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Our December 2018 Advocate of the Month is Kendra Johnson, Staff Attorney in the Birmingham Regional Office. Way to go Kendra!

Guy Lescault, Longterm Interim Executive Director, became head of organization on Jan. 1, 2019.

Our November 2018 Advocate of the Month is Rachelle Greczyn, Staff Attorney in the Dothan Regional Office. Congratulations Rachelle!

The latest edition of our donor newsletter is now available to view.

LSA welcomed former immigration attorney Norman Roman, as its newest Staff Attorney, to the Mobile Regional Office on Nov. 5.

The Alabama Civil Justice Foundation (ACJF) recently awarded Legal Services Alabama (LSA) with a grant in the amount of $235,000 to help in new rural initiative.

Our Advocate of the Month for October 2018 is Andrea “Rae” Bolton, Staff Attorney in the Birmingham Regional Office. Congratulations Rae!

The latest edition of our monthly donor newsletter is now available.

October 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Alabama State Bar Association’s National Pro Bono Month Celebration. LSA is proud to be a part of Pro Bono work statewide!

LSA recently welcomed Staff Attorney Gabriel De Moske to its Tuscaloosa Regional Office in October.

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced this week Legal Services Alabama will receive a $24,999 Technology Initiative Grant to improve its use of technology in assisting low-income Alabamans with civil legal needs.

Our September 2018 Advocate of the Month is Rachele Reis, Staff Attorney in the Mobile Office. Congratulations Rachele!

On Oct. 3, 2018, the Court of Appeals issued a decision overturning the federal district court and recognizing that our client’s rights had been violated. Congratulations to Michael Forton, Director of Advocacy and Huntsville Staff Attorneys Farah Majid and Laurie McFalls, who led the winning case!

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LSA welcomed Lee Jordan, Elder Law Staff Attorney, to the Montgomery Regional Office on Sept. 4.

Our August 2018 Advocate of the Month is Laurie McFalls, Staff Attorney in the Huntsville Office. Congratulations Laurie!

Legal Services Alabama is excited to announce that it has reached a successful resolution to a lawsuit filed against the Department of Human Resources last November in Alabama federal court.

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Our July 2018 Advocate of the Month is longtime Advocate Mary Jane Oakley, Staff Attorney in the Dothan Office. Congratulations Mary Jane!

At Legal Services Alabama we meet veterans where they are. Since March 2018, we’ve been helping veterans of low income across South Alabama with their civil legal needs.

Tim Kingston, LSA Mobile Regional Office Attorney, recently appeared on WABF 1480 Fairhope to discuss the services offered by the Mobile Regional Office and our Veterans' Civil Legal Clinics in partnership with the VA Gulf Coast.

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Our June 2018 Advocate of the Month is Michael Letson, Staff Attorney (CDBG) in the Birmingham Office. Congratulations Michael!

LSA recently welcomed business professional Gregory A. Ramos, Staff Attorney, to its Mobile Regional Office.

Please enjoy LSA's 2017 Annual Report, where we highlight advocacy, outreach, and services we provide statewide.

Please enjoy the latest edition of our donor newsletter The Advocate.

LSA welcomed Faye Doss Suggs as Staff Attorney to its Birmingham Office on June 11. A native of Birmingham, Suggs will serve as the office's Elder Law Attorney.

LSA Welcomes Birmingham native Kendra Johnson, Staff Attorney, to its Birmingham Legal Staff.

Our May 2018 Advocate of the Month is Holly Ray, Managing Attorney in the Huntsville Office. Congratulations Holly!

The Annie E. Casey Foundation held its Southern Partnership to Reduce Debt Convening on May 8-10 in Memphis. LSA's Deputy Director Jaffe Pickett and Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice's Executive Director, Frank Knaack, participated in the conference.

LSA recently participated in the Area Agency on Aging's May Day Senior Celebration 2018 in Lincoln, AL which welcomed more than 1,200 seniors from across east Alabama.

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LSA welcomes Jonathan Mok to its Birmingham Office legal staff!

Our April 2018 Advocate of the Month is Farah Majid, LSA Consumer Law Lead Attorney. Way to go Farah!

Legal Services Alabama is excited to announce that the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals has recently issued a decision protecting tenants’ rights in a case where LSA appeared as amici curiae.

Low-income tenants throughout Alabama will enjoy greater access to justice due to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeal’s recent ruling in Morrow v. Pake.

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Legal Services Alabama would like to congratulate Chris McCary, Staff Attorney in the Anniston/Gadsden Office, on his recent win at the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. Great job Chris!

Legal Services Alabama received an award on April 3 from Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and City Council during CDBG week held
April 2-April 6.

Our March 2018 Advocate of the Month is Felecia Pettway, Managing Attorney in the Selma Office. This month and every month, we here at LSA are very proud of the work done by Felecia and the Selma Office. Great job Felecia!

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Legal Services Alabama and the VA Gulf Coast have recently partnered together to offer free civil legal services to low-income Veterans living in South Alabama.

On March 5, LSA welcomed David Roberson, Controller, to head its Accounting department.

LSA's February 2018 Advocate of the Month is Tyler Brannon, Staff Attorney in the Huntsville Office. This month and every month, we here at LSA are very proud of the work done by our Advocates!

LSA Deputy Director, Jaffe Pickett, provided testimony to the Alabama Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights during a panel discussion held Thursday, Feb. 22 in Montgomery.

On Feb. 2, Legal Services Alabama received notice that an appeal filed by LSA last spring, has been granted oral arguments, and will be heard by a three judge panel.

Legal Services Alabama was represented at a women’s meet-and-greet event on Tuesday, February 20. Held at Wallace Community College Selma, the event was a part of Senator Doug Jones’ Alabama Tour.

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Our January 2018 Advocate of the Month is Pamela Jackson. Pamela continues to illustrate exactly how big a difference LSA can make in the lives of the people we serve! Keep up the good work!

LSA welcomes back Michael Letson, Staff Attorney (CDBG), to its Birmingham Office. A native of Moulton, Alabama, Letson returned to LSA in fall 2017.

The impact of poverty on education is a serious issue in Alabama. Factors include: below average test scores, diminished value of education, and little to no access to intervention programs among others (U.S. Department of Education, 2011). Legal Services Alabama provides basic civil legal assistance statewide to areas impacting low income families most.

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The wages of Alabama’s working poor are still under attack by creditors. When a creditor sues someone and wins in court, they get a judgment. LSA has partnered with The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to represent a client in a recent LSA appeal.

Our December 2017 Advocate of the Month is Wilson Webb, Staff Attorney in the Birmingham Office. This month, and every month, we here at LSA are very proud of the work done by Wilson and the Birmingham office! Congratulations Wilson!

Legal Services Alabama (LSA) announces the appointment of Guy Lescault, who will serve as Interim Executive Director, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Legal Services Alabama welcomed Danielle Edwards to its Selma Office on Monday, December 18.

Legal Services Alabama and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, recently filed an amicus brief in support of tenants' rights with the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. Tuscaloosa Staff Attorney Joseph Abrams and LSA Director of Advocacy Michael Forton, authored the brief for LSA.

View the current employment opportunities and position openings within our organization.

WLRH Huntsville Public Radio Community Newsroom Producer Kathy Jones recently interviewed LSA's Jonathan Barry-Blocker concerning the success of the organization's statewide Voter Rights Restoration Initiative.

LSA is happy to announce our Advocate of the Month for November: Tuscaloosa office Staff Attorney, Ricky Chambless! Congratulations Ricky, and keep up the great work!

Please enjoy the November 2017 edition of our monthly donor newsletter.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) awarded the One Place Family Justice Center (OPFJC) and Legal Services Alabama (LSA) with a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant in June 2017, to assist the organizations with expanding domestic violence services. ADECA is administering the grant from funds made available to the state by the U.S. Department of Justice.

LSA welcomes Indianapolis native Lisa Overton to its Legal team in the Birmingham Office.

Please enjoy the October 2017 edition of our monthly donor newsletter: The Advocate!

According to statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 1-in-3 women and 1-in-4 men are victims of domestic violence, demonstrating the need for awareness and advocacy. At LSA, we are offering hope to victims of Domestic Violence each and every day.

The Barbara McDowell and Gerald S. Hartman Foundation recently awarded Legal Services Alabama with a $25,000 grant to assist low-income individuals whose government food stamps were wrongfully discontinued in the past two years.

It is through your generous support that Legal Services Alabama provides help and hope to low-income families throughout the State!

Legal Services Alabama recently welcomed back Birmingham native Dru Clark, as its newest Staff Attorney to the Mobile office on Monday, Sept. 18. Clark, a graduate of Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, is employed under the City of Mobile's "Leaving a Legacy" project, which provides wills, free of charge, to those who qualify.

The City of Mobile is introducing a will program to reduce blight and revitalize neighborhoods. Facilitated by Legal Services Alabama (LSA), the "Leaving a Legacy" program will provide wills, free of charge, to those who qualify.

On the very first day of my second LSA career, my Managing Attorney asked me to look at a file for a client trying to save his home. My manager was deeply concerned that this was a case where we could not help the client, since his previous bankruptcy case had been dismissed. This put me to work instantly.

This case is the result of years of litigation, including an amici curiae brief filed in 2017 by two Legal Services Alabama Attorneys Joseph Abrams, and Michael Forton, Director of Advocacy. In our brief, LSA argued the legal, economic and social justifications of preserving homeowners’ rights, and requiring mortgage companies to strictly comply with their own rules.

LSA is very proud of Laurie, and we are so excited for the work she had done and will continue to do. Way to go Laurie, and keep it up!

Guarding Justice for Alabama's Poor

Legal Services Alabama welcomed Miami native Valynda Jerome-Williams, the newest Staff Attorney to its Montgomery office, on Aug. 21.

Legal Services Alabama welcomed Hilaire (pronounced the same as Hillary) Armstrong, as the newest Staff Attorney in the Montgomery office on Monday, August 14. A native of Hoover, Alabama, Hilaire obtained both a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Spanish from Samford University in 2012, and is a 2016 joint Brock Business School MBA/Cumberland School of Law graduate.

Homeownership is The American Dream, and for many people, that dream comes along with a membership in their neighborhood’s homeowners’ association. But for one group of Madison County residents, HOA membership nearly meant losing their dream, and their home, until Legal Services Alabama intervened.

On July 31, LSA added two new lawyers to our team, Rae Bolton in Birmingham and Peyton Faulk in Montgomery.

Our July 2017 Advocate of the Month is Stephen Last. It takes digging, thorough research, and bargaining skills to get there, and Stephen's good work this month reminds us that our cases are making a difference in people's lives. We join all of Stephen’s clients in thanking him for his commitment and hard work on their behalf!

LSA filed a federal lawsuit against the Housing Authority alleging that depriving our client of her benefits on the basis of an indictment alone, violates the constitutional right to due process, as well as federal housing regulations.

The Advocate: Please enjoy this month's edition of The Advocate. In it you will find LSA's client success stories, community outreach events and more!

More than 40 formerly incarcerated individuals received legal advice or assistance in restoring their voting rights during LSA’s first week of Voter Rights Restoration Clinics held in the Black Belt, Birmingham and Mobile. The clinics began in Greensboro and Birmingham on July 18 and 19, and in Mobile on Saturday, July 22.

Terrika Shaw, a Staff Attorney in LSA’s Birmingham office, and Laurie McFalls, a Staff Attorney with LSA’s Huntsville Office, were recently tapped as co-chairs of LSA’s Education Task Force. They will spearhead LSA’s efforts to offer legal advocacy on behalf of low income students facing obstacles to a quality education.

About a year ago, LSA Montgomery Staff Attorney Stephen Last's client found himself with a legal problem he never saw coming. The frustrating turn of events marked a genuine unfairness with the way his client's case proceeded.

Journalist Tracie McMillan shares her firsthand experience with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the confrontation with her own assumptions about poverty, in this op-ed piece from The New York Times.

More than 100 people from across the state gathered at the Historic Brown Chapel in Selma, Ala., July 8 to get informed about Alabama’s new law regarding voting rights. Sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alabama and Legal Services Alabama, the Voting Rights Restoration Training attracted students, community leaders, dignitaries, state officials and lawyers who wanted to learn more about the crimes of moral turpitude statute and how it effects ex-offenders regarding the voting process.

It is rare to go to federal court to challenge a housing authority decision. But that is exactly what we did, on the theory that the decision to revoke a voucher solely because of a judgment in a state court, violated federal housing regulations and standards of due process.

Legal Services Alabama Executive Director Artur Davis and Communications and Development Associate for ACLU of Alabama Rebecca Seung-Bickley, spoke about a joint effort on WSFA’s Alabama Live broadcast yesterday, concerning the upcoming Voting Rights Restoration Training. Many low-income individuals who have "served their time and paid their debt to society," may now be eligible to vote. The video will tell you where and when the training will be held.

Alabama is the 6th poorest state with 30 to 40% of the population in some counties living below the poverty line.

LSA's low income clients may benefit from new credit reporting improvements.

Congratulations to Terrika Shaw, Staff Attorney in our Birmingham office, who is LSA’s Advocate of the Month for June 2017. LSA is proud of the skill and dedication of our winning advocate this month.

“Pay your rent or else,” may be a matter-of-fact rule for landlords and their tenants. But for Holly Ray, Managing Attorney for LSA’s Huntsville office, there are no excuses for providing a dangerous place to live or violating the protections afforded to tenants under Alabama law.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs recently awarded The One Place Family Justice Center, Legal Services Alabama, and The Family Sunshine Center with a VOCA grant award, more than $124,000 of which will be awarded to LSA for increased domestic violence services.

While the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (far better known as food stamps) continues to generate political controversy, those of us at LSA know that there is no such thing as a stereotypical person on food stamps ...

Legal Services Alabama needs more support to continue its mission of serving poor and vulnerable people statewide. It is through the generous financial support of our donors, that enables Legal Services Alabama to continue providing high-quality legal assistance to low-income individuals and families throughout the State.

We said goodbye to our long time Executive Director Jimmy Fry, who graciously announced his retirement at the beginning of the year. We wished Jimmy the best in his well-deserved retirement. The Board undertook the task of looking forward to envision the full time civil legal assistance organization that will be needed in Alabama today and for the future; and sought new leadership to meet that need. - LeVeeda Battle, President, LSA Board of Directors

Ivan Dollar, Legal Services Corporation's Equal Justice Rural Fellow recipient, is a second year law student at Birmingham's Cumberland School of Law. A summer intern with LSA's Selma Office, Dollar is helping rural Alabamians get access to justice.

LSA is looking for two attorneys to join our family. The Montgomery office has two openings - a general practice attorney and a domestic violence attorney. If you are an attorney and you would like to join us in our mission to help our low income residents resolve legal issues, click on the link below to read how to apply.

Check out LSA's very own Christopher McCary, as he speaks to WBRC FOX 6 News' On Your Side investigative reporter Lydia Hu!

A new Alabama law signed in May will allow thousands of people to restore their right to vote, and on July 8, LSA and ACLU of Alabama will host a training session at Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church to train volunteer lawyers and non-lawyers about this new law, and how Alabamians can comply with its terms to win back their rights to vote.

LSA has created an Opportunity and Empowerment Task Force to assist low-income Alabamians who are eligible for free legal aid, with complying with the process for getting restored to the voting rolls.

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    LSA is a grantee of the Legal Services Corporation.