GLSP Augusta Client Board Member Honored

National Legal Aid and Defender Association Awards Augusta Resident Terence Dicks

Georgia Legal Services Board Member Terence Dicks was honored by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association with a client contribution award at their annual conference last month. From his firsthand dealings with renowned singer James Brown, to decades fighting for the rights of African Americans in our city, Terence Dicks life’s work is worth formal acknowledgement.


Rev. Terence Dicks accepts the NLADA award in Nov. 2016.

An excerpt from a letter written by Lisa Krisher, also an Augusta resident and the litigation director at Georgia Legal Services, detailing her reasons for nominating Rev. Dicks follows:

Rev. Terence A. Dicks of Augusta, Georgia deserves the 2016 NLADA Client Contribution Award for his three decades in community service and involvement, including founding and leading many organizations with an emphasis on civil rights, needs of inner city and low-income children, and civil legal representation for persons with low and moderate incomes.

 … The son of an army solider, Rev. Dicks has lived most of his life in Augusta. During high school and for about seven years following, Rev. Dicks was a radio announcer for local radio stations. That experience helped him as the co-coordinator of the James Brown Appreciation Day in Augusta in 1986, the first organized appreciation of Mr. Brown in Augusta. Rev. Dicks recognized Mr. Brown’s efforts to end rioting in Augusta and encourage better relations between races. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Brown made Rev. Dicks the manager of Mr. Brown’s first concert in Augusta.

 … Long an advocate of expanded public transit, Rev. Dicks is the immediate past chairman of the Richmond County Transit Citizens Advisory Committee and remains an active member. Augusta’s transit system has been limited in service, but it is much needed to help residents go to jobs, medical appointments and other places. Recently, in part because of his leadership, Augusta Transit added three holidays for bus services helping persons without vehicles reach jobs on those days. He also is an active member of the Richmond County Board of Elections. He continues educating people about voting and organizes and participates in voter registration drives.

 He is the go-to person in the east central area of Georgia on a variety of issues, from civil rights to nuclear safety. Rev. Dicks uses his knowledge and experience from his association with GLSP to offer counsel and leadership to others who are trying to improve the quality of life for Georgians, and particularly the community of Augusta where 26% of the residents live below the federal poverty level and more than 50% are African American.

 Rev. Dicks doesn’t just talk the talk, he literally walks the walk; he does most of his work as a volunteer… without a vehicle.

Georgia Legal Services Recognizes Trans Awareness Week


Dear Friends,

In Celebration of Transgender Awareness Week, Georgia Legal Services Program invites transgender Georgians with low incomes to contact GLSP for help with their civil legal needs. GLSP recognizes that transgender people, especially low-income and minority individuals, according to the 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey, experience higher levels of discrimination and violence than other groups.  Black transgender women experience the highest levels of discrimination and violence and are also more likely to live below the poverty line.

GLSP is concerned about the well-being, health, education, employment and other legal needs of transgender Georgians, especially those who also belong to other minority groups. GLSP provides free legal services to Georgians with low incomes in 154 counties in Georgia, all of the counties outside of the Metro Atlanta area.  Low-income Georgians in the five metro Atlanta counties of DeKalb, Fulton, Clayton, Gwinnett and Cobb are served by the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

GLSP has done the following things to help transgender Georgians:

  • Trained all GLSP offices on LGBTQ and Racial Cultural Competency (on representing LGBTQ populations and racial minority populations)
  • Provided education to attorneys and legal advocates on domestic violence issues in the LGBTQ community
  • Started the process to join the National Center for Transgender Equality’s Legal Services Network
  • Prepared to write in support of the transgender people who were denied a name change in the Augusta area.  These individuals are represented by Lambda Legal and their cases are being reviewed by the Georgia Supreme Court
  • Represented transgender clients in name change and public benefits cases
  • Presented a transgender rights forum

GLSP also accepts feedback on what else the program can do to help transgender Georgians and their families. Please contact Currey Hitchens or Whitney Knox at or if you have suggestions for more actions GLSP can take to help transgender Georgians.

Please feel free to call GLSP for possible representation in the following types of cases:

  • Name change
  • Health law, including refusal of Medicaid to provide services based on transgender status
  • Public Housing
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Appeals of Unemployment Insurance Benefit denials
  • Twelve Month Protective Order cases based on family violence
  • Stalking Order cases
  • Family law cases involving domestic violence or access to the courts
  • Help with applying for crime victim compensation
  • Public Benefit appeals if illegally denied
  • School discrimination or school discipline cases
  • Language access issues (to law enforcement, courts, or to state or federal agencies)
  • Victims of Crime with civil legal needs related to their victimization in our Brunswick and Dalton office areas

There are financial and other eligibility requirements, but people are invited to contact GLSP for consideration for possible representation.

Call GLSP (outside of Metro Atlanta) toll free at 1-800-498-9469.
Call ALAS (in Metro Atlanta) toll free at (404) 524-5811.

REGISTER NOW for Language Access CLE

Eliminating Barriers to Justice III:  Language Access, the Americans with Disabilities Act and Georgia’s Criminal and Civil Justice Systems

October 20, 2016 · Georgia State University College of Law
10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Lunch Provided)

Please join access to justice experts and stakeholders for a FREE CLE[1] seminar which will provide you with comprehensive, yet practical, information to ensure access to justice for limited English proficient (LEP) and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) persons in civil and criminal cases.  Seminar highlights include: 

  • Access to Justice & the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Discussion of professionalism  issues within the contexts of a court’s legal responsibility to provide auxiliary aids and services and other reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities (including and beyond interpretation services) involved in civil and criminal legal proceedings. This module will also include a discussion of Georgia’s ADA Handbook for Georgia courts currently under revision.
  • Language Access & Criminal Law –  Discussion of  the  importance of the use of qualified interpreters in criminal matters and the risk of reversible error on appeal when use of an unqualified or no interpreter occurs, as established by Supreme Court of Georgia precedent.  This module will also discuss possible ethical implications for attorneys (including those working in District Attorney, Solicitor General and Public Defender offices) and judges when criminal litigants, witnesses or other court participants, particularly those who are LEP/ DHH, are not provided with meaningful access to the justice system.
  • Judicial Roundtable  – “ The Essence of Due Process is the Opportunity to Be Heard”
  • Keith Blackwell, Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia (Chair, Supreme Court of Georgia Commission on Interpreters)
  • Harold Melton,  Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia (Immediate Past Chair, Supreme Court of Georgia Commission on Interpreters)
  • Sara Doyle, Chief Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals ( Member, Judicial Council/ Administrative Office of the Courts Access, Fairness, Public Trust and Confidence Committee)
  • Horace Johnson, Judge, Superior Court (Alcovy Circuit) (President, Council of Superior Court Judges)
  • Kristina Hammer Blum, Chief Magistrate Judge, Gwinnett County Magistrate Court (President, Council of Magistrate Court Judges)

 NO FEE TO ATTEND! Register Now! [2]

Questions? Contact Jana J. Edmondson-Cooper, CLE Co-Chair


Presented By:

Georgia Legal Services Program · A.B. Olmos & Associates, P.C.

Supreme Court of Georgia Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism

 Hosted By:

Georgia State University College of Law Center for Access to Justice

Financial Sponsors

Southern Center for Human Rights

Supporting Sponsors

Supreme Court of Georgia Commission on Interpreters · State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Resource Center · State Bar of Georgia Access to Justice Committee · Judicial Council of Georgia/Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) · Judicial Council of Georgia/AOC Access, Fairness, Public Trust and Confidence Committee


[1] 4 hours of General including 1 hour of Ethics and 1 hour of Professionalism continuing education credits for attorneys and judges applied for.  This CLE is self-reporting. Credits must be paid for by attendees seeking credit. Reporting forms will be provided on-site.

[2] Direct Link –  (Paper copies of training materials may not be available to attendees who register after October 7, 2016; however,  all materials will be made available on the internet.)

Georgia Legal Services Attorney Recognized For Outstanding Work

Wendy Glasbrenner Honored With Family Law Section’s Joseph P. Tuggle Award

Georgia Legal Services Attorney Wendy Glasbrenner was honored before 650 attorneys on May 19, 2016, with the Family Law Institute’s Joseph P. Tuggle award, recognizing her outstanding skills and contribution to family law. Ms. Glasbrenner has been managing attorney in Georgia Legal Services’ Gainesville office since 1999.

An attorney with Georgia Legal Services for over 35 years, Ms. Glasbrenner has been a leading advocate for low-income individuals in the Gainesville region. She regularly speaks out on issues that affect marginalized communities: fighting for the availability of affordable housing, access to critical financial support such as food stamps and health care, and access to justice for non-native English speakers.

Ms. Glasbrenner has long made it a priority to help people in abusive relationships and their families find safety and security. She founded Rape Response, Inc., in 1987 and served as a board member of the organization for over twenty years thereafter; was on the Board of Directors for Circle of Hope and Gateway House, two shelters for battered women; chaired the Women’s Giving Circle of North Georgia; and currently serves on the Hall County Commission on Children and Families.

Wendy Glasbrenner’s dedication and commitment to upholding rights for all people—regardless of gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or any other characteristic—is clear. Her decision to invest the skills, time, energy, and passion she has at Georgia Legal Services has been a gift to the non-profit law firm and its clients. The staff at Georgia Legal Services Program are honored to call her a colleague, and stand proud alongside her as she receives this well-deserved award.

GLSP’s Champions of Justice Recognition Event, Oct. 13, 2016

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Join GLSP for its biennial Champions of Justice event on Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the State Bar Center in Atlanta. The Champions of Justice event recognizes a diverse group of supporters of Georgia Legal Services who are respected members of the communities they represent and leaders in the cause of justice for Georgia’s poor.  Individual tickets are $50 and can be purchased by clicking here.

GLSP Hosts Silent Auction on Amelia Island

4th Annual GLSP Silent Auction
State Bar of Georgia Annual Meeting
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
Amelia Island, Florida
June 16-18, 2016

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to bid on a variety of wonderful new and unused items for you and your family!  Proceeds will support GLSP’s mission to provide civil legal services to persons with low incomes, creating equal access to justice and opportunities out of poverty in 154 of Georgia’s 159 counties.

If you have a hobby that you’re excited about, here’s your chance to showcase your artwork, photography, floral designs, paintings, illustrations, hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, crocheted or knitted items, and more.

Please send in your donation item with a completed donation form by June 1, 2016 to the following address, and contact the Development Office at 404-206-5175 about volunteer opportunities. You can find the donation form here. Thanks for your support!

GLSP, Attn: Silent Auction
104 Marietta Street, Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30303  



Gift Baskets

Restaurant Gift Cards/Certificates

Floral Arrangements

Frequent Flyer Miles




Vacation Homes

Hotel Stays

Fashion Accessories

Spa Packages

Tickets to Amusement Parks, Museums, Zoos

Stuffed Animals



And More!

Student-Run Organization at Emory Law Gives to GLSP


Student representatives of the Asian American Law Students Association at Emory Law School give to Georgia Legal Services Program. Pictured from left: Minjun Kook, treasurer and incoming president, Elizabeth Suh, vice president of social affairs, Phyllis Holmen, GLSP executive director, and Currey Hitchens, GLSP staff attorney.

The Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA) at Emory University’s School of Law donated $1500 to Georgia Legal Services Program on April 14, 2016. According to Emory’s website, AALSA provides educational programs and offers networking opportunities within the Asian community.


Elizabeth Suh, left, of AALSA gives to Phyllis Holmen, GLSP executive director.

GLSP Attorney Jana Edmondson-Cooper Awarded by Gov. Deal


Jana J. Edmondson-Cooper, an attorney at Georgia Legal Services Program, was selected to receive the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity’s 2016 Freedom Award, presented to her by Governor Deal on April 19, 2016. The Commission cited her work on access to justice issues for individuals that are deaf or hard of hearing, or have limited English proficiency. The award letter addressed to Edmondson-Cooper states that she “not only challenged the governmental and justice systems when language access programs were underfunded or non-existent, [she] also shed light on how language access is interdisciplinary and affects many core areas of the law”.

Former GLSP Board President Named Community Champion

BD_Ben-GarrenC. Ben Garren, Jr. has been selected as the winner of the Community Champion award for the 2016 Corporate Counsel Awards, sponsored by Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia Chapter. The award will be presented at a luncheon in May. Garren has served as president of Georgia Legal Services Program’s Board and is currently on the Georgia Legal Services Foundation board.

“I am very honored and humbled to receive such recognition,” says Garren. “My association with the Georgia Legal Services Program and Foundation have certainly made my life richer.”

Garren is currently chief legal officer at Coca-Cola Refreshments, the North American bottling operation of The Coca-Cola Company. He began his career with The Coca-Coca Company in 1996 as litigation counsel and since then has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility. He is a member of the senior leadership teams for CCR and The Coca-Cola Company’s Legal Division. Ben received a B.S. from Clemson University in 1983 and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1987.


Georgia Legal Services Attorney Edmondson-Cooper To Be Awarded By Gov. Deal

Jana J. Edmonson Cooper. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

Jana J. Edmondson-Cooper. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

Jana J. Edmondson-Cooper, an attorney at Georgia Legal Services Program, has been selected to receive the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity’s 2016 Freedom Award which will be presented to her by Governor Deal on April 19, 2016. The Commission cited her work on access to justice issues for individuals that are deaf or hard of hearing, or have limited English proficiency. The award letter addressed to Edmondson-Cooper states that she “not only challenged the governmental and justice systems when language access programs were underfunded or non-existent, [she] also shed light on how language access is interdisciplinary and affects many core areas of the law”.

The Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity agency was created in 1978. The mission of the agency is to investigate charges of discrimination filed by an aggrieved party or a representative of an aggrieved party. It is also the goal and aim of the agency to further the public interest in preventing future discrimination by monitoring any respondent who has been found guilty of committing a discriminatory housing practice.