Make It Count: Alternative Spring Break Information Session, Noon & 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, Room 304
The Center for Access to Justice facilitates Alternative Spring Break trips to provide Georgia State Law students the opportunity to spend a week immersed in a substantive area of law, while also engaging in pro bono legal service. Students work with licensed attorneys to receive training and guidance, gaining insight into some of the legal issues facing the community in which the students volunteer for the week.
Applications for Spring Break 2018-19 are due by Friday, January 25th at 5pm. This year, the center will host three trips:
- Community Lawyering in Atlanta: We are thrilled to partner with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF) to again offer trip participants an opportunity to learn how place-based neighborhood lawyering positively impacts low-income children by stabilizing housing and reducing absenteeism. Students will work with attorneys from AVLF’s Standing With Our Neighbors and from Truancy Intervention Project to understand how a lack of affordable, stable housing can affect education, and what advocates in Atlanta are doing to break the cycle of poverty and improve classroom performance.
- Immigration Detention in Lumpkin, Georgia: People in immigration detention have a right to due process under the U.S. Constitution, but many of them are detained indefinitely in geographically isolated facilities and live under deplorable conditions with no trial, conviction, or ability to post bond. Nearly all of these detained immigrants lack attorney representation, but detained immigrants who have counsel are ten times as likely to succeed in their cases as those who represent themselves. Working with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative, Georgia State Law students will spend the week at the Stewart Immigration Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia, meeting with clients, drafting documents and interpreting for attorneys.
- Rural Justice in Dougherty County, Georgia: As the Center’s Access to Justice Map of Georgia demonstrates, most of Georgia’s lawyers are concentrated in the metropolitan Atlanta area, and access to the internet and public transportation may not be as readily available in rural counties, exacerbating the difficulty rural Georgians face in navigating the justice system. A group of Georgia State Law students will travel to southwest Georgia to understand the distinct access to justice issues facing rural communities. In partnership with the Dougherty County Law Library and Georgia Legal Services Program, students will help to develop targeted self-help materials, including short webinars, to serve rural Georgians.
To learn more about the trips and how to apply, attend an information session at noon or 5 p.m. on Monday, January 14th in Room 304.
Send completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Friday, January 25th. Interviews will be conducted the weeks of January 28th-February 8th. Participants will be notified of their selection on or before Wednesday, February 13th. Participants must commit to join the trip, sign a release/waiver of liability, and pay the fee (if applicable) by Monday, February 25th.