June 26, 2015
Volunteer attorneys get ready for LGBTQ legal clinic

Stephen Rygiel, Birmingham Aids Outreach
More than 35 attorneys attended a CLE to prepare for the first Birmingham LGBTQ wills clinic to be held at Birmingham AIDS Outreach on July 9th. The CLE was led by Stephen Rygiel, pictured, from Birmingham Aids Outreach, Judge Sherri Friday, Jefferson County Probate Court, Jack Carney, Carney Dye, and Denise Brogan-Kator, Family Eqaulity Council. For more information click here.

Brent Cobb, Southern Company Services, and John Aaron assist a client during a Civil Help Desk.

Volunteer at a Help Desk
The BBVLP holds Help Desks on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday every week. Please sign-up for a two-hour time slot.
Clients in needs of volunteer attorneys

Father needs help with child support
This father works in construction, is current on child support, but his wife wants more and has filed a petition against him. He needs an attorney to help him calculate the correct amount he should be paying. Click here to contact Heather Bussey about this case.

Client needs help with divorce
The client, who is mentally disabled, needs an attorney because her husband abandoned her and has moved out of state with their only vehicle. He left her with all of the marital bills, which she has been struggling to pay without his support. She has been trying to represent herself. Click here to contact Heather Bussey about this case.

Elderly client needs help with with unlawful tenant
The client, who has trouble reading and writing, purchased his property at a tax sale in 2003. For 12 years, tenants of the previous owners have been living there rent free. The client is currently living with a relative and needs the house to live in. The police refuse to intervene because this is a civil matter. The client has the tax deed and his Affidavit of Hardship has been approved. Click here to contact Katrina Brown about this client.

Client needs help recovering from mechanic
The client had taken her car into a shop for repairs. While in the shop, the car was allegedly broken into and the car's electronics were stolen. The shop owner apparently told police that he would cover the cost of replacing the stolen items. The client has contacted the shop owner but he has refused to give her money. Click here to contact Katrina Brown to help this client.

Mom needs help supporting her children
This mom has not received $40,000 in child support for her 15- and 11-year-old children and needs help getting the money to pay for her children's basic necessities. Click here to contact Heather Bussey about this case.
Thank you to Shaun Styers, Revill Law Firm, for helping a client adopt her two-year-old grand niece. DHR had originally placed the child with the client because both of the parents had substance abuse issues. Mr. Styers helped the client to officially adopt the child she has been caring for.
Thank you to the attorneys that accepted extended representation cases:
Cedrick Coleman, May Legal Group
Jade Sipes, Baker Donelson
Thank you to the attorneys that volunteer at Help Desks this week:

District Court Help Desk: 30 clients helped on Monday and Thursday
Louise Tharaud
Andrew Wheeler-Berliner, The Berliner Firm
Linda Hall
John Aaron, Aaron Law Firm
Haley Box, Legal Services Alabama
Meredith Busby
Brent Cobb, Southern Company Services
Bill Prosch
Eric Scott

Domestic Relations Help Desk: 27 clients helped on Wednesday
Stephanie Blackburn, Legal Services Alabama
Meredith Busby
Patricia Doblar
Maura Goodwyn
Matthew Griffin
Derry Johnson
Leon Johnson 
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