AWARDS FOR GLSP CHAMPIONS OF JUSTICE
Atlanta—Georgia Legal Services Program has selected five outstanding Georgians as Champions of Justice for 2013. These three lawyers, one community activist, and one former staff member are honored for their service to GLSP and its mission of providing access to justice and avenues out of poverty for low-income people all over the state outside Metro Atlanta.
“We deeply enjoy celebrating these folks because they are our heroes,” said GLSP Executive Director Phyllis Holmen. “They have walked the walk for years, sometimes decades, to help Georgians from the lowest economic circumstances gain access to the courts and to justice to help resolve issues that keep them trapped in poverty.”
This is the third year the GLSP Board of Directors has named Champions of Justice.
“Our Champions of Justice have each demonstrated a passion and commitment to ensuring access to our justice system for all Georgians. They have each worked tirelessly to preserve this principle that is so fundamental to our democracy, and I find myself inspired and humbled by the example they have set,” said Board President Ben Garren of The Coca Cola Co.’s Legal Department.
Georgia Legal Services is a non-profit law firm serving 154 Georgia counties outside metro Atlanta. Its attorneys serve low-income clients in civil matters such as domestic violence protection, access to health care, preserving housing, access to public education, and more.
Anne Ervin is nominated for her long and faithful service on the GLSP board of directors, as a client member representing the Columbus region, appointed by the Muscogee County Foster Parents Association. Ms. Ervin served two full terms, from 1992 — 2000 and 2003 — 2011. She also served as a member of the Executive Committee from 1998 – 2000, and 2003 — 2005, and as Vice President from 2005 — 2011. During her service she was a dedicated supporter of the mission of GLSP and an active and faithful participant at board meetings. Ms. Ervin also faithfully contributed financially to GLSP.
Linda Klein, managing shareholder at Baker Donnelson’s Georgia offices, is nominated for her extraordinary work on behalf of the cause of justice for all over several decades. As President of the State Bar of Georgia, she conceived and implemented plan to secure $2 million from the Georgia General Assembly in 1995 for legal services to needy survivors of domestic violence. Since that date, over $ 35 million has been appropriated for this purpose, enabling thousands of survivors of domestic violence across the state to secure protective orders, child support awards, assistance with needed benefits and resolution of related problems involving housing, schooling, and more. Linda has remained a member of the Judicial Council Committee to Distribute Funding for Domestic Violence Victims to assure this funding is dedicated to the cause she fought for. She chaired the board of the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia and served on the board of the Georgia Bar Foundation, assuring that resources from those organizations are also directed to legal services for the poor. She received the State Bar’s H. Sol Clark award in 1999, and a Resolution from the GLSP board in 2008, for these and other efforts. As a leader of the American Bar Association, she continues to actively support civil legal services for the poor by annually lobbying Georgia congressional delegation to support the Legal Services Corporation, and by speaking and writing about the cause of justice for all.
CUBBEDGE SNOW, JR.
Cubbedge Snow, Jr., retired partner at Martin Snow in Macon, Ga., is nominated for his many years of service to the cause of justice for all, beginning with his support of the early efforts of the young lawyers working to establish the Georgia Indigents Legal Services and GLSP in the early 1970s. Cubbedge Served on the board of GLSP from 1988 – 1993, and as president of the State Bar of Georgia from 1974 — 1975, continuing to advocate for justice for all. He has served as a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates and its Board of Governors, as well as a member of many ABA committees, most notably the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. Access to justice has been one of the abiding values of Cubbedge’s legal career, and his personal support for staff of GLSP has been invaluable. Cubbedge received the H. Sol Clark Award from the State Bar of Georgia in 1988.
Frank Strickland, of Strickland Brockington Lewis in Atlanta, is nominated for his longstanding dedication to the cause of equal justice. Frank served on the GLSP Board from 1997 — 2003 as a State Bar appointee. He was a member of the Board’s Executive Committee from 1998-2001, and served as Vice-President from 2001 — 2003, chairing the Fundraising Committee in that capacity. Frank resigned from the GLSP board to take the office of Chair of the Board of the Legal Services Corporation in 2003, where he served until 2010. Frank expended tremendous personal and political influence to advance the cause of justice, building a renewed bipartisan base of support for legal services in the U.S. Congress. He devoted countless uncompensated hours in meetings of the LSC board held across the United States and in other countries. He continues to support the national cause as a member of the board of the Friends of the Legal Services Corporation. He continues to work to develop new resources for legal services in Georgia as well. Thousands of lives have been positively affected by his service. Frank received a resolution of appreciation for his efforts from the GLSP Board in 2010.
Jack Webb is nominated as a Champion of Justice for his dedication to the cause of justice for all as demonstrated by his long tenure as the Director of Finance for Georgia Legal Services Program. Jack served in that position from January 2, 1979, until his retirement on March 31, 2011. He developed and implemented financial processes, budget planning, and accounting oversight as GLSP grew into a multi-million dollar non-profit law firm with multiple and ever-increasing funding sources, each with different reporting requirements, restrictions and deliverables, and grant terms. He supported administrative staff in multiple offices throughout Georgia, which for a period of time exceeded twenty different locations. He provided high-level, confidential, and creative input to the GLSP Executive Team, working through widely varying funding challenges and opportunities that changed every year. He offered wise counsel and constant emphasis on making decisions with the best interests of service to clients as a touchstone. As a supreme test, GLSP came through an audit by the LSC Inspector General in February 2013 with no issues, thanks in large part to the systems and staffing that Jack developed and supported.