The University of Georgia Law School is among the organizers of tomorrow’s Access to Justice Pop-Up Clinic, with local lawyers providing legal aid from 9 til 11 Saturday at the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on Old West Broad Street in Athens. From the Athens-Clarke Co government website… The Superior Court Judges of the Western Circuit, in partnership with the University of Georgia School of Law and the Western Circuit Bar Association, announce the next pop-up clinic for 2020 in the Access to Justice Initiative. The mission of the Access to Justice Initiative is to provide access to legal services and information for individuals in need of legal assistance who live in the community. The February Access to Justice Pop-Up Clinic will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 22 at the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church at 1931 Old West Broad Street, Athens, GA 30606. Judges from various courts, staff from the Probate Court and Georgia Legal Services, and faculty and students from the UGA School of Law will also be in attendance. Attendees are encouraged to bring any relevant important papers with them. Attorneys provide brief individual consultations on topics including family law such as divorce and child support, adoption law, immigration law, expungement/record restriction, probate law, disability law, employment law, criminal law, small claims, landlord/tenant law, personal injury, and general civil law at the pop-up clinics. A list of legal service/attorney resources will be provided for individuals who may wish to seek further assistance beyond the pop-up clinic. Spanish translation services are also expected to be available. Lawyers, legal educators, and staff attorneys from the local courts have committed to volunteering their time for the Access to Justice Initiative. The initiative is an opportunity to help those in need in the community and help provide access to competent legal representation. Since the program started in December 2017, attorneys have donated over $50,000 of their time and talents at these free legal clinics. In 2019, approximately 500 people visited the pop-up clinics.
The 32nd annual Red Clay Conference is underway today at UGA, beginning at 9 o’clock this morning in the University of Georgia’s Dean Rusk Hall. Legal and environmental issues will be addressed, focusing this year on coal ash disposal in Georgia. Environmentalist Lois Gibbs (pictured above) is the featured speaker. She rose to national prominence with New York’s Love Canal controversy. From the UGA master calendar… The School of Law's 32nd Annual Red Clay Conference, titled “Overcoming Toxic Relationships,” will address coal ash disposal, brownfield redevelopment in Georgia and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water. The Peter Appel Lecture will be delivered by environmental activist Lois Gibbs, who is known for her work with New York’s Love Canal. Her efforts led to the creation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, also known as Superfund. Administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this fund is used “to clean up uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous-waste sites as well as accidents, spills, and other emergency releases of pollutants and contaminants.” Registration for the conference is required. This event, organized by law students who are members of Environmental Law Association, is associated with UGA’s Earth Day 50th Anniversary Celebration.
The threat of black ice on roadways leads Athens Technical College to delay this morning’s opening until 10am. Some schools around the region are closed entirely—Stephens County schools are on that list—while others, including Elbert and Banks counties, are delaying their openings by two hours. The Oconee County campus of the University of North Georgia is open on a normal basis this morning; all other UNG campuses are delaying their openings until 10 o’clock this morning. Athens Technical College - Delayed until 10 a.m. Banks County Schools - 2-hour delay on Friday Calhoun City Schools - 2-hour delay on Friday Cobb County Schools- All school-related activities prior to noon canceled on Friday Chattahoochee Tech - Delayed Friday Crossroads Christian/Canton - Closed Friday Dawson County Schools - Closed Friday, 12 month staff to report Douglas County Schools - 2-hour delay Friday Fannin County Schools - Delayed 2 hours Floyd County Schools - Closed Friday Forsyth County Schools - 2-hour delay on Friday Gainesville City Schools - 2-hour delay on Friday Habersham County Schools - Closed Friday Hall County Schools - 2-hour delay on Friday Hart County Schools - Delayed 2 hours Kids R Kids, Cumming - Delayed 2 hours King’s Way Christian School - Delayed 2 hours Lakeview Academy - 2-hour delay on Friday Lanier Christian Academy - School begins at 10 a.m. Lanier Technical College - Closed Friday Lumpkin County Schools - Closed Friday Madison County Schools- Delayed 2 hours on Friday Marietta City Schools - Delayed until 10 a.m. Friday Polk County Schools - Closed Friday Riverside Military Academy - 1-hour delay on Friday Rome City Schools - Closed Friday Stephens County Schools - Closed Friday The Heritage School - Closed Friday Towns County Schools - Closed Friday Truett McConnell University - 2-hour delay on Friday Union County Schools- Closed Friday University of North Georgia- Blue Ridge, Cumming, Dahlonega, and Gainesville campuses delayed opening until 10am Friday White County Schools - Closed Friday Whitfield County Schools - Closed Friday In addition to the school districts, all public health departments and public health services in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties are closed through Friday. The U.S. District Courts and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts will open on a two hour delay Friday.