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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.
It is because of your generous financial support, Legal Services Alabama continues to provide help and hope to low-income families throughout the State! Read up on the latest work being done and find out how you can help.
Our May 2017 Advocate of the Month is Pamela Jackson. Pam has worked in the Huntsville Office since June of 2009 and serves as the office’s Lead Attorney. Pam has a well-deserved reputation as one of LSA’s hardest working and most accomplished attorneys, and in May she demonstrated the difference a lawyer can make in the life of a low income person.
May is Mental Health Month. Legal Services Alabama (LSA) prioritizes free legal services to Seniors and educates them on their legal rights. Before Dementia or other mental health issues set-in, it’s important to have estate planning documents such as wills, Powers-of-Attorney, Living Wills and end-of-life wishes already detailed and documented, to avoid problems that may arise in the event of mental incapacity.
Legal Services Alabama welcomed two new employees, Gary Gilmore and Mary Aplin, to its Central Office staff in May. Gilmore serves as the new Chief Financial Officer, while Aplin takes on the role of LSA’s Grant Manager.
Veterans from across the River Region turned out for the first Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHCS)/Legal Services Alabama free legal clinic held May 24. Veterans received legal advice and services in several areas, including foreclosures and eviction, consumer protection, and wage garnishment.
Veterans in need of some legal guidance can now turn to a free clinic at Central Alabama VA hospitals.
What does it mean for a legal aid organization to do high impact work? LSA Executive Director Artur Davis addressed that question during a meeting of LSA’s High Impact Litigation Unit held May 16.
Perry Myer, Staff Attorney in LSA's Montgomery office, is passionate about veterans. Having served in the U.S. Army Reserve, he understands the many challenges that veterans often face. In partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, LSA will hold a free civil legal clinic for low-income veterans of Central Alabama, Wednesday, May 24.
The Montgomery Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., recently partnered with Legal Services Alabama, the James W. Wright Leadership Development Institute, and the Office of the Secretary of State for an Expungement and Voter Rights Restoration Clinic held Saturday, May 13 in downtown Montgomery.
Legal Services Alabama Executive Director Artur Davis and Ian Reed with the Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System sit down with Tonya Terry of WSFA to discuss the joint event focused on helping veterans with civil legal issues.
On Friday, May 12, LSA won the kind of victory that makes us remember why our work is vitally needed. The Alabama Constitution has guaranteed the working poor that basic security for over a century, but for two years, LSA has been fighting adverse rulings that called this important right into question.
Our clients and working poor people all over this state are thankful for the brilliance and tenacity of our own Farah Majid, Staff Attorney in our Huntsville office. It is because of her work, our clients have more security to feed their families tonight. The same goes for every low-income working person in Alabama, including those that never walk through LSA’s doors.
LSA's Barbara Luckett recently shared do's and dont's concerning housing during a Fair Housing and Landlord-Tenant workshop held May 6 for Birmingham residents. Sponsored by Legal Services Alabama's Birmingham Office and the Jefferson County Housing Authority, the seminar addressed tenants' most pressing concerns.
According to recent research from Forbes magazine, more than 5.5 million U.S. homes have faced foreclosure since 2008. Legal Services Alabama is offering hope and help to low-income individuals and families who are facing the same fate.
LSA welcomes Jonathan Barry-Blocker as the newest staff attorney to its Birmingham Office. Barry-Blocker, who began May 3, is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, and the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law.
Death is a tough subject for many; For James Rich, LSA's Elder Law Staff Attorney in Anniston, preparing for this fact-of-life is essential. Rich shares just how important it is for seniors to plan ahead.
Haley Box's April is an illustration of what it means to be a successful LSA lawyer; the range of her good work also demonstrates the breadth of services offered by LSA for Alabamians who need help. Congratulations to Haley for her work in April and for her emergence as one of our best young lawyers.
Linda A. Klein, president of the American Bar and Rebekah Keith McKinney, a partner with Watson McKinney LLC in Huntsville, speak on the importance of keeping Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and legal services providers in the state of Alabama.
Legal Services Alabama held an orientation for new lawyers on Tuesday, April 25. Attorneys learned about the various departments of LSA as well as employee information.
As seniors age, they may find it difficult to have someone care for them, or speak on their behalf in the event they cannot speak or do for themselves. LSA Montgomery Staff Attorney Leigh Haynie wants to help make the transition for aging adults a little bit easier.
By the time she had come to us for help, she had already been through a great deal. I am continually impressed with my client’s strength to leave an abusive situation and thrive.
Davis, along with LSA attorneys Andriette Rowell, Stephen H. Last and Nannie Reed, led a panel discussion and Q&A highlighting public interest work and the services LSA provides to Alabama’s poor population. The discussion on April 11 addressed the crisis of poverty in Alabama, and the need for more funding to support LSA’s efforts in helping those who cannot afford legal aid.
According to a recent AL.com article, larger charitable organizations do not assist Southern nonprofits at the same scale as other proportionate outreaches across the country
Legal Services Alabama is pleased to announce its appointment of Felecia Pettway of Wilcox County as the new Managing Attorney for its Selma Office. Pettway, who assumed her position on April 3, will lead LSA’s efforts in providing free civil legal aid to low-income individuals and families who cannot afford legal representation in the Black Belt.
Payday lending practices have become a serious concern for Alabamians. State officials hope to shed some light
The Advocate of the Month for March has been announced. Click here to read about Farah Majid's work for her clients.
Congratulations, Farah. We are proud to have you on our team and we look forward to seeing your future accomplishments.
The stakes for this grandmother were high: if she lost, she would not only have lost her home but been ineligible to live in any other public housing development. For a low income person, that can mean homelessness.
LSA can help if you are a victim of a “scam”: usually, a scheme to target low income people by offering quick fixes to their money and legal problems, fixes that would actually end up leaving them worse off. LSA can also offer advice and counsel on whether those offers in the mail that tend to pop up right after you are denied credit or a loan, or are sued for unpaid bills, are in your best interest.
As we examine areas where LSA can do more, we have identified school bullying as a threat to educational access and our offices will be prepared to represent the interests of children who are victims. As the Department of Education officially reminded schools in 2010, a broad range of bullying behavior creates obligations for public schools to take action.
Attorney Tyler Brannon recently assisted a client after a seemingly good deal to purchase a home went sour. Facing eviction, she turned to LSA for help.
Tax Season is upon us. Tim Kingston and Maceo Kirkland from LSA's Low Income Tax Clinic have some tips that may help you.
When a mortgage company tries to conduct a foreclosure, should it have to follow the actual terms contained in the mortgage agreement?
Executive Director Artur Davis makes the case for the need of legal service programs
Leaders of more than 150 U.S. law firms with offices in all 50 states sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget Thursday, urging it to continue funding the Legal Services Corp.
Legal Services Alabama with assistance from Faulkner Law is hosting a free clinic to provide assistance to community members in creating important emergency-planning legal documents on Friday, March 3rd.
Congratulations, Sherri Thomas. Thank you for all your hard work for you clients.
In celebration of the 52nd Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery march, Legal Services Alabama will host a legal counsel session on Expungements. Legal Services Alabama will inform you of procedures to clear your criminal record if you are eligible based on Alabama Expungement Law.
LSA's Tyler Brannon helps a client who was the sole provider for his family from a garnishment that took away a quarter of his paycheck. The garnishment was causing hardships for his family, including the inability to make their monthly rent payment. See the article on page 9 in the February edition of the Alabama State Bar's monthly publication, Addendum..
Can a housing authority evict a tenant for wrongdoing that she didn’t even know about? Is it lawful to punish a tenant for the actions of people who enter her property without her permission or invitation?
LSA made a difference for a young woman who still needs all the help she can get.
We hear so much about how a lack of a driver’s license can cost individuals their right to vote. I saw firsthand in this case how a lack of a license can be a bar to working.
Nannie Reed started with LSA in early January 2017. "My short time here at LSA has given me the confidence to know that I can make a difference."
Click to read the January 30th edition of the official publication of the Montgomery Rotary Club that contains the article covering Artur Davis's talk about LSA's work.
After completing her courses, my client found out very quickly that what sounded like a fair deal quickly turned sour.
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