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Pro bono in Georgia is "private attorneys involved in representing low-income Georgians."

Georgia Pro Bono Summary: LegalAid-GA is a joint project of Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. and the Georgia Legal Services Program. The project is powered by Pro Bono Net, funded by Legal Services Corporation and the Georgia Access to Justice Project and produced in cooperation with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and legal service organizations and government agencies throughout Georgia and the United States. An additional grant from the State Justice Institute, awarded to the Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts, is making it possible for us to evaluate the web site. Our goal is to provide the public with easy Internet access to basic legal information and legal resources in Georgia.

The Atlanta Legal Aid Society has represented Atlanta's poor in civil legal cases since 1924. The society helps to deal with some of life's most basic needs -- a safe home, enough food to eat, a decent education, protection against fraud, and personal safety.

Georgia Legal Services Program, an independent, non-profit organization, provides free legal services to low-income people in civil matters in the 154 Georgia counties outside the 5 county Atlanta metropolitan area. The mission of the Georgia Legal Services Program is to provide access to justice and opportunities out of poverty for Georgians with low-incomes. Pro Bono Net

Pro Bono Net is a unique collaboration among the various parts of the public interest legal community, organized primarily in New York city. They use information technology to increase the amount and quality of legal services provided to low-income individuals and communities. Pro Bono Net is not only a company name, but also a domain name, which pro bono advocates can type into their internet browser in order to access extensive legal information and to share their information with other advocates working for disadvantaged communities. They can be reached at 212-760-2554.

Georgia Pro Bono Contacts:

Michael L. Monahan, Director

Pro bono Project

State Bar of Georgia

104 Marietta St. NW, Suite 100
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

mikem@gabar.org
(404)527-8762
Deborah Chapman,

Administrative Assistant
deborahc@gabar.org
(404) 527-8763

Pro Bono Awards: The H. Sol Clark Award is named for former Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Clark of Savannah, who is known as the "father of legal aid in Georgia." The prestigious Clark Award honors an individual lawyer who has excelled in one or more of a variety of activities that extend civil legal services to the poor. The William B. Spann, Jr. Award is given each year either to a local bar association, law firm project or a community organization in Georgia that has developed a pro bono program that has satisfied previously unmet needs or extended services to underserved segments of the population. The award is named for a former president of the American Bar Association and former executive director of the State Bar of Georgia. The Dan Bradley Award honors the commitment to the delivery of high quality legal services of a lawyer of Georgia Legal Services Program or the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. The award honors the memory of Georgia native and Mercer Law graduate Dan J. Bradley, who was president of the federal Legal Services Corporation. The A Business Commitment (ABC) Pro Bono Business Law Award honors the business law pro bono contributions of an individual lawyer, corporate legal department or law firm to the nonprofit and community economic development sectors in Georgia. The Civil Justice Innovation Award honors an individual lawyer or legal project that, through the use of innovative technology, has extended civil legal services to the poor or marginalized communities or has met previously unmet legal needs. This Award, presented by the State Bar of Georgia Access to Justice Committee and the Pro Bono Project, acknowledges exemplary Internet, computer-assisted or other media-assisted efforts to disseminate legal education and information to advocates and/or low-to-moderate income clients in Georgia.

Additional Information Links:

www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/directory/georgia.html
www.georgiaadvocates.org