September 01, 2017
Grab your tickets before they're gone
Grab your tickets now for this year's Pro Hops Vino! before they sell out! Over two-thirds of the tickets are already reserved, so hurry to avoid missing out on a night of fine wines, local foods, and great company, held  from 6 to 9 p.m. on September 21st at the Negro Southern League Museum. Get your tickets today at .
BBVLP Volunteer Attorney Whitney Seals wins case so mother keeps her paycheck

When this mother of two received a notice from her employer that 25 percent of her paycheck was being taken from her by a creditor who says she owed money from 14 years ago, she panicked.
"I was stunned," the mom said. "I know people say all the time that this debt is not mine, but I really did not owe this money."
The woman, who works as a lab technician at a local medical company, knew she could not afford to have a quarter of her check taken from her to pay a debt that she did not owe. She also could not afford an attorney and was not even aware that the creditor had already gone to court and won a default judgment for the debt against her.
Then she saw a sign in the courthouse for the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program Help Desk where she met Whitney Seals, an attorney with Pate & Cochrun, who was volunteering his skills. "I was happy to help because this woman was clearly in a bind," Seals said.
Seals filled a motion to exempt her wages from the garnishment and won. The judgment stands but there will be nothing on the woman's credit report.
"He was my angel," the mom said about Whitney.

1. Please help this grandmother adopt her 15-year-old grandson

This client's grandson has been living with her for the last several months. The client receives disability, and if she adopts her grandson, he will be able to draw off the disability and become more financially secure. The child's mother supports this decision and the father is not in the picture.


2. Please help this client create a will and advanced healthcare directive

This client is looking to create a simple will to leave his belongings to his children, as well as a durable power of attorney and an advanced healthcare directive. Please help give this client peace of mind.


3. Please help this working mother obtain a divorce

After ten years of marriage, this client's husband abandoned her and their child. The client and her son recently had to relocate due to a fire at their apartment complex. Please help them move on with their lives.


4. Please help this working mother take care of her handicapped daughter

This client is seeking to defend against a child support modification case filed by her ex-husband, who is behind $34,000 in support payments. Without this child support, she will not be able to take care of her handicapped daughter, who suffered a traumatic brain injury at age 16.


5. Please help this disabled victim of domestic violence divorce her husband

This client wants to divorce her husband who is currently in jail for abuse and possession of a controlled substance. Please help her complete her divorce so she can move on with her life.


HELP DESK ATTORNEYS: Thank you to the following attorneys
Civil Help Desk: 32 clients served
Leslie Barineau
Barineau & Barineau
Leon Johnson
Priscilla Kelley
Carolynn Moore
Preston Neel
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
Honza Prchal
Heninger Garrison Davis
Moses Stone
Stone Law Firm
Vincent Swiney
Swiney & Bellenger
Abby van Alstyne
Quinn, Connor, Weaver, Davies & Rouco
Kary Wolfe
Jones Walker

Domestic Relations Help Desk: 27 clients served
Victoria Charles
Alexander Shunnarah
Melinda Guillaume
Kathryn Henry
The Zwiebel Law Firm
Kendra Johnson
Susan McAlister  
and Charline Whyte
Louis Montgomery
Bhate Environmental Associates
Nathan Weinert
Najjar Denaburg

April Bell
YWCA of Central Alabama
Jessica Chang
Amy Chiou
Cumberland School of Law
April Bauder
Merrell Law Firm
Brock Brett
Jefferson County Public Defender
Perryn Carroll
Carroll & Carroll
Pamela Cousins
Bob Dow
Maynard Cooper
Amorice Law
Huie Law
Tanisia Moore

The BBVLP needs your help! Volunteer now to serve at one of our Help Desks.

Pamela Cousins

Pamela helped a woman through her divorce process. The client stated, "I really appreciated Ms. Cousins' help and thank God for her."

Summer Walker

Summer helped a disabled client obtain his divorce.


Melanie Atha
Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal

Melanie took an uncontested divorce case. 

Michael Hanle
Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & White

Michael agreed to help a homeless client retain his  driver's license.

John Milledge

John agreed to help a client through the divorce process.

Louis Montgomery
Bhate Environmental Associates

Louis accepted an uncontested divorce case.

Donnie Winningham
Bressler, Amery & Ross

Donnie agreed to help a client through her divorce.

Judge Patricia Stephens
Seats still available for next week's Domestic Relations Pro Se CLE

Next Friday, September 8th,  Judge Patricia Stephens and  Judge Nakita Blocton  will lead a CLE on best practices for serving pro se domestic relations clients. The CLE will be held from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Judge Stephens' courtroom in the Domestic Relations Courthouse at 2124 7th Avenue North. Participants will receive one CLE credit and a free lunch. Attendance is free; sign up by clicking here .
Texas Supreme Court authorizes out-of-state lawyers to provide pro bono assistance to Hurricane Harvey victims
The Texas State Supreme Court has entered an emergency order allowing non-Texas lawyers to practice Texas law for six months if they are assisting victims of Hurricane Harvey through a pro bono organization or a bar association.
  • Register to volunteer with the Texas State Bar here.
  • The Texas Supreme Court's order with the registration form for pro bono work can be found here.
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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 the eligibility guidelines.