The Cobb Justice Foundation, a program of Legal Aid of Cobb County and the Cobb County Bar Association, is the pro bono project of Cobb County. We refer the civil legal matters of low-income Cobb County residents to private attorneys for pro bono representation.
About Cobb Justice
The Cobb Justice Foundation is a special pro bono project of Legal Aid of Cobb County. Legal Aid of Cobb County provides free legal services and education to individuals living at or below the federal poverty level in a variety of civil legal matters. In 1991, Legal Aid of Cobb County partnered with the Cobb Bar Association and, along with the local judiciary and leaders within the community, created a strategic initiative to increase volunteer and financial support for Legal Aid. The Cobb Justice Foundation (CJF) was born through that collaboration. Today, as a vital project of Legal Aid of Cobb County, CJF recruits over 200 active volunteers who take cases for over 400 Legal Aid of Cobb County clients and raises money to support the program.
Cobb Justice Foundation Staff
Stephanie Carman, Director
Stephanie became the director of the Cobb Justice Foundation in July 2016. Prior to joining Legal Aid of Cobb County, Stephanie practiced probate law and estate planning. Stephanie is a 2005 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she received her B.S. in Business Management. She is a 2007 graduate of the Florida State University College of Law and has a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of San Diego.
Kate Gaffney, TPO Project Coordinator
Kate is the coordinator of the program's largest project, the Temporary Protective Order (TPO) Project. Kate not only represents victims of domestic violence in TPO actions each week, she also screens and places those cases with volunteer attorneys. Kate has been with Legal Aid as a staff attorney since 2008. She has an undergraduate degree from Notre Dame and has a J.D. from Boston College.
James Ausenbaugh, Screening Attorney
James was a longtime Cobb Justice volunteer when he came to work with us in 2010. James is a veteran and had a career as a tax attorney with the U.S. Department of Treasury before going into private practice. James works with us part-time, interviewing and providing brief service for Cobb Justice applicants.
Janice Hoover, Paralegal
Janice is a "recidivist" at Legal Aid, returning after several years as a curriculum consultant for paralegal schools. Janice has years of paralegal experience, and, having worked with several Cobb firms, is a great asset to our work. Janice primarily works with clients in the Family Violence Project and also provides general paralegal support for Cobb Justice.
Tracey joined the office in 2015, and works as a part-time paralegal for the Cobb Justice Foundation, in addition to performing case intake for Legal Aid of Cobb County. She assists the CJF Director with case placement, administrative duties and general support.
Do you want to volunteer or donate?
If you are a lawyer licensed by the State Bar of Georgia, we welcome you as a member of the Cobb Justice Foundation. Members are asked to pledge to take at least two pro bono cases per year in their area of expertise. For more information, or for a membership form, contact Stephanie Carman at (770) 817-5562 or via email. You can also click here for our online registration.
If you cannot take pro bono cases, we also welcome you to join as a Contributing Member. All donations to Cobb Justice support the programs of Legal Aid of Cobb County, a branch office of Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. For information on how to make a financial contribution, contact our Development Director, Angie Tacker.
Special Projects of Cobb Justice
Special Projects of Cobb Justice
Housing Preservation Project
If you are a tenant facing eviction, lease contact Legal Aid of Cobb County to apply. See "How to apply for our help" for more information.
Applications accepted Monday - Thursday, 9 am - 12 noon. 770-528-2565.
If you are an attorney interested in assisting tenants with housing matters, please contact CJF Director Stephanie Carman.
If you are a victim of domestic/intimate partner violence or stalking and you are seeking a TPO in Cobb County, contact the YWCA/Cobb Superior Court TPO office at (770) 528-8024 for information on how to file your petition with the court. Once you have filed your petition, ask the TPO office for a Legal Aid Referral Form. You will then be contacted by someone in our office.
If you are are being threatened, harmed or are frightened of your spouse or intimate partner, call the Domestic Violence Crisis Line at (770) 427-3390.
The Clinic serves individuals on a first-come, first-served basis. Be sure to bring any relevant documents or information with you to the Clinic. Our attorneys advise about decedent’s estate cases and adult guardianships only.
Meet with a private attorney for free for 30 minutes. The attorney will review your particular situation and will advise you about which action to file and which forms to use in Cobb Probate Court.
Are you an attorney interested in assisting clients at the Probate Information Clinic? Contact CJF Director Stephanie Carman.
How do I apply for assistance?
The Cobb Justice Foundation is part of Legal Aid of Cobb County. To be considered for representation through Cobb Justice, you must apply for legal services through Legal Aid.
How to Apply:
1. Call the Legal Aid intake line at (770) 528-2565 Monday-Thursday between 9:00 A.M. and noon.
2. Have a confidential intake interview over the phone with one of our intake staff. You will have to answer questions about your household, your income, and your legal problem.
3. Speak with a Legal Aid Staff Attorney, who will call you for your phone interview, typically the same business day.
Once you have completed the screening process, your case will be evaluated for possible representation. Please note that while Legal Aid and Cobb Justice understand how important your legal problem is, we are unfortunately unable to help everyone. Because of limited resources, we must carefully select the cases that are accepted by Legal Aid and Cobb Justice.
To be eligible to apply for our services, you must meet the following requirements:
1. Be a current resident of Cobb County, Georgia or have a court case that must take place in Cobb County.
2. Have income that meets our guidelines.
3. Have a legal issue that falls within our case priorities, including domestic relations, family violence, tenant rights, chapter 7 bankruptcy, consumer law, wills and probate.
To apply for assistance, call Legal Aid of Cobb County: 770-528-2565
Application hours - Monday through Thursday 9:00 A.M. until 12 Noon.
Other Self Help Resources
Atlanta Legal Aid — http://atlantalegalaid.org
Cobb County Bar Association — http://cobbcountybar.org
Cobb County Law Library - family law forms — http://www.lawlibrary.cobbcountyga.gov/selfhelp.htm
Download forms for use in Cobb County Superior Court
Cobb County Superior Court Self-Help Center — http://lawlibrary.cobbcountyga.gov/selfhelp.htm
The Superior Court of Cobb County offers services for those individuals who are handing family law court matters on their own. The Cobb Superior Court offers the following services: - Free monthly workshops taught by local family law attorneys - Court forms available to download for free or for purchase at the monthly seminars - A list of local private attorneys willing to offer limited scope representation at a manageable cost.
Fulton County Family Law Information Center — http://fultoncourt.org/family/flic.php
Information about the family law information center and helpful forms.
Georgia Child Support Commission — http://georgiacourts.org/csc/
Self help with the new child support guidelines.
Pro Bono Resources for Volunteer Attorneys
Georgia Advocates — http://www.georgiaadvocates.org
Georgia Advocates is a joint project of the State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Legal Services, and Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Attorneys may join this site for free for access to pleadings, outlines, and other pro bono practice resources.
Cobb Justice Foundation 2015-2016 Board
The Honorable Stephen Schuster, Chief Judge, Superior Court of Cobb County
The Honorable Mary Staley, Superior Court of Cobb County
The Honorable David Darden, Chief Judge, State Court of Cobb County
The Honorable James Whitfield, Presiding Judge, Juvenile Court of Cobb County
The Honorable Kelli Wolk, Presiding Judge, Probate Court of Cobb County
Darrell Sutton, President Elect, Cobb County Bar Association
Larry Cooper, President, Family Law Section, Cobb County Bar Association
Mary Stearns-Montgomery, Member-at-Large
Amanda Mathis, Cobb Bar Liason
Catherine Vandenberg, Managing Attorney, Legal Aid of Cobb County
Stephanie Carman, Director Cobb Justice Foundation