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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin

BBVLP Thanks to you, the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program is helping more clients than ever! Dear Birmingham Bar Association Members, On behalf of the board of the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program (BBVLP), thank you for your support, volunteering, and enthusiasm for improving access to justice through pro bono work. Check out all that you do: zz 550 attorneys volunteered in 2017, up 34 percent from the year before. zz You volunteered at 20 Help Desks held every month or by accepting a case. zz You donated 4,500 hours of free legal services ($1 million!) to the poor last year. zz The BBVLP closed 3,331 cases in 2017 – up 23 percent and more than ever. At the BBVLP, we provide programming, training, and services to make volunteering easy so together we can help the greatest number of low-income people overcome life-altering legal problems. We completed a strategic plan and, in 2018, are focusing our efforts on four areas to achieve the greatest good: 1 2 SAFE HOUSING zzVolunteer at our Civil Help Desk on Monday and Thursday mornings and help clients stop evictions, ensure safe living conditions, and overcome other housing legal issues. zzOnce month, volunteer at the Homeless Help Desk at Cooper Green to help the homeless remedy old fines on their records so they can obtain needed government identification necessary to get jobs and housing. zzVolunteer to represent homeless clients in court at the special monthly Turning Point docket. Many of you also volunteer in the legal area at Project Homeless Connect, a one-day event to help the homeless. SAFE FINANCES zzVolunteer at a Civil Help Desk on Mondays and Thursdays, to help clients fight wrongful creditor actions, avoid garnishments on their wages, and solve other financial legal issues. zzTake part in our new monthly Bankruptcy Help Desk, where you will determine the best course of action for low-income clients seeking Chapter 7 discharges. zzPatent Attorneys can volunteer to assist low-income inventors through our Pro Bono Patent Program with the U.S. Patent Office. 34 Birmingham Bar Association


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