March 25, 2016 eBrief

Bill Prosch, Prosch Law Firm, helped a women whose husband died access his accounts. Prosch did more than expected by first getting legal access to the man's safe deposit box. Prosch met the client at the bank to open the box and when they did not find a will, Prosch helped the client probate the estate in Probate Court. Prosch also regularly volunteers at the BBVLP Civil Help Desk. "Helping people that need legal services is important to me," Prosch said. "The Help Desk is a forum that provides me the opportunity to help."

1.This 49-year-old mother, who works as a caretaker's assistant in a nursing home, needs a guardianship (and has a doctor's supportive letter) over her severely mentally ill daughter who has been in and out of hospitals and living on the streets for years.

2. This 51-year-old client has been taking care of her cousin who suffers from a severe head injury since his mother died in 2010. She is now seeking a guardianship so she can help make medical decisions for him.

3. This client is seeking a divorce from her wife who has been verbally and physically violent to her during their short eight-month marriage. There is no property or children, and the client has since moved to a safe location. 

4. This client has had mold in her Section 8 apartment since 2013 and needs help getting the landlord to fix the problem.

5. After 15 years of enduring physical abuse, this mother of three finally fled to a shelter after her husband strangled her. She obtained a PFA, is now in a safe location and needs help getting a divorce.

Monday & Thursday mornings
Wednesday mornings

Kayla Schoen, Bressler Amery & Ross, at the Civil Help Desk advising a client.
Kathy Collier, Balch & Bingham, and April Bauder, Merril Law Firm, helps a client at the Domestic Relations Help Desk.
Homeless Shelter
Tuesday mornings

University of Alabama Law Student, Caroline Page, and Amy Peake, Johnson Sterling, Inc., at the Homeless Shelter Help Desk.

A client was so happy with Melanie Atha, Cabaniss, Johnston Robert Keller, Russo, White & Kellerthat she sent this "udderly" cute card.

Atha helped the client receive an uncontested divorce. The parties have been separated since 2007 and needed to move on with their lives.
James Illston

Illston helped a client with an uncontested divorce. 

"I've been volunteering at the Help Desks," Illston said. "I decided the next step would be for me to volunteer to handle a case to get a deeper understanding of the divorce process."  
April Bauder, Merrill Law Firm
Meredith Busby
Kathy Collier, Balch & Bingham
Patricia Doblar
Melinda Guillaume
Yu Huang
James Illston
Kendra Johnson
Priscilla Kelley
Barbara Luckett, LSA
Patrick MulliganBressler Amery & Ross
Carla Perkinson
Margaret Philips, LSA
Bill Prosch
Tereza Sampaio
Kayla Schoen, Bressler Amery & Ross
Donnie Winningham, Bressler Amery & Ross

Jessica Chang, Cumberland School of Law
Barbara Saurer,University of Alabama

Victoria Charles, The Frankowski Firm
Melinda Guillaume
James Illston
Ed Odum
Meg Boulter, BBVLP Administrative Assistant, in her new work station from Christian & Small.
A Big "Thank You" to Christian & Small

Thank you BBVLP Board Member, Deborah Smith, for arranging a donation of work stations to the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyer Program from Christian & Small. 
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