AVLF has partnered with the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association to launch this innovative project. LICAP provides low-income judgment creditors and claimants with free legal assistance in bankruptcy cases when the defendant/debtor runs to bankruptcy court to evade justice. These creditor-clients are current AVLF clients who are pursuing or have obtained judgments against employers and landlords through the Saturday Lawyer and Dollars for Judgments Programs.
Who Can Participate?
Attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia who already have significant experience practicing in bankruptcy court. Currently, LICAP draws volunteers from the membership of the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, our partner in launching this program, but we encourage all interested and qualified attorneys to get involved.
Many of the AVLF clients served by this program have obtained – or are pursuing and very likely to obtain – judgments against employers or landlords. While winning their case is empowering, AVLF clients often face one more step before finally obtaining justice: the satisfaction of collecting the judgment. That’s where you can help.
When an offending employer or landlord files for bankruptcy, AVLF will review the case and assess whether there is a possibility of recovery. LICAP will then contact attorneys in its database to solicit a volunteer for the case. With support from AVLF, the attorney may file a proof of claim, seek relief from the automatic stay, or even file a non-dischargeability action, depending on the circumstances of the case. When necessary, AVLF can contact pro bono forensic accounting services from the top accounting firms to assist LICAP volunteer attorneys.
If you are a member of the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and are interested in learning more about LICAP and/or volunteering, please contact Alison Elko Franklin, the LICAP Volunteer Advisor. If you are not a member of the Section, but have bankruptcy court experience and are interested in volunteering, complete a Volunteer Registration Form and/or contact Michael Lucas.
Supported by funding from the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation