GLSP Attorney Jana Edmondson-Cooper Awarded

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

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

Jana J. Edmondson-Cooper was selected by the National Bar Association (NBA) to receive its Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Under 40 Award during the NBA’s 90th Annual Convention held in Los Angeles, CA July 19 -23, 2015. The award recognizes the nation’s top lawyers under 40 who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, including in innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community involvement. In addition to the 40 Under 40 recognition, five of the forty awardees were deemed to have distinguished themselves further by exemplifying Excellence in Activism, Excellence in Innovation, Excellence in Leadership, Excellence in Service and as Best Advocate of the Year, respectively and honored with a second award to that effect. Jana was honored with the Excellence in Service Award for exemplifying service to low-income and underrepresented individuals, particularly those who have limited or no ability to communicate in English.

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GLSP Attorney Jana Edmondson-Cooper Awarded

Jana J. Edmondson-Cooper has been selected to receive an Award of Achievement from the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia . Jana has been active with the YLD for several years including graduating from the YLD’s Leadership Academy in 2012 and serving as a Middle District Representative from 2012-2014.  Last year, Jana was appointed to serve on the  2014-2015 YLD Board of Directors as Director of Membership Outreach.   Jana will be honored for her distinguished service to the YLD and presented with the award during the Young Lawyers Division Dinner , which will be held during the State Bar of Georgia’s Annual Meeting at the Marriott Evergreen Conference Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The Dinner will take place on Friday, June 19th starting at 7:30pm

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Former GLSP Attorney Named Georgia’s Magistrate of the Year

Patricia Barron was named Georgia’s 2015 Magistrate of the Year at the Georgia Council’s annual meeting in May. Judge Barron, currently Athens-Clarke County Chief Magistrate Court Judge, worked at Georgia Legal Services Program throughout the state for twenty years.

“She was devoted to her clients and set a high standard for her staff during her service as Managing Attorney of the Gainesville office,” GLSP Executive Director Phyllis Holmen remembers of Judge Barron’s work. “We’ve watched her career as Magistrate in Athens, and are proud of the innovations she has brought to that court to underscore her commitment to access to justice.”

Patricia Barron, a native of Atlanta and an alumna of Georgetown University Law Center, also worked at the University of Georgia School of Law’s Family Violence Clinic, where as a managing attorney she trained law students on representing victims of domestic violence. The judge has served at the Athens-Clarke Magistrate Court for nearly fifteen years, and was appointed chief judge in only her second year at the Court.

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New York Times highlights GLSP school-discipline case

The New York Times carried a front page story Dec. 11, 2014, about an African-American  Henry County girl harshly disciplined for writing one word on a locker, “Hi,” while the white child involved in the incident received a lesser punishment, though her actions were more destructive. GLSP attorney Mike Tafelski is pictured and quoted.

CLICK HERE to read the entire article.

Mike Tafelski was also interviewed on NPR’s “The Takeaway” on Dec. 12, 2014.

To listen to that radio program, CLICK HERE.

And, Mike Tafelski was interviewed on Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “On Second Thought” on Dec. 15, 2014.

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Macon GLSP’s Edmondson-Cooper on YLD board, named to Lawyers of Color Hot List

jana-edmondsonJana Edmondson-Cooper, bilingual staff attorney with GLSP’s Macon office has been named to the board of directors of the Young Lawyers Division of the Georgia State Bar. She will be Director of Membership Outreach. To read more CLICK HERE


Early- to Mid-Career Minority Attorneys in the Southern Region

​​Jana J. Edmondson-Cooper, Bilingual Staff Attorney with Georgia Legal Services Program, has been named to Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual Hot List, which recognizes early- to mid-career minority attorneys excelling in the legal profession working as in-house counsel, government attorneys, and law firm associates and partners.

Honorees will be profiled in Lawyers Of Color’s  forthcoming Hot List 2014 Issue. The Southern Region honorees were also feted at a reception hosted by Greenberg Traurig on July 24th. A full list of this year’s Southern Region honorees can be found here .

Jana provides bilingual legal counsel and representation to low-income individuals in various civil litigation matters with a focus on language access as an access to justice issue.  Previously recognized as a “Trailblazing Lawyer for Justice,” Jana was one of six attorneys, nationally, recognized as an emerging leader and awarded a scholarship to attend the 2012 National Legal Aid and Defender Association Litigation and Advocacy Directors’ Conference.    A former legal interpreter, in 2013 Jana was appointed to the Supreme Court of Georgia Commission on Interpreters and contributed to the Georgia Fatality Review Project, an annual publication jointly issued by the Georgia Commission on Family Violence and Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, as a subject-matter expert on the dynamics of domestic violence as experienced by immigrant victims. Most recently, she had the privilege of co-chairing Georgia’s first comprehensive statewide CLE on language access for attorneys and judges.


The honorees were chosen through a two-pronged process. The selection committee spent months reviewing nominations and researching bar association publications and legal blogs in order to identify promising candidates. Nominations from mentors, peers, and colleagues were accepted. The selection committee also made editorial picks of attorneys who had noteworthy accomplishments, especially those active in legal pipeline initiatives.


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GLSP Macon lawyer honored by alma mater

Jana with Judge DillardMacon GLSP attorney Jana Edmondson-Cooper was recently honored,by her law school alma mater, Mississippi College School of Law. Edmondson-Cooper received the Young Lawyer of the Year Award, which recognizes a lawyer who has graduated within the past 10 years who has made outstanding contributions to the legal community. Also honored by the Mississippi College School of Law was Judge Stephen Dillard from the Georgia Court of Appeals.  Judge Dillard is an alum as well and received the State Judge of the Year Award for outstanding judicial service.

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