NEWS AND STORIES
The Earl Smith Strand Theatre on the square in Marietta rocked at our inaugural Justice Jam as lawyer bands competed for bragging rights, and helped raise around $10,000 for Legal Aid of Cobb County and the Cobb Justice Foundation, to support civil legal services for low-income residents.
Members of the Cobb bar bought more than 200 tickets in support of the event. Organizer Amanda Moulthrop, a staff attorney with Legal Aid of Cobb County and coordinator of the Cobb Justice Foundation said, "I can't tell you how generous the Cobb bar is with their time and resources," she said. "Out here, we never suffer for lack of volunteers."
Specific Deviations, Bellwether Station, Escape Vehicle and NDA competed for votes from the audience and the attention of three "celebrity" judges: Superior Court Judge J. Stephen Schuster, State Court Judge Irma Glover and District Attorney Vic Reynolds.
The judges praised all the bands, but the winner was Specific Deviations, an impressive victory given that a scheduling conflict forced the need for a substitute lead singer, Superior Court Judge C. LaTain Kell. Wearing jeans, boots and an untucked shirt, he opened with Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama." Next, he moved to the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Woman," and then sang "Can't Help Falling In Love" to Elvis fan Judge Glover, dancing with her during the instrumental portion. The biggest surprise of the night was the judge's son, 13-year-old Carlton, who wowed the crowd singing "Don't Stop Believing."
Thanks everyone - we had a great time for a great cause!
More great Justice Jam pictures here . . .
The Atlanta Legal Aid Society will hold its 22nd Run for Justice in Oakhurst on November 8th, 2014. The event will benefit the general operating fund of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Participants in the Run for Justice will enjoy a beautiful a 5-k course beginning and ending at One Step at A Time, 650 East Lake Drive, Decatur, GA 30030. Others can enjoy the crisp autumn day with the 5k walk, great for families and children. Jogging strollers, kids and pets are welcome! Awards will be presented to the top 5-k finishers and teams in a variety of categories, including pets, children and strollers. Families, corporate, church, school and community teams are welcome. We always need volunteers, too!
A Little HeLP For Our Friends
Thanks to everyone who made this an absolutely fabulous event! About 100 people enjoyed wonderful food, a great venue (Ink & Elm), and a "super" staff. Many, many thanks to Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP for making it all possible. All proceeds support HeLP.
Some of our cases make the evening news; sometimes you read about us in the "Atlanta Journal Constitution." Most days, you don't know what a legal aid attorney has done for someone in your community. These are a few of their stories:
Ms. JT has seizures. One day she had a seizure and called her daughters who called 911. The paramedics got there before the daughters with the spare keys, and broke the door down.
Her landlord filed eviction because she wouldn't pay for the repair. He claimed that, because she knew the seizure was coming on, she could have gotten out of bed to unlock the door!
Ms. JT had another seizure in court the first time this case was set. The landlord's attorney said that she was faking it, even though she had to be taken out by wheelchair after she came to
When the case was heard, Ms. JT won.
Ms. K lost two jobs last year. It was not her fault either time, but the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) refused to adjust her rent. Ms. K is disabled, and has been the entire time she has lived in her apartment. This was the second time Ms. K had this problem in three years.
Although she tried to work with the AHA on her own, they were unwilling to listen, and Ms. K returned to Legal Aid after her landlord filed paperwork with the court to evict her. Once again, Legal Aid represented her, filing an answer to the eviction with third-party claims against the AHA.
It took about six months, but finally the AHA recalculated the rent, gave Ms. K back amounts owed and corrected the amounts going forward.