by Jackie Bartz
Sunday, May 23, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan says it's time for attorneys to do their part in Gov. Sean Parnell's campaign to end the state's cycle of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Sullivan wants to increase the number of attorneys representing victims, and he wants them to do it for free. He says that last year 100 victims went without representation -- and that's 100 people who could have been helped.
Every year, hundreds of Alaskans march to raise awareness about the problems of sexual assault and domestic violence. It gets the message out, but Sullivan says it's time to head from the courthouse lawn to inside the courtroom. That's why he's holding a training summit for attorneys on doing pro bono work for victims Monday night, at the BP Energy Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
"The idea is to hear, to listen to other attorneys to get a sense of the importance, because if this is something that the entire Alaska bar comes together on we can meet this goal -- we can literally meet this goal," Sullivan said.