A multitude of thanks to Project Homeless Connect judges, volunteer attorneys, court staff, legal aid organizations, and students!
Nearly 200 homeless clients received free legal help last Saturday at Project Homeless Connect, a one-day event at Boutwell Auditorium where several agencies provided services.
The Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program coordinated the legal area, but could not have accomplished this great amount of good without significant help.
Over 130 judges, attorneys, service providers, and students volunteered.
|Some 100 clients obtained state identification on the spot because Birmingham City Judge Andra Sparks, Jefferson County Judges Stephen Wallace and Katrina Ross, Bessemer Cut-Off Judge David Carpenter, and other municipal judges listed below resolved legal issues so clients could get their IDs.
Without government IDs, homeless clients can neither get jobs nor obtain housing, thus forcing them to remain homeless. What the judges at Project Homeless Connect did was essentially provide clients an opportunity to end their homelessness.
Clients also received help from volunteer attorneys, including many who are continuing to help the clients they saw on Saturday.
Jefferson County Public Defenders,
YWCA Domestic Violence Attorneys,
Legal Services Alabama, and
Birmingham Legal Aid Society provided additional legal assistance.
Law students from
University of Alabama, and
Jones, and also students from
Birmingham Southern and
UAB interviewed clients to ensure respectful and professional assistance from the moment clients stepped into the legal area.
A few stories:
- A client unable to get a job because he could not get an ID received help from Volunteer Attorney Brett Knight and Judge David Carpenter. "I thank God for this place," the client said.
"I now can get an ID and can get my life back on track."
- A client struggling with interest costs on
decades-old traffic tickets was able to get an ID after appearing in front of Judge Andra Sparks."Kindness goes a long way," the client said. "I have received a lot of blessings today."
- "Today was a great day," said a client who met with a volunteer attorney and was able to get legal issues in Hueytown resolved as well as start on repairing his credit. "That's all I can say, 'Today was great.' "
Birmingham Municipal Judges
Hon. Andra Sparks
Hon. Kechia Davis
Hon. Jeff Guillam
Hon. Lee Loder
Hon. Deborah Montgomery
Hon. Charles Price, II
Hon. Anita Westberry
Jefferson County Judges
Hon. Stephen Wallace
Hon. Katrina Ross
Hon. David Carpenter,
Suburban Municipal Judges
Hon. Everett Wess
Hon. KC Hairston
, Mountain Brook
, City Attorney for Fultondale, Hoover, Irondale, and Pelham
, City Prosecutor for Hueytown
Monica Agee, Law Office of Monica Agee,
Alan Baty, Froshin, Barger & Walthall,
LaShaunta White Boler, Boler,
Joseph Bulgarella, S
tephen Bulgarella, Sirote,
Burrell & McCants,
Charles Tyler Clark, Bill Dawson,
Chris Doty, Smith & Bahakel, Jeff Dummier,
George Gaskin, Carney Dye, Mattie Gaskin, Lee Gilmer, White Arnold Dowd,
Perry Jackson, Jackson Law,
Brett Knight, Jaffe Hanle Whisonant & Knight,
Horace Kynard, Law Office of Horace Kynard,
Kay Laumer, Laumer Law,
John Lentine, Sheffield Lentine,
Hope Marshall, White Arnold & Dowd,
Preston Martin, Bressler,
Jameria Moore, Sterling & Moore,
William Myers, Myers Law Firm,
Britton O'Shields, King Simmons,
Patrick Runge, Balch,
Terrika Shaw, University of Alabama, Matt Swerdlin,
Joi Travis, Travis Law,
Lacy Triplett, Bressler,
Ida Tyree Hyche, Tyree Hyche & Dixon,
Emily Vande Lune, Bressler, Jeff Wallace,
Ellise Washington, EMW Law,
Stella Wennberg, Wennberg Law,
Amber Whillock, Starnes,
, Five Points Law, and Baker Donelson Pro Bono Assistant
Mary Jane Armstrong
Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program
Graham Hewitt, and
Meg Philips. Staff and AmeriCorps members:
Taylor Elom, and
Jefferson County Public Defenders
Jaime Greene, Keren McElvy,
Justin Taylor, Christa Wininger, and Social Work Interns:
City of Birmingham Municipal Court Staff
Latoya Brown Judkins,
Adrianne Adams McCray,
Lyndon McCray II,
Windy Taylor, and
Legal Aid Society of Birmingham Attorneys
Jequette A. Edmonson,
Kerri Page Parker,
Reginold Robinson, and paralegals/interns
Fran Jones, and
Paige Vander Jaget.
Legal Services Alabama Attorneys
Lisa Overton, and assistant
YWCA Domestic Violence Attorneys
and intake specialists April Bell and Victoria McLean.
Cumberland School of Law Volunteers
Taylor Tippel, Sidney Willman, and
Univeristy of Alabama Volunteers
Robby Thompson, and
Jones School of Law
Other Student Volunteers
Kayla Carden, Birmingham-Southern College,
Carter Hancock, Birmingham-Southern College, and
Smith, University of Alabama-Birmingham.