Qualifications for Volunteers
In order to become a Volunteer Lawyer, you must be an attorney licensed to practice in Georgia who is in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia. An attorney may volunteer for any program he or she wishes, but should be aware that some of the programs have training or experience requirements. Please check the links to the specific programs to determine if training or experience is required, and continue to check this website for upcoming training opportunities. AVLF provides training throughout the year for anyone interested in learning a new area of law or just looking for a refresher course. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Volunteer Information Form below. Our volunteer coordinator will contact you to discuss your skills and interests and will get you the information you need to determine which project is right for you.
In order to become a Volunteer Paralegal you must be working for a firm, be retired or on leave and able to provide references, or be a member of the Georgia Association of Paralegals. We often have special events and programs where we use volunteer paralegals to help us screen clients, complete applications or other paperwork and draft documents.
AVLF also allows law students to volunteer through established externship programs with Georgia State, John Marshall and Emory University law schools. Students assist victims of Domestic Violence in obtaining Temporary Protective Orders and practice under Georgia's Third Year Practice Act under the supervision of the director of AVLF's Domestic Violence Project Safe Families Office. For more information please contact Liz Whipple, Safe Families Office Director, at 404-612-4316.
*Unfortunately we are not able to use volunteers who are not trained legal professionals or law students.
FOR LEGAL PROFESSIONALS
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation * 235 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1750, Atlanta, GA 30303 * (404)521.0790 * Fax (404)521.3434