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.
This article was originally published by the Albany Herald under the headline “Georgia Legal Services adds Westtown Library to ‘circuit’”. Read the article here.
Georgia Legal Services “circuit rider” Whitney Knox, one of seven lawyers in the Albany GLS offices on Oglethorpe Boulevard, is available to discuss very specific legal issues with Westtown patrons from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Tuesday of each month. The program is part of Georgia Legal Services’ efforts to make its staff available where there are specific needs in the community.
“We circuit ride in all 33 of the counties in our service area,” GLS Supervising Attorney Rhonda Bass said. “Our services are offered to usually low-income individuals who meet federal poverty guidelines, and we offer elder law services to people 60 and over with no income guidelines.
Read this Albany Herald article in full here.
GLSP’s newly developed model language access plan offers practical suggestions and resources to assist Georgia law enforcement agencies with meeting its legal obligations to ensure that limited English proficient and deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals have meaningful access to the agency’s services. This model plan is adaptable to local needs and can assist in identifying those who need language assistance; notifying the public of language assistance services; developing procedures for interpretation services in interviews, interrogations, filing complaints, and document translation; outlining training for agency staff and required qualifications for interpreters; and more. As a recipient of federal funds, the failure to provide meaningful language access can result in the filing of a federal lawsuit and the possible loss of federal funding under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Safe Streets Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and their implementing regulations.
GLSP Attorney Anthony Davenport represented Georgia Legal Services at the 4th Annual “Project Homeless Connect” event on Nov. 17, 2015, where the individuals in the area experiencing homelessness and the working poor population are connected to community agencies offering much needed services. At this year’s event, more than 500 individuals received health screenings, legal services, haircuts, clothing, food, and much more. The event was hosted by the Albany Dougherty Homeless Coalition. GLSP in Albany is proud to participate in this event each year.
More than 215 individuals with low-incomes received free legal help last Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. Attorneys from Georgia Legal Services Program and the Georgia State Bar’s General Practice and Trial section teamed up to provide free legal services in 21 counties around the state, from Richmond to Tattnall, Dougherty to Whitfield.
Volunteer private attorneys and Georgia Legal Services Program attorneys worked together to provide legal help in areas related to family, probate, criminal, consumer, real estate, and housing law issues, among others. Below is a photo essay of the successful event.
Lawyers Volunteering Throughout the State, Offer Free Legal Services
“Ask A Lawyer Day” to be held in every Georgia county on October 29, 2015
The General Practice and Trial Section, in partnership with Georgia Legal Services, is hosting Ask-A-Lawyer Day on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The purpose of this event, where a volunteer lawyer is expected to be available for free legal services in every Georgia county, is to extend access to justice in rural and small cities throughout the state. Lawyers will be available to advise on issues pertaining to consumer law, family law, criminal law, wills and powers of attorney, and more.
To find out the time and location of the Ask-A-Lawyer event in your area, please call 1-800-498-9469.
The State Bar of Georgia exists to foster among the members of the Bar of this state the principles of duty and service to the public; to improve the administration of justice; and to advance the science of law. All persons authorized to practice law in this state are required to be members.
Georgia Legal Services Program’s mission is to provide access to justice and opportunities out of poverty for Georgians with low-incomes.
For more information, please call Mike Monahan, Pro Bono Director at The State Bar of Georgia, at 404-527-8762.
GLSP Attorney Bill Broker spoke with Savannah Morning News about the way Savannah’s public transportation system’s possible expansion could change the lives of the city’s low-income residents. Originally posted on Savannah Now.
Using CAT as ‘vehicle for opportunity’
Submitted by Kelly Quimby on Wed, Sept. 16, 2015
A lot has been said about Chatham Area Transit’s plans to expand the system to the community’s underserved areas.
In the city of Pooler, for example, where there is no CAT service, many say it’s an unwanted tax burden and contributor to traffic.
In Garden City, where some areas are served and some are not, there are those who have argued adding routes could aid in redevelopment.
And at the CAT board of director’s meeting this week, I heard it described in a new way, as “a vehicle for the expansion of opportunity for our community.”
“One of the things I’ve been thinking about is sort of the role that transit plays in providing people with opportunities for moving out of poverty,” Board Member Bill Broker said.
Broker invited Step Up Savannah‘s Suzanne Donovan and Director of Planning for CAT Nick Helmholdt to brief the rest of the board on the boundless potential for CAT to improve the economic state of the local community.
“There’s been a lot of research recently on using transportation as access to opportunity,” Donovan said. “Both location and transportation matters when it comes to people’s lives. It’s not simply about getting around, but opening up opportunity and connecting people and resources. Rather than talk about route expansion, let’s start talking about opportunity expansion, because that’s what’s at stake here. Mobility changes people’s lives.”
Some of the research Donovan mentioned has concluded that personal vehicles are the most expensive form of traffic for people of any income bracket. A lack of transit stops in the meantime limits a person’s ability to choose where they live and work, especially if they have no or only one vehicle to serve the household.
Locally, she said, this means that new jobs cropping up in south and west Chatham County are essentially unavailable to the families that need them most.
But locating transit routes and stops in employment areas has proven useful to employers, because their employees have reliable transportation that gets them to work on time, Hemholdt said. This has helped employers maintain employees longer.
He pointed to another groundbreaking study out of Harvard University, which revealed that shorter commute times can contribute to a person’s ability to improve their economic situation.
So how can CAT have an influence?
“(We) make sure our riders can access employment destinations within our entire metropolitan area,” Hemholdt said. “(By) helping our regional employers understand the value of public transit, the benefit to their bottom line. Responding to initiatives that are out there that are really trying to connect communities to these efforts.”
“I think the thing that’s the most compelling about this is indicators for economic success,” Broker said. “We can’t do anything about two and one parent households, we can’t do anything about test scores, we really can’t do anything about crime. But what we can do, is something about transit. And transit … is the primary indicator of people’s ability to achieve economic success. That opportunity is what we’re charged with here.”
A U.S. financial regulator could upend the business model of law firms that file waves
of cookie-cutter lawsuits to collect money from people who haven’t paid their bills.
The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau last month filed its first lawsuit
against a debt-collection firm, Marietta, Ga.-based Frederick J. Hanna & Associates,
accusing it of violating federal consumer-protection laws.
Legal specialists said the suit could signal the regulator’s intent to target similar
high-volume law firms—and potentially banks and debt buyers—over allegations that
debt collection claims can be out of date, incorrect in their amounts, lacking in
documentary support or overlapping with claims filed against the same debtors.
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Too many poor people in the U.S. lack access to lawyers when they confront major life challenges, including eviction, deportation, custody battles and domestic violence, according to a new report by advocates at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic.