In addition to our general poverty law practice, Legal Aid responds to new client needs as they develop. This has led to creating several projects where we develop expertise to assist particularly vulnerable populations.
For example,our Health Law Unit works with people with long-term diseases such as AIDS and cancer. In addition, our Health Law Partnership (HeLP) collaborates with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Georgia State University’s College of Law to combine medical and legal services to improve the health and well-being of low-income children.
We serve seniors through direct representation, a statewide senior legal hotline that provides brief service and advice, and a long-term care ombudsman program that investigates neglect and abuse of nursing home residents. We also have the Grandparent/Relative Caregiver Project that assists grandparents or other relatives who are caring for children abandoned by their parents. Our Home Defense Project, which helps low-income homeowners prevent foreclosure has been getting national attention recently for the high caliber of their work, and our Disability Integration Project is well known for winning a US Supreme Court (Olmstead v LC & EW) case 12 years ago that affirmed the right of people with disabilities to live outside of institutions and receive needed services in the community.
Did you know…
• ... 2009 marked the 10th anniversary of our landmark U.S. Supreme Court victory, Olmstead vs. E.W. and L.C.? The case guaranteed mentally and physically disabled people access to appropriate community placement and impacted countless individuals across the country? Legal Aid attorneys and staff continue to work on the enforcement in Georgia of this historic decision.
• … based on the 2011 budget, the average cost of representing one client is $375?
• …as a direct response to client need, Atlanta Legal Aid has developed and sustained nearly a dozen special projects that focus on issues as diverse as the rights of the mentally ill, seniors’ issues and relative caregiver adoption?
• …. a documentary about our impact and history premiered to a sold-out crowd of 800 in 2011 and aired on WPBA?
• … Atlanta Legal Aid was founded by private attorneys in 1924 who saw a need for a strong poverty law firm to help World War I veterans and others to solve consumer issues and family law problems? The private bar has always been the cornerstone of Legal Aid’s success.