Access to Justice Initiative Free Pop-Up Clinic on Sat., February 22nd

Staff Report From Athens CEO

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

The Superior Court Judges of the Western Circuit, in partnership with the University of Georgia School of Law and the Western Circuit Bar Association, announce the next pop-up clinic for 2020 in the Access to Justice Initiative. The mission of the Access to Justice Initiative is to provide access to legal services and information for individuals in need of legal assistance who live in the community.

The February Access to Justice Pop-Up Clinic will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 22 at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church at 1931 Old West Broad Street, Athens, GA 30606. Judges from various courts, staff from the Probate Court and Georgia Legal Services, and faculty and students from the UGA School of Law will also be in attendance. Attendees are encouraged to bring any relevant important papers with them. 

Attorneys provide brief individual consultations on topics including family law such as divorce and child support, adoption law, immigration law, expungement/record restriction, probate law, disability law, employment law, criminal law, small claims, landlord/tenant law, personal injury, 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. Spanish translation services are also expected to be available.

Lawyers, legal educators, and staff attorneys from the local courts have committed to volunteering their time for the Access to Justice Initiative. The initiative is an opportunity to help those in need in the community and help provide access to competent legal representation. Since the program started in December 2017, attorneys have donated over $50,000 of their time and talents at these free legal clinics. In 2019, approximately 500 people visited the pop-up clinics.

For more information about the Access to Justice Pop-up Clinics, contact Elizabeth Yates, Athens-Clarke County Court Administrator, at 706-613-3161 or elizabeth.yates@accgov.com