Episode 3.3: Marty Ellin, Executive Director of Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation


In this episode of “The Future of Resolution” Podcast, Miles neutral Leigh Wilco interviews Marty Ellin, who has served as the Executive Director of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation since 2001. The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF), founded in 1979, is the largest provider of pro bono legal services in Greater Atlanta.


Ellin starts the interview by taking listeners on a historical journey of AVLF, vividly describing the people, the thought process, and legislation that led to the creation of the organization. Ellin then goes on to talk about AVLF harnessing the inherent generosity of the legal profession and providing meaningful opportunities for attorneys to give away some of their time. 


Within the first few minutes of this podcast, Ellin’s passion for providing resource-poor individuals access to legal representation and pairing them with lawyers who want to volunteer – shines. His mantra, “you can do well by doing good,” is the underlying theme of the entire interview.


In this episode, you will learn:
  • How  AVLF supports volunteers with a substantive expert on staff for every one of the areas they practice;
  • Steps  AVLF takes to prevent malpractice claims;
  • Details about the Thomasville Heights program;
  • The realities of intimate partner abuse;
  • The concept behind AVLF’s Safe and Stable Families program;
  • AVLF’s referral programs;
  • The new mobile advocacy program where volunteers go into the community and working with the clients;
  • How negotiation skills support the work that they do;
  • Why AVLF focuses on particular civil legal needs like housing and wage claims;
  • How AVLF approaches training; and
  • Volunteer opportunities for lawyers. 


“Marty Ellin, Executive Director of Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation” is available on Apple Podcasts,  Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts, and Soundcloud. This podcast is the latest in a series of episodes that features thought leaders in Georgia’s legal community and beyond





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