August 18, 2017
More than 500 tickets already reserved; don't miss out-buy today
Tickets are selling fast so please buy yours today for Pro Hops Vino! on September 21st at the Negro Southern League Museum.

Best Pro Hops Vino! wines ever: Château Minuty Rosé, The Four Graces Pinot Noir, and seven more top-of-the-line wines from Alabama Crown Distributing Company along with fine wines from Sam Spina Importing.

Out of this world beer: Try the new Interstellar Ginger Beer, the only brewery in the country to use ginger instead of hops or barley, and also taste beer from Cahaba Brewing, Fairhope Brewing, the new Red Hills Brewing, Victory and Alabama Crown.

Seth Dettling of Big Escambia Spirits.  Photo by Matthew Coughlin
Alabama-made rum: Taste Big Escambia's CRU rum and meet owner Seth Dettling, who will also be auctioning off the "absolute first bottle of the absolute first barrel of bourbon distilled in Alabama."

Gianmarco's and more: Do you like Gianmarco's, Bistro V, and other fine Birmingham restaurants? Then buy your ticket to Pro Hops Vino! and sample the fare of 14 local establishments.

Stock your wine cellar: For the first time ever, you can purchase bottles and cases of the wine you try at Pro Hops Vino! immediately and on-site.

Negro Southern League Museum: Explore this great Birmingham museum.
Pappy Van Winkle: Bid on Pappy Van Winkle-we'll have a 13-year rye and a 23-year pappy-as well as Alabama's first bottle of bourbon, and more than 30 lots of wine available at the Pro Hops Vino! auction.

Avoid being left out before we sell out for the third straight year. Buy your tickets today.
Attorney Spotlight: Honza Prchal

How long have you volunteered with the BBVLP? Five y ears.

Current Case: The client has been her disabled cousin's guardian for years in Michigan, before they relocated here, but the clerk's office would not allow her to file for a guardianship here while she had one there.

Why was this case meaningful? This family did the right thing and the law was standing in the way, so I helped by filing a motion to grant guardianship.

Client comment: "[My cousin] loves it here in Alabama, even the heat. He's a happy man now."

1. Please help this client adopt her great-granddaughter

This great-grandmother has been taking care of her great-granddaughter since the child's birth. The father is missing and her mother cannot take care of her daughter. The mother relinquished custody in 2015. Please help this client adopt her great-granddaughter.


2. Please help this client file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

The client lived in a home that she purchased with a friend for 14 years. The friend moved out after initiating a construction project that left the house with an ongoing flooding problem. The client took out a loan to fix the house, but has been unable to resolve the issues and has fallen on hard times. The client now lives in the ruined home with her disabled brother and takes care of him. Please help this client resolve her debt issues.


3. Please assist this client in suing her landlord for extremely high water bills due to a leak that has never been repaired

The client's residence has an unrepaired leak that has created a pool of stagnant water in front of her home and led to extremely high water bills. The landlord has made no effort to fix the leak or reimburse the resident for the resulting high bills. Help this client restore her home and receive restitution for her financial hardship.


HELP DESK ATTORNEYS: Thank you to the following attorneys
Civil Help Desk: 28 clients served
Thomas Creel
Carr Allison
James Griffin
Kendra Johnson
Leon Johnson
Priscilla Kelley
Brook Malcom
Lightfoot Franklin & White
Preston Martin
Bressler Amery & Ross
David Nomberg
The Nomberg Law Firm
Ted Strong
Strong Law Firm
Abby van Alstyne
Quinn Conner Weaver Davies & Rouco
Donnie Winnigham
Bressler Amery & Ross
& Evan Pantazis
Wiggins Child Pantazis Fisher & Goldfarb

Domestic Relations Help Desk: 27 clients served
Melinda Guillaume
Kendra Johnson
Preston Martin
Bressler Amery & Ross
John Milledge
Ahmad Shabani
Shabani Law Group
Heather Ward
Maynard Cooper & Gale
Pam Weed

Domestic Relations Pro Se Court: 5 clients served
Robin Burrell
Najjar Denaburg
Courtney Dubberly

John Milledge
Brian Turner
Middle Mediation

April Bell
YWCA of Alabama
Amy Chiou
Cumberland School of Law
Kaylie Eichold
Cumberland School of Law
Ian Green
Cumberland School of Law
Amorice Law
Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart
Colby Marks
Lynn Pulido
Cumberland School of Law

Jason Bonar
Charley Drummond
Fish Nelson & Holden
Kelly Estes
Christi Lunsford
Tanisia Moore
Moore Legal Solutions
Sia Newman
Lloyd Gray Whitehead & Monroe
Lauren Shine
Shine Law Firm
Ida Tyree-Hyche
Tyree Hyche & Dixon
Abby Van Alstyne
Quinn Conner Weaver Davis & Rouco
Kim Vines
Heather Ward
Maynard Cooper Gale

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

Leon agreed to a help a client divorce their abusive spouse.

Jeannie Walston
Starnes Davis Florie

Jeannie took an uncontested divorce case.
Judge Patricia Stephens
Learn how to volunteer at the Domestic Relations Pro Se Court

The latest BBVLP Pro Se CLE will be held on September 8th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Judge Patricia Stephens' courtroom at the Domestic Relations Courthouse at 2124 7th Avenue North. Attend presentations from Judge Stephens and Judge Nakita Blocton on best practices for serving pro se clients. Participants will receive one CLE credit and lunch is provided. Attendance is free; sign up by clicking here.

P hoto by Tiffany Nabors. Courtesy of the YWCA
Birmingham lawyers hear from national domestic violence lawyer

Nearly 50 members of the Birmingham legal field gathered last Thursday to attend a presentation by Jennifer Arsenian, an attorney who specializes in domestic violence cases. Arsenian discussed the importance of understanding the nuances of a client's situation and best practices for determining the optimal outcome for clients and their families. The CLE was sponsored by the BBVLP, the YWCA, and One Place Family Justice Center.
Thank you to our sponsors!

Guardian Ad Wine 'Em

Wine Sponsor

Vino Dire

Res Brewdicata
In memory of Mike Turner:

Mike and Gillian Goodrich

Hopeus Corpus
Joe and Melinda Guillaume

Ad Hops
BBA Probate Section
BBA Solo/Small Firm Section
Sam and Betty Franklin
Maura and Will Goodwyn
Steve McKinney
Balch & Bingham
In memory of
Belinda C. Bennet,
National Labor Relations Board
Region 10 Birmingham
Resident Officer
Adams & Reese
Alabama Family Law Section
BBA Federal Practice Section
BBA Workers' Compensation Section
Birmingham School of Law
Bond & Botes
Culotta, Scroggins, Hendricks, & Gillespie, PC
Hughes & Scalise, P.C.
Katherine McDonald
Meadow Homes
Miglionico & Rumore

Venue Sponsor
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.