For over 40 years, our city’s top firms and brightest legal talent have volunteered to help our clients in their fight for justice—and have found they get a great deal back in return.

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Esther Graff Radford, February 2019 Volunteer of the Month
Together, we’re fighting for equal justice.

Our volunteers are deeply committed to helping low-income Atlantans achieve the safety and stability they deserve.

You don’t need to be an expert to provide life-changing support to our clients. Often just a simple demand letter can make a world of distance. For full representation in all of our programs, we provide in-depth training, a wealth of legal resources, and access to expert staff attorneys who can help you along the way.

We have volunteer opportunities for attorneys, paralegals, law students, and anyone else who would like to join us in the fight for equal justice.

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Saturday Lawyer Program

Join us on a Saturday morning to conduct intake interviews with
low-income Atlantans who have landlord-tenant or unpaid wage problems. If the case has merit, attorneys are encouraged to provide representation. We have a comprehensive team of staff attorneys and paralegals to support each and every volunteer who comes through our program,
from start to close.

Who Can Participate: attorneys / paralegals / law students / legal and community sponsors / forensic accountants / financial planners / and more!

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Intimate Partner Abuse Program

Stand with a survivor of intimate partner abuse as they seek an extended protective order. Legal assistance is often a crucial step in ensuring a survivor’s sustainable independence: without at attorney to stand with them, survivors risk facing their abusers in court alone. Our volunteer attorneys represent survivors in their evidentiary hearings for protective orders, supported by our team of staff attorneys, coordinators, and social workers.

Who Can Participate: attorneys (training required) / law students (internships/externships available) / non-legal volunteers

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Eviction Defense Program

Stopping an eviction can completely change the course of someone’s life.
Our Eviction Defense Program has been leveling the playing field for low-income tenants in eviction court for over a decade by pairing volunteer attorneys with low-income Atlantans facing unjust and illegal eviction.

Who Can Participate: attorneys / paralegals / law students / forensic accountants

Dollars for Judgments Program

Collection attorneys can volunteer to collect on judgments obtained through our programs. Interested volunteers occasionally receive no-pressure requests to take on a collection case that has alreadybeen screened by our  for errors in the judgment, the expiration of appeal rights, etc.

Who Can Participate: collection attorneys

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Guardian ad Litem

In high-conflict custody cases, a judge will often appoint a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) to advocate in the best interest of the child(ren). When the family can’t afford a GAL, the Fulton County Superior Court Family Division turns to us. After attending a two day training with experts, volunteer attorneys can be appointed as GALs in these cases, with the full support and assistance of our Safe & Stable Families Project staff.

Who Can Participate: attorneys (training required)

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Low-Income Creditor Assistance Project

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.

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The Probate Information Center

The Probate Information Center is a project of Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Fulton County Probate Court, and the Estate Planning & Probate Section of the Atlanta Bar Association.

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Housing Court Assistance Center

When a tenant files their answer in an eviction case, a single mistake on
the paperwork can cause the tenant to automatically lose their case. Join
us in the Fulton County Courthouse to help tenants properly fill out the forms.

Who Can Participate: attorneys / paralegals / law students

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