July 10, 2015
Refer a candidate to be the BBVLP's AmeriCorps member

The BBVLP is seeking an energetic, creative, and justice-minded candidate with excellent writing and communication skills to serve as our AmeriCorps member to jumpstart our social media and marketing efforts so that we can reach more clients in need.

The ideal candidate will have a marketing, communications, public relations, journalism, or related degree and is eager to join the BBVLP to provide legal services to community members who cannot afford representation. Click here for a full position description.

For more information, visit ywcabham.org/americorps. To apply, send resume and cover letter to americorps@ywcabham.org. Deadline is August 3.

22 attorneys volunteer at first LGBTQ wills clinic
Jack Carney, Carney Dye, and Cumeberland law student Jessica Barnhill (right) help a client with a will at Birmingham AIDS Outreach.
Twenty volunteer attorneys helped 44 low-income clients obtain peace of mind by completing wills, powers of attorneys, and other estate-planning documents at the first LGBTQ wills clinic at Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO) on Thursday.

Steve Rygiel, BAO legal coordinator, organized the clinic because he saw a need in clients that he came in contact with at BAO. "I had heard that Mississippi had organized a similar clinic and I wanted to see if we could do one here that was equally successful," Rygiel said.

But what resulted on Thursday was more than a success to Rygiel and everyone involved including the BBVLP and BBVLP volunteers. "We literally helped a steady stream of clients for eight hours," Rygiel said.

Jack Carney, of Carney Dye and also a BBVLP volunteer, drafted wills at the clinic the entire day and also developed the software and documents needed for volunteer attorneys to help clients. "It is my pleasure to help people in need and clearly from the response of this clinic, there were many people in need," Carney said.

Amanda Keller, a director at BAO, Steve Rygiel, BAO legal coordinator, and Kristin Sullivan, a volunteer attorney with Massey, Stotser & Nichols, celebrate the completion of a will that Krstin drafted for two clients who traveled from Montgomery for help.

Thank you to the following attorneys and law students who donated their time and expertise:

Cassandra Adams, Cumberland School of Law
Katrina Brown, BBVLP
Heather Bussey, BBVLP
Jack Carney, Carney Dye
Ben Cohn, Williams Elliott & Edwards
April DeLuca, Meyer Anderson & DeLuca
Kristi Dowdy, Law Offices of Kristi A. Dowdy
Krystal Drummond, Drummond Company
Megan Elder, Elder Law Firm
Scott Evans, Birmingham AIDS Outreach
Glory McLaughlin, University of Alabama School of Law
Ashleigh Meyer, Meyer Anderson & DeLuca
Dagmar Rick
Steve Rygiel, Birmingham AIDS Outreach
Jenifer Schiper
Andrew Schwartz
Kristin Sullivan, Massey Stotser & Nichols
Tripp Watson, The Watson Firm
Nancy Yarbrough, BBVLP

BBVLP Interns
Mary Lambert, Cumberland School of Law
Patrick Perry, Cumberland School of Law

Law Students
Jessica Barnhill, Cumberland School of Law
Matthew Bailey, University of Alabama School of Law
Lyndsie Curry
Kate Furek, Cumberland School of Law
Katie Grayson, University of Alabama School of Law
Hannah Hicks
Brandi Russell
Open cases

Please help mother win custody of minor child from unfit father 
This client has not seen her son for over two months, in violation of their divorce decree, because she says the child's father refuses to let her see him. The mother says the father has had several DUI's since he has had custody. The mother is trying to make ends meet as a nail technician. Please help by contacting Heather Bussey.

Please help protect mother's rights during divorce process
This mother needs help protecting her interests against her husband who kicked both her and her child out of their house. Please help by contacting Heather Bussey.

Mother of two children needs help filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
This mother would like to file bankruptcy as an effort to get her driver's license back. Her license was revoked due to a money judgment filed against her. The client is currently on Social Security and cannot afford to pay the judgment. Client has two small children and has no way to get them to school or to their doctors' appointments. Please help by contacting Katrina Brown.
Congratulations attorneys who closed cases:

Sara Adams, Lorant Law Group
Ben Cohn, Williams Elliot & Edwards, closed an uncontested divorce
Floyed Gaines, Baker Donelson
Jan Hofman closed an uncontested divorce case
Matthew Moore
Adam Pittman, Cory Watson
Sidney Summey, White Arnold & Dowd
Greg White, Russo White & Keller, closed a divorce case
Leon Johnson helps a client at the Domestic Relations Help Desk.
Volunteer at a Help Desk or volunteer your firm
The BBVLP holds Help Desks on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday every week. Please sign-up for a two-hour time slot or volunteer your firm to handle a day every month.
Thank you Help Desk volunteer attorneys:

District Court Help Desk: 12 clients on Monday and Thursday
Patricia Doblar
Elise Fuller

Domestic Relations Help Desk: 28 clients on Wednesday
Sara E. Adams, Lorant Law Group
Dru Clark, Legal Services Alabama
Patricia Doblar
Elise Fuller
Leon Johnson
Aman Kahlon
Priscilla Kelley
Thank you attorneys who accepted cases:

Derry Johnson
W. Preston Martin, Bressler Amery & Ross
Greg White, Russo White & Keller
Chris J. Williams, Maynard Cooper & Gale
Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program
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