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Frank Strickland Named Georgia Legal Services Program Champion of Justice

07.31.2013

Georgia Legal Services Program has selected five outstanding Georgians as Champions of Justice for 2013. These three lawyers, one community activist, and one former staff member are honored for their service to GLSP and its mission of providing access to justice and avenues out of poverty for low-income people all over the state outside Metro Atlanta.

"We deeply enjoy celebrating these folks because they are our heroes," said GLSP Executive Director Phyllis Holmen. "They have walked the walk for years, sometimes decades, to help Georgians from the lowest economic circumstances gain access to the courts and to justice to help resolve issues that keep them trapped in poverty."

This is the third year the GLSP Board of Directors has named Champions of Justice.

"Our Champions of Justice have each demonstrated a passion and commitment to ensuring access to our justice system for all Georgians. They have each worked tirelessly to preserve this principle that is so fundamental to our democracy, and I find myself inspired and humbled by the example they have set," said Board President Ben Garren of The Coca Cola Co.’s Legal Department.

Georgia Legal Services is a non-profit law firm serving 154 Georgia counties outside metro Atlanta. Its attorneys serve low-income clients in civil matters such as domestic violence protection, access to health care, preserving housing, access to public education, and more.

FRANK STRICKLAND

Frank Strickland, of Strickland Brockington Lewis in Atlanta, is nominated for his longstanding dedication to the cause of equal justice. Frank served on the GLSP Board from 1997 -- 2003 as a State Bar appointee. He was a member of the Board’s Executive Committee from 1998-2001, and served as Vice-President from 2001 -- 2003, chairing the Fundraising Committee in that capacity. Frank resigned from the GLSP board to take the office of Chair of the Board of the Legal Services Corporation in 2003, where he served until 2010. Frank expended tremendous personal and political influence to advance the cause of justice, building a renewed bipartisan base of support for legal services in the U.S. Congress. He devoted countless uncompensated hours in meetings of the LSC board held across the United States and in other countries. He continues to support the national cause as a member of the board of the Friends of the Legal Services Corporation. He continues to work to develop new resources for legal services in Georgia as well. Thousands of lives have been positively affected by his service. Frank received a resolution of appreciation for his efforts from the GLSP Board in 2010.