Georgia Legal Services Program
Ms. Simons, 65, obtained a credit card in 1997 from Chase Manhattan
Bank, which she used for about a year. Sometime thereafter, she became a
victim of identity theft.
In September 2005, Ms. Simons was sued by Chase for almost $5,000
charged to that eight-year-old credit card. Chase failed to serve her with
the lawsuit for over four years, until October 2009. By then a senior
citizen, Ms. Simons nonetheless filed her own Answer denying that she 2.
owed any money to Chase and stating that she was a victim of mistaken
identity. Chase’s attorney filed discovery and motions against Ms. Simons
to which she did not know how to respond properly. At that point, Ms.
Simons found Georgia Legal Services and we agreed to represent her. We
entered the litigation on her behalf and were able to negotiate a complete
dismissal with prejudice.
The mission of the Georgia Legal Services Program® (GLSP) is to
provide access to justice and opportunities out of poverty for
Georgians with low-incomes.
Georgia Legal Services Program® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1971. Client stories in
this report are used with permission. Photographs and names do not necessarily represent actual clients.
Evidence of the impact of the
economic downturn on Latinos
is reflected in our Latino case
statistics, especially for the first
half of year 2008 compared to
the first half of year 2009, in
which we experienced a 111%
increase in cases.
All of us have been affected by the recession of the last two years, if only because our savings have diminished,
and our plans for our futures deferred or scaled back. For Georgians with lower incomes, the challenges have
been much more immediate and concrete. Our goal is to make sure no one is left behind in the recovery.
We worked to protect seniors from predators. We defended clients who never had a credit card but who
had a common name, who were sued for huge sums by debt collectors who didn’t bother to check whether
the defendant was the true debtor. We helped to protect exempt funds, such as Social Security benefits, from
garnishment. We helped frail seniors stay in nursing home placements and others to obtain Food Stamps so
they could eat.
We worked to secure unemployment benefits for low-wage workers. We handled claims for hundreds
of laid-off workers who faced trumped-up allegations of rule violations or absences advanced by employers
seeking to avoid paying benefits. Weekly UI benefits enabled them to keep a roof over their families, food on
the table, and a bit of security while they looked for new work in a very tough economy. We assisted limited Phyllis J. Holmen
English speaking clients who have unique problems in navigating the claims process for benefits. 4.
We worked to keep people in their homes. This recession has resulted in massive threats to housing,
for both home owners and tenants whose landlords faced foreclosure. We helped clients with mortgage
modifications, and we defended erroneous or unlawful foreclosures.
Volunteers have helped. More private attorneys across the state stepped up to help with cases, and we
worked with local bar associations and Sections of the State Bar to implement new programs to match
volunteers with critical legal needs. We thank you for your work
James W. Boswell, III
Donors have helped. Even in these tight times, the average gift to GLSP has increased, although the number
of donors dropped slightly. Many lawyers realize that access to our system of justice to all who need it is a core
value of our democracy. We thank you for your gift.
We look forward to an economic recovery that leaves no one behind, and will continue to work to help
those who are most vulnerable and most critically in need of legal services.
Phyllis J. Holmen James W. Boswell, III
Executive Director President
Mr. Farmer was living frugally and managing to pay his $407 monthly mortgage
payments. He was disabled from injuries from an accident and his only income was
from Supplemental Security Income. He had no phone and no heat other than
firewood. His water came from a well.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) determined that his property
was in a flood zone and required flood insurance. The mortgage company
purchased a flood policy at a high price, sending Mr. Farmer’s monthly payment up
to $712, which was more than his monthly income. Although Mr. Farmer continued
to send in his $407 payments monthly, the mortgage company put the property into
A GLSP lawyer negotiated with the mortgage company to rework the loan and
lower the mortgage payments. Mr. Farmer was able to buy his own flood insurance
at a significantly lower rate. The foreclosure sale was cancelled.
GLSP’s foreclosure cases increased 300% over 2008.
Mr. Smith was 64 when he suffered a heart attack at his home. His wife called
911, expecting an ambulance to come to take her husband to a local hospital. But
instead, Mr. Smith was flown by helicopter to an Atlanta hospital, against his wife’s
wishes. The Smiths applied for Medicaid to pay the medical expenses, which it did,
except for the $13,716.23 charged by the helicopter company. Medicaid said there
was no proof that flight was medically necessary.
The helicopter company harassed Mrs. Smith on the telephone about the unpaid bill
and filed a lawsuit. The Smiths came to GLSP for help defending themselves from
the debt they couldn’t pay for services they hadn’t requested. A GLSP lawyer used
Georgia Fair Debt Collection Act and Fair Business Practices Act and cited unfair and
deceptive business practices toward the elderly in achieving a settlement of the case.
The helicopter company was forced to drop the case, notify credit bureaus to remove
the lawsuit from the client’s record, and send a letter of apology to the Smiths.
“Seniors are the fastest growing segment of our society and the most at-risk for unfair and
deceptive business practices. GLSP’s high impact, high quality legal assistance changes the
outcomes for seniors who are vulnerable and need protection. We empower seniors to
protect themselves against consumer fraud and scams that strip them of their security and
– Phyllis Holmen, Executive Director
When Ms. Baker, a hardworking mother with two young children, came to GLSP,
she was working 12-hour shifts, often overnight, trying to support her family and
make up for lost income after being fired from her previous job. Her previous
employer had disqualified her from receiving unemployment benefits, claiming she
had excessive absences. She had appealed that disqualification on her own, but the
appeal was denied because the hearing was held on the same day she started her
badly needed new job.
A GLSP attorney was able immediately to file a petition to reopen the case, then
conducted an investigation. At the new hearing, the attorney submitted payment
records showing that Ms. Baker worked on many of the days her employer had
said she was absent. Also, the documents included statements from Ms. Baker’s
doctor explaining other absences, and copies of the employer’s own policies which
contradicted its allegations.
The hearing officer quickly reversed the initial determination and awarded Ms. Baker
the full amount of her unemployment benefits. She was able to pay bills that had
mounted during her unemployment.
We are seeing more clients falling further into poverty due to job loss from plant closings,
company layoffs, and more. GLSP’s legal assistance helps to keep clients relatively financially
stable through these storms, and we look at possible barriers to employment to help clients.
Ms. Cantrell had lived in her modest mobile home for 17 years when her
husband died after three years in a nursing home and a year in hospice,
paid for by Medicaid. She received a notice from the Department of
Community Health that, under Medicaid’s estate recovery program, the
department would place an $8,000 lien on Ms. Cantrell’s home, which was
worth only about that amount and was all she had. She considered selling
her home to pay Medicaid, because she didn’t know that Federal law
prohibits Medicaid from placing a lien on an estate unless the entire estate
is worth more than $25,000. A GLSP lawyer requested an exemption and
saved Ms. Cantrell’s home.
Mobile homes, also known as manufactured housing, are an important housing
option for low-income households. GLSP handles critical legal problems for mobile
homeowners in rural areas of Georgia. Our cases involve homeowners who have
construction problems, repair problems, or financial problems that virtually hold
them economically captive in their communities, because they have significant
investments in their homes.
Ms Walker, 80, was physically abused by her 81-year-old husband for many years.
When he threatened to burn their house down with her in it, she finally fled to a
local shelter. The staff there helped her obtain an initial temporary protective order
(TPO) and a final hearing was scheduled. A GLSP lawyer represented Ms. Walker at
Mr. Walker hired an attorney and denied all the allegations against him, including
service of the TPO. Our lawyer subpoenaed the sheriff’s officer who had served Mr.
Walker. During the hearing, Mr. Walker finally admitted he had broken into Ms.
Walker’s home and had continued to call her after the initial TPO. The judge ordered
him immediately arrested. The judge ordered support for Ms. Walker in the amount
of $800 per month and gave her possession of the car and house.
“Some judges refuse to award child support in domestic violence cases, telling survivors
to file for divorce. This is not possible for many victims of domestic violence who cannot
pay retainer fees required by private attorneys to file a divorce. We strive to obtain income
security for survivors of family violence who want to start new lives away from their batterers.
If there’s no financial support to help them care for their children, many victims will return to
their batterers just to keep their children fed and housed.”
-- Vicky Kimbrell, Director Family Violence Project/
Health Law Specialist Attorney
The Joneses had paid off the mortgage on the home they had lived in for more
than 30 years. But when they took on the rearing of their grandchildren, they took
out a $55,000 equity loan with a payment of $534 per month. The loan, however,
was sold to a new company, which informed Mr. Jones, a 57-year-old veteran, that
his payment would increase to $650 to include taxes and insurance, unless he paid
those costs separately. Mr. Jones wrote to the mortgage company that he would
pay those costs himself, as he always had. And he did so.
Mr. Jones never missed a mortgage payment, but he began receiving delinquency
notices. He wrote several letters to the lender to dispute the notices, but the
company did not respond until it sent out the notice of the foreclosure sale. A GLSP
lawyer contacted the attorney for the mortgage company and provided the letters
Mr. Jones had written and his payment history. The mortgage company rescinded
the foreclosure sale.
GLSP partnered with the Georgia Department of Consumer Affairs to provide foreclosure
prevention services to clients facing foreclosures who were referred to our offices by
approved Consumer Credit Counseling agencies around the state. Clients benefited from the
high quality legal assistance provided by GLSP lawyers, and the critical financial counseling
Ms. Sarahlyn U. Argrow was unemployed and divorced when she sought GLSP for help in
establishing a non-profit organization for women who were struggling just like her. GLSP
provided legal assistance in helping Ms. Argrow create Assisting Working Women in Need
(AWWIN) almost 10 years ago.
“She had that special something,” Senior Volunteer Attorney Robert Simonton noted when
he first met Ms. Argrow. As a volunteer attorney with GLSP, Simonton’s mission is to translate
people with good ideas into strong organizations on a sound legal footing.
AWWIN is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that assists the single working woman who is
displaced due to divorce, illness, domestic violence, temporary loss of employment, and more.
AWWIN has served nearly 700 families in the Savannah area.
Ms. Argrow realizes that the women she serves are not looking for a handout. The foundation
of the organization is a 30-week computer and job readiness training class that prepares women
for future careers. AWWIN’s mission is to help working women move from jobs paying hourly
wages to salaried positions.
“While you are going through your own problems,
it does not mean that you can’t help someone else.”
– Sarahlyn U. Argrow
GLSP has provided transactional legal services to more than 75 organizations in 50 counties since 1994.
2009 “And Justice for All” State Bar Campaign for the Georgia Legal Services Program ®
A Salute to our Friends! We are grateful to our loyal supporters who give generously to the Georgia Legal Services
Program. The following individuals and law firms contributed $150 or more to the campaign from 4/1/2009 – 3/31/2010.
2009 Honor Roll of Contributors
PATRON’S CIRCLE Michael N. Loebl Eugene S. Hatcher Catherine A. Hora Anderson L. Travis Brannon, Jr.
($5,000 & UP) Macon Bar Association James I. Hay Paul H. Anderson, Jr. Brent M. Bremer
Katherine L. McArthur, LLC Philip C. Henry Janet M. Ansorge Deborah A. Brian
Anonymous Donor (1) Jenny K. Mittelman & William C. Thompson Clifford G. Hoffman Margaret L. Argent Andrew I. Brown
Business Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. Hoffman & Associates Christopher W. Armstrong Kristine E. Orr Brown
Hawkins & Parnell, LLP Pursley Lowery Meeks LLP Phyllis J. Holmen Robert L. Ashe, III Sylvia F. Brown
The Legal Division of The Coca-Cola Company Sell & Melton, L.L.P. N.E.H. Hull Robert W. Ashmore William A. Brown
Sutherland Tonia C. Sellers & Seth Weissman Sharon Jordan Douglas G. Ashworth Jamie M. Brownlee & David G. Russell
Westmoreland, Patterson, Moseley & Hinson, LLP Silver & Archibald, LLP Elena Kaplan Milton M. Avrett, III Jay D. Brownstein
The Wilson Family Foundation Smith, Hawkins, Hollingsworth & Reeves, LLP Dorothy Yates Kirkley Sana M. Shoaib Ayubi Robert C. Buck
Charles Surasky William H. Kitchens Richard J. Azar Sheryl L. Burke
BENEFACTOR’S CIRCLE Eugene S. Taylor Linda A. Klein & Michael S. Neuren The Honorable Jeffrey S. Bagley Ginger R. Burton
($2,500 - $4,999) William A. Trotter, III Knott & Lemon P.C. Emily S. Bair Burton Law Firm, P.C.
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta Timothy S. Lanier Marcus S. Ballew L. Daniel Butler
Andrew M. Scherffius, III
Troy A. Lanier E. Noreen Banks-Ware Ivy N. Cadle
LEADERSHIP CIRCLE Harold & Leslie Lewis The Honorable W. Leon Barfield Maureen A. Cahill
PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE ($500 - $749) Long & Holder, LLP Patricia T. Barmeyer Elizabeth C. Calhoun
($1,500 - $2,499) Long County Law Library Fund Sharon C. Barnes Samuel A. Cann
Anonymous Donors (2) Angela K. McGowan Charles W. Barrow The Honorable Edward E. Carriere, Jr.
Atlanta Bar Association Construction Law Section
Anderson, Walker & Reichert, LLP Richard L. Menson Ansley B. Barton Michael C. Castellon
James W. Boswell, III
Thomas J. Anthony Richard C. Mitchell Rhonda L. Bass Robert P. Catlin, III
Peter J. Daughtery
Alvan S. Arnall Kimberly L. Myers Henry R. Bauer, Jr. B. Chan Caudell
David H. Gambrell
W. David Arnold Kimberly J. Prior The Honorable Dorothy Toth Beasley Bryan M. Cavan
Eve Biskind Klothen
Anthony B. Askew Rome Bar Association David H. Bedingfield Verner F. Chaffin
Strickland Brockington Lewis LLP
William D. Barwick Michael J. Rust Jacob Beil Thomas C. Chambers, III
Weiner, Shearouse, Weitz, Greenberg & Shawe, LLP
Joshua C. Bell Thomas E. Scanlon Frank J. Beltran Douglas V. Chandler
Paul R. Bennett Kenneth L. Shigley Bentley, Bentley & Bentley Lisa E. Chang & William W. Buzbee
EXECUTIVE CIRCLE Phil Bond William G. Snider Michael R. Berlon Michael L. Chapman
($750 - $1,499) The Honorable Alice D. Bonner Thomas W. Talbot Joseph J. Berrigan Sandra G. Chase
Anonymous Donor (1) Phillip A. Bradley & Catherine A. Harper Patrick F. Walsh Bennie H. Black Harold J. Choate, III
Joel S. Arogeti Carroll F. Bray, Jr. Alex L. Zipperer Evan J. Black James C. Cifelli
Aussenberg Waggoner LLP John D. Christy The Honorable James G. Blanchard, Jr. Naeemah Clark
Mr. & Mrs. Aaron L. Buchsbaum Randall A. & Jacqueline S. Constantine SUSTAINER’S CIRCLE Martin J. Blank Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.
Chambless, Higdon, Richardson, Katz & Criggs, LLP Harold T. Daniel, Jr. ($250 - $499) Charles & Lisa Bliss Edward W. Clary
John A. Chandler Mark F. Dehler John W. Bonds, Jr. John L. Coalson, Jr.
James A. Clark Dorough & Dorough, LLC Anonymous Donors (3) Emmet J. Bondurant Philip S. Coe
Cobb & Gardner, LLP The Honorable William S. Duffey, Jr. Alfred B. Adams, III David W. Boone Katherine M. Cohen
Murphy A. Cooper H. Mitchell Dunn, Jr. The Honorable William P. Adams Mary B. Boone Peter M. Cohen
Damon Elmore Vickie Louise Arp Ford Adams, Hemingway & Wilson, LLP Lynne Y. Borsuk The Honorable Susan S. Cole
C. Ben Garren, Jr. John P. Fry Tara L. Adyanthaya Gerald R. Boss Arlene L. Coleman
John V. Hogan, V Emmett L. Goodman, Jr. Thomas Affleck, III Jesse G. Bowles, III Jeffery T. Coleman
Richard & Mary Katz William S. Goodman Andrew H. Agatston Julie P. Bowling Steven M. Collins
Mr. & Mrs. Paul Kilpatrick, Jr. Susan S. Graddy Douglas W. Alexander Catherine M. Bowman Daniel R. Collopy
Kipler S. Lamar Edward J. (Jack) Hardin Robert L. Allgood David G. Brackett Christopher S. Connelly
Lawler Green Givelber & Prinz, LLC Harris & Liken, LLP John J. Almond Jeffrey O. & Nancy Bramlett Steven A. Cornelison
Honor Roll of Contributors
Miles S. Cowan Timothy W. Floyd Harry C. Howard John B. Long Yingjun F. Peaden
Thomas A. Cox Peter A. Fozzard Neal H. Howard Virginia L. Looney Albert M. Pearson, III
The Reverend John L. Cromartie, Jr. Dorothy B. Franzoni David E. Hudson Sarajane N. Love Darren W. Penn
Delia T. Crouch Murray A. Galin Carolyn R. Huggins Kyllan Cornwell Lowe Del Percilla, Jr.
Raymond L. Crowell John K. Gallagher W. Stell Huie Linda S. Lowe Clifford C. Perkins, Jr.
Rebecca R. Crowley Robert B. Galloway The Honorable Willis B. Hunt, Jr. J. Rodgers Lunsford, III Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker
R. Alex Crumbley Robert W. Galloway Howard O. Hunter, III Charles W. Lykins Jerry G. Peterson
Thomas W. Curvin E. Reid Garrett Jocelyn J. Hunter John F. Lyndon The Honorable Guy D. Pfeiffer
Charles M. Dalziel, Jr. Catherine L. Gaylord Charles D. Hurt, Jr. Daniel I. MacIntyre, IV Michel Phillips, III
Marc E. D’Antonio Georgia Hispanic Bar Association John M. Hyatt Leonard T. Marcinko Kenneth S. Piernik
Peter S. Dardi Kevin B. Getzendanner Thomas B. Hyman, Jr. Andrew H. Marshall Calder F. Pinkston
Vincent M. D’Assaro James A. Glenn, Jr. Ronald S. Iddins Representative James C. Marshall & Ms. Camille L. Hope Jonathan A. Pope
Hugh M. Davenport Nancy Glenn Jennifer N. Ide The Honorable Beverly B. Martin Carmen V. Porreca
Gilbert H. Davis Richard G. Goerss R. William Ide, III Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day Association, Inc. Warren R. Power
Lee C. Davis Walter J. Gordon, Sr. Robert D. Ingram The Honorable Johnny W. Mason, Jr. Jeffrey N. Powers
Peter H. Dean Patricia A. Gorham J. Scott & Tanya Jacobson Marie E. Massey Jill A. Pryor
Tracey L. Dellacona Shelia M. Govan-Ugbesia Marshall H. Jaffe Caryn R. May Bonnie C. Puckett
Foy R. Devine Ronda K. Graham Mary B. James Larry S. Mayfield Lisa M. Putnam
Mary Irene Dickerson Mark P. Grant Scott James Thomas E. McClamma, Jr. Mary L. Webb Pyrdum
Gregory J. Digel Elise O. Gray The Honorable Sallie R. Jocoy Julian B. McDonnell, Jr. Mary F. Radford
Melissa S. Dillon Kevin C. Greene Forrest B. Johnson Kenneth P. McDuffie J. Marbury Rainer
Nikola R. Djuric Richard G. Greenstein Frederick W. Johnson Christopher J. McFadden Lynn Rainey
Peter H. Dosik Gina G. Greenwood Billy N. Jones Brad J. McFall Marie T. Ransley
Sharon E. Dougherty John W. Greer, III Pamela M. Jones James R. McGibbon Kimberly A. Reddy
Derrell Dowdell William H. Gregory, II Stan Jones & Bobbi Cleveland Daniel R. McKeithen William D. Reeder
Bertis E. Downs, IV Charles C. Grile G. McGregor Jordan, Jr. A. Montague Miller The Honorable Mae C. Reeves
William M. Dreyer Kay E. Gross Judith A. Keeler John B. Miller, Jr. Michael G. Regas, II 20.
Lucia B. Duncan Divida Gude Kirk W. Keene Martha A. Miller, PC David F. Reid
Charles J. Durrance Emily G. Gunnells Michael B. Keene Mitchell C. Mobley Steven M. Reilly
Willis A. Duvall Stacey A. Haire Daniel A. Kent Ann Moceyunas Robert B. Remar
Robert L. Earnest F. Sheffield Hale William J. Keogh, III Philip H. Moise Paula Reynolds
R.M. Edmonds Floyd C. Hale Richard P. Kessler, Jr. Michael L. Monahan Robert E. Ridgway, Jr.
William A. Edmundson Wilbur G. Hamlin, Jr. Bennett L. Kight The Money Tree of Georgia, Inc. Robert E. Ridgway, III
Donald P. Edwards Avarita L. Hanson The Honorable Patricia M. Killingsworth David R. Montgomery Lynn M. Roberson
Margaret P. Eisenhauer William B. Hardegree Daniel J. King Billy E. Moore Haynes R. Roberts
C. Ronald Ellington Ernest V. Harris Judy C. King James H. Morawetz The Honorable Dorothy A. Robinson
Gregory S. Ellington Jeanne D. Harrison Mr. & Mrs. Dow N. Kirkpatrick, II George E. Mundy E. Gordon Robinson
A. James Elliott Sally A. Haskins Frank J. Kralicek Brian M. Murphy Gail E. Ronan
Michael V. Elsberry John C. Heath Sid M. Kresses Heather E. Murphy Joseph A. Roseborough
Anne S. Emanuel Rachael G. Henderson Lisa J. Krisher & John P. Batson Lesly G. Murray Teresa W. Roseborough
Benjamin P. Erlitz Catherine C. Henson Edward B. Krugman Dorian Murry Susan W. Rouse
William A. Erwin Kenneth M. Henson, Jr. Rita J. Kummer Gretchen E. Nagy Charles L. Ruffin
Frances A. Estes Mr. & Mrs. Wade W. Herring, II Sarah H. Lamar Jeffrey D. Nakrin Michael C. Russ
The Honorable Philip F. Etheridge Robert L. Hessman The Honorable John T. Laney, III Matthew W. Nichols R. Bruce Russell
Monroe J. Feldman Jonathan W. Hewett John L. Latham Elizabeth J. Norman Jacquelyn H. Saylor
Eric R. Fenichel Thomas H. Hinson, II Thomas P. Lauth Judith A. O’Brien Mark Schaefer
R. Jeffrey Field Corey F. Hirokawa Nancy F. Lawler Lynne R. O’Brien Neil C. Schemm
Willie L. Fields Frederick S. Hitchcock Gregory G. Lawton Karen P. O’Connor Mary Jo Schrade
Micah B. Fink Inman G. Hodges David N. Lefkowitz Victoria A. O’Connor Jason R. Schultz
Thomas M. Finn Rebecca A. Hoelting Guy E. Lescault The Oldenburg Law Firm David M. Schwartz
James P. Fleissner Franklin J. Hogue Leonard J. Lescosky, Jr. Suzanne R. Pablo Christopher B. Scott
James C. Fleming Laura D. Hogue Charles T. Lester, Jr. Leonard J. Panzitta Scrudder, Bass, Quillian, Horlock, Taylor & Lazarus LLP
John H. Fleming Melinda C. Holladay Ralph B. Levy Benjamin C. Pargman Shelley A. Senterfitt
Jennifer W. Fletcher William P. Holley, III J. Curtis Lewis, III Dianne P. Parker Jane R. Seymour
The Honorable Norman S. Fletcher Stephen N. Hollomon David S. Lipscomb W. Henry Parkman J. Ben Shapiro, Jr.
Daisy H. Floyd Stanley C. House James H. Lokey, Jr. Rudolph N. Patterson H. Burke Sherwood
Honor Roll of Contributors
Daniel Shim David F. Walbert Thomas A. Bauer Evelyn D. & Don Gay The Honorable Phyllis Kravitch
Edward M. Shoemaker Phillip J. Walsh Gaylen K. Baxter Andrew J. Gebhardt Stanley E. Kreimer, Jr.
James M. Sibley Bryan M. Ward Mary T. Benton Rebecca A. Gelfand Mamie Kresses
Arnold B. Sidman Daniel J. Warren Sheri L. Bocher Michael G. Geoffroy Henry B. Levi
Beverlee E. Silva Thomas H. Warren Kevin R. Brehm James D. Gibbs Jim & Joyce Lewis
Silvis, Ambrose & Lindquist, P.C. Mark D. Wasserman Joseph M. Brittain Charles L. Grattan Joel I. Liss
Alexander J. Simmons, Jr. Joseph D. Weathers E. Clay Bryant, Jr. Christine Green Sarah E. Lockwood
M. T. Simmons, Jr. Robbie C. Weaver Carolyn C. Burch Nadeen W. Green Crawford B. Long
Joyce F. Sims Jack M. Webb Jeanette N. Burroughs Shelby S. Guilbert, Jr. Erica M. Long
Hezekiah Sistrunk, Jr. David A. Webster Bryon S. Burton Jessica J. Hagen Malcolm Mackenzie, III
David C. Smith Mark Weinstein Sybil K. Butterworth Stephen H. Hagler Meghan H. Magruder
Matthew T. Smith Holle Weiss-Friedman Buzzell, Graham & Welsh, LLP Timothy W. Haley Samuel F. Maguire, Jr.
The Honorable Philip C. Smith James R. Westbury, Jr. Jason J. Carter The Honorable Carolyn C. Hall John J. Martin, Jr.
Richard A. Smith Benjamin T. White Elsie R. Chisholm Warren R. Hall, LLC Lori A. Maryscuk
Cubbedge Snow, Jr. Eric C. White Robin F. Clark William M. Hames James B. Matthews, III
Vanita Snow John A. White, Jr. William B. Cody Richard J. Harris George F. Maynard, IV
Roy M. Sobelson Larry J. White David H. Cofrin Sherry J. Hart Katherine T. Maynard
Lawrence S. Sorgen Larry Joe White George L. Cohen Dewey Hayes, Jr., P.C. C. James McCallar, Jr.
John I. Spangler, III David E. Wigley Cohen & Caproni, LLC Gregory K. Hecht Jamala S. McFadden
Charles N. Spence Leigh M. Wilco John R. Coleman, Jr. Robert E. Herndon Max R. McGlamry
Harvey R. Spiegel & Ellen J. Spitz Paul C. Wilgus Collier & Gamble, LLC Theodore M. Hester William T. McKenzie
E. Dunn Stapleton Kristin B. Wilhelm Brian G. Combs Jeffrey F. Hetsko Phillip S. McKinney
John D. Steel Wesley Williams William T. Cook Ernest Hicks Yolanda McKoy
Susan S. J. Steger Charles J. Willis Jody & Lora Cooley Daniel F. Hinkel Thomas J. McNamara
Mason W. Stephenson James O. Wilson, Jr. Leslie F. Corbitt Alice F. Hodges The Honorable T. Penn McWhorter
James D. Stokes James T. Wilson, Jr. Daniel M. Covino Lindsay M. Hodgson Merrill & Stone, LLC
Kice H. Stone The Honorable Anne Workman Cathy A. Cox-Brakefield William E. Hoffmann, Jr. Nobie Mitchell
A. Thomas Stubbs Brian M. Worstell Bruce I. Crabtree Richard B. Holcomb Jeanie Monk
Michael A. Sullivan Christopher A. Wray Cramer & Peavy James E. Honkisz Anne R. Moore
Terrance C. Sullivan W. Scott Wright David S. Crawford Foy S. Horne, Jr. Elizabeth A. Morgan
Sumner Law Offices Carla E. Young The Honorable John D. Crosby Melissa R. Hourihan Henry B. Napier
Jonathan E. Sureck The Honorable Gordon R. Zeese The Honorable Wade M. Crumbley David L. Hudgins Michael T. Nations
Elizabeth V. Tanis Daniel D. Zegura Jackson L. Culbreth James D. Hudson, P.C. Joseph R. Neal, Jr.
S. Lester Tate, III Kathryn M. Zickert Thomas A. Cullinan Laura S. Huffman Robert T. Neufeld
William O. Tate Jerome A. Zivan Tomieka R. Daniel The Honorable G. Conley Ingram James M. Ney
Timothy P. Terrell Frances A. Zwenig Leonard Danley The Honorable James T. Irvin Benjamin A. Nicholson
Nancy Terrill Cedric B. Davis The Honorable Phillip Jackson John L. North
Torin D. Togut DONOR’S CIRCLE Joseph W. Dent Pamela S. James Felipe M. Nunez
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel R. Tompkins, III ($150 - $249) Margaret M. Dorsey William D. James Leslie A. Oakes
David R. Toraya Anna C. Dougherty J. Alexander Johnson Mary Ann B. Oakley
Christopher A. Townley Anonymous Donors (11) Bryan A. Downs Howard H. Johnston Patrick T. O’Connor
Brett N. Troughton C. Michael Abbott Drew D. Dropkin The Honorable Cliff L. Jolliff & Elaine Gerke Orr Brown Johnson, LLP
Thomas W. Tucker Sarah H. Adams Kathleen V. Duffield Theodore C. Jonas Pandora E. Palmer
Richard Tunkle, LLC Kathelen V. Amos James M. Dunn, P.C. Baxter P. Jones Mary L. Parker
Jeanie K. Tupper Stephen C. Andrews Leah A. Epstein Frank C. Jones Mary B. Parks
William A. Turner, Jr. Patricia K. Atwill Katherine E. Fagan Kenneth J. Jones Evita A. Paschall, P.C.
Michael W. Tyler Marc A. Avidano Arthur C. Fahlbusch, Jr. Melinda M. Katz W. Russell Patterson, Jr.
Gregory W. Valpey David J. Bailey J. Daniel Falligant Gary M. Kazin C. W. Pendergrass, III
Jennifer R. Van Ness Eric A. Ballinger Santana T. Flanigan William W. Keith, III, P.C. Cathy Peterson
Carl R. Varnedoe Marcia D. Bansley J. D. Fleming, Jr. Crawley M. Kemp, II Loretta L. Pinkston
K. Morgan Varner, III Robin N. Bargeron Anne E. Forkner Traci D. Kemp John L. Plotkin
Rex R. Veal The Honorable Patricia D. Barron Thomas F. Forkner Delora L. Kennebrew Ramon R. Plowden
Robert J. Veal Marshall B. Barton Robert A. Freyre Kevin W. King Timothy S. Pollock
Jorge Vega Donna G. Barwick Julian R. Friedman W. Thomas King Julia H. Powell
The Honorable Robert L. Vining, Jr. William R. Bassett Thomas P. Fritzsche Seth D. Kirschenbaum Janette B. Pratt
Eric M. Wachter Tina G. Battle John B. Garland Christine A. Koehler Gail S. Pursel
Honor Roll of Contributors
Diane Pye-Tucker Chilton D. Varner 2009 ASSOCIATES’
John H. Rains, IV David M. Waldroup CAMPAIGN FOR LEGAL
David N. Rainwater
Tyler L. Randolph
Mark C. Walker
Susan M. Walls
Ashley P. Alderman
Judith A. Rausher
Tera L. Reese-Beisbier
Reinhardt Whitley Wilmot Summerlin & Pittman, P.C.
Theron D. Warren, III
John P. Webb
Brannon J. Arnold
Katherine A. Bailey Services Program ®
W. Gene Richardson The Honorable A.J. Welch, Jr. Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP
Butler, Wooten & Fryhofer, LLP We appreciate our donors and take great care in compiling the Honor
Joycia C. Ricks Andrew J. Welch, III
Timothy D. Roberts Robert G. Wellon Jason J. Carter Roll of Contributors. If we have inadvertently omitted your name, or if
William M. Roberts William A. White Edwin M. Cook your name is incorrect in the records, we apologize and encourage you to
Amelia T. Rudolph Anna J. Williams Curtis Shane Dornburg
Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson, LLP contact the Development Office at 404-206-5175, so that we can correct
John T. Ruff Nathan T. Williams
Terri A. Rushing Lorie L. Williams-Smith Kamal Ghali our records and acknowledge you properly in the future. Some donors have
Tracy L. Glanton
Cornelia S. Russell Kenneth R. Wiltberger
Chadwick H. Greer
Phyllis S. Sadler John W. Winborne, III
Stephen M. Schaetzel Lynn M. Winship Michele R. Jones The Georgia Legal Services Program is a non-profit law firm recognized as
Charity Scott Timothy W. Wolfe King & Spalding LLP
Kutak Rock LLP a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. Gifts to GLSP are tax-deductible to the
Chirag P. Shah Margaret Wong and Associates Co. LPA
Stanton J. Shapiro Hugh C. Wood, LLC John C. Morrison, III fullest extent allowed by law.
Rita A. Sheffey Daryl V. Yokely Tiana Mykkeltvedt
John E. Simpson Brantley C. Rowlen TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION
The Honorable Lamar W. Sizemore, Jr. Lisa D. Sneed
Sliz / Drake and Associates Law Firm, LLC
HONORARIUM GIFTS Steven A. Wagner Go online at www.glsp.org, or mail your gift to Georgia Legal
Candace N. Smith Michael G. Geoffroy in Honor of Joshua C. Bell Services Program, Development Office, 104 Marietta Street, Suite 250,
David L. Smith Dallas P. Jankowski in honor of Tanna Nicholson
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Atlanta, Georgia, 30303. Make checks payable to the Georgia Legal
John H. Smith RGI Services Program. Thank you for your support. 22.
Kimberly J. Smith Simonson, Inc.
Lisa C. Smith MEMORIAL GIFTS
Suzanne Smith Anonymous Donor in memory of Kay Y. Young 2009 CAMPAIGN
Wilson R. Smith Tara L. Adyanthaya in memory of George Hibbs COMMITTEE
Brian G. Smooke The Honorable Dorothy Toth Beasley in memory of The
The Honorable Herbie L. Solomon Bryan M. Cavan
Honorable Stephen Toth
Jay I. Solomon President
Donald P. Edwards in memory of Linwood Slayton &
Lesley H. Solomon State Bar of Georgia
W. Roy Mays
Robert M. Souther
Pamela M. Spencer Jeffrey O. Bramlett
Don E. Stephens IN-KIND GIFTS Immediate Past President
Michael P. Stevens State Bar of Georgia
James R. Kobleur
J. Lindsay Stradley, Jr.
C. Deen Strickland Cliff Brashier
The Honorable Thurman O. Sturdivant, III Executive Director
Jason R. Sutherland State Bar of Georgia
M. Stuart Sutherland
Francine I. Swan Brinda Lovvorn
John A. Tanner, Jr. Director of Membership
Bernard Taylor State Bar of Georgia
B. A. Thomas, LLC
Patricia P. Thomas Judy Hill
Anthony Thomasson Assistant Director of Membership
Jack D. Todd State Bar of Georgia
Robert L. Trivett
Kar Y. Tse
William L. Tucker
Michael E. Utley
10,371 Clients Served
We handle the most urgent and critical cases. “We provide high quality, high
impact legal services that help clients achieve economic security for the short-term, to enable them to
sustain or regain hope for future opportunities.” – Phyllis J. Holmen, Executive Director
Case Closings 2009 Other Services
Education - 143
Landlord Tenant Helpline
Miscellaneous Consumer Employment - 108 4,343 individuals were assisted with verbal
1,218 Finance 1% information, brochures, handbooks, and
12% 1,284 agency referrals
Income Community Legal Education
Maintenance 109,732 individuals were provided with
2,643 presentations, legal education brochures, and
26% legal education materials
1,446 25,844 individuals were referred to other
14% agencies or the private bar
Juvenile - 219
Individual Rights - 20 2%
2009 Financial Overview
Legal Services Corporation $ 7,483,581
Georgia Bar Foundation $ 2,218,701
Judicial Council of Georgia $ 1,327,844
Older American Contracts $ 1,364,212
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council $ 110,367
State Bar of Georgia Campaign for Georgia Legal Services Program $ 554,281
Georgia Department of Community Affairs $ 76,719
Other $ 1,057,202
Total $ 14,1925,907
Salaries $ 7,931,099
Fringe Benefits $ 2,887,426
Space $ 1,011,086
Equipment $ 160,831
Contract Services $ 353,529
Travel $ 506,230
Telephone $ 168,474
Supplies $ 230,246
Library $ 56,743
Audit $ 41,475
Professional Liability & General Insurance $ 45,175
Litigation $ 57,294
Other $ 358,618
Total $ 13,808,226
* $384,681 was carried over to FY2010 for local office use, reserves, grant restrictions, and other needs.
Board of Directors 2009 - 2010
President Elena Bagger Mark Dehler Martha Lowe Kazuma Sonoda, Jr.
James Walton Boswell, III Rockdale County Emergency State Bar of Georgia Economic Justice Coalition Georgia Hispanic Bar Association
State Bar of Georgia Relief Fund
Jennifer J. Dickinson Mary J. Macon Judith Stocker
Vice President Cicely N. Tabb Barber State Bar of Georgia Dougherty County Keysville Concerned Citizens
Lisa E. Chang Georgia Association of Black Neighborhood Service Center
Women Attorneys Terence A. Dicks Tami Cosby Tyler
State Bar of Georgia
The Edge Connection Brad J. McFall Rockdale County Emergency
Vice President Gwenita M. Brinson State Bar of Georgia Relief Fund
NAACP – Waycross Branch Damon Elmore
State Bar of Georgia Morris J. McKinney Ruth White
Muscogee County Foster Parents
Kristine “Kris” E. Orr Brown Georgia Clients Council – Safe Shelter
Association Benjamin C. “Ben” Garren, Jr.
Gainesville-Northeastern Bar Vice Chair
Association State Bar of Georgia Leigh M. Wilco
Vice President Dorian Murry State Bar of Georgia
Troy Lanier William H. “Bert” Gregory, II
Sabrina A. Brown-Clay Gate City Bar Association
Augusta Bar Association Dougherty Circuit Bar Association April Worthy
Adelina Nicholls Safe Shelter
Secretary Thomas C. Chambers, III Thomas H. Hinson, II
Georgia Rural Urban Summit
Venzella Stowers Macon Bar Association
Waycross Bar Association
Georgia Clients Council - Chair William C. Rumer
Leonard Danley Elena Kaplan
State Bar of Georgia
Treasurer Douglas County Bar Association State Bar of Georgia
Mark Schaefer H. Burke Sherwood
Savannah Bar Association Peter J. Daughtery Angela Lingard
Valdosta Bar Association
Columbus Bar Association Macon Coalition to End
Albany Office Columbus Office Piedmont Office Farmworker Rights Division of
131 West Oglethorpe Boulevard 233 12th Street, Suite 910 104 Marietta Street, N.W., Suite 240 Georgia Legal Services Program
P.O. Box 2578 (31702-2578) The Corporate Center Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Central Office
Albany, Georgia 31702 P.O. Box 176 (404) 894-7707 (800) 822-5391 104 Marietta Street, N.W.
(229) 430-4261, (800) 735-4271 Columbus, Georgia 31901-0176 Suite 250
(706) 649-7493, (800) 533-3140
Savannah Office Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Athens Office 6602 Abercorn Street, Suite 203
(404) 206-5175 (800) 537-7496
525 S. Milledge Avenue Dalton Office Savannah, Georgia 31405-5845
P.O. Box 1788 1508 North Thornton Road, Suite 100 (912) 651-2180, (888) 220-8399 Landlord-Tenant Housing Helpline
Athens, Georgia 30603 P.O. Box 2004 (30722-2004) (404) 463-1596 (Atlanta)
(706) 227-5362 Dalton, Georgia 30720
Valdosta Office (800) 369-4706
1101 North Patterson Street
(706) 272-2924 (888) 408-1004
Augusta Office Valdosta, Georgia 31601 The Pro Bono Project
209 7th Street, Suite 400 Gainesville Office (229) 333-5232 (800) 546-5232 State Bar Headquarters
P.O. Box 2185 (30903) 705 Washington Street, Suite B-l 104 Marietta Street, Suite 100
Augusta, Georgia 30901 P.O. Drawer 1337 (30503)
Waycross Office Atlanta, Georgia 30303
506 Isabella Street
(706) 721-2327 (800) 248-6697 Gainesville, Georgia 30501 (404) 527-8762
Waycross, Georgia 31501-3638
(770) 535-5717 (800) 745-5717 (800) 334-6865
Brunswick Office (912) 285-6181, (800) 498-9508
1607 Union Street Macon Office
Brunswick, Georgia 31520 241 Third Street
(912) 264-7301, (877) 808-0553 P.O. Box 1057 (31202-1057)
Macon, Georgia 31201
(478) 751-6261 (800) 560-2855
GLSP Serves 154 Counties In Georgia
Dalton Office 12 regional offices provide
services to Georgians with low-
Gainesville Office incomes residing outside metro
Athens Office Atlanta’s five-county area.
Piedmont Office 35 counties in GLSP’s
Augusta Office service region have fewer
than four practicing lawyers,
Macon Office and six counties have no
lawyers at all.
Albany Office According to the 2009
federal poverty guidelines,
Savannah Office a family consisting of two 26.
Brunswick Office adults and two children
would be considered “poor”
Waycross Office with an income of $27,563
annually or less. The
average income of GLSP’s
Served by Atlanta clients is $20,157.
Legal Aid Society
Rights Division of
the Georgia Legal
serves migrant and
in 154 counties.
1971 - 2009
1971 1976 1981 1990
Georgia Legal Services Program Georgia Clients Council is Georgia Legal Services and the Phyllis J. Holmen becomes the
incorporated by members of the founded to serve as an advisory State Bar of Georgia establish fourth executive director.
Younger Lawyers Section of the group to Georgia Legal Services. the Pro Bono Project.
State Bar of Georgia.
1996 2001 2003 2007
Georgia Legal Services Georgia Legal Services launches Central Office of Georgia Legal Georgia Legal Services opens
Foundation is established with a capital campaign in Macon Services relocates to the new a field office in Athens-Clarke
$1 million cy pres award by U.S. and successfully raises funds State Bar Center. County due to the dire need for
District Judge Marvin Shoob to purchase the historic Eagles more and better legal services
from the remainder funds of a Building for its Macon Office. for the low-income community
national class action. in that area.
Georgia Legal Services expands Georgia Legal Services awarded $1M from the Goizueta Foundation
use of technology to improve to support a Latino Outreach initiative to address the impact of the
services to clients. economic downturn on the civil legal problems of low-income Latinos
outside metro Atlanta.
Georgia Legal Services Program®
104 Marietta Street, N.W. Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30303
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