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Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation

Join Us On the Front Line: Represent an Atlantan Wrongfully Evicted During COVID-19 Crisis

Through this project, you'll defend an Atlanta tenant from a wrongful eviction, helping promote housing and financial stability for a low-income client.

Posted June 12, 2020

Background & Context

COVID-19 has woefully exacerbated the housing crisis in Atlanta. While eviction court was closed, over a thousand eviction filings in Fulton County have piled up to be seen by a judge. Many landlords, who are also panicking, have resorted to illegal tactics to oust families from their homes in a time of mass crisis. Join us on the front line, preventing low-income families from losing their housing in a critical moment in our city's - and our nation's - history.

Immediate Problem

Through this project, you'll be working with our Eviction Defense Program to keep a client from losing their home.

Work & Deliverables

With close guidance from our staff, you will prep an eviction case, negotiate on the tenant's behalf, and possibly attend court with the tenant and defend against the eviction.

Project Plan

Preparation Phase

  • Attend or view an online training
  • Review written informational materials
  • Review case pitch sent to you by our staff

Collaboration Phase

  • Prep the case (contact client, review client's documents, perform relevant research)
  • Contact opposing party and attempt negotiations
  • If negotiations are unsuccessful, attend hearing

Wrap Up

  • Complete general closing form
  • Provide feedback

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 6-10 hours
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Additional Training Details: In addition to supervision and mentorship, we have prepared extenstive online trainings for all of our new volunteers.
  • Site-Preference: Remote
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • Additional Location Details: This is fully remote with the possibility of attending court in person if and only if there is no other remote option available.
  • Bar License(s) required: Georgia
  • Required Languages: None
  • Preferred Languages: Spanish
  • Required Legal Expertise: None
  • Mentoring Provided: Yes
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF) is a nonprofit that stands with low-income Atlantans as they demand safe and stable housing, insist on fair pay, and break free from intimate partner abuse. We are the largest provider of pro bono legal services in Atlanta, and we leverage the collective power of our professional community to provide free legal and social services to our clients when they need it most. With teams at Fulton County Courthouse and deeply embedded in Atlanta’s underserved communities, we meet our clients where they are, geographically and emotionally, and address not just their legal needs, but whatever else they need to thrive. For over 40 years, Atlanta’s brightest legal talents have volunteered their time to help our clients in their fight for justice—and have found that they get a great deal back in return. As these lawyers lift the community, their personal and professional lives—and the lives of our clients—are enriched in equal measure. Together, we’re working to create safer and more stable families, homes and communities, and a more fair and equitable Atlanta.

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