The Alaska Bar Association to provide free legal service to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Free legal services will be offered in honor of Martin Luther King Junior Day.
Published: Jan. 13, 2023 at 5:41 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, Jan. 16. To honor the late civil rights leader and activist, free legal services are being offered to the public by the Alaska Bar Association in collaboration with the Alaska Court System, Alaska Legal Services Corporation, and local bar associations.

On Monday, January 16, free legal services will be available to any low-income Alaskans in need of council for civil issues.

According to Krista Scully, Pro Bono Director of the Alaska Bar Association, their goal is to “[make] this day a day on, not a day off as a powerful way of building community.”

Volunteer private attorneys will be available to answer questions focused in four key areas: family law (including probate and estate), housing (such as tenant/landlord relations), public benefits, and employment law.

Rachael Delehanty, a senior attorney at Alaska Legal Services Corporation, encourages residents to utilize these resources saying, “even if your problem can’t be solved in one session with an attorney, just getting some direction on how to go about whatever legal problem you’re facing, I find that that’s kind of an invaluable service. The fact that you’re getting a free consult that’s a lot for a lot of people.”

“It’s really great to see the community come out and be supportive. All the attorneys in town and all the judges are always supportive. It’s just a good event, and I love helping to plan it every year,” continued Delehanty.

In-person consultations will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the J.P. Jones Community Center located at 2400 Rickert Street in Fairbanks.

This is a state-wide event with services also being offered in Anchorage, Bethel, and Juneau.

For those who may be unable to attend Monday’s event, year-round civil legal services are available virtually on the American Bar Association Free Legal Answers website.