Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation * 235 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1750, Atlanta, GA 30303 * (404)521.0790 * Fax (404)521.3434
What is AVLF?
The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Inc. was created in 1979 through the joint efforts of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Atlanta Bar Association, the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers and the Gate City Bar Association to offer lawyers an opportunity to provide civil legal representation for the poor. Since then, AVLF has provided representation for indigent clients through the efforts of volunteer private attorneys, its student clinical program and various outreach programs.
Why was AVLF Created?
Prominent members of the Atlanta legal community recognized two very important things. First, no matter how many excellent lawyers Atlanta Legal Aid and other service organizations added to their staffs, it would never be enough to meet the need for legal assistance to low-income citizens of Fulton County, and that it is up to the private Bar to cover as much of the gap as possible. Equally importantly, lawyers in private practice recognized that every attorney has an obligation to promorte equal access to justice, and that participation in pro bono work not only gives necessary help to clients in need but also promotes the highest goals of the legal profession.
What is AVLF's Mission and Vision?
The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation develops and coordinates programs that provide legal representation, education and advocacy for at-risk, low income individuals by tapping the enthusiasm and commitment of volunteer legal professionals to address the unmet civil legal needs in the Atlanta community.
Our five-year vision is that the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation is the leader in leveraging the full power, resources and passion of the legal community so that people in greater Atlanta are not deprived of basic civil legal needs without the benefit of a lawyer.
How Does AVLF Work?
Those who call AVLF seeking pro bono legal assistance are screened by AVLF staff to ensure financial and geographical eligibility. Callers who are not eligible for AVLF’s assistance, or who cannot otherwise be assisted by the Foundation, are directed to known resources throughout the community. For those clients who do qualify, case review is conducted prior to referral to a volunteer lawyer to ensure that the client has an appropriate legal problem. Referrals to volunteer attorneys are made using procedures to suit the needs of the individual lawyer. Back-up attorneys and paralegals are available to provide assistance to volunteer lawyers. Litigation services such as court reporters or expert witnesses may be obtained pro bono, or with prior approval of the AVLF Executive Director will be reimbursed. Primary malpractice insurance is in place to the volunteer lawyer for each case referred through Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.
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