Monthly Archives: January 2009

Georgia Banking & Finance ends complaint assistance for individuals with complaints

In the middle of this country’s worst mortgage and banking crisis in decades, the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance has ceased providing assistance to individual Georgians with consumer banking and finance complaints. The following undated announcement on their website … Continue reading

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Mercer University Law School honors legal services attorney

Phil Bond, the Managing Attorney for the Macon Regional Office of the Georgia Legal Services Program, will be honored at the Second Annual Celebration of ETHOS (“Extending the Hands of Service”) presented by Mercer University Walter F. George School of … Continue reading

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Economic Disaster Legal Services- You Can Help!

Many Georgians are facing an economic disaster. You can help. Volunteer to handle at least two bankruptcy cases over the next several months. Add your name to our list of lawyers for referral purposes, too, and we’ll send you paying … Continue reading

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LSC Tech Conference Session: “You Never Get the Disaster You Want”

I’m attending an interesting presentation from Terry Hamilton, Private Attorney Involvement Coordinator at Lone Star Legal Aid in Texas. Terry is “Linked In”. The session is addressing the kinds of disasters a legal aid office might face, plus planning for, … Continue reading

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LSC Technology Conference- Remote Supervision

I’m sitting in a very good session on remote supervision of legal aid staff. The Tweets are HERE. Look for “remote supervision”. Programs are using a mix of open source and proprietary IM systems to stay in touch with … Continue reading

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Follow LSC Technology Initiative Grants Conference

Several participants are tweeting sessions of the Legal Services Corporation Technology Conference. Search for the tweets by going to and searching on the tag, #LSCTIG.

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LSC Technology Initiative Grant Conference 2009

I’m sitting here enjoying another session of the Legal Services Corporation TIG Conference, “Building on the Spine: From Statewide Web Sites to Statewide Web Services”. Liz Keith, of is a great presenter. Per Liz, the “spine”: statewide (legal aid) … Continue reading

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Legal Services Corporation Technology Baseline Report

LSC has published a “baseline” document to assist legal aid programs in technology planning. The document, “Technologies that Should Be in Place in a Legal Aid Office Today”, is a comprehensive look at the technologies underpinning quality legal services delivery. … Continue reading

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Rural Lawyer Blogs

Here are some rural lawyer blogs I have discovered: Small Town Lawyer

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Small town lawyering

The burden of pro bono falls most heavily on the solo and small firm practitioner. In Georgia, 65% of the state’s lawyers are in Atlanta; only 35% of the state’s active lawyers practice in the remaining 154 counties where 72% … Continue reading

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File Your Federal Taxes for FREE! Use I-CAN!

I-CAN!E-file can help you file your taxes for FREE. Just answer simple questions on each screen and print your completed tax return. I-CAN! E-file can also e-file (electronically file) your return to the IRS (and your state if applicable). The … Continue reading

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Do you have a child with a profound disability? Is Medicaid eligibility a problem?

The following Georgia Legal Services Program video is aimed at parents of children with profound disabilities who are “Katie Beckett” Medicaid recipients. You can download the FREE client training materials here. If you are a lawyer who would like to … Continue reading

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