The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Inc., was created in 1979 through the joint efforts of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Atlanta Bar Association, the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers, and the Gate City Bar Association. AVLF is the largest provider of pro bono legal services in Greater Atlanta. For over 35 years, we have promoted access to justice by inspiring volunteer attorneys to provide high-quality education, advocacy, and representation at no charge to low-income families with basic civil legal needs at critical times in their lives. Our programs include services for domestic violence survivors, landlord/tenant disputes, evictions, unpaid wages, and probate issues.
Why was AVLF created?
Our founders understood that private attorneys must play a central role in promoting access to our civil legal system for people who cannot afford legal representation. Our 35-year history has proven that equal access provides direct social and economic benefits to low-income families and their communities and advances notions of justice and fair play.
For a poor person walking into court, the assistance of a volunteer lawyer can prevent homelessness, the disruption of employment and education, secure wages desperately needed to survive, provide legal protection to victims of violence, and protect children from abuse and neglect.
What are AVLF’s mission and vision?
Our mission is to create safe and stable homes and families by inspiring attorneys to fight for equal justice.
Our vision is to leverage the full power and resources of the legal community so when low-income Atlantans stand up to demand safe and stable housing, to insist on pay for an honest day’s work, or to break free from domestic violence, a lawyer always stands with them.
How does AVLF work?
After potential clients make initial contact with AVLF, we determine their eligibility to receive our services through a quick intake interview. For those who qualify for our services, every step of the process is designed to get them the highest quality services as quickly as possible. We connect our clients with a volunteer attorney, and then AVLF’s expert staff attorneys and program support staff assist clients and volunteers at every step along the way.
Whether we offer direct representation by one of our hundreds of volunteer attorneys, thoughtful and thorough advice by one of our staff attorneys, or a tailored referral to the best available resource, we strive to be the last call someone has to make to get help.