Georgia Legal Services fundraiser is Saturday

Staff reportsOctober 11, 2012 

A fundraiser for the Georgia Legal Services program Saturday night hopes to raise enough money to hire another attorney for the Macon regional office.

Georgia Legal Services, which provides free legal help in civil cases for those who can’t afford to hire a lawyer, has 11 offices around the state. Cases that GLS attorneys help with include domestic violence, eviction and denial of benefits.

The Macon office serves 23 counties in middle to south Georgia. The number of people eligible for legal services through the program has increased to about 136,000 in recent years. At the same time, federal cutbacks have meant a loss of staff.

At one time, there were eight attorneys in the office. Now there are five. The fundraiser aims to raise $55,000 in order to hire a sixth attorney for the office for at least a year.

“The recent staffing shortage threatens to impair the office’s ability to serve the basic legal needs of those less fortunate among us and if not remedied will strike a serious blow to Macon and the surrounding communities,” a solicitation letter said in part.

Saturday’s event, at the Cox Capitol Theatre on Second Street, runs from 7-11 p.m. The Deacons of Disaster and Sue ‘n The Bastards will be playing, and there will also be food and drinks.

Tickets are $50 for attorneys, $25 supporters and $10 for students. For more information, call 478-301-2204.

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