October 16, 2015
Bocce Ball, Chili, and helping BBVLP and Legal Aid!

When you buy a ticket to Thursday's Birmingham Bar Foundation's Bocce Ball Tournament, you help the BBVLP and Birmingham Legal Aid as all proceeds go to these two organizations. Please see the flyer for more information or click here to buy a regular ticket for $25 or a law student ticket for $15. See you there!

Help women escape violence 

The BBVLP is experiencing an increase in the amount of women (often mothers of young children) who are seeking to escape domestic violence by obtaining a divorce.

Working on these cases can be extremely rewarding experiences for volunteer attorneys. What bigger difference in a client's life can you make than to help him or her escape a violent and sometimes potentially deadly relationship?

Yet working on these cases also can be difficult for attorneys who do not have prior experience in this area of the law.

That is why the BBVLP is wanting to identify attorneys interested in helping clients seeking escape from violence. Once we identify interested lawyers, we will conduct training and explain the support we will provide so that attorneys can successfully navigate these cases with the help of BBVLP staff and other domestic violence services organization such as the YWCA.

Please email Nancy Yarbrough or Heather Bussey if you are even slightly interested in exploring helping domestic violence victims. You are not required to take a case or participate by showing interest. Once we establish a core group of interested attorneys, we will identify training and next steps.
Watch the BBVLP on Law Call this Sunday at 10:30 p.m.

The BBVLP will be featured on Law Call at 10:30 p.m. this Sunday on Fox 6. Feel free to call-in with a question! Click here for more details.
Volunteer at a Help Desk

Kimberly Lockhart Bell assists a client at the Pathways Homeless Clinic.
Please sign-up for a two-hour time slot at a Help Desk held every Monday,Wednesday and Thursday or at a legal clinic at Pathways and Firehouse homeless shelters every Tuesday. Please contact Heather Bussey about helping at a shelter clinic.

Open Cases

Please help client through divorce process
This is a long-term marriage of over thirty six years. Client is on disability and spouse has retired from the military. Alimony and retirement are the issues of the parties. Please contact Heather Bussey to help this client.

Please help client modify his child support
Client is disabled and has a pending petition to modify child support to decrease his payments. Please contact Heather Bussey to help this client.

Client needs help through pending divorce process
The client has no contact with children because of husband filing an alleged fraudulent Protection From Abuse order against her. The client is unemployed and unable to represent herself. Client desperately wants to have custody of her minor children.
Please contact Heather Bussey to help this client.

Please help elderly lady through her divorce case
This is a long-term marriage. Both parties are on disability. The spouse does not help client pay any bills of the home. Client cannot represent herself in this matter. The parties have real estate. Please contact Heather Bussey to help this client
Volunteer to work a Wills Clinic for Pro Bono month!
Here are two opportunities to give back to the community during October's Pro Bono month:

Oxmoor Senior Center Wills for Seniors Clinic
Volunteers can sign-up for two-hour time slots to draft Simple Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Advanced Healthcare Directives for local seniors.

October 22nd, 9am-4pm
Oxmoor Valley Community Center
1992 Wenonah Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, AL 35211

Vestavia Hills Wills for Heroes Clinic
Volunteers can sign-up for two-hour time slots to draft Simple Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Advanced Healthcare Directives for police officers and firemen.

October 26th & 27th, 9am-4pm
New Vestavia Hills Municipal Center
1032 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills, 35216

Please contact Charmayne Fillmore of Cumberland School of Law at 205-726-4342 or ccmc@samford.edu if you would like to volunteer for either clinic.
Thank you to the attorneys who volunteered at a Help Desk over the past two weeks:

District Court Help Desks: 33 clients 
Kathleen Bowers, Bressler Amery & Ross
George Gaskin
Ryan Myers, Cory Watson
Moses Stone, Stone Law Firm
Donnie Winningham, Bressler Amery & Ross

Domestic Relations Help Desks: 70 clients 
April Bauder, Merrell Law Firm
Kathleen Bowers, Bressler Amery & Ross
Patricia Doblar
Mattie C. Gaskin, YWCA Central Alabama
Ann Gathings, Gathings Law
Amy E. Glenos
Matthew Griffin
Leon Johnson
Priscilla Kelley
T. Anderson Mears, II
John Milledge
Louis Montgomery, Bhate Environmental Associates

Jessica Chang, Cumberland School of Law
Yee Huang

Pathways Homeless Clinic: 6 clients last Tuesday
Kimberly Lockhart Bell, Balch and Bingham
Kathleen Anne Collier, Balch and Bingham

Firehouse Homeless Clinic: 4 clients on Tuesday
Spencer McCartney Taylor, Balch and Bingham
Marcus Richard Chatterton, Balch and Bingham

Thank you to the attorneys who accepted extended representation cases this week:
Ann Gathings, Gathings Law, took two divorce cases at the Domestic Relations help desk.
Eleanor Jolley, Donahue & Associates, LLC, took two uncontested divorce cases.

Thank you to the attorneys who closed extended representation cases this week:
Louis Montgomery, Bhate Environmental Associates
Carla Perkinson
Lisa Robinson
Tara Whitaker
BBVLP Board Member's lawsuit featured in the New York Times

The New York Times published this story recently about a lawsuit that alleges that a private probation company in Tennessee is violating racketeering laws by jailing poor people who fail to pay court finds for traffic and other misdemeanor offenses. The court action was filed by the pro bono arm of Baker Donelson, where BBVLP Board Member Lisa Borden is the pro bono shareholder, and Equal Justice Under Law, a civil rights group.
Pro Hops Vino! success

Pro Hops Vino! 2015 was a sell-out success! Check out the photos below and special thanks to the Pro Hops Vino! Committee for making this inaugural fundraiser for the BBVLP fun and lucrative! Please let us know if you have any suggestions on how to make next year's Pro Hops Vino! even better.

Click here to see Pro Hops Vino! Pictures.

Pro Hops Vino! Committee

Andrew Boulter, Leitman Siegal & Payne 
Pro Hops Vino! Chairman and Sponsorship Team
Andrew personally secured more than $5,000 in sponsorships.


Lisa Borden, Baker Donelson
Pro Hops Vino! Marketing, Wine, and Facilities Teams
Lisa arranged for Baker Donelson to donate the event space, secured wine from International Wine, paid for the development of the Pro Hops Vino! logo and made personal donations.

Jessica Kirk Drennan, Kirk Drennan Law 

Wine, Sponsorship, and Silent Auction Teams
Charles Fry, University of Alabama - Health Services Foundation
Ryan Myers, Cory Watson
Jessica, Charles and Ryan enticed more than a dozen Birmingham attorneys to
donate rare bottles of wine for the Silent Auction that resulted in more than $5,000 in donations. Jessica also secured major sponsorships.

Charlie Lorant, Lorant Law Group
Michelle Pieroni, Huie Fernambucq & Stewart
Ashley Rhea, Maynard Cooper & Gale
Charlie, Michelle, and Ashley persuaded all the food vendors to donate special dishes to Pro Hops Vino! and helped with set-up and serving.

Meade Hartfield, Bradley Arant Boult & Cummings
Chris Nicholson, Jones & Hawley

Donnie Winningham, Bressler Amery & Ross
Audrey Brown
Barbara Luckett, Legal Services Alabama
Paul Rand, Community Law Office

David Ashford, Southpace Properties
Justin Cureton, Deloitte
Paul Garrison, Infinity Inurance Company
Jamie Henderson, Leitman Siegal & Payne
Katie Taylor, Butler Snow

Jane Mauzy, Marsh Rickard & Bryan
Jade Sipes, Baker Donelson

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