Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham recently hosted its Project Homeless Connect 2019 event to provide legal insight and advice to locals in need. Attorney Michael Hanle of Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C. volunteered, donating his time and experience in support of this incredible cause. Project Homeless Connect 2019 brings together legal professionals, doctors and dentists, barbers and stylists, and other service providers to all help support the homeless in our communities. From getting a refreshing haircut for an upcoming job interview to being issued an Alabama driver’s license, the services made available are as varied as they are helpful.
Nearly 180 people experiencing homelessness in the greater Birmingham area came to Project Homeless Connect 2019 in search of help. Attorney Hanle, 40 other lawyers, and 6 judges were there as volunteers to offer legal support. By the end of the day, Michael had the chance to sit down and work with more than a dozen clients, including eight new pro bono clients who will receive his continued legal counsel and representation as their cases progress through municipal courts. In particular, Attorney Hanle focused on aiding individuals with outstanding state and local warrants in connection with dated criminal cases. He hopes to clear up the past to allow them to find gainful employment and an affordable housing option.
From all of us at Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C., we would like to thank Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham for organizing this event and allowing talented attorneys like Mr. Hanle to connect with locals who are feeling down on their luck. As the only legal aid nonprofit in Alabama that focuses on eliminating legal barriers that trap people in homelessness, this is a crucial event that we want to see happen year after year. Huge appreciation must also be shown to Mayor Randall Woodfin, who showed up at the event and helped make it happen, too. When all of Birmingham bands together, we can do incredible things for each other!
Would you like to know more about Project Homeless Connect 2019? You can click here to view an official flyer from Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham. For more information about Attorney Michael Hanle and our criminal defense services at Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C., you can call us at (205) 900-7714 to arrange a free consultation.