Armchair Tour: Offices / Projects of GLSP

January 2012

Farmworker Division
Albany
Augusta
Brunswick/Wacross
Columbus
Dalton
Gainesville/Athens
Macon
Piedmont
Savannah

OUR REGIONAL OFFICES


Albany/Valdosta – The Albany/Valdosta office has a special focus on domestic violence cases, expanding services to under served rural counties, keeping children in schools and targeting Latino communities. It also houses part of the Elder Law Project and a Goizueta Project attorney practices from there. The office serves 29 counties with more than 166,000* potentially eligible clients. Staff includes six attorneys and three paralegals.

AugustaAugusta’s staff focuses on preserving affordable housing and helping clients retain or obtain financial resources during the economic downturn. It also houses part of the Elder Law Project and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman project. Staff includes four attorneys and one paralegal serving 13 counties with more than 95,000 potentially eligible clients.

Brunswick/Waycross – Four attorneys and two paralegals serve 14 counties with more than 75,000 potentially eligible clients in our Brunswick/Waycross office. They focus on collaboration with domestic violence service providers and helping clients retain or obtain financial resources during economic downturn.

Columbus – Focusing on housing problems, domestic violence and elder abuse, four attorneys and two paralegals serve 16 counties with more than 92,000 potentially eligible clients. The Columbus office houses part of the Elder Abuse and Elder Law Projects, as well as Spanish Intake Project paralegal.

Dalton – With three attorneys and two paralegals, Dalton GLSP serves 12 counties with more than 56,000 potentially eligible clients.  Special focus is on reducing poverty by helping clients retain or obtain financial benefits, increasing services to senior citizens, and serving Spanish-speaking clients.  Houses Long-Term Care Ombudsman project, elder law project, a Spanish-speaking attorney, and Spanish Intake Project paralegal.

Gainesville/Athens – Eight attorneys and two paralegals serve 27 counties with over 208,000 potentially eligible clients.  The Gainesville/Athens location provides special focus on serving the growing Latino population, serving rural victims of domestic violence, and addressing needs of homeless people in Athens. Includes full-time satellite office in Athens.  Houses Elder Law Project and a Spanish-speaking attorney.

MaconMacon staff focuses on preserving affordable housing, reducing poverty by helping clients retain or obtain financial benefits, keeping children in schools, and serving Spanish-speaking clients. Six attorneys and three paralegals serve 23 counties with more than 136,000 potentially eligible clients.  Houses elder law project and Skadden Fellow.

Piedmont – Serving the busy outer ring of counties around Metro Atlanta, seven attorneys and two paralegals draw cases from 15 counties with more than 192,000 potentially eligible clients.  Piedmont’s special focus is on housing issues, keeping children in school, and serving Spanish-speaking clients. Houses Long-Term Care Ombudsman project and Elder Law Project.

Savannah – Five attorneys and one paralegal serve 11 counties with more than 122,000 potentially eligible clients.  The Savannah office provides special focus on domestic violence cases, reducing poverty by helping clients retain or obtain financial benefits, and addressing housing issues.  Houses a Spanish-speaking attorney, and sponsors Pro Bono Hospice Program, Elder Abuse, and Elder Law Projects; also does some Community Economic Development transactions work for grassroots and other community-based organizations.

FARMWORKER RIGHTS DIVISION

Housed in Atlanta, three attorneys and two paralegals serve farmworkers throughout Georgia. They deal with issues pertaining to farmworkers’ working conditions, wages, housing, and other issues. Special focus is on H-2A guest workers who are particularly vulnerable because of their isolation on labor camps, their dependency on their employers for transportation and other needs, and their unfamiliarity with the American justice system. Also represent citizen farmworkers who are often passed over for cheaper immigrant labor.

*Numbers of potential clients in each region are based on U.S. Census figures for 100% of poverty level. GLSP may serve people with incomes up to 200% of poverty level, so the number of potential clients is low. The number of Georgians with incomes below 200% of the poverty level is 4.2 million, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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