As part of the Equal Justice in Law Enforcement Initiative("EJLE") set forth by President Franklin at the Annual Meeting, there are volunteer opportunities through our volunteer recruitment partnership with Georgia Appleseed. If you would like to volunteer, the first step is to participate in a one hour video training session, per the schedule below.
Please direct questions to Rob Rhodes, Director of Projects, Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice at 404-815-6350 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Video Training Session Dates
If you are interested in learning more and volunteering, you must attend a one hour training session. The scheduled training session are as follows:
- Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 9:00 am
- Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 4:30 pm
- Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 9:00 am
- Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 5:30 pm
Validated parking will not be provided. Parking in the 1100 Peachtree Building Parking Garage is $5/hour or $1.25/15 minutes. There is adjacent parking at a flat rate of $8 before 9 am and $10 after 9 am.
Georgia Appleseed offices are also accessible via Marta, the closest station being the Midtown Station. Directions can be found on the Georgia Appleseed website - http://gaappleseed.org/about/directions
Once you enter the building please proceed to the 28th floor and notify the receptionist you are here for the training at Georgia Appleseed. We encourage all participants to arrive in plenty of time to park as the training will start on time.
To attend the video training, please RSVP to Jennifer Banks at email@example.com and indicate the training session you would like to attend.
While the rise of violence across the country from shootings (in Ferguson, Missouri, North Charleston, South Carolina, and elsewhere (including Georgia)) and other deadly force involving the police and unarmed citizens is deeply disturbing, lawyers can be a part of the solution. The Atlanta Bar Association has a long proud tradition of supporting our law enforcement officers and the critical role they play in upholding the rule of law and public safety while also supporting the cause of justice. The recent highly publicized incidents set the stage for needed crucial conversations and collaborative action-action designed to assure that such tragedies are avoided to the fullest extent possible and that, if they do occur, the ensuing investigation and charging decision process is fair.
As part of the Atlanta Bar's EJLE and its volunteer recruitment partnership with the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice on its Race, Law Enforcement & The Law Project, interested Atlanta Bar members can assist with this important endeavor. The program is committed to an objective, data driven assessment, a deep respect for the extraordinarily difficult and important service that law enforcement personnel provide to our society, and an abiding belief that all of Georgia's citizens must be afforded the rights to which they are entitled under the federal and state constitutions.
The program will seek the views of community members throughout Georgia---law enforcement personnel; prosecutors, neighborhood associations, faith leaders, political leaders, nonprofits, and others---to help in assessing the nature of police-community relations in our state and to seek recommendations for changes to law, policies and practices that could improve or enhance them. Attorney volunteers are needed to help in this process by conducting in-depth interviews of these stakeholders.