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The firm encourages all attorneys to find a way to participate in pro bono projects and community service. DWT is a signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge and commits to providing 3% of its annual hours to pro bono. Individual lawyers doing pro bono work can earn billable credit up to 8% of their annual billable-hours goal.

Working to Prevent Homelessness
Anchorage partner Liz Hodes has been working with the Alaska Housing Court Justice Project since January 2016, taking three—to four-hour shifts at the courthouse on a monthly basis—and sometimes more frequently—to provide free legal assistance to defendants appearing at eviction hearings.

Liz’s assistance ranges from providing eviction notice/lease review and legal advice, to helping draft answers and counterclaims, to negotiating agreements with opposing counsel and landlords to avoid eviction, to appearing at the eviction hearing on the defendants’ behalf.

Anchorage Team Wins Default Judgment for Client Defrauded Over a Mobile Home
Our team in Anchorage is helping a client who was defrauded in a mobile-home sale. Their client, who runs a housecleaning service, purchased a mobile home from a seller who did not own the home. Although the seller acknowledged that he owed her the $7,000, he did not make good and stopped answering phone calls.

Our team stepped in and eventually filed suit. After associate Kristal Leonard obtained a default judgment, associate Jason Hartz joined the team to first-chair collections efforts. The first proceeds from the initial bank sweeps were released by the court in August 2015.
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