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Georgia Legal Services Program hosts pro bono awards luncheon

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Thirty-nine local attorneys were honored this afternoon for providing free legal services in our area.

The attorneys volunteered as part of the Georgia Legal Services Program. Combined, the attorneys took on 191 cases in our area in 2015.

The mission of the Georgia Legal Services Program is to provide free legal services for cases like wrongful evictions, temporary protective services and help putting together a will.

"Those issues are things that people aren't necessarily entitled constitutionally to an attorney for. These are the people who make it happen. Georgia Legal Services is actually unique in our 11 county area. We are the only free civil legal services agency that can help low income families,” said Regional Operations Manager Heidi Behnke.

Angelyn Tinsman was honored with the Pro Bono Champion award for taking on the most pro bono cases in 2015. Jerold Murray was awarded the Pro Bono Advocate award.

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