October 30, 2015
Alabama Supreme Court honors BBVLP attorneys
Birmingham volunteer attorneys and Alabama Supreme Court judges at the pro bono recognition event in Montgomery from left to right: Jennifer Howard, Abigail Clarkson, Linda Hall, Justice Michael Bolin, April Bauder, Chief Justice Roy Moore, Lula Cole, Martin Weinberg, Lisa Borden and Elizabeth Blair.

The Alabama Supreme Court honored on Tuesday 88 Alabama attorneys, including 55 from the Birmingham area, who provided 50 or more hours of pro bono service to poor and low-income clients in 2014. 

Chief Justice Roy Moore and Associate Justice Michael Bolin, of Birmingham, recognized the award recipients at the event that was presented by the Alabama Access to Justice Commission. "Our country is built on the premise that the doors to justice are open to everyone regardless of your income," Moore said in his remarks at the event. "Your work ensures that all Alabamians can achieve justice."

Many of the Birmingham volunteer attorneys who attended the awards ceremony in Montgomery expressed their desire to give back to the community and make a difference as reasons as to why they are committed to pro bono service.

"I believe it is very important that we give back to those that are most vulnerable to help sustain our communities," said Attorney Lula Cole from Leeds.

Abigail Clarkson, who volunteers with the BBVLP and whose firm, Lloyd Hogan, was a recent sponsor of Pro Hops Vino!, said she grew up in northeast Alabama among people all across the socioeconomic spectrum.

"I can relate to my low-income clients because I was one bad decision away from being one of those clients myself," Clarkson said. "I will always help the less fortunate; it is both an obligation and a privilege."

Please thank these fantastic Birmingham area volunteer attorneys who gave more than 50 hours in pro bono service in 2014:

John Aaron
Aaron Law Firm
Jennifer Anderson
McGriff Seibels & Williams
Melanie Atha
Cabaniss Johnston
Kellie Avery-TubbApril Bauder
Merrell Law Firm
Rebecca Beers
Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell
Elizabeth Blair
Lightfoot Franklin & White
Lisa Borden
Baker Donelson
Robin Burrell
Najjar Denaburg
Bruce Buttram
Burttram & Henderson
Abigail Clarkson
Lloyd & Hogan
Patricia Clotfelter
Baker Donelson
Lula ColeEric ColemanCatherine Crowe
Bressler Amery & Ross
Patricia DoblarMelissa DoggettLinda Fiveash
Honora Gathings
Gathings Law
James GriffinMatthew Griffin
William Hahn
Baker Donelson
Linda HallGinger Hamilton
Lorrie Hargrove
Maynard Cooper & Gale
Felicia Harris-Daniels
Blankenship & Associates
Joshua Hornady
Sirote & Permutt
Jennifer Howard
Baker Donelson
Frank James
Baker Donelson
Leon Johnson
Loring Jones
Jones & Associates
Priscilla KelleyPamela Kilgore
Flint Liddon
Liddon Law Firm
Charles Lorant
Lorant Law Group
De Martenson
Huie Fernambucq
Andy MearsJohn MilledgeLouis Montgomery
Bhate Environmental 
Carolynn MooreRyan Myers
Cory Watson
Staci Pierce
Baker Donelson
Jessica Powers
King Simmons
Honza Prchal
Heninger Garrison Davis
Bill Prosch
Tiffany Rainbolt
Maynard Cooper & Gale
Wesley Redmond
Baker Donelson
Shane Smith
Lloyd & Hogan
Ida Tyree-Hyche
Tyree Hyche & Dixon
Abigail Van Alstyne
Quinn Connor Weaver
Andrew Walsh
Baker Donelson
Reilly Ward
Maynard Cooper & Gale
Martin WeinbergAmber Whillock
Starnes Davis Florie
Donald Winningham
Bressler Amery & Ross

The BBVLP is seeking outstanding individuals to serve on its board
The BBVLP is accepting nominations for its 2016 board. 

Members of the board are responsible for encouraging volunteer attorney involvement and financial giving, planning strategy for growth and effectiveness, and implementing the new annual BBVLP fundraiser, Pro Hops Vino!

If you or someone you know is interested in serving on the BBVLP board, please complete this form and e-mail it to Nancy Yarbrough by Friday, November 13.

The 2016 BBVLP Board will be confirmed in December 2015 by current board members and you will be notified shortly thereafter if you have been ratified as a 2016 BBVLP board member.
Don't miss BBVLP Staff Attorney Katrina Brown at the YLS CLE
The Young Lawyers Section will be hosting their annual Cocktail Party Law CLE on Friday, November 13 from 11:30am - 4:30pm in the basement of the Kress Building. The CLE has panel discussions on criminal law, property law, and legal issues with opening a small business. BBVLP Staff Attorney Katrina Brown is one of the panelists. This CLE is four credit hours and you are encouraged to pre-register. Please click here for more information.
Get your CLE credits for free at the Free Tax CLE
Legal Services Alabama is offering a free one-hour CLE on November 4th from 11am - noon at the Birmingham Bar Center, 2021 2nd Avenue North. The CLE topic is "Avoid Tax Pitfalls in Your Family Law Practice" and will feature LSA attorney Maceo Kirkland. Please contact Renea Jones or click here for more information.
Donate clothing for veterans
Many of those in the recent Trade Towers fire in Birmingham were veterans that served our country. The VA and One Roof, a homeless consortium that the BBVLP partners with, are looking for larger men's clothing including shirts, pants, and jackets, particularly sizes 3x and 4x for the residents affected. Please drop off donations to One Roof at 1515 6th Avenue South (Cooper Green Hospital) on the fifth floor, or call (205) 254-8833 for details.
Pro Hops Vino! in November issue of About Town
Look for the November issue of About Town at local businesses next week. The magazine will feature some great pictures from Pro Hops Vino! Click here to see all of the pictures.
Open Cases

Client needs help divorcing man who is charged with killing her three-year-old son 

This woman is seeking a divorce from her husband who is in jail on capital murder charges for killing her three-year-old son. The client says the husband also beat her. Click here to read the al.com story.

This will not be a difficult divorce case as the BBVLP knows how to serve someone who is incarcerated and will help the attorney volunteering for this case. Additionally, there is no property or child support issues so a default judgment would be sufficient. Please contact Heather Bussey to help this client.

Please help client remain in her home
This woman lost her job as a nurse's assistant and got behind on her mortgage about $10,000. The client found a new job and wants to stay in her home, but her new job is paying her less and she cannot keep up with the current mortgage payment. Please contact Katrina Brown to help this client.

Please help client whose husband abandoned her at a homeless shelter
This client is staying at a local shelter and needs help getting out of a short-term marriage. The client ended up at the shelter after her husband dumped her there and then filed for divorce against her. Please contact Heather Bussey to help this client.

Client needs help getting $62,000 in support to raise her nine-year-old
This mother has been paying all the expenses to raise her nine-year-old daughter because her husband has not paid a dime of support since they divorced when the child was three-years-old. The mother works at a low-paying job and cannot afford to raise her daughter on her own. This is a Bessemer division case that the BBVLP will help you win. Please contact Heather Bussey to help this client.

Mom needs help retaining custody of her children
This Bessemer mom cannot afford an attorney and needs help defending herself in a divorce that her husband filed. The husband has an attorney and has won temporary custody of the children. The mom desperately wants custody, is organized, and ready to work with a volunteer attorney. The case is in Bessemer. Please contact Heather Bussey to help this client.

Please woman with breast cancer escape her mentally abusive husband

This stay-at-home mom wants out of a mentally abusive relationship because her husband's actions are affecting her health and she has just be diagnosed with breast cancer. The couple has one child and joint assets.  Please contact Heather Bussey to help this client.

Thank you to the volunteer attorneys that closed extended representation cases this week:
Cedrick Coleman, May Legal Group
Kathryn Roe Eldridge, Maynard Cooper & Gale
Amy E. Glenos

Thank you to the attorneys that volunteered at a Help Desk this week:

Civil Court Help Desk: 29 clients
Vincent Nelan, Baker Donelson
Amy Hazelton, Southern Company
Andy Jones, Cory Watson
Patrick Marshall, McCallum Methvin & Terrell

Domestic Relations Help Desk: 21 clients
Joe Coker, Southern Nuclear
Patricia Doblar
Amy E. Glenos
Matthew Griffin
Leon Johnson
Priscilla Kelley

Firehouse Shelter Clinic: 5 clients
Thomas Gerald DeLawrence, Balch & Bingham
Matthew Todd Lowther, Balch & Bingham

Thank you to the attorneys that accepted extended representation cases this week:
Benjamin D. Cohn, Williams Elliott & Edwards
Stella C. Jackson, Gregory C. Starkey & Associates
Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program
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