Access to Justice News

Lucas Testifies Before Georgia House Committee on Standard for Determining Intellectual Disability in Capital Proceedings

Lauren Sudeall Lucas, associate professor of law and faculty director of the Center for Access to Justice, testified Thursday, Feb. 22, before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee regarding HB 768, which pertains to the standard and procedure for determining intellectual disability in capital proceedings.

Lucas will discuss why Georgia’s existing standard… more »

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Center Fall 2017 Newsletter

The Center for Access to Justice, founded in 2016, supports those working to ensure meaningful access to the courts and equal treatment in the civil and criminal justice systems, with a regional focus on the South. To that end, the center convenes stakeholders, engages in research and public education and trains the next generation of lawyers… more »

Students Assist Renters Facing Eviction

“A stable home is the cornerstone of holding people together. If you don’t have a safe place to go back to at the end of the day, it’s hard to stay in school or hold a regular job. If we can help people stay grounded in their community, it’s really important.”  Jessica Hunt Bareis (J.D.… more »

Student-Run Pro Bono Program Connects Students to Service Opportunities

On Monday mornings during the fall semester, Ali Grant (J.D. ’18) interviews clients affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and ALS to prepare an estate plan. On Wednesdays, Jessica Hunt (J.D. ’19) and Monica Bai (J.D. ’19) assist tenants with answers to dispossessory proceedings. Throughout the week, students like Adriana Heffley (J.D. ’19) prepare motions requesting bond… more »

Center for Access to Justice Introduces Certificate, Pro Bono Program

This fall, the Center for Access to Justice introduced a Public Interest Law and Policy Certificate and the student-run Pro Bono Program, both of which are designed to prepare law students to serve underrepresented populations, whether in a full-time or pro bono (without charge) capacity.

“The certificate curriculum exposes students to the skills and legal knowledge necessary… more »

Navratil (J.D. ’18), Anderson (J.D. ’18) Win State Bar Award for Access to Justice

Andy Navratil (J.D. ’18) and McKinley Anderson (J.D. ’18) received the State Bar of Georgia’s Law School Excellence in Access to Justice Award. The award is open to all students enrolled in or graduating from an accredited Georgia law school and the all student groups of Georgia law schools and recognizes an individual law student… more »

Access to Justice Map Underscores Disparities in Legal Access Across the State

As part of its goal to help identify and better understand the difficulties people face in navigating the justice system, the Center for Access to Justice has produced an online Access to Justice map of Georgia. The map provides insight into attorney representation and other factors that affect how, and if, Georgia residents are able to… more »

Bright Challenges Students to Make a Difference During Inaugural Public Interest Keynote

On Aug. 22, Stephen Bright, professor of practice, gave the inaugural Public Interest Keynote address for the Center for Access to Justice. Bright is the former president and senior counsel at the Southern Center for Human Rights.

Bright impressed upon students the impact a lawyer’s assistance can have, particularly for people who,… more »

Bright Wins Supreme Court Case, ‘McWilliams v. Dunn,’ in 2017 Term

Imagine walking into a classroom to learn from an attorney who just won a U.S. Supreme Court case. Georgia State Law students do so, learning from one of the South’s sharpest legal minds when they enter Stephen B. Bright’s class.

Bright, former president and senior counsel of the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) has… more »

Selimovic (J.D. ’19) Examines Programs for Self-Represented Litigants in Journal Article

Timur Selimovic (J.D. ’19) wrote “Court-Based Self Help Programs,” which outlines four programs developed to improve access to justice and make courts more user-friendly for self-represented litigants, for the Georgia Courts Journal, published by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).

The AOC selected Selimovic to draft the article based on his… more »