Thirty-five years ago, prominent leaders in Atlanta’s legal community created the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation to help working and poor families who could not afford to hire lawyers to meet their most basic needs. AVLF taps the enthusiasm and commitment of volunteer legal professionals to provide free legal services to low-income families where no other resources exist.
AVLF accomplishes its mission through several volunteer programs, listed below. Through these programs, AVLF’s staff and volunteers promote freedom from violence and advocate for the economic and housing security of low-income Atlantans. Each AVLF program is headed by an expert attorney who recruits, manages, and trains volunteers from all over Atlanta; directly represents clients; develops partnerships with legal and related organizations; supervises paralegals and law students; and reaches out to the client community through education and workshops. In addition to the staff attorney, each program has a paralegal to interview and assist the thousands of potential clients who seek our services every year.