The Advocate
Guarding Justice for Low Income and Vulnerable Alabamians
July 2018
Your Support to LSA helps:

Keep families safe from domestic violence
Prevent foreclosures & illegal evictions
Advocate for Veterans and the Elderly 
Protect the wages of working poor families
Empower citizens through community outreach & education
Restore Dignity to low income individuals and families 

Be a Hero! Change a life!
Become a Guardian of Justice today!  

Your donation means so much to the almost one million people living in poverty throughout Alabama!  Over 90% of LSA's budget is spent directly on services to our clients!
Lending a Helping Hand
LSA was recognized in July as an affiliate agency of the River Region United Way! The Agency serves Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery counties.

pictured: Montgomery Regional Office Managing Attorney Stephanie Blackburn (left) and Joyce Hall, Administrative Assistant (right).
Staff Spotlight : Angela Newton,
Administrative Support, Dothan Office

Why work for LSA? 
Growing up, I experienced the firsthand effects of domestic violence. My dad was an alcoholic and my mom was hooked on pain medicine. They fought all the time, and one night my mom came home late and my dad met her at the door with his fist and she fell back and busted her head. My dad refused to take my mom to the hospital, so I had to walk to my aunt’s house to get my mom some help. Due to his drinking, my dad lost his business and we lost our house. At times, we had no food in the house, and the only clothes I had to wear were the clothes given to me.  Thanks to the help of others that took me in, I was the first member of my family to graduate from high school and the only member to graduate from college.    " Working at Legal Services gives me the opportunity to give back to those in need."  

What is your most memorable experience? 
There are so many memorable experiences, it is very hard to pick just one. One memorable experience involved a single mom whose pay check was being garnished. Her daughter was starting school and she had no money to buy her daughter’s school uniforms. I was able to help buy her daughter’s school uniforms. Legal Services was able to help her file bankruptcy and stop the garnishment.  

What advice can you give others who are thinking about working with LSA and its offices? 
  Working at Legal Services is the most rewarding job anyone could ever imagine. You get to wake up every day and help someone: whether it’s helping someone get away from an abuser, helping someone keep a roof over their head, or just listening to someone who has no one else to listen to them about their problems.   

What do you like to do in your spare time?  
  When I can find some spare time, I enjoy fishing, going to the beach, and spending time with family.    

* Angela Newton, Administrative Assistant in the Dothan Office, joined LSA in February 2001. Angela earned a bachelor's in Physical Science and Biology from Troy University.
LSA Summer 2018 Interns
Alex LaGanke, Rising 2L, Cumberland School of Law
Channing Adams, 3L,
Thomas Goode Jones
School of Law
From L-R: Robby Thompson, The University of Alabama School of Law; Ellen Larson, Cumberland; and Darrius Culpepper, UA School of Law
Tamara Imam, Rising 2L,
The University of Alabama School of Law
Eric Nelson, 2L,
The University of Alabama School of Law
Michelle Herd, Extern,
Cumberland School of Law
Sarah Green, Rising 2L
Liberty University
School of Law
Jadelyn Watkins,
LeFlore Magnet High School
Candayce Wiggins,
LeFlore Magnet High School
Keitt Trammell,
Troy University
Hahna Burney and Megan Williams, 3L
Jones School of Law
Allison Phillips, 3L
Jones School of Law
From L-R: Anna Saunders, upcoming 3L, Cumberland School of Law ; Chastity Westry, 1L, Birmingham School of Law ; Brittany Wilson, upcoming 2L, Cumberland ; Ellen Larson, upcoming 3L, Cumberland ;
Not pictured: Deanna Breckenridge, Gadsden State Community College
Legal Services Alabama
2017 Annual Report
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Client Success Stories:

Tyler Brannon, Staff Attorney in the Huntsville Office, negotiated a settlement without litigation between a DV victim and her spouse!

Our client came to LSA after seeking a divorce from her abusive husband. Our client's husband would exhibit bursts of violence, resulting in injury to our client. Our Advocate incidentally called our client during one of these bursts as police were en route and the husband was raging outside of the house. Our client would leave her husband after every burst and usually press criminal charges or seek a Protection From Abuse Order. After a few months, the parties would reconcile and our client would drop charges. Our client estimates that she and her husband only lived together for two (2) months of the nine-month long marriage. Our client negotiated with her husband on her own accord to not pursue a Protection From Abuse Order against him in exchange for him cooperating to achieve a simple divorce. Our client and husband arrived together to sign divorce papers.

Congratulations to Tyler and our Huntsville Office Advocates for helping a DV victim to escape and abusive marriage and have a future filled with hope!

Andriette Rowell, Lead Attorney in the Montgomery Office, helped a parent receive favorable education for her child!

Our client and her mother lived in school district. Our client's mother encountered financial difficulties and moved in with her mother's brother. The brother lived in the same school district. The mother filled out forms at the school board, changing her address. A member of the school board came to the brother's home around 10 p.m. Our client, nor her mother, was present. Our client's mother was in Birmingham for a medical appointment at UAB hospital. The school board removed client from the school based on the one visit where client was not present. The school board refused to accept documentation showing that our client and her mother resided in the school district. It took multiple negotiation attempts and our Advocate threatening to sue and bring client's brother, Landlord and multiple documents to the Administrative Hearing and Court, before client was allowed to return to school.

Congratulations to Andriette and our Montgomery Office Advocates for helping a child be given a fair opportunity to obtain appropriate education!

Dothan Office

Mary Jane Oakley, Staff Attorney in the Dothan Office, prevented homelessness for our client!

Our client requested assistance with a threat by Dothan Housing Authority to terminate her Section 8 voucher (HCV) if Landlord was successful with unlawful detainer. Our Advocate represented our client in the unlawful detainer case and reached a settlement with the AP (our Advocate filed a MTD alleging defective notice). We agreed that the Landlord would dismiss eviction if our client vacated the premises by the agreed upon date. Our client actually went over by a day but the Landlord still dismissed as agreed. Our Advocate noticed the DHA, and sent a copy of order of dismissal. Our client moved into the new property with her voucher!

Congratulations to Mary Jane and our Dothan Office Advocates for helping to prevent homelessness for our client!
In Our Clients' Words:

"I like the promptness of services and how [LSA] helped me. Thank you very much!"
Client, Dothan Office

"Thank you for the second chance."
-Client, Tuscaloosa Office

"When I think of the people who have made the biggest impact in our lives, I think of [LSA]. I believe because of you, my son's high school year will be a success!"
-Client, Dothan Office

Thank You for providing
Help & Hope to low-income &
vulnerable people throughout

Support our Veteran Services 
  LSA provides free, civil legal services to Veterans!   
L SA continues providing legal services to Veterans by providing on site services through a partnership with the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System and VA Gulf Coast.
 LSA is dedicated to providing holistic solutions to the root issues plaguing low-income and homeless Veterans. An LSA attorney and intake specialist will be available on Wednesdays at two VA locations to provide legal assistance to Veterans: 

Montgomery VA Medical Center on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month and the Tuskegee VA on the first, third, and fifth Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

LSA now offers services to Veterans in South Alabama the first Thursday of each month from 10 AM to 2 PM at our Mobile Regional Office.

Call 1-866-456-4995 for more information!
The Advocate is published monthly by Communications & Community Development Coordinator, Desiree Taylor