her affairs in order so that it is not a burden at any point to her family.  Please help her obtain the peace of mind that comes with knowing your estate is in order.


3. Please help this elderly woman create a simple will

This client is fighting multiple medical issues and wants to create a will to make sure certain family members are taken care of, in the event of her death.  Specifically, the client wants a simple will that will leave her assets to her mother, brother, and two nieces.  Please help her make the necessary arrangements.


 HELP DESK ATTORNEYS:  Thank you to the following attorneys
Civil Help Desk: 29 clients served
Hansen Babington

Miller Boxx and Honza Prchal, Heninger Garrison Davis
Julie Goyer
Kendra Johnson and Matt McVay
Leon  Johnson 
Preston Martin
Bressler Amery Ross

David Webster 
Legal Services of Alabama

Domestic Relations Help Desk: 37 clients served
Melinda Guillaume (right), along with Kaylie Eicholt (center) and Amy Chiou (left), Cumberland School of Law
Yu Huang and Ian Green, Cumberland School of Law
James Illston
Merrill Law Firm
Leon Johnson
John Milledge
Pam Weed
Bankruptcy Help Desk: 3 Clients Served
Louis Montgomery
Ted Stuckenschneider

Homeless Help Desk : 6 Clients Served
James Gibson
Lightfoot Franklin & White
Amber Whillock, Starnes Davis Florie (left), Trey Brundrick (Center) and Mary Pat Damrich(right), Summer Interns Starnes Davis Florie

April Bell
YWCA of Central Alabama
Trey Brundrick
University of Alabama School of Law
Amy Chiou
Cumberland School of Law
Jessica Chang, JD Mary Pat Damrich
University of Alabama School of Law
Kaylie Eicholt
Cumberland School of Law
Ian Green
Cumberland School of Law
Kim Fasking
Cumberland School of Law
Sydney Willmann
Cumberland School of Law
April Bauder
Merrill Law Firm
Miller Boxx

Summer Walker
Summer Walker, PC.

Summer accepted a disabled client's divorce case.

Greg White
Russo White & Keller

Greg agreed to assist a domestic violence victim through her divorce

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BBA Probate Section
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Gathings Law Firm

Steve McKinney,
Balch & Bingham

In Memory of 
Belinda C. Bennett, 
National Labor Relations  Board 
Region 10  Birmingham 
Resident Officer 

Adams & Reese
BBA Workers ' Compensation Section

  Meadows Homes

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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.