February 2020
Join Us on February 26 to Learn Tips on Advocating for Your Child

On February 26, 2020 , we're teaming up again with Chris 180 to offer another session of " Advocating for Your Child: Practical Tips to Get Help for Your Child at School and in the Community " at Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center (2805 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta).

The event takes place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Advance registration is requested.

Pizza dinner will be provided!

Register today: http://bit.ly/AdvocateFeb26

Photo by  Ben Mullins  on  Unsplash
School-Based Behavioral Health Takes Center Stage in Middle Georgia

On February 6, 2020, 128 parents, educators, policy leaders, and behavioral health experts braved the stormy weather to gather in the Dublin High School auditorium to share successes, discuss barriers, and plan for the future of school-based behavioral health in the region.

The Middle Georgia School-Based Behavioral Health Forum, hosted by Georgia Appleseed, The Carter Center, and Voices for Georgia's Children, was the third in a series of six regional forums planned on the topic. Regional partners included CarePartners of Georgia, Community Service Board of Middle Georgia, Dublin High School, and more. You can find resources from the event on the Carter Center Mental Health Program web page .
Taylor English Attorneys Fight for Justice

Georgia Appleseed is grateful to be hosted by Taylor English Duma, a firm that places high value on volunteering and increasing justice in Georgia. At this year's Atlanta Bar Association's Celebrating Service Luncheon, Taylor English received the 2019 Safe & Stable Homes Firm of the Year Award to reflect their support of Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation's mission to create safe and stable homes and families. Here are a couple of examples of TED attorneys whose recent successes are directly tied to Georgia Appleseed's coalition work last year to pass HB 346 , which outlaws retaliatory evictions:

Mike Cicero secured a $7,000+ judgement for a tenant seeing justice in Fulton County Magistrate Court in September 2019. The judgment included what is believed to be one of the very first rulings in a tenant’s favor on a counterclaim for retaliatory eviction under HB 346. The case is now under appeal in the Fulton County State Court where Mike will continue his pro bono representation of this tenant.

Even though his cape was at the cleaners, Jeff Nix managed to harness his superhero powers to secure a $140,000 judgement for a tenant who'd experienced a retaliatory eviction. This is the largest monetary judgment obtained on a tenant’s behalf in any pro bono case referred from AVLF.

Pictured above left to right: Mike Cicero and Jeff Nix. Copy reprinted in part with permission from Taylor English Duma.
Pictured above: Some of the staff and board at the January 2020 Board Retreat hosted by Eversheds Sutherland.

Welcome, New Staff and Board

We are glad to welcome our new board member as well as staff and interns/fellows who have joined Georgia Appleseed in January and February 2020:

  • Carrie Zhou, Board Director, is a partner at Aprio's Business Valuation Services group.
  • Caroline Durham--Senior Projects Attorney
  • KyMara Guidry--Program Intern, University of Mississippi School of Law; Equal Justice Works Fellowship starting in August  
  • Victoria Miller--Research Extern, Emory University School of Law
  • Lashawnda Woods-Roberts--Equal Justice Works Fellow

We also congratulate and offer our appreciation to the 2020 Board Officers and Executive Committee members:
  • Mary Benton, Board Chair, Alston & Bird LLP
  • Harold Franklin, Board Vice Chair, King & Spalding
  • Tori Silas, Board Secretary, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
  • Eric Fisher, Board Treasurer, Taylor English Duma LLP
  • Taylor Daly, Immediate Past Board Chair, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
  • Micah Moon, Young Professionals Council President, Georgia-Pacific
Pictured above: Generous supporters raised their paddles at the 2019 Good Apple Fund-the Mission, which supports Georgia Appleseed's work throughout the year.

Good Apple 2020: Sponsorships and Tickets Available Now

Get ready to raise your paddle to support justice in Georgia! The 2020 Good Apple is coming up on April 22, 2020. We are looking forward to another fantastic evening of celebration, recognition, and inspiration to continue our work in 2020 and beyond.

For information about sponsorships, visit GaAppleseed.org or contact Abi Gross at agross@gaappleseed.org .

If you'd like to purchase individual tickets for the event, you can do so online now: http://bit.ly/GoodAppleTickets2020 .
March 17, 2020, CLE: Register Today

Our  Young Professionals Council is hosting a March Madness training for attorneys who represent students facing public school disciplinary hearings on March 17, 2020 , at the State Bar of Georgia.

Under Georgia law, K-12 public school students faced with proposed out-of-school suspension of more than ten days or with expulsion, are entitled to dispute the proposed disciplinary action at an administrative hearing often referred to as a 'tribunal.' Because of the impact a long-term suspension or expulsion may have on a student's academic success, it is important that the tribunal process provide meaningful due process to every student. Attorneys completing the training may opt to enter a pool of trained volunteers to provide tribunal representation to a child in foster care.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
1:00 to 4:45 p.m.

Student Tribunal Hearing Training
3 CLEs

State Bar of GA, Room 3
104 Marietta St NW
Atlanta, Georgia  30303

Additional Resources

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