Fulton Pro Bono
The Atlanta Legal Aid Pro Bono Project refers low income clients who cannot afford private representation to volunteer attorneys. Cases are screened thoroughly by Atlanta Legal Aid attorneys. All cases are in Fulton County and must fall within the case priority and financial eligibility guidelines set by Legal Aid. Your skills and expertise can make a real and immediate impact on their lives. We offer trainings through out the year and gladly support our volunteers with forms, research and access to our experts as needed. Our collaboration promotes access to justice for our clients.
With cases ranging from adoption to property tax appeals, we have something for everyone. You direct the scope - limited or full representation. Your interests, your expertise, your schedule, your work for good. Check out our available cases below, and see all of our projects here. You can also get involved with a clinic, or contact us for more ways to support our work.
Pro Bono Unit Staff
Laurie Rashidi-Yazd, Pro Bono Director
Cathy Waddell, Pro Bono Unit Attorney
Kimberly McColley, Enhanced Services Project Paralegal
Special Projects and Clinics
Kinship caregivers (relatives and nonrelatives) who are caring for children long term often want to formalize their relationship through adoption. This project places adoption cases with attorneys. Most cases are eligible for adoption assistance to cover adoption costs.
Many times our clients need to divorce a spouse who cannot be found. Volunteer attorneys can the client obtain a divorce by publication. These matters offer limited-scope, but direct involvement and make a huge impact for the client.
Children's and Disability Rights Advocacy
With opportunities to help an especially vulnerable population, Special Needs Education Advocacy and the Disability Integration Project offer unique volunteer opportunities. In the Special Needs Education Project, volunteers assist children with creation, modification and enforcement of IEP and 504 plans in addition to other education issues. The Disability Integration Project assists clients with disabilities to access community based services to avoid institutionalization. This includes assistance applying for Medicaid waiver programs that provide long-term care supports in the community and assisting children with disabilities in obtain school services.
Low-income consumers receive much needed volunteer assistance with garnishments, credit defense, Fair Debt Collections Practice Act issues, debt assignment, used car cases, medical debt and consumer bankruptcy.
This specialized project trains volunteers to follow up with clients to ensure they have been able to follow through with our advice in limited matters such as applications for benefits and estate planning.
The Estate Planning Project partners with attorneys across Atlanta to provide low-income clients with estate planning documents, including a Last Will & Testament, Financial Power of Attorney and Advance Directive for Healthcare.
Guardianship Project (Adult and Minor)
Helping clients by stabilizing family relationships and access to continuity of care, our guardianship projects are inspiring. In the Special Needs Adult Guardianship Project, volunteers ensure the caretaker's ability to apply for benefits, oversee the ward's medical care, and provide continuity of care for the ward, by helping caretakers establish guardianship over young adults with severe special needs. Similarly, in the Minor Guardianship Project, volunteers assist caretakers in obtaining guardianship orders so they may stabilize care of the minor child and allow the caretaker to make decisions regarding the child's education, health, safety, and medical care.
Housing is one of the biggest and most basic of client needs. Volunteers in this project take on landlord/tenant cases, evictions, homeowner's association cases, contracts and offer limited assistance through housing clinics.
With more than 20,000 client cases opened, volunteers play a critical role by providing intake and screening support for Legal Aid clients.
In this one-of-a-kind project, volunteers represent eligible clients with gender-affirming name changes, birth certificate amendments, and gender marker changes.
Beer Tasting and Barbeque Battle
A collaborative effort of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and Atlanta Legal Aid Society to raise funds – and awareness – to support critical programs administered by each organization in the Atlanta area. This event attracted over 700 attendees in 2017 and is open to all members of – and those touched by – the legal community. Join us for the premier legal event of the summer. Purchase tickets at http://beertastingevent.org.
Cocktails and Connections
Legal Aid brings you Cocktails & Connections, a corporate auction fundraiser. The purpose of this ticket-limited event is to facilitate introductions and business opportunities between our many committed volunteers. Tickets include a buffet, an open bar and access to the bidding. Attendees can bid for the rights to have lunch with the corporate counsels of various corporations – the life blood of corporate law offices. Join us for an evening of networking!
Run for Justice
Don’t miss one of the last great outdoor events before the holidays! The event benefits the general operating fund of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Participants in the Run for Justice will enjoy a beautiful 5K course beginning and ending at One Step at A Time in Decatur. Others can enjoy the crisp autumn day with the 5k walk, great for families and children. Jogging strollers, kids and pets are welcome! Visit runforjustice.org for more information.
Pro Bono Awards Breakfast
Our annual breakfast recognizing our dedicated volunteers. This breakfast is held in our downtown headquarters and features special pro bono achievement awards, project awards and 50 hour volunteer recognition. Watch for details in our newsletter, Summary Justice.
Picturing Justice is a photography and video exhibition presented by Atlanta Legal Aid Society in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Documentary photographers explore diverse social justice issues, with attention to key focus areas for the work of Atlanta Legal Aid. These artists tell stories of place and cultural identity. Their imagery and personal narratives provide a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by vulnerable populations in Atlanta and throughout the US, highlighting the important work done by Legal Aid on their behalf.
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