July 12, 2019
Attorney Spotlight: Why I Volunteer
Daphne Hoyt
Daphne Hoyt is a new attorney but not new to helping people. Daphne was a nurse for 30 years before deciding to go to law school so she could have more tools to assist clients needing a helping hand. 

Daphne began volunteering and regularly assists at both VLB’s Civil and Domestic Relations Help Desks. 

“I volunteer because so many people do not have the resources to afford legal help,” Daphne says. “I am able to do small things here at the Help Desks that make a big difference.”

To join Daphne and volunteer at a VLB Help Desk,  click here.
Keep spreading the word —VLB has two more openings!
We are accepting applications for the following positions: 

  • Staff Attorney: This attorney will have proven legal experience coupled with the unique ability to manage programming to help low-income clients with civil legal issues and the capacity to inspire attorney volunteers to fight for equal justice. Click here for more info. 

  • Woodlawn Legal Coordinator: This individual will have proven project management, organizational, and administrative skills with a passion and a capacity for service to improve opportunities for those with the greatest need. Click here for more info.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, salary expectations, and resume to HR@VLBHAM.ORG  with the relevant job title in the subject line. Please, no direct emails or phone calls to Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham staff. 
This VLB client needs your help
This client who makes t-shirts for churches needs help with her landlord. The client says that her landlord has turned off the power, air conditioner, and locked her out of the premises. She cannot access her cash register, money, or products. She has tried to work out a deal with the landlord but has been unsuccessful. She is worried that her belongings will be destroyed. I can help!
Case eligibility:
  • Client has a copy of her lease
  • Client has tried working things out; she needs an attorney  
  • Client wants to end the lease and get her stuff back
VLB added value:
  • VLB can provide necessary paperwork
  • Guidance on how to proceed
Our volunteers make it possible
Thanks to these volunteers who shared their time and expertise at recent VLB Help Desks:
Wakisha Hazzard and Neena Speer at the Civil Help Desk

Rosemary Alexander (Shunnarah)
Greg Harp
Wakisha Hazzard (The Hazzard Law Firm)
Daphne Hoyt
Loring Jones, III
Honza Prchal (Heninger Garrison)
Bill Prosch 
Karen Puccio (Hare Wynn)
Julie Schiff (Baker)
Jade Sipes (Baker)
Neena Speer (Neena R. Speer Law Firm)
Emily Vande Lune (Bressler)
Donnie Winningham (Bressler)
Starnes clerks : Robert Humphrey, Lowell McCluney, and Jeff Rogers (Starnes)
Ginger Hamilton assisting at the Domestic Relations Help Desk

Julie Katz Callaway
Bob Dow (Maynard)
Melinda Guillaume 
Ginger Hamilton
Daphne Hoyt
John Milledge
Kathryn Thompkins (Burns, Brashier & Johnson)
Maynard clerks: Jacob Fucetola and Will Mallery
Amber Whillock came out to help at the Turning Point Homeless Court

Kathy Collier (Maynard)
Preston Martin (Bressler)
Amber Whillock (Starnes)
Lee Gilley with Lizzie Hobbs volunteering at the Veterans Help Desk

Keith Anderson (Bradley)
Dylan Black (Bradley)
Judge John Carroll (Cumberland School of Law)
Kathy Collier (Maynard)
Lee Gilley (Bradley)
Larry Hollings
Preston Martin (Bressler)
Bradley clerk: Lizzie Hobbs

Starnes clerks: Alice Bradford and Cole Peck

Student volunteers: Patrick Bishop and Heather McEathron
Justin Brown and Mike Henderson work with a client at the Woodlawn Help Desk

Justin Brown (Bradley)
Julie Carter (Bradley)
Amy Chiou (Encompass)
Mike Henderson (Encompass)
Carey McRae (Encompass)
Can you help fill these remaining slots?
Larry Hollings and law student Heather McEathron help a client at the Veterans Help Desk
Please consider  signing up  for an attorney volunteer slot next week. We have openings at the following Help Desks: 

  • Civil — 7/15
  • Domestic Relations — 7/17
  • Civil — 7/18
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