Atlanta School Brings In Lawyers To Fight Student Turnover

The simple reason is their families were moving. In this low income neighborhood, a lot of moving was happening in one place.

News Story (Georgia)

Stephannie Stokes
WABE (local NPR, Atlanta)
May 24, 2017

Tags: Education-Legal Partnerships

Organizations mentioned/involved: Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF)


According to Jones-Lightsy and Reynolds, the complex called Forest Cove has a number of issues. They include evictions, overdue repairs and conditions like mold and infestations.

They said those issues make families leave. So Jones-Lightsy and Reynolds are using the tools of the legal system to bring a change.

“We work with seven of the top firms in Atlanta,” Jones-Lightsy said. “The focus is on how do we help these residents stay here and help improve conditions.”