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May 18, 2018 eBrief
VLB Bankruptcy Program Helping Clients with Fresh Starts
LaBrenda Norman
Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham is helping low-income clients struggling with debt, serving 138 clients since beginning our new Bankruptcy Program last year.
 
Most of the clients VLB attorney volunteers help are having trouble making ends meet because of mounting medical bills. Some, after talking to an attorney, decide that a bankruptcy is not the best option for them. 
 
Clients unable to manage their debts are encouraged to first visit the Civil Help Desk where a VLB staff attorney explains what is involved in filing for a Chapter 7 discharge ( see VLB Bankruptcy Form by clicking here ).
Bankruptcy clients then meet with a bankruptcy attorney volunteer at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court on the first Friday of every month.  
 
Bankruptcy attorney volunteers use Best Case software to file Chapter 7 bankruptcies, like Attorney  LaBrenda Norman  is doing in the picture. The software is donated to the VLB thanks to the help of the Alabama State Bar’s Bankruptcy Committee and especially the work of Maynard Attorney  Leland Murphree.
 
To volunteer at the next Bankruptcy Help Desk on Friday, June 1 st click here.
VLB Champions for Justice Campaign in Full Swing
Private law firm and company support is a primary funding source for VLB. Click here for more information. To make your commitment, e-mail Nancy Yarbrough , Executive Director, or any member of the Board of Directors . Thank you to these firms that have already committed:
PLATINUM LEVEL LEADERSHIP DONOR
GOLD LEVEL DONORS
SILVER LEVEL DONOR
BRONZE LEVEL DONOR
Jim & Julie Goyer

Judge John & Susan Carroll
DONORS
Donors May2018
Attorneys Needed
Please help this mother of an eight-month-old through her divorce. Her spouse is currently incarcerated and has been charged with domestic violence. I Can Help!
Upcoming Help Desks

May 21 - Civil Help Desk 
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

May 22 – Turning Point Docket 
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

May 23 – Domestic Relations Help Desk 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

May 23 – Veterans Help Desk 
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

May 24 – Civil Help Desk 
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Job Opening at Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham
VLB has an opening for an Administrative Assistant. This is a full-time position that includes benefits. Please see the job description and share it with anyone that might be interested. Send a resume and cover letter to Nancy Yarbrough, Executive Director ( nyarbrough@vlpbirmingham.org ).
Thank You Help Desk Volunteers
Thank You Domestic Relations Pro Se Help Desk Volunteers

Rick Fernambucq (Boyd Fernambucq)(pictured), Adrienne Powell , and Susan McAlister .
Fernambucq
Thank You Civil Help Desk Volunteers

Kerry Burgess (Burgess Roberts), Lloyd Gathings (Gathings Law), Gregory Harp , Kendra Johnson , Lance Parmer (Cabaniss Johnston), Michelle Pieroni (Travelers), Emily Ruzic (Bradley) (pictured), Davis Vaughn (Bradley) (pictured), Jeffrey Wertheim (Naderpour & Associates), and Lashanda Willis (Willis Law Office).
Ruzic Vaugn
Thank You Domestic Relations Help Desk Volunteers

April Bauder (Merrell Law Firm), Clay Carr (Boardman Carr) (pictured), Rachel Friedman (Burr), Alan Garner , Melinda Guillaume , Susan McAlister , John Milledge , Louis Montgomery (Bhate Environmental Associates), and Kim Vice (Gathings Law).
Clay Carr
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