Voting rights activist Stacey Abrams will headline the Georgia Legal Services Program’s 50th annual Rural Georgia Justice and Poverty Summit later this month.

The September 17 summit brings together researchers, state agencies, philanthropists, community policymakers and attorneys to talk about problems such as housing, education, public health, poverty and other critical issues affecting low-income and rural communities. Abrams is the keynote speaker for the event which runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rick Rufolo

“This discussion about emerging civil legal issues couldn’t be timelier,” GLSP Executive Director Rick Rufolo said. “The solutions we will discuss during this summit will impact the well-being and protection of impoverished rural communities while providing continuing education opportunities for attorneys across the state.”

The former UPS legal executive joined the state’s largest nonprofit law firm in 2019.

Abrams said the summit highlights the “disparities afflicting rural Georgians” such as health care, economic justice, access to democracy.

Stacey Abrams will headline the 50th annual Rural Georgia Justice and Poverty Summit. (Photo by Maggie Lee)

“As we recover from these crises, we must continue to seek solutions that provide an opportunity for every Georgian regardless of their zip code,” the former gubernatorial candidate said.

GLSP’s 145 employees, which include about 70 lawyers, provide free legal help to Georgians with civil legal problems in the 154 counties outside metro Atlanta. Metro Atlanta is served by the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

For details on this virtual event, go here.

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