February 16, 2018 eBrief
Attorney helps mom stay in her daughter's life
This client (pictured on the right with her mother) was worried she would lose custody of her daughter due to past issues she had overcome. But then she met  April Bauder , Merrill Law Firm, who was volunteering at the Domestic Relations Help Desk. "We were told by a friend to go the BBVLP for help and the help was excellent," the client, who came to the Help Desk with her mother, said. "I was worried I would lose custody without the help of an attorney but April Bauder and Heather Bussey (BBVLP Staff Attorney) helped me receive joint custody."
Closing the loop for families
Nine volunteer attorneys helped 24 low-income clients close the loop on their family law issues at the February
Self-Represented Docket in Domestic Relations Court. 

Many of the clients at these dockets organized by 
Judge Patricia Stephens and  Judge Nakita Blocton  (center) have already received legal assistance at the Domestic Relations Help Desk. The attorneys volunteering at the dockets get the clients over the finish line. 

For instance, attorney  Christie Dowling  helped a father, who had been to the Help Desk, win his motion for custody. Other attorneys who volunteered were: (pictured left to right)  Nathan Weinert , Najjar Denaburg,  Kelly Knight , Gorham & Knight,  Heather Fann , Five Points,  Susan McAlister Honora Gathings , Gathings Law, and Latonia Williams, Five Points. Volunteer attorneys not pictured:  Jessica Johnson , Burns Brashier & Johnson,   John Milledge , and  Adrienne Moffett-Powell.

PHCProject Homeless Connect training on Monday!

Calling all fantastic judges, attorneys, and law students who have volunteered to help homeless clients overcome legal problems at
Project Homeless Connect on Saturday, February 24th! Below are details:
 THIS MONDAY, February 19th, The Great Room at Cumberland School of Law
Volunteering Time:  7:30-11:30 a.m. first shift,  11-3 p.m.
 second shift (Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to get into the Boutwell)
Jeans and other comfortable clothes.  Please wear a red t-shirt if possible.
We will have forms, etc.
Please bring notebook, pen, and computers are optional
Boutwell Auditorium:
1930 8th Avenue North
Parking on street or in deck attached to the auditorium
Enter through alley...sign says "Attorneys"
There will be a sign-in station where you will be given red wristbands
Legal Area is located in the back of the auditorium by the stairs (see sign "Legal Area")
Legal Area:
Check in with Nancy Yarbrough, executive director, or Meg Philips, staff attorney, and get a name tag. 
Contact Info for Nancy Yarbrough
Contact Info for Meg Philips
Please remember this will be a very busy event.  Last year at Project Homeless Connect we alone helped over 250 Homeless Clients and over 350 Homeless Clients attended. 

Attorneys Needed
This mom, who is currently homeless, needs to divorce her husband who is incarcerated on sex offender charges unrelated to the client or her daughter.
Lending a helping hand at Domestic Relations Help Desk

Thank you to the Domestic Relations Help Desk volunteers:  Alan
Garner Honora Gathings, Gathings Law,  Melinda Guillaume Jennifer Jones, Shabani & Associates (pictured)
Elizabeth Kanter, Carr Allison,  Susan McAlister Louis Montgomery, and  Heather Ward, Maynard Cooper.
Thank you Civil Help Desk Volunteers

Thank you to the Civil Help Desk volunteers:  Kathleen Bowers, Bressler,  Tom Francis, Balch,  Alan Garner Julie Goyer Leon Johnson Linda Hall Glenn Mazer (pictured), Mazer Law Firm, and  Kayla Schoen (pictured), The Schoen Firm, LLC.
Thank you Homeless Help Desk Volunteers

Hats off to these Homeless Help Desk volunteers : Bill Dawson ,
Stephanie Hunter, Patrick Runge, Balch, Matt Swerdlin, and Amber Whillock 
(pictured), Starnes.
Help Desk & Court Volunteers Needed