The Advocate
Guarding Justice f0r Alabama's Poor
June 2018
Our Donors are Heroes to low income, vulnerable, and elderly clients statewide!
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   Your Support to LSA helps:

  • Keep families safe from domestic violence
  • Prevent foreclosures & illegal evictions
  • Advocate for Veterans and the Elderly 
  • Protect the wages of working poor families
  • Empower citizens through community outreach & education
  • Restore Dignity to low income individuals and families 

Be a Hero! Change a life!
Become a Guardian of Justice today!  

Your donation means so much to the almost one million people living in poverty throughout Alabama!  Over 90% of LSA's budget is spent directly on services to our clients!
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LSA greatly appreciates our partners, grantors, and donors who support our mission of serving low income and vulnerable people statewide:

-The Barbara McDowell and Gerald S. Hartman Foundation
-The Daniel Foundation
-The Alabama Law Foundation
The Alabama Civil Justice Foundation
-The Annie E. Casey Foundation ( in partnership with Alabama Appleseed)
-Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)
-The Mobile Bar Foundation
-United Way of Central Alabama
-The Central Alabama Aging Consortium
The East Alabama Regional Area Agency on Aging
-The City of Birmingham - The City of Mobile - The City of Tuscaloosa
Attorney Spotlight: Stanley Moorhouse,
Staff Attorney, Call Center
Why have you chosen to advocate on behalf of low income people? 

Y ou might say that I have “been there and done that." My brother, my mother, and I lived off of social security after the untimely death of my father. So I have personally experienced life on a “fixed” income. Happily, my mother was very conscientious about building a budget and sticking to it. I lacked for nothing.

But more to the point, I believe the words of Christ: And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.(Matthew 25:40)

What is your most memorable experience? 
Last year a homeless veteran, living in only a monthly storage facility, was served small claims court papers alleging that he owed money on a credit card debt. He turned to us for help. Considering his circumstances, I tried to assure him that he had little to worry about – that is, he would not in any circumstance go to jail even if he lost his case. Moreover, he was judgment proof.

Nevertheless, he was worried about getting even an uncollectable money judgment on his record. So I scripted the best small claims answer I could and mailed it to him. I told him how to act and what to do and say in court.
Weeks later, he called to thank me. He won his case.

What advice can you give attorneys thinking about working with LSA and its offices? 
  What we do is righteous and noble, and we have every right to take pride in what we do. We perform our profession by helping others. Do not be discouraged by the occasional ingrate who tells you that you are not a “real lawyer." Or, if you are a member of the LSA staff, do not be discouraged when potential clients curse and insult you. Just do your job and be proud of it.

What do you like to do in your spare time?  
  I am a nerd. I enjoy ready history and studying foreign languages. I also love to watch movies.
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Pictured right: Call Center Staff Attorney Stanley Moorhouse in 1976 as 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Air Force. After 20 years of service as a Pilot and Financial Officer at The Pentagon, Moorhouse retired at the rank of Lt. Col. With a bachelor's degree from Georgia Tech and a master's from Webster College, Moorhouse has experience in civil litigation and criminal representation. Having practiced with law firms in Montgomery, AL., Moorhouse joined LSA in September 2012.

Thank you Stanley for all that you do for Alabama's underserved!
LSA Congratulates Mary Jane Oakley, who celebrated 35 years with LSA in June 2018!
Mary Jane, Senior Staff Attorney in LSA's Dothan Regional Office, currently serves as chair of LSA's Economic Empowerment Practice Group and is a member of LSA's High Impact Litigation Team! Oakley, who began her service with LSA in the Monroeville Office, has been a pillar at LSA and in the community.
Client Success Stories:
Birmingham Office
Rae Bolton, Staff Attorney in the Birmingham Office, prevented a wage garnishment against our client.

Our Advocate stopped a bank garnishment on an account for an 89-year-old woman, whose sole source of income was social security. Our client had previously discussed the garnishment when she received the notice with her bank and explained her income situation, and the bank informed her there was nothing it could do, and would freeze the account for the garnishment. LSA prepared a request to stop the garnishment, explaining the funds were protected as federal benefits, to which the creditor did file a Claim on No contest. The court immediately quashed the garnishment!

Congratulations to Rae and our Birmingham Office for protecting the income of an elderly client!
Tuscaloosa Office
Joseph Abrams, Staff Attorney in the Tuscaloosa Office, preserved housing for a Veteran.

Our client, a Veteran whose landlord failed to make certain repairs to the property, came to LSA seeking help. The Housing Authority abated the subsidy. The Landlord then commenced an eviction action, claiming past-due rent. At trial, our Advocate was able to negotiate with AP's Attorney, and dismissed both counts of eviction with prejudice. Our client retained the housing voucher!

Congratulations to Joseph and our Tuscaloosa Office for protecting a client's income and preserving a client's home!

Mobile Office
Tim Kingston, Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Attorney, protected a client's income.

Our client was assessed $2,300 in taxes for 2014, based on incorrect submissions by employers of amounts paid. Our Advocate showed the IRS the correct amounts, and showed that income from the discrimination lawsuit was not taxable.

Congratulations to Tim and our Mobile Office for fighting to protect a client's income!

LSA & Alabama Appleseed Consumer Clinics
(June, 2018)
LSA Montgomery Office Attorneys (pictured l-r), Whitley Hall, Maceo Kirkland and Stephen Last during the Consumer Clinic held June 9 in Montgomery, AL.
Volunteers pose during the Consumer Clinic held June 9.
Kynesha Brown representing clinic host organization Montgomery Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and LSA Deputy Director, Jaffe Pickett, during the June 9th clinic.
Mobile Office Advocates pose with Alabama Appleseed's Leah Nelson and Mobile's Waterfront Rescue Mission staff during the clinic held June 15 in Mobile.
Tim Kingston, Staff Attorney (tax) in the Mobile Office, offers tax advice during the Clinic held June 15.
Ann Brown, Managing Attorney in the Mobile Office, offers civil legal assistance during the clinic held June 15.
In Our Clients' Words:
"The Staff was amazing! My Attorney was a very caring and concerned person. [The Attorney] greatly represented me and got me more than what I was looking for."
-Client, Mobile Office

"I liked everything about your services. You all were so nice and kind to me (and) helped me to understand. May God always bless you and your services."
-Client, Tuscaloosa Office

"Legal Services of Alabama has had a wonderful and profound impact [on me] concerning issues and legalities that were happening in my life. I was informed of my rights and actions that were taken to protect those rights. The Attorneys are dedicated, hardworking, and caring people!"
-Client, Mobile Office
 
Thank You to our partners and donors for providing Help & Hope to low-income people throughout Alabama!  

LSA provides free, civil legal services to Veterans!


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Please Support our Veteran Services! 

L SA continues providing legal services to Veterans by providing on site services through a partnership with the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System. LSA is dedicated to providing holistic solutions to the root issues plaguing low-income and homeless Veterans. An LSA attorney and intake specialist will be available on Wednesdays at two VA locations to provide legal assistance to Veterans: 

Montgomery VA Medical Center: The second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The Tuskegee VA
The first, third, and fifth Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
South Alabama Veterans Clinic :
The First Thursday of Each Month
from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
104 St. Francis Street, Suite 700
Mobile, AL 36602

The Advocate is published monthly by Communications & Community Development Coordinator, Desiree Taylor