January 6, 2019
20 Volunteer Goals for 2020!
Learn a new area of the law
In their daily law practices, many of our attorney volunteers work in specialties
outside of domestic, landlord/tenant, probate, and other areas of the law where our clients need help. But our staff attorneys are always present at Help Desks to answer questions, provide forms, and make it as seamless as possible.

Sign up for a Help Desk today.
Tell your pro bono story!

Even small wins can have a big impact. If you helped a VLB client resolve a legal problem to make his or her life a little brighter, let us know! Your stories inspire others.

Email Rosalind Fournier here!
Spread the word
Tell the civic, nonprofit, or other organizations you're involved with about VLB's work to provide free legal aid. These groups often do work of their own for low-income communities but might not know how we can enhance their efforts.

Learn more here.

Earn free CLE credits
Attorneys working with VLB are eligible for one free CLE credit for every six hours volunteered, for a maximum of three per year.

Contact us for details or to submit your hours for credit.
Meet the VLB staff!
How much do you know about the staff attorneys and support team working behind the scenes at VLB? Allow us to introduce ourselves!

See staff profiles here.
Watch this space
Keep reading eBrief in our new monthly format for attorney profiles, news about upcoming CLEs, special volunteer opportunities, pro bono success stories, and other VLB news.

Look for eBrief in your inbox, or find current and past eBriefs on our website.

Look for a bigger and bolder eBrief in 2020 in the new monthly format!
Open a VolunteerHub account
VolunteerHub is the portal for all Help Desk volunteer opportunities—but you need to create an account first! It only takes a minute to sign up, and you'll have access to our full Help Desk schedule.

Volunteer for Project Homeless Connect
On February 29, VLB will join with dozens of agencies at Boutwell Auditorium to help people experiencing homelessness get back on their feet. Attorney volunteers play a critical role by helping to resolve any legal barriers these citizens may face in obtaining a driver’s license, housing, employment and more. 

Click here for details or to sign up.
Project Homeless Connect 2019 will be Feb. 29 at Boutwell Auditorium.
Nominate a pro bono hero!
Every year, the Alabama State Bar Statewide Pro Bono Awards Program recognizes the outstanding Pro Bono efforts of attorneys, mediators, law firms, and law students. Put in a good word for a colleague doing great work in the community!

Download a nomination form here and make your nomination by April 1.

<<< Bradley received the 2019 Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Award in the Law Firm category, in part for attorneys' work to exonerate a man wrongfully convicted of murder.
Let us hear from you!
Can we answer a question about how VLB works? Do you have suggestion or constructive criticism? We want your feedback!

Bring a colleague to a Help Desk

Do you have colleagues who've never volunteered at a VLB Help Desk? Invite them along the next time you come! Our attorney volunteers are our best recruiters.

Sign up here for an upcoming help desk.

Bring your summer associates
While you're at it, be sure to bring your summer associates to shadow at a Help Desk! It's a great way to introduce them to the value of pro bono work early in their careers.

Sign up here .
2019 summer associates from Bradley
Thank a veteran
For many of our attorney volunteers—including those who have served themselves—there's nothing more rewarding than helping a veteran overcome legal challenges. Volunteer for our Veterans Help Desk, held the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.

Sign up here.
Take a pro bono case
Occasionally a client's legal issues require assistance beyond a one-time Help Desk engagement. Can you help by adopting a pro bono case?

Find a list of open cases here !
Savoie Catering was one of several local vendors to donate food for Pro Hops Vino! Many other contributors support VLB with financial and volunteer contributions.
Support our supporters
Our donors represent a variety of businesses, corporations, and individuals who support pro bono work through VLB. Learn who they are, patronize their services, or say thank you for being a pro bono hero!

Click here to view our Champions for Justice and Pro Hops Vino! supporters.
Celebrate pro bono work at Pro Hops Vino!
Held in November, Pro Hops Vino! is our most popular event of the year. If you missed it in 2019, be sure to watch for an announcement of the 2020 date!

See 2019 Pro Hops Vino! pictures and sponsors here.
Find a volunteer slot here.
Find common ground 17.
Among our 650+ attorney volunteers, it's striking how much diversity you'll find—including attorneys of different backgrounds, political leanings, types of practice, and much more. Volunteering with VLB is a great way to discover a common passion for pro bono work.
Give the gift of legal aid

The value of getting a Protection from
Abuse for a victim of domestic violence is
$500. Being able to provide that for free to
a client in crisis is just one example of how
our work—made possible by the generosity
of our donors—can have life-changing impact.

I want to donate.
Make somebody's day
When clients leave Help Desks feeling better about their situations, the smiles are contagious. What you’ll hear most often is, simply, “It feels good to know people are here to help.” 

Find volunteer opportunities here.

Improve the statistics
According the U.S. Department of Justice, 63 million Americans living below the poverty line qualify for free civil legal assistance More than 50 percent are turned away for lack of resources. 
To help, commit now to volunteering with VLB or making a donation!

Click here to learn more.

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