CLE Launches Metro Reentry Facility Pro Bono Clinic

On March 11, GJP hosted the “Coming Home: Removing Legal Barriers for Returning Citizens” CLE at the Georgia State Bar in collaboration with the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia (USAO-NDA), Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Alston & Bird LLP, and King & Spalding. This event launched GJP’s pro bono legal clinic at the Metro Reentry Facility (MRF), a new prison in Atlanta, in partnership with the organizations listed above. 

Byung J. “BJay” Pak, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, served as the keynote speaker. Doug Ammar and Hsindy Chen of GJP spoke about the criminal justice system, professionalism within the legal field, and how attorneys are uniquely situated to address these barriers to successful reentry

  • Ross Brockway, GJP’s Equal Justice Works Fellow, moderated a panel of key partners at MRF:
    Danielle Whylly, Community Outreach Specialist at USAO-NDA, Project S.A.F.E. Neighborhood Program at MRF
  • Caroline Gieser, Associate at Alston & Bird, Pro Bono Volunteer at MRF
  • Torrenzo K. Brayboy, Senior Counselor at MRF

A training CLE for pro bono legal clinic volunteers will take place on April 9th at Nelson Mullins. Look out for more details. 

GJP has partnered with MRF since its opening in May of 2018. MRF utilizes a holistic model for reentry services through evidence-based practices and community collaboration. GJP provides legal services for its returning citizens to remove the most significant barriers to successful reentry.