who we are

History

Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP) arose as a solution to the “disproportion between the need for legal services by those who cannot afford them and the present supply of legal services available to them.”

In 1968, young lawyers found that many lawyers tended to concentrate in urban areas, whereas many of Georgia’s poor lived in rural areas where legal help was less available. In August of that year, they worked with the Younger Lawyers Section and the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia to prepare an application for funding to address this disparity— creating a new legal services program.

In 1970, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Georgia’s total population was 4,587,930, and that 40% of Georgians resided in rural areas. The following year, the Younger Lawyers Section incorporated the Georgia Legal Services Program “to provide legal services to indigent persons to the fullest extent possible.”

Since then, GLSP has offered free civil legal services to Georgians with low incomes who reside outside metro Atlanta in 154 of the state’s 159 counties. Our mission is to provide civil legal services for persons with low incomes, creating equal access to justice and opportunities out of poverty.

In the picture, Offices of Georgia Indigents Legal Services, Inc. meeting with Family and Children Services Director Kim Parham and Deputy Director Herschel Saucier, in the GILS office in Atlanta. Pictured left to right are John Myer (staff), John Cromartie (staff), Phil Heiner, Nancy Cheves, Jim Parharm, Bill Ide, Betsey Neely, Herschel Saucier, Bettye Kehrer (staff), Jim Elliott and Ben Shapiro (with back to the camera).

We believe everyone has a right to high-quality legal services regardless of income, age, race, or other demographic factors. Our nonprofit law firm exists to ensure qualifying Georgians have access to free legal assistance and/or representation from our experienced staff and trusted partners.

Throughout our 10 regional offices, we provide free legal services on a wide range of civil matters, including family law, housing, access to public benefits, eviction prevention, farmworkers rights, and access to education. Our team works to give our clients the means to escape abuse, feed their families, maintain their homes, and improve their quality of life.

Statewide Operations

We believe all Georgians have a right to high quality legal services.

We are an emboldened group of attorneys, paralegals, and advocates dedicated to providing access to justice and opportunities out of poverty.

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Board of Directors

President

Tennell Lockett

Townsend & Lockett, LLC

Tennell Lockett

Townsend & Lockett, LLC
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Vice President

Sam G. Nicholson

Nicholson Revell, LLC., Gateway Professional Center, Augusta Bar Association

Sam G. Nicholson

Nicholson Revell, LLC., Gateway Professional Center, Augusta Bar Association
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President Elect

Seth Bruckner

United Parcel Service (UPS), Corporate Legal Department

Seth Bruckner

United Parcel Service (UPS), Corporate Legal Department
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Vice President

Patrick J. Davenport

Economic Justice Coalition

Patrick J. Davenport

Economic Justice Coalition
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Treasurer

Laverne L. Gaskins

Law Office of Laverne Lewis Gaskins, P.C.

Laverne L. Gaskins

Law Office of Laverne Lewis Gaskins, P.C.
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Secretary

Nyonnohweah S. Seekie

The Seekie Law Firm, Macon Bar Association

Nyonnohweah S. Seekie

The Seekie Law Firm, Macon Bar Association
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Member-at-Large

Terence Dicks

Client Representative

Member-at-Large

Marquetta J. Bryan

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP

Marquetta J. Bryan

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
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Hon. Susan S. Cole

Gainesville-Northeastern Circuit Bar Association

Hon. Susan S. Cole

Gainesville-Northeastern Circuit Bar Association
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George P. (“Pete”) Donaldson, III

Perry & Walters, Dougherty Circuit Bar Association

George P. (“Pete”) Donaldson, III

Perry & Walters, Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
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Carla N. Gervin

Client Representative

Carla N. Gervin

Client Representative
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Matthew W. Howell

Alston & Bird LLP

Matthew W. Howell

Alston & Bird LLP
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Terry Leighton Miller

Mitchell & Mitchell PC, Conasauga Circuit Bar Association

Terry Leighton Miller

Mitchell & Mitchell PC, Conasauga Circuit Bar Association
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NaTasha Gray

Client Representative

NaTasha Gray

Client Representative
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Gwyn Newsom

Gwyn Newsom Law, LLC, Columbus Bar Association

Gwyn Newsom

Gwyn Newsom Law, LLC, Columbus Bar Association
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Melissa Reese Cruthirds

Compass Law Group, Glynn County Bar Association

Melissa Reese Cruthirds

Compass Law Group, Glynn County Bar Association
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William “Bert” Gregory

William H. Gregory, LLC

William “Bert” Gregory

William H. Gregory, LLC
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Ursula Becker

Client Representative

Melissia Ann Arnold

Dougherty County
Neighborhood Service Center

Julia H. Sullivan

The Sullivan Law Firm, Savannah Bar Association

Julia H. Sullivan

The Sullivan Law Firm, Savannah Bar Association
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Darrell Sutton

Sutton Law Group

Darrell Sutton

Sutton Law Group
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Suzanne Werner

The Coca-Cola Company

Suzanne Werner

The Coca-Cola Company
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Rev. Ezekiel Holley

Georgia Clients Council

Venzella Stowers

Venzella Stowers

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Keishan J. Davis

Townes Davis & Associates, LLC

Keishan J. Davis

Townes Davis & Associates, LLC
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Gregory L. Williams, Jr.

Community Action Activist

Gregory L. Williams, Jr.

Community Action Activist
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Danielle A. Mull

Hunton Andrews Kurth

Danielle A. Mull

Hunton Andrews Kurth
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Team

Our Team of Advocates

Executive Leadership Team

Rick Rufolo

Executive Director

Ira Foster

General Counsel

Tomieka R. Daniel

Deputy Director

Lisa Krisher

Senior Director of Litigation and Advocacy

Maggie Morris

Senior Director of Finance and Administration

Senior Leadership Team

Mike Monahan

Director of Pro Bono Services

Jane Bonner

Director of Human Resources

Lester Andrews

Director of Information Technology

Vicky Kimbrell

Director of Family Law Unit

Susan Reif

Director of Eviction Prevention Program

Managing Attorneys

Kenneth Jones

Augusta Regional Office

Laura Weinstein Shiver

Brunswick Regional Office

Sally Haskins

Columbus Regional Office

Cynthia Gibson

Dalton Regional Office

Wendy Glasbrenner

Gainesville Regional Office

A. Elizabeth Waller

Macon Regional Office

Selinda Hansford

Piedmont Regional Office

Bill Broker

Savannah Regional Office

Cheryl Griffin

Albany Regional Office

Tina Battle

Statewide Intake