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Atlanta Legal Aid's main office has moved. Our new address is:
54 Ellis Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Our phone number has not changed:
We are excited about the history of service the building represents -- more about it coming soon.
Be a Part of Our History
Make your mark on our new home. Help us complete our capital campaign with a gift of $1,000 or more and engrave a paver for the new walkway.
Read about the 90th Anniversary Celebration of Atlanta Legal Aid's storied history.
Hold on to Your Briefs!
The Battle of the Bands is coming to Cobb County! See your favorite lawyers and legal professionals wage an all-out war to be crowned winner of Justice Jam '15!
The famous Earl Smith Strand Theater will play host to the hopefuls battling it out on August 28th for the coveted title of Justice Jam Band of the Year. This is your chance to have fun and go local! All proceeds will benefit Legal Aid of Cobb County/Cobb Justice Foundation, dedicated to helping low-income residents with civil legal issues ranging from domestic violence to wills and advance directives.
Daily Report Honors
As a part of its 125th anniversary celebration, The Daily Report recognized four judges and 18 lawyers with Lifetime Achievement Awards. The honorees, all familiar and some legendary names in Atlanta's legal community, have made significant marks in deciding cases, in government service, building and managing firms, handling all manner of matters in private practice and in-house, representing the poor and fighting for civil rights.
Steve Gottlieb, Atlanta Legal Aid's Executive Director was one of the chosen. The Daily Report cites innovation as the theme of Gottlieb's leadership. Since he became director in 1980, Gottlieb has overseen new ways to meet the legal needs of low-income clients. He encourages staff lawyers to propose ideas that would help them grow and benefit clients. Not only does this help "foster the kind of place that people want to stay," says Gottlieb, but it's resulted in some of the organization's most innovative programs, such as the Health Law Partnership and the Grandparent Adoption Project.
Just as important, it noted, is Gottlieb's ability to engage Atlanta's legal community. Large firms and sole practitioners alike combine to give generously to an annual campaign that now raises $1.7 million. Hundreds of lawyers also volunteer every year, making it possible to serve more than 20,000 clients per year, well beyond the possibilities of Atlanta Legal Aid's 67 staff attorneys.
Lawyers of all political persuasions feel comfortable working with Atlanta Legal Aid, which has not drawn the conservative criticism that Legal Services Corp., the federal funding agency for programs around the country, has sometimes encountered.
"One of the things I've always believed in," says Gottlieb, "is that we are not a partisan organization. We represent our clients, and if it turns out we go to the Supreme Court on something … then we do that. But it's not because we have this grand, theoretical scheme that we are trying to change the world based on some ideology."
Gottlieb's most recent accomplishment has been the purchase and renovation of the historic building at 54 Ellis Street, built by the Elks in 1911 and later owned by the Union Mission, for use as Atlanta Legal Aid's headquarters. The enthusiastic commitment of the legal community raised $6.1 million for the project.
"It's not only a place for us to do better work, it's such a representation of how we're integral to Atlanta," says Gottlieb. "To think that years from now people will think I had something to do with that makes me feel very good."
Also honored were Miles Alexander, Patricia Barmeyer, Roy Barnes, Robert Benham, Emmet Bondurant, Mike Bowers, Jim Butler, Jerold Cohen, Bobby Lee Cook, Ben Johnson III, Linda Klein, Phyllis Kravitch, Clay Long, Sonny Morris, Laughlin McDonald, Oscar Persons, Leah Ward Sears, Marvin Shoob, Larry Thompson, Chilton Varner, and Horace Ward.