Georgia Bar Foundation Gives $100,000 to Safe and Stable Families Project

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation expresses our sincere thanks to the Georgia Bar Foundation for their generosity to AVLF’s Family Law Program.

At its most recent meeting, the Georgia Bar Foundation announced a $100,000 grant to Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. Funds will be used to support the Safe and Stable Families Project – particularly, the Family Law Program.

The Georgia Bar Foundation was created for charitable, religious, and educational purposes in 1967. It is a 501(c)(3) organization named by the Supreme Court of Georgia in 1983 to receive IOLTA funds to support legal services for the poor, to improve the administration of justice, to promote professionalism in law practice in order best to serve the public, to aid children involved in the justice system, and to advance the legal system through historical study. 

Launched in 2016, the Family Law Program was established so that survivors of domestic violence who had secured a Protective Order through the Safe Families Office, and who thereafter needed a modification in an existing custody or child support decree, or even a divorce from their abuser, would have legal help to secure that change. Currently led by Staff Attorney Audrey Bergeson, this program provided legal advice, assistance, and/or representation to over 102 survivors in 2017.

“A special thank you to Executive Director Len Horton and all of our steadfast friends at the Georgia Bar Foundation,” said Marty Ellin, AVLF Executive Director. “The Georgia Bar Foundation was an early champion of AVLF’s Family Law Program as they truly understood the need for continued legal services for domestic violence survivors. Our work would not be possible without their support.”

Our deepest thanks to the Georgia Bar Foundation for their support of our work.

Find out more about our upcoming events in Atlanta.

Libby King

Development Director

Check out more from this author. 

Libby is originally from Columbus, Georgia. She has served the Atlanta community for almost 17 years in various capacities.

Prior to working at AVLF, Libby worked as the Director of Institutional Advancement at Atlanta Technical College. Prior to this, she raised funds for ovarian cancer research and served in fundraising and community outreach roles at Visiting Nurse|Hospice Atlanta. She was a communications assistant in the Office of Governor Roy E. Barnes after graduating from Clemson University with a BA in Political Science.