Free Legal Help at Access to Justice Initiative Pop-Up Clinic & Award Celebration
Athens residents seeking legal help are invited to attend a free legal pop-up clinic for the year this weekend. The Access to Justice Initiative is taking place Saturday from 9 am until 11 am at the Athens-Clarke Library. Judge Regina Quick is hosting the event, along with several other judges, staff from the probate court, and Georgia Legal Services, and faculty and students from UGA’s School of Law.
The initiative provides access to competent legal representation for those in need in the community. Spanish translation services are also expected to be available. Attorneys will provide brief individuals consultations on topics including family law such as divorce and child support, adoption law, immigration law, probate law, disability law, employment law, criminal law, small claims, landlord-tenant law, and general civil law at the pop-up clinics. A list of legal service/attorney resources will be provided for individuals who may wish to seek further assistance beyond the pop-up clinic.
Since the program started in December 2017, attorneys have donated over $50,000 of their time and talents at these free legal clinics.
Earlier this month, the State Bar of Georgia awarded the program the William B. Spann, Jr. Award in Atlanta. A local celebration of the award will take place after the Pop-Up Clinic ends on December 1 at 11:00 a.m. The award is given each year to a local bar association, law firm, or community organization in Georgia that has developed a civil pro bono program that has satisfied previously unmet legal needs or extended services to underserved segments of the population.
For more information about the Access to Justice Pop-up Clinics or the award, contact Judge Quick’s office at 706-310-3606 or the Athens-Clarke County Court Administrator's Office at 706-613-3161.