Free legal clinic to be held Jan. 16

Volunteers pose for a picture during last year's free legal clinic at the Dimond Courthouse.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a free legal clinic will held at the Juneau Dimond Courthouse next Monday, Jan. 16.

 

The Alaska Bar Association, Alaska Court System, Alaska Legal Services and the Juneau Bar Association are hosting the clinic from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for those who have legal questions or need help navigating the judicial system. It’s also for those don’t know where to turn to receive legal assistance.

“Our goal is to provide assistance for our community members to help them navigate through a system that can be pretty confusing,” said Hanna Sebold, a lawyer who is helping to organize the event.

Many local attorneys volunteered to be available to provide free legal consultation at the clinic, Sebold said, and can answer questions on a wide range of law, including family law for issues like divorce and custody, landlord and tenant law issues like eviction and rental properties, employment law, social security, Medicare/Medicaid, criminal law and general civil law.

Paralegals, law librarians, court staff and clerks and other local agencies in the community will be at the clinic as well, such as victim advocates with the AWARE shelter,

This is the third time the legal community has teamed up for the event. About 80 Juneauites showed up for both the first and second years of the clinic, and Sebold says she hopes just as many come this year.

There will be food donated by the Glory Hole and a supervised kid’s coloring station.

Volunteers will be manning tables on the main entrance floor of the courthouse, located at Fourth and Main Streets, and those organizers will direct attendees based on the type of legal advice they need. They will then meet with a lawyer in private to discuss concerns or ask questions.

Although the legal services provided next Monday are free, what’s being provided is consultative and there will not be an ongoing attorney-client relationship following the day of service.

“We’re hoping that we can provide assistance to people, and it is nice to let them know that we are here to help,” Sebold said.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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