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Free Legal Services Provided On Alaska Day At AFN Convention

Anchorage, AK—September 20, 2012—The Alaska Bar Association will host a free legal clinic with its project partners the Alaska Federation of Natives, Alaska Legal Services Corporation, and Alaska Native Justice Center on Thursday, October 18, 2012 in honor of Elizabeth Peratrovich during the AFN annual convention in Anchorage, Alaska.  The clinic will be held at the Dena’ina Center from 10am – 4pm to assist convention attendees with general civil legal issues and basic wills.  Advance appointments will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

This is the second year the organizations have offered the clinic during AFN’s annual convention.  Last year volunteer attorneys assisted 81 clients from 28 Alaska villages and communities equaling nearly $30k in donated legal services.  Free legal consultations and referrals will be available in many areas including family law, landlord/tenant, consumer protection and public benefits.

Appointments can be made by email to EPLC@ALASKABAR.ORG and include name, contact info, brief description of legal issue, name of opposing party if applicable.

The need for pro bono service and equal justice access in Alaska is acute.  According to the Alaska Supreme Court Civil Access to Justice Task Force Report, approximately 50% of Alaska’s 80,000 low-income citizens will face a legal need in any given year.  “The Alaska Bar Association and its members are always looking for ways to give back to the community”, stated Krista Scully, Pro Bono Director of the Alaska Bar Association.  “We are especially excited about this project entering its second year.  We anticipate getting to serve more than double the clients we had last year.”

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