Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ANDVSA Legal Advocacy Project Pro Bono Program?
The ANDVSA Pro Bono Program provides victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with brief advice and direct representation in civil legal cases, including divorce, child custody, protection order, housing, consumer and other civil issues. We have the largest network of volunteer attorneys in Alaska helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
What are the ways that I can volunteer?
ANDVSA utilizes volunteers in many ways. Our greatest need is for attorneys to take all or part of a case (unbundled) representing a victim in court. We also need mentors to work with new attorneys – either as co-counsel or supervisor- who are taking on cases. We run an Information and Referral Hotline every other Tuesday(link to I/R schedule) that provides brief legal information to victims at our member programs. This phone line can be call-forwarded all over the state. Finally, we use volunteers to help with research.
What are the resources that I will get as a new volunteer?
The Pro Bono Program has experienced staff attorneys and volunteer mentors to providing supervision. We provide a Volunteer Manual for Family Law to our volunteers with form pleadings. We provide cost coverage and malpractice to our volunteers and also offer free trainings and webinars.
Can I volunteer even if I am a new attorney or if I have no prior experience?
Absolutely. Our program provides the resources and training that you need to successfully represent a survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. It’s a great way to learn a new area of the law.
How do I volunteer or get involved?