Alaska lawyers, legal professionals host event for free legal advice on MLK Day
A volunteer group of lawyers and legal professionals are hosting an event to dispense free legal advice on civil matters to the community on Monday, January 20, 2020.
The event will take place at the JP Community Development Center at 2400 Rickert St. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rachael Delehanty is a Staff Attorney with Alaska Legal Services Corporation, one of the event’s organizers. According to Delehanty, this legal clinic, which falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is an opportunity for Alaskan legal professionals to give back.
“MLK Day is a day of service, in service, for attorneys,” Delehanty says.
The attorneys at the clinic range in specialty, and will advise community members on areas of civil law including family law, housing, public benefits, and other miscellaneous topics such as estate planning, wills, power of attorney, and employment law.
“The big area we’re not going to give advice on is criminal law,” says Delehanty. “And that’s because in our system, if you are charged with a crime, then you are automatically appointed a public defender.”
In criminal cases, public defenders are guaranteed by the Constitution.
According to Delehanty, as of Friday afternoon, 16 attorneys have been confirmed for the event. In addition to the attorneys, paralegals, paralegal students, law clerks, court employees, and youth court participants will also be volunteering their time and variety of services to the clinic.
The clinic is a public service project of the Alaska Bar Association, the Alaska Court System, Alaska Legal Services Corporation, and Tanana Valley Bar Association in partnership with Alaska Public Media.