The free advice clinic program is aimed at providing help to local low-income families and seniors. The General Practice and Trial Law Section has partnered with the Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP) and the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project in hosting the event.
The free advice clinics will be held in Albany, Augusta, Brunswick, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Savannah, Valdosta and Woodstock. Additional locations in Rome, Thomaston and Union County are planned. Visit http://www.gabar.org/
Dozens of lawyers from the State Bar section have volunteered their time to provide free consultations in the areas of consumer law, wills and powers of attorney, and family law.
The pro bono event is lead by Cherokee County attorney Laura Austin, the chair of the State Bar General Practice and Trial Law Section. “The section is comprised of attorneys from all corners of our state, with diverse practices ranging from consumer law to criminal law, and domestic relations to personal injury. Our section is often referred to as Georgia’s largest law firm,” said Austin. “With such talented attorneys located across the state, it is our duty to give back to our communities, and we can do so by helping serve those who are unable to afford the legal services that so many of our members can provide. We are proud to have this opportunity to partner with GLSP in this annual statewide pro bono event.”
Mike Monahan, the director of the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project, said, “This event offers a great opportunity for volunteers to take part in providing access to justice on a very local level. We’re very grateful to all the volunteers who have stepped up to meet some new clients. Lawyers are in short supply in many parts of the state. With the majority of the state’s lawyers in Atlanta, and the majority of low-income households outside Atlanta, the burden of pro bono services falls heavily on small town and small city lawyers.” He added, “We’re very appreciative of the wonderful effort on the part of the Bar’s General Practice and Trial Law Section. Their all-out pro bono effort makes me proud to be a lawyer.”
The State Bar of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton, was established in 1964 by Georgia’s Supreme Court as the successor to the voluntary Georgia Bar Association, founded in 1884. All lawyers licensed to practice in Georgia belong to the State Bar. Its more than 43,000 members work together to strengthen the constitutional promise of justice for all, promote principles of duty and public service among Georgia’s lawyers, and administer a strict code of legal ethics.
The mission of the Georgia Legal Services Program is to provide access to justice and opportunities out of poverty for Georgians with low-incomes. Our lawyers and paralegals provide the help that reflects your community's values of fairness, equality, and responsibility to assist others in need.