Atlanta, GA (May 21, 2010) – The State Bar of Georgia General Practice and Trial Law Section hosted an “Ask-a-Lawyer” day in 12 cities in Georgia on Thursday, May 20.
The free advice clinic program was aimed at providing help to local low-income families and seniors. The General Practice and Trial Law Section partnered with Georgia Legal Services Program and the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project in hosting the event.
The free advice clinics were held in Albany, Augusta, Brunswick, Dalton, Douglasville, Gainesville, Macon, Rome, Savannah, Valdosta and Waycross.
More than 100 lawyers from the State Bar section volunteered their time to provide free consultations in the areas of consumer law, wills and powers of attorney, and family law.
The pro bono event was lead by Valdosta attorney, William “Pope” Langdale III, the chair of the General Practice and Trial Law Section. “The General Practice and Trial Law Section of the State Bar is comprised of attorneys from all corners of our state, with diverse practices ranging from consumer law to criminal law, and domestic relations to personal injury. As such, our section is often referred to as Georgia’s largest law firm,” said Pope. “And, with such talented attorneys located across the state, it is our duty to give back to our communities, and we can do so by helping serve those who are unable to afford the legal services that so many of our members can provide. We are proud to have had this opportunity to partner with Georgia Legal Services in this first ever statewide pro bono event, and look forward to making this an annual event.”
“Lawyers all over Georgia often tell me they recognize how critical the services of GLSP are to addressing serious legal problems that low-income families in their communities have,” said Phyllis Holmen, executive director of Georgia Legal Services Program. “This event offered a great opportunity for volunteers to take part in the solution on a very local level. We’re very grateful to all the volunteers who stepped up to meet some new clients!”
“Lawyers are in short supply in many parts of the state,” said Mike Monahan, the director of the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project. “With the majority of the state’s lawyers in Atlanta, and the majority of low-income households outside Atlanta, the burden of pro bono services falls heavily on small town and small city lawyers,” he added. We’re very appreciative of the wonderful effort on the part of the Bar’s General Practice and Trial Law Section. Their all-out pro bono effort made me proud to be a lawyer.”
About the State Bar of Georgia
The State Bar of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton, was established in 1964 by Georgia’s Supreme Court as the successor to the voluntary Georgia Bar Association, founded in 1884. All lawyers licensed to practice in Georgia belong to the State Bar. Its more than 40,000 members work together to strengthen the constitutional promise of justice for all, promote principles of duty and public service among Georgia’s lawyers, and administer a strict code of legal ethics.
About 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.