January 18, 2019
Pro Bono super hero!
Jessica Drennan with client, Angela
After Angela's husband abandoned her and her children, she made a drastic move: she packed up her car and drove from her home in Washington State all the way to Alabama where she could stay with relatives. The move exhausted Angela's resources and left her with no available credit. She came to VLB's Domestic Relations Help Desk hoping for assistance to secure child support. 
Jessica Drennan (Kirk Drennan) took the case. Jessica and Angela used every method they could to locate the husband. After two years, subpoenas to several agencies, and a request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, they were finally able to locate and serve the husband. "I've been taking pro bono cases since I became an attorney," Jessica said. "This one was very meaningful."
The case went to trial, and Angela now receives child support. It took nearly three years, but through Jessica's guidance and legal expertise and Angela's persistence, Angela and her three children are all thriving in their stable environment. "Throughout this whole process, I kept pinching myself," Angela said. "I couldn't believe what Volunteer Lawyers were doing for me."
Client in need
This mother of two children needs help getting a divorce from her husband of three years. She says that he has been abusive throughout the marriage. They have minimal assets and the wife needs a new start. I can help!
Thank you volunteers!
Christy Boardman helps her client at the Civil Help Desk

Rob Arnwine (Carr Allison)  
Christy Boardman (Bressler)  
Preston Martin (Bressler)
Matt McVay   
Patrick Mulligan (Bressler)
Lance Parmer (Cabaniss Johnston)
Moses Stone (Stone Law Firm)  
Abby van Alstyne (Quinn Connor)
Sarah Yates (Bressler)
Wakisha Hazzard with her client at the Domestic Relations Help Desk

Bob Dow (Maynard Cooper)
Melinda Guillaume
Wakisha Hazzard
Priscilla Kelley
Susan McAlister
John Milledge
Rommie Wheeler
Susan McAlister assists clients

Meredith Carpenter
Michele Harris
Stephanie Hunter
Susan McAlister
Emily McClendon (5 Points Law)
Adrienne Powell
John Milledge
Volunteer at a Help Desk
Kary Wolfe helps a client at the Civil Help Desk
Next week, we'll be having three Help Desks (Domestic Relations and Veterans, 1/23, and Civil, 1/24) and the Turning Point court docket (1/22). We still have a few slots available for the Veterans Help Desk! Please sign up here if you can volunteer.

Note that we will not be having a Civil Help Desk on Monday, 1/21, which is Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.
Remember to “like” VLB on Facebook, and visit our Facebook page to see all the Help Desk happenings and news about civil legal aid. 
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