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BBVLP - Service Gregory H. Hawley, BBVLP Board President 2012 Answering the Call to Service I want to thank the members of this se litigants in the Domestic Relations Bar Association for your eff to pro- Court. Th is great demand among low ere orts vide pro bono legal assistance for low income individuals for assistance with do- income clients through the BBVLP in more extended representation in the form mestic relations issues and it is our hope 2012. So far this year, your eff have of family law clinics, probate clinics, and that this help desk will assist them with orts resulted in over 700 clients receiving le- divorce clinics. Th clinics are a great the successful disposition of domestic re- ese gal assistance with family law, bankruptcy, way to meet other volunteer attorneys lations cases. consumer issues and other legal issues. If while providing a much needed service Th October, the Alabama State Bar you have not volunteered with us yet I for members of our community who are will observe its Fourth Annual Pro Bono hope you will consider off a service living in poverty. Week Celebration in order to showcase ering that only you, as an attorney, can provide In April, 2012, the BBVLP expand- the work and impact of pro bono lawyers for the individuals and families who con- ed its Attorney of the Day Program in across the state. Th will be a number of ere tact our program for legal assistance. the District Court. In order to provide pro bono events around Birmingham and Over the last two years, the BBVLP adequate volunteers to staff the program, I hope you will join us in this important has worked to establish a number of in- the BBVLP asked area fi to spon- celebration. rms novative volunteer opportunities for at- sor the program. I would like to thank On behalf of the BBVLP staff and its torneys on our panel, including limit- Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.; Bradley board of directors, I want to thank all of ed-scope, and extended representation Arant Boult Cummings; Baker, Donel- the Judges on the Jeff County Bench erson opportunities. Our limited-scope volun- son, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz and all of the lawyers who have volun- teer opportunities include the Attorney P.C.; Lightfoot, Franklin & White, P.C., teered thousands of the Day Program in the District Court, Burr & Forman, P.C.; and Gathings Law of hours of their which provides counsel and advice for pro for agreeing to sponsor volunteers for the time and their se litigants with District Court issues; the Attorney of the Day Program. I would talents to pro- Bankruptcy Consultation Clinic, which also like to thank the District Court vide pro bono provides an initial consultation and eval- Judges, the District Court Clerk’s Offi assistance to ce uation for low income bankruptcy clients; and the Court Library for their support those members and the Lovelady Clinic, which provide for the program. of our commu- counsel and advice, and in some cases In September, the BBVLP will nity living in extended representation, for residents of launch a Domestic Relations Help Desk poverty.G the Lovelady Center. Th program off to provide advice and counsel for pro ers e Contributor Gregory H. Hawley In 2011, Alabama lawyers donated over 23,000 hours and handled 2,367 cases across the state, on a pro bono basis! Help celebrate this incredible contribution in making access to justice a reality for all. Th e Alabama State Bar and the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program will host numerous events during this week, so please check their respective websites, www.alabar.org and www.vlpbirmingham.org for details! 36 Birmingham Bar Association


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