September 08, 2017
Try Birmingham's best craft beer!
In addition to fine wines and food from some of the city's finest restaurants, this year's Pro Hops Vino! will feature craft beer from breweries around Birmingham and the country, including the new Interstellar Ginger Beer and Exploration Co.! Interstellar is the first brewery in the country to use only ginger instead of hops or barley. 

Try their ginger beer, or selections from Cahaba Brewing, Fairhope Brewing, Redhills Brewing Company, or Victory Brewing Company at this year's Pro Hops Vino!, held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 21 at the Negro Southern League Museum. Tickets are selling out rapidly, so click here to get yours today!
BBVLP Volunteer Attorney James Fancher helps abused cancer patient receive alimony to care for her and her child

"I got involved because one of the experts who I work with called me, and that expert is also fighting cancer and so when she read about [the client's] case, she called me and said, 'I want you to handle this case. I'll pay you,'" James Fancher  recalled of his latest case. "And I said, 'No, I'll handle it, but I'll do it pro bono through the BBVLP."

Reaching out to BBVLP staff attorney Heather Bussey, Fancher took the client's case for free, and helped her initiate divorce proceedings against her abusive husband while she was suffering from stage IV cancer. "She had been fighting a lot of verbal abuse, with some physical aspects to it, and suffered a lot of neglect and affairs. She's tried to stay in the marriage, and tried things like counseling. But with the point she's at today, it's weighing heavily on her health," Fancher said. "The divorce was basically for her health. She no longer had the energy to stay in that kind of environment."

When Fancher and his client brought the case to court, the husband did not show up. Explaining the full case to the judge, Fancher was able to ensure that his client received ownership of their residence, alimony, primary custody of the couple's child, and child support.

"Each side got to keep their own car and personal property. My client was really reasonable; she didn't ask for everything and the kitchen sink when she was before the judge," Fancher said. "Her requests were reasonable and I think that's one reason the judge was so favorable."

1. Please help this client divorce her incarcerated spouse

This client's spouse is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for federal robbery charges. Please help this woman divorce her incarcerated husband.


2. Please help this disabled client get primary custody of his two blind children

After the mother and grandmother of his children passed away, this man wants to receive primary custody so he can ensure that they are cared for properly. Please help him take care of his family.


3. Please help this client fight a constructive eviction

This client's health issues are being exacerbated by an infestation of flies in her apartment. The landlord has done nothing to address the issue, and the client is seeking to break her lease so she can find housing more suitable to her health.


HELP DESK ATTORNEYS: Thank you to the following attorneys
Civil Help Desk:  19  clients served
Patricia Doblar
Leon Johnson
Loring Jones
Jones & Associates
and Lynn Pulido, JD
Domestic Relations Help Desk: 27 clients served
Ann Gathings
Melinda Guillaume  and
Preston Neel
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
Leon Johnson
Jon Turner and Charline Whyte

Homeless Help Desk: 7 clients served
Sarah Chamberlain, Michael Lasserre, and Christopher Vinson
Starnes Davis Florie
Robert Dow
Maynard Cooper & Gale
Preston Neel
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings
John Scott
Starnes Davis Florie
Jon Turner
Amber Whillock
Starnes Davis Florie
April Bell
YWCA of Central Alabama
Amy Chiou
Cumberland School of Law

Greg Cook
Balch & Bingham
James Gibson
Lightfoot, Franklin & White
Julie Goyer
L. Weathers Veazey
Couch, Conville, & Blitt

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

Tanisia helped a man who wanted to adopt his nephew.
Sean Pierce
Harbuck Keith & Holmes

Sean closed an adoption case.
Donnie Winningham
Bressler Amery & Ross

Donnie closed a landlord/tenant case.

Jahan Berns
Sirote & Permutt

Jahan accepted an adoption case.

Blake Cole
Davis & Norris

Blake took a wills case.

Ashley Rhea

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

Judge Patricia Stephens
Last chance: seats still available for today's Domestic Relations Pro Se CLE

Today at noon,  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 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 .
Help Hurricane Harvey victims with their legal issues
Last week, the Texas Supreme Court entered an emergency order allowing lawyers in any state to perform pro bono services for hurricane victims. The State Bar of Texas now also allows lawyers around the country to help hurricane victims through the Texas FreeLegalAnswers website. An estimated 40,000 Texans who are living in shelters will be trying to return home next week, and the Texas State Bar is expecting an unprecedented demand for legal services.
  • To learn how to register, click here.
Defense attorneys: win a $100 Amazon gift certificate by taking this Princeton University survey
Princeton University is conducting a survey on work attitudes among defense attorneys in relation to number of years in practice, caseload, and work satisfaction. This survey takes less than five minutes to complete, and you will be entered in a lottery to win one of two $100 Amazon gift certificates.
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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 the eligibility guidelines.