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Dear Fellow Bar Members,

Justice for three-year old Oliver couldn’t come fast enough for his grandparents, Mr. and Ms. Kinney. Oliver and his older brother, D.J., had been abused by their father, a meth addict and alcoholic who is the Kinney’s only son. The boys had bottles thrown at them and suffered cigarette burns, bruises, and other injuries. Oliver was born with fetal alcohol syndrome. D.J. has mental problems from the abuse and acts out in school. The Kinneys adopted D.J. when he was four weeks old. Oliver has been living with his grandparents since he was two months old.

Recently, the father assaulted D.J. during a visit at his parent’s home. The Kinneys filed criminal charges against him, and he was later convicted of the charges. Despite all that, he wanted Oliver to live with him, but the Kinneys would not allow it. They wanted to protect Oliver from the abuse. Their caseworker referred them to the Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP). A GLSP lawyer assisted the Kinneys to obtain a protective order, custody, and child support of $294 monthly for Oliver. Where would the Kinneys and Oliver be without services of a lawyer committed to assist those in need regardless of their ability to pay?

No one should lack access to valuable legal services when they are most vulnerable! You can make a difference.

Your gift helps low income families in 154 counties outside metro Atlanta gain access to our courts to resolve critical problems involving domestic violence, children with special needs, veterans seeking fair treatment, the elderly, homeless, victims of consumer fraud, poor people struggling to deal with tangles with government, etc.

Remember, the practice of law is a privilege and not a right. As a result, we have the obligation to make sure that everyone has access to a lawyer and to our system of justice when they are in need. Giving to GLSP is our best opportunity as Bar members to fulfill our moral and professional obligations to ensure that all citizens of our great state have reasonable access to legal services.

Please join me by making a donation of $250 or more to support GLSP’s mission. It was established in 1971 by members of our Young Lawyers Division and they need your help. I know that we can count on you!

Sincerely,
Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker
President, State Bar of Georgia
president@gabar.org

Gifts to GLSP are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Significant gifts of $250 or more will be recognized in the Georgia Bar Journal.