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GA Legal Services thanks supporters

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Georgia Legal Services Program got a chance to thank its contributors and volunteers for the hard work they put in all year. The non-profit law firm for Georgians in poverty held an open house Friday afternoon.

This year the group represented 960 clients in 19 southwest Georgia counties. They also added two attorneys who are fluent in Spanish.

While the firm doesn't accept criminal cases, they deal with a lot of foreclosures, consumer cases, and domestic abuse.

"People don't always think of lawyers as the good guys necessarily, but when you need a lawyer, you need a lawyer and it's surprising the kind of things, you wouldn't think you would need a lawyer to go down to apply for unemployment, but you do sometimes," said Executive Director Phyllis Holmen.

"With the economy, we've seen a lot more cases in the areas of domestic violence, foreclosure, education cases, individuals applying for food stamps, social security, medicaid, there's just a large, large amount of need in the community," said Managing Attorney Cheryl Griffin.

The group funding comes mostly from grants. They say the firms the largest it's been in a while with seven full time attorney's and several private attorneys who volunteer their time.

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