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It's Time for March Madness...AVLF Pro Bono Style!

It'’s a slam-dunk for pro bono and your opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life.

What’'s in it for you?

Pro Bono work:

• Is a skill enhancer

• Provides more autonomy

• Offers a more diverse clientele and forum

• Expands your perspective

• Builds confidence

• Is a break from your normal practice routine

Attend a pro bono seminar, become a volunteer!

Representing Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence in Civil Temporary Protective Order Hearings

March 12, 2012

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • 3.5 CLE/0 E/1 TP/1 P

At the State Bar of Georgia Conference Center • 104 Marietta Street

Registration limited to 60 * Advance registration and payment required

The Domestic Violence Project trains attorneys to represent victims of domestic violence in obtaining temporary protective orders. The Georgia Family Violence Act provides for civil relief to victims of domestic violence through ex parte hearings, followed by second hearings after service upon the respondent. This Project helps to level the playing field for victims who would otherwise have to face their batterer and possibly their batterer's attorney in court alone. Click here to download brochure and to register for this session.

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Hot Topics and Skills Training in Poverty Law: The Saturday Lawyer Program

March 19, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. • 7 CLE/1 E/0 TP/1 P total credit

(Registration for individual sessions is available.)

At the State Bar of Georgia Conference Center • 104 Marietta Street

Registration limited to 60 * Advance registration and payment required

The weak economy has stressed poor families on every front, and they need your help. AVLF's volunteers provide legal assistance in several substantive areas that are critical to the self-sufficiency of low-income people, especially in difficult times. This program will focus on the hot issues in each of these areas: (1) Securing Unpaid Wages, (2) Defending Clients against Debt Lawsuits and (3) Promoting Habitable and Safe Housing and Ensuring Return of Security Deposits for low-income individuals and families. But knowing the law is only half the battle! This program will also include an incredibly valuable session on steps you can take from the outset to increase your chances of actually putting money in your clients' hands, including avoiding common barriers to collection, effective collection strategies and the basics of collections work.Click here to download brochure and to register for this session.

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Guardian ad Litem Training

March 19, 2012

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • 7.5 CLE/1 E/0 TP/1 P • Lunch provided

(Registration for individual sessions is available.)

At the State Bar of Georgia Conference Center • 104 Marietta Street

Registration is limited to 35 * Advance registration and payment required

The Guardian ad Litem Program provides the Judges of Fulton Superior Court with trained Guardians ad Litem to represent the best interests of minor children who are the subject of contested custody actions in their courts. Training includes presentations on the nuts and bolts of family law; the role of a Guardian ad Litem; the stages of child development; the pros and cons of various custody arrangements; the effects of domestic violence on children; the ethical issues faced by a Guardian ad Litem; and how to present findings to the court. Once trained, lawyers will be qualified for service as a Guardian ad Litem in Fulton Superior Court. Click here to download brochure and to register for this session.

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