It is no secret that most people cannot afford the attorney they need. For this reason, Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers serve twice a week at a help-desk on the fifth floor of the Jefferson County Courthouse and work with those in need of legal advice, if not representation. I have been working with the program for more than a year.
Recently I was there for a couple of hours and counseled a young woman whose mother is in the hospital and in need of a new power of attorney; a working mother who was being hauled into court by a debt collector; a woman who needs a personal injury lawyer; and a mother whose son is in a psychiatric hospital.
I enjoy working with Katrina Brown and Heather Bussey as well as the head of the program, Nancy Yarbrough. We are fortunate to have them serving our community. In fact, the program just received the Harrison Tweed Award from the American Bar Association, which is given annually to a local association which has developed a program and demonstrated long-term excellence at providing access to legal services for the poor.