Our inspirational client stories from staff and volunteers are both compelling and encouraging. With your help, access to justice is growing every day. At Legal Aid Pro Bono, our goal is to make volunteering a great experience for our pro bono attorneys and for our clients. We provide client intake, screening, legal check-ups, document collection and review. You provide discrete legal representation or advice. You direct the scope - limited or full service. Volunteer with us and see your interests, your schedule, and your experience working for good.
Laurie Rashidi-Yazd: Director of Pro Bono Legal Services
Director of Pro Bono Legal Services
Laurie is the Pro Bono Director and Pro Bono Unit Managing Attorney at Atlanta Legal Aid Society where she oversees the firm's volunteer projects and public/private partnerships. She coordinates a number of pro bono projects within her unit and collaborates with 5 offices and a legal/medical partnership to serve low income clients with their civil legal needs in Metro Atlanta.
An active member of the Georgia Bar Association, Cobb County Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, Laurie stays connected with the legal community. She is a Cobb Justice Foundation Volunteer of the Year Award recipient, GAWL Leadership Class 2014 Alumna, recipient the 2015 GAWL President's Award, the 2016 GAWL Visionary Award and the 2016 Hon. Debra Bernes Community Service Award.
Laurie started practicing intellectual property and complex commercial law in Atlanta in 2004 but then opened her own solo practice and taught legal studies classes until 2014 when she joined Atlanta Legal Aid.
In addition Laurie serves on several local boards and enjoys collaboration with civic organizations.
Cari Hipp: Pro Bono Unit Attorney
Pro Bono Unit Attorney
Cari Hipp is an attorney for the Pro Bono Unit at the Atlanta Legal Aid Downtown Office. She recently joined the Pro Bono Unit after working as a staff attorney at our Clayton & South Fulton office for about 4 years, developing a specialty in consumer law. Cari loves assisting our clients and is excited to help volunteers find the same fulfillment in service to our clients.
Cathy Waddell: Pro Bono Director, Cobb Justice Foundation
Pro Bono Project Director, Cobb Justice Foundation
Cathy Waddell is the Pro Bono Project Director for the Cobb Justice Foundation and an attorney with Cobb Legal Aid. She joined Atlanta Legal Aid's Pro Bono Unit in 2017, and moved to the Cobb Justice Foundation in 2018. Cathy enjoys connecting volunteers to our clients and is happy to be working with lawyers in Cobb County, where she grew up and had her private practice prior to joining Legal Aid.
Whitney Stone: Pro Bono Unit Volunteer Coordinator
Pro Bono Unit Volunteer Coordinator
Whitney is the Pro Bono Unit Volunteer Coordinator at Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Whitney oversees volunteers, assists with volunteer recruitment efforts, and designs website and training content.
Whitney is the point of contact for law students, paralegals, and other non-attorney volunteers.
Kimberly McColley: Enhanced Service Paralegal
Enhanced Services Paralegal, Pro Bono Unit
Kimberly is a paralegal with a law degree and over two decades of legal experience. As the ESP Paralegal, she supervises and supports our ESP volunteers, provide case management for the ESP cases, train new volunteers, and provides support for other pro bono unit projects. She enjoys working at Atlanta Legal Aid, because we provide a voice for those who would not otherwise have a voice.