Lightfoot is committed to pro bono work not just because it is the right thing to do and an essential part of our professional obligation as lawyers, but also because pro bono matters allow our new lawyers critical opportunities to take responsibility in court and with clients to gain valuable experience early in their careers.
From our most senior partner to our newest associate, our attorneys donate their time and talent to providing pro bono legal assistance to those in need. From small claims court to death penalty appeals, our lawyers have handled a wide variety of pro bono matters and are often called upon by local judges to take over pro bono matters on the eve of trial. Many of our attorneys participate in the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program which provides legal services to low-income residents of Alabama. Founding partner Sam Franklin also serves on the board of the Program and is highly involved in strategic planning and oversight. In addition, since 2008, Lightfoot has partnered with Legal Services of Alabama to provide pro bono legal advice to Jefferson County citizens in landlord-tenant disputes. Virtually every Lightfoot associate has participated in this program, and through their advocacy (both in and out of court) they have helped ensure that dozens of people were able to find and maintain safe and affordable housing. The firm participates in the Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P) Program by providing a free legal clinic at homeless shelters in downtown Birmingham during the month of July providing our summer associates an opportunity to become involved in our work at the shelters. The Program won the 2009 Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Award in its first year. Our lawyers also devote their time and expertise through the Equal Justice Initiative which provides legal counsel to impoverished people who have been treated unfairly by the justice system.
Lightfoot lawyers also serve on the Heir Property Sub-committee of the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Alabama Bar Association which was created in partnership with the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. The Heir Property Sub-committee focuses on the inequalities created when land is conveyed without a will to multiple heirs. Through the organization of a referral network for clients with heir property disputes, educational seminars across the counties of Alabama, and the creation of a handbook for pro bono attorneys who don’t specialize in real estate or wills and trusts, this pro bono work aims to protect the poor from the predatory practices of developers and help them unlock equity in their property. Also through the Young Lawyer’s Program at the Birmingham Bar, Lightfoot associates volunteer to teach law classes to middle school students in Birmingham city schools during law week. One of our attorneys, Charles Greene, who is involved in several of these activities, was recognized and honored by Cumberland Law School during the 2010 National Pro Bono week for his extensive pro bono services.
To learn more about the initiatives we support, click on the links below:
- Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program
- Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice
- Equal Justice Initiative
- Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.)
- Legal Services of Alabama
- Young Lawyers’ Division of the Alabama Bar Association
- Young Lawyers’ Program at the Birmingham Bar
For information regarding associate hiring, our summer program, and recruiting schedules please contact Ashley Cox at (205) 581-0771 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For information regarding administrative and staff positions, please contact Alana Ford (205) 949- 5820 or email@example.com.