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”.
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.
Georgia Legal Services Managing Attorney Ira Foster organized a school dropout prevention workshop, held on Mar. 3, 2016, with speakers from The Truancy Intervention Project, Georgia Appleseed, and the Southern Center for Human Rights. Presentations included discussion around the school-to-prison pipeline, truancy and absentee issues, school discipline statistics and positive behavior intervention and support. Foster focused his presentation on what parents and guardians can do if their children are involved in disciplinary matters at school, and how best to keep kids in school. Nearly 50 school-age children attended the event along with attendees from the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association.
The event was sponsored in partnership by Georgia Leg al Services Program, Georgia Appleseed Center For Law and Justice, The Southern Center for Human Rights, The Truancy Intervention Project, The Georgia NAACP and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., The Southern Region.
Jana Edmondson-Cooper, GLSP attorney of nearly six years, was awarded the State Bar Young Lawyers Division’s Signature Service Award on Saturday, Jan. 23 in Atlanta at the organization’s 10th annual Signature Fundraiser. The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) notes that the award is “presented annually to recognize an individual who has achieved a certain level of service, as measured by his or her commitment to the YLD and other service-related organizations”.
In a Jan.15 statement, they write:
Jana Edmondson-Cooper was an obvious choice for the YLD Signature Service Award,” YLD President John R.B. “Jack” Long of Augusta said. “Through her job at GLSP, she shows her daily commitment to helping Georgia’s indigent who are in need of legal services. Furthermore, her volunteer efforts for the YLD reflect her true passion to fulfill the primary mission of the State Bar of Georgia: service to the public. I am proud to have her serve on the YLD Board of Directors, and appreciate her steadfast dedication to the YLD.
Read more about the event here.
The National Black Lawyers: Top 100 announced that Jana Edmondson-Cooper of Georgia Legal Services Program was selected for inclusion into its Top 100 Black Lawyers, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for her superior skills and qualifications in the field. Membership in this exclusive organization is by invitation only, and is limited to the top 100 attorneys in each state or region who have demonstrated excellence and have achieved outstanding results in their careers.
Jana J. Edmondson-Cooper provides bilingual legal counsel and representation to low-income individuals, the majority of whom are limited English proficient, in administrative forums and courts of law. Her areas of practice include family law, health law, housing, public benefits, wills & estates and education law with a focus on language access as an access to justice issue.
Read more here.
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.
This article was originally published on Capital Soup on Oct. 29, 2015.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) has named Angela Felecia Epps the new dean of the FAMU College of Law. Professor Epps will join the College of Law, located in Orlando, Fla., on January 4, 2016.
Epps currently serves as a professor of law at the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). She also served as associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor of law from 2008-2014. Epps joined the UALR in 1999. Her teaching and scholarly focus is on criminal law, criminal procedure, and legal counseling, a reflection of her distinguished career as a legal officer and judge advocate for the United States Marine Corps. She previously served as a managing attorney for the Georgia Legal Services Program in Albany.
Commenting on her appointment, Professor Epps said, “I am honored to be selected as the next dean of the FAMU College of Law. I am excited about becoming part of the legacy of ‘Excellence with Caring’ that is FAMU and I look forward to working with the College of Law community. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in this important position.”
Epps was selected after a national search conducted in partnership with Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
Dean Michael Hunter Schwartz of the UALR William H. Bowen School praised Epps for her contributions to the legal community.
“Florida A&M University is getting a gem of an educator, colleague, administrator and, most of all, human being in selecting Felecia Epps as the dean of the Law School,” he said. “Her departure from UALR-Bowen is bittersweet for her colleagues here in Little Rock, but we all have known for a long time that she possesses a deep reservoir of skills and abilities that could be tapped.”
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Marcella David noted Epps’ extensive and significant practical experience as important to what she will bring to the FAMU deanship.
“Professor Epps’ ability to nurture connections with the legal community and local community will support FAMU’s continued growth and impact in the region and across the state. At the same time, she is an active and engaged scholar who will focus on the student experience and supporting faculty members’ scholarly, research, and service activities,” David said.
Professor Epps earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology and political science from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa in 1980, and her Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) from Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska in 1983.
This commentary was originally published in the Daily Report on Oct., 23, 2015.
In Service: Georgia Legal Services Director Reflects on Big Year
So many of our clients’ stories start with struggle and result in triumph, through their own persistence and a lawyer’s help at the right moment.
One senior citizen finally decided that 30 years of abuse was enough. Once she made that decision, with our help she was able to leave her husband and find peace and safety. But the decision to make the journey was hers.
Or the high school student near graduation with options for college—threatened with harsh discipline for a minor act for which others were not punished. With our help he was able to graduate.
Read the full article here.
Phyllis Holmen is the executive director of the Georgia Legal Services Program.
This commentary piece was originally published in The Daily Report on Oct. 6, 2015.
Guns are being left in the hands of abusers despite a federal law making it illegal in certain cases. In the past few months, at least four women have died, reportedly shot and killed with weapons that should have been removed from abusers under federal law.
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