Dear Friend of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation:
AVLF looks quite different from the Foundation you may have known, worked with and supported even just a few years ago. Led by a solid and successful Strategic Plan, we are representing more clients, recruiting, training and involving more volunteer attorneys, and working more expansively in more courts than ever before.
It has been quite a year. In the past twelve months the Saturday Lawyer Program, now 40 years old, enjoyed a rebirth. Instead of simply being handed a file and asked to represent a stranger based on a telephone interview conducted by AVLF or Atlanta Legal Aid staff, volunteer attorneys now meet with potential clients to confirm that they believe there is a cognizable legal issue that should receive the assistance of pro bono counsel: the volunteer attorney then may decide to represent that client. This year, the Guardian ad Litem Program evolved to focus much more clearly on the placement of Guardians only in cases where the parties in dispute meet AVLF income guidelines. Our One Child One Lawyer Program matured, representing more than thirty children whose parents, having achieved stability and sobriety, graduated from the program allowing for reunification of mothers and children. As well, in 2010 the OCOL Program celebrated 8 adoptions of client children whose parents were unable to be successful in drug treatment into new "forever families."
The Chief Counsel for the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence described the Domestic Violence Program's Safe Families Office as a "model best practices program." That Office, located in Courtroom 6G of the Fulton County Courthouse, saw more than 2900 victims of intimate partner violence. AVLF's Wills Program trained 156 lawyers in the art of will-drafting, coordinated eight outings to local Senior Centers and oversaw the drafting of 130 Wills in 2010.
Thank You for a Terrific Year!
AVLF has received a grant of $60,000 from the Georgia Bar Foundation for its Domestic Violence and One Child One Lawyer Program. "We are so grateful to receive this award from the Georgia Bar," says Executive Director Martin Ellin. Read more...
Vivian Huelgo, Chief Counsel for the American Bar Associations Commission on Domestic Violence, visited the Safe Families Office on July 9th, 2009. Impressed by the collaborative, client-centered approach, Ms. Huelgo indicated that this is a "model best practices" program!
AVLF is pleased to announce that two Fulton County Health and Human Services Grants have been awarded to the organization: $25,000 to support the Domestic Violence/Safe Families Office, and $25,000 for the Housing Advocacy and Resource Center.
Lila Bradley is the new Director of our Guardian ad Litem Program. Our former Director, Dawn Smith, has left the Foundation and has begun private practice with the Altanta law firm of Boyd Collar Nolen & Tuggle. Read more...
After a couple of months hiatus, our popular Saturday Lawyer Program is back and better than ever. If you are interested in learning more about how to volunteer, either as a Saturday Morning Intake Volunteer or as a Full Representation Volunteer, please click here.
What's New? AVLF will debut its new six-minute promotional video this Winter. In this excerpt, John, a Saturday Lawyer Program client, shares how he was illegally evicted from his apartment and how his AVLF volunteer helped him in his search for justice! View our new YouTube Channel to see additional footage.
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