New community legal education materials are now available for the Georgia community and volunteer advocates. The flashmedia presentations are available on-line and are designed to connect persons with appropriate resources for legal problems.
The legal education materials consist of automated voice-over powerpoint slides covering a variety of state and federal law topics from consumer and housing issues to court, immigration, and domestic violence topics. Each presentation is available in English or Spanish and offers referral information for follow-up.
The online legal education materials are available at www.LegalAid-GA.org and http://media.glsp.org. Georgia’s web site guide to free legal information and legal services. The resources are also available to lawyers at www.GeorgiaAdvocates.org/GOJC, the online resource for pro bono attorneys and public interest advocates providing civil representation throughout Georgia.
These presentations grew out of a partnership with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and law schools at the University of Georgia and Mercer University.
Topics address the rights and responsibilities of Georgians under the law, and the workings of government and legal systems.
The current direction of the project is toward web-based access by self-represented litigants and lawyer-supervised advocates. The Law and Government Education Project has joined with the Georgia Legal Services Program and the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project to host the materials on their websites and to support the continued development of these educational materials.
For more information on the project or to host community group presentations contact Public Service faculty member Betty Hudson at Hudson@cviog.uga.edu or Mike Monahan, director of the Pro Bono Project at the State Bar of Georgia firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Carl Vinson Institute: For 80 years, the Vinson Institute has worked with public officials throughout Georgia and around the world to improve governance and people’s lives; http://www.cviog.uga.edu.
About the Georgia Legal Services Program: The mission of the Georgia Legal Services Program is to provide access to justice and opportunities out of poverty for Georgians with low-incomes. Our lawyers and paralegals provide the help that reflects your community’s values of fairness, equality, and responsibility to assist others in need; http://www.glsp.org.
About the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project: The Pro Bono Project communicates to lawyers the legal needs of the poor and provides advocates with the tools to deliver quality pro bono and reduced fee legal services to the poor; http://www.GeorgiaAdvocates.org.