Upcoming Trainings
Minor Guardianship CLE
January 30, 2018
Join Atlanta Legal Aid for a CLE on minor guardianships and help low-income Metro-Atlanta caregivers apply to be named a child-in-need's guardian. 

The CLE will be held on Tuesday, January 30, from 1 - 2:30 pm at Atlanta Legal Aid's Downtown Office in the 4th Floor Event Hall.

This event will offer 1.5 CLE Hours. Registration is $10, with discounts available for Legal Aid volunteers.

Presented by our experienced staff attorneys, this CLE will cover the ins and outs of minor guardianship cases and prepare you to make a positive impact on the lives of children in need!
SAVE THE DATE:
´╗┐Toolkit on Ethics in Access to Justice
March 8, 2018
Atlanta Legal Aid Society will present a four part CLE Series on shaping civil legal justice. The first session is the Toolkit on Ethics in Access to Justice. Save the date and plan to join us on Thursday, March 8, from 12 - 1 pm at our Downtown Office in the 4th Floor Event Hall. Look for more details in our next edition.
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Volunteer Opportunities
We offer more than 15 pro bono projects program-wide. Here are some of our featured needs:
Consumer Law Project
  • Debt defense and consumer advocacy opportunities available in all Metro counties. To learn more, click here.
Disability Rights Advocacy
  • Represent parents of children with special needs in guardianship petitions - opportunities available in all Metro counties. To learn more, click here.
  • Special Education advocacy - opportunities available in all Metro counties To learn more, click here.
Domestic Violence Protection Project
  • Handle a TPO Case - opportunities every Tuesday in Cobb County. To learn more, contact Kate Gaffney at kmgaffney@atlantalegalaid.org.
  • Divorce by Publication, help a domestic violence victim divorce their abuser - opportunities in Fulton county. To learn more, click here.
  • Minor Guardianship Petitions - opportunities available in all counties. To learn more, click here.
  • Spanish Speaking Family Law Attorneys - opportunities available in Cobb county. To learn more, click here.
Estate Planning Project
Housing Preservation Project
  • Eviction Defense Cases - opportunities available in all Metro counties. To learn more, click here.
Family Law
Child Support Worksheet Helpline & Child Protection Seminar
The Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia invites all members to consider volunteering for the Child Support Worksheet Helpline. Income qualified, unrepresented litigants needing help with the child support calculator can call the helpline and work with a volunteer attorney over the telephone to prepare the child support worksheets for their case. The child support worksheets will be emailed or mailed to the caller. The Helpline assists qualified callers whose cases are pending outside the five metro-Atlanta counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Clayton and Gwinnett. It is an easy way to help with a brief donation of your time!
To volunteer, email Michelle Jordan at mhjordan@atlantalegalaid.org.
To learn more about our other projects or to volunteer with us, visit our volunteer page !
Learn More About Our Work
Atlanta Legal Aid works with volunteer attorneys and law students in all of our practice areas. Our Health Law Unit, managed by Payal Kapoor, is working with Georgia State University School of Law to give law students opportunities to work with one-on-one with our clients.
Our attorneys assisted Ms. Johnson, a 29 year old mother with Stage IV Breast Cancer and with four children under the age of 10, with estate planning. Ms. Johnson expressed her wishes in earlier meetings to have our staff draft her Last Will and Testament, Advance Directive for Healthcare, Financial Power of Attorney and Guardianship documents for her minor children prior to her coming to the office to execute her estate planning documents.

When Ms. Johnson came into our office to execute the documents, we had the attorney assisting Ms. Johnson, a new attorney in the office, two interns, two witnesses and a notary in the conference room. When we began to review the section where she stated she wanted a burial, she could not bring herself to confirm that this was what she wanted. The attorney asked her if she had any questions, and she stated her mother and sister wanted her to have a burial, but she could not bear the thought of her children seeing her like that. Our attorney asked if she wanted more time to think about it, that we did not have to rush the decision if she was not ready. Ms. Johnson looked up at everyone in the room and gently said, "I do not have anymore time." She knew her time was coming to an end, and all she could do was think about was her four young children. The attorney explained to her that we wanted to ensure her wishes were expressed, not the wishes of her mother or sister and that only she could decide what she wanted. She ultimately decided she wanted a cremation and as she signed the document, there was not a dry eye in the room.

Ms. Johnson passed away the next week. Losing a client is never easy, but knowing that she went in peace, with her wishes expressed, with her children in mind, makes us grateful to be able to do the work we do for our breast cancer clients.
Thank You!
Atlanta Legal Aid Society would like to thank the following firms for hosting pro bono training sessions:
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Eversheds Sutherland LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
2017 Fall Quarter Pro Bono Superstars
Thank you to the following individuals for supporting an Atlanta Legal Aid Pro Bono Project in 2017!
  • Kyra Abernathy
  • Henry Adeli
  • Ashley Akins
  • Mile Alexander
  • Lukas Alfen
  • Jonathan Andersen
  • McKinley Anderson
  • Hannah-Lynn Apicelli
  • Michael Arndt
  • Sarah Avraham
  • Miranda Ayotte
  • Aamna Aziz
  • Timothy Bailey
  • Mary Benton
  • Wallace Berry
  • Debbie Brown
  • Seth Buchwald
  • Christina Campbell
  • Wick Cauthorn
  • Sarah Cipperly
  • Walter Clarke
  • Glenn Cooper
  • Jan Davidson
  • Andrea David-Vega
  • Naomi Day
  • Robert Duda
  • Bethaney Embry
  • Barbara Evans
  • Eric Fisher
  • Will Focht
  • Ashby Fox
  • Melissa Fox
  • Anjie Frias
  • Valentina Garzon
  • Brandy Gentry
  • Richard Goldstucker
  • Jamie Graham
  • Irma Griffith-Steele
  • Nina Gupta
  • Patrick Hall
  • Pamela Hampton
  • Conor Hargren
  • Bettianne Hart
  • Grace Harvey
  • Jordan Hendrick
  • Douglas Hill
  • James Hogan
  • Tom Holcomb
  • Derrick Holloway
  • Brenda Holmes
  • Randy Hughes
  • Danielle Humphries
  • Nicole Indelicato
  • Satya Kaskade
  • Eleanor Kasper
  • Adam Kaye
  • Vickie Kealy
  • Harriett Kelly
  • Caitlyn Kerr
  • Erin King
  • Elisa Kodish
  • Russell Korn
  • Vanessa Kosky
  • Hazel Langrin-Robertson
  • Luke Lantta
  • Catherine Lee
  • Christopher Lee
  • Chung Lee
  • Josh Lee
  • Kathryn Lee
  • Kay Lee
  • Peter Lee
  • Robert Lee
  • Dawn Levine
  • James Lewis
  • Samantha Lewis
  • Madison Marcus
  • Mary McCallum
  • John McDonald
  • Nolan McKeever
  • Leah McNeill
  • John Miles
  • Kathy Miles
  • Megan Miller
  • Tina Min
  • Lorette Mitchell
  • Kevin Moore
  • Amanda Moulthrop
  • Raina Nadler
  • Cheryl Naja
  • Sherry V. Neal
  • Allison Parham
  • Hyo Park
  • Dave Peck
  • Benjamin Persons
  • Mindy Pillow
  • David Reed
  • Adam Richmond
  • Kristy Ritter
  • Carlton Rouse
  • Dean Russell
  • Max Ruthenburg-Marshall
  • Angela Sansone
  • Judy Sartain
  • Emily Schifte
  • Jennifer Schumacher
  • Tiffany Scott
  • Jenny Sewell
  • Cheryl Shaw
  • Briant Shumard
  • Alexandra Smith
  • Jere Smith
  • Susan Smith
  • Tiffany Smith
  • Deana Spencer
  • Bill Stanhope
  • Keisha Steed
  • Lin Stradley
  • Matt Strumph
  • Melody Swilling
  • Phyllis Talley
  • Kelsey Tavares
  • Jodi Taylor
  • Jill Termini
  • Dene Terry
  • Charles Thimmesch
  • Andreya Thomas
  • Torin Togut
  • Cynthia Tolbert
  • Melissa Trimble
  • Denise VanLanduyt
  • Rex Veal
  • Frank Virgin
  • Christina Wagner
  • Renae Wainwright
  • Suzanne Wakefield
  • Emily Ward
  • Meghan Wells
  • John Welsh
  • Spenser West
  • Eric Wilborn
  • Sherri Wilcox
  • C.J. Williams
  • Markayla Williams
  • Tiffany Williams
  • Yvonne Williams-Wass
  • Kimi Wise
  • Jessica Wood
  • Emily Yost
  • Rachael Zichella
  • Sharika Zutshi
*note that this list does not include all volunteers. A complete list of our volunteers can be found in the Annual Report.
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