Angie Tacker
Atlanta Legal Society, Inc.


Event is sold out. The film will be broadcast on WPBA channel 30 at 8:30 pm on  10/27


Rialto Center for the Arts at GSU 
80 Forsyth Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Driving Directions 

"Rarely do people see lawyers as a healing force in the community.  But that is our real role.  We have the power to restore people's faith -- and their respect for the American system.
Robert  Benham, Justice, Georgia Supreme Court

"They stepped in and got me out of bondage.  They stuck to me like chewing gum, and they're still sticking."
Tommy Hawkins, Legal Aid client

"Talent is like love.  You can't store it; you can't save it; you can't sell it.  It's only valuable if you use it."
Charlie Lester, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan

Atlanta Legal Aid Society

Watson Brown Foundation



Atlanta Legal Aid Society and the Watson-Brown Foundation present

The Story of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society
by Emmy award winning filmmaker
David Hughes Duke

October 26, 2011

The Rialto Center for the Arts  at Georgia State University

Pre-show reception begins at 6:30pm

Individual Tickets: $50.00
Public Interest, Nonprofit, & Student Tickets: $25.00
Host Committee Tickets: $500.00

Honorary Chair      Mayor Kasim Reed
Honorary Host Committee Chair      Randolph W. Thrower
Event Chair      Melinda Cooper Holladay


About the Film
Filmmaker David Hughes Duke began telling the story of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society in 2002.  His initial purpose was to preserve the deeply held values and vision that spurred its creation in 1924, as one of only two such organizations in the South.  His interview list was a Who's Who of the legal profession in Atlanta.  Several of the lawyers were of advanced age, and we believed that documenting their personal stories would be important to future generations of lawyers -- and, to the continuance of Legal Aid's vital work in metro Atlanta.
In 2010, he taped the second and final round of interviews with key supporters, staff, and clients of Legal Aid.  We have approximately 60 on-camera interviews that tell the “living history” of Atlanta Legal Aid – all in first-person.  Now he’s shooting the film’s visual imagery and gathering archival material:  from the Mariel Cuban riots at the Atlanta Federal Pen to the famous Olmstead Case presented to the U. S. Supreme Court.

This is a story about passion and perseverance.  It delves deeply into some of our society's most intractable problems.  It brings them to life and gives them a human face, placing the audience in the middle of predatory lending, slum-lord housing, mental health problems, domestic abuse, and the plight of children living in poverty.  This is a story of lives being changed:  the lives of the clients, and the lives of the lawyers.   

Join us as the amazing story of Atlanta Legal Aid is told through the memories of those who wrote it.

Atlanta Legal Aid Society
Documentary Premiere Host Committee

Honorary Chairs: Mayor Kasim Reed and Randolph W. Thrower

Rev.  Fahed Abu-Akel

Kent & Dr. Diane Alexander
Miles & Elaine Alexander
Paul H.  Anderson, Sr.
Rep. Kathy & Lawrence Ashe
Paul Baisier
Conner Ball & Steve Sencer
Lisa & Joe Bankoff
Patricia T. Barmeyer
Gov. Roy & Marie Barnes
Gaylen & Jeffrey Baxter
 Hon. Dorothy Toth Beasley
Justice Robert Benham &  Nell Benham
Mary & Chip Benton
Paula Lawton Bevington
Emmet Bondurant & Rev. Dr. Jane E. Fahey
J. William & Anne Boone
Jim & Dr. Lisa Boswell
Tom Bowman
Cathy Harper & Phil Bradley
Nancy & Jeff Bramlett
Ellen Brown Landers
Pat & Ann Brumbaugh
Tamara L. Caldwell
Matt & Helen Calvert
Jeffrey & Roxanne Cashdan
Lillian & Neal Caudle
Henry & Rebecca Chalmers
John Chandler & Beth Tanis
Craig & Sydney Cleland
Debra Page Coleman
Rosalie & Dr.  Max Cooper
Jessica & Brian Corley
Jack Dalton
Taylor & John Daly
Sallie Adams Daniel
Rita & Lane Dennard
Jill Wasserman & Stephen Devereaux
Robbie & Joan Dokson
Clare & Laura Draper
Kathleen & Gabriel Dumitrescu
Deborah Ebel & Jon Wax
Dekalb CEO Burrell Ellis
Anne Emanuel
Jonathan & Joan Fee
Richard Ossoff & Heather Fenton
Jay & Missy Ferguson
Carolyn & Terry Finnerty
Meg & Jon Fligg
Rawson & Peggy Foreman
Steve & Susan Forte
Dina Franch & George Procinski
Paula Frederick
Luck & David Gambrell
Patricia Gorham & Dr. Ed Panetta
Steve & Kathy Gottlieb
Jim & Bridget Grant
Laura & David Green
Archbishop Wilton  Gregory
Charles Gregory
Gordon & Sylvia Hamlin
Jack & Caroline Hardin
C. Lash Harrison
Richard  Hays
Robert & Jennifer Hays
Glenn & Lisa Hendrix
Sharon Hill
William & Melba Hill
John & Paulette Hinchey
Justice P. Harris Hines & Helen Hines
Doug & Michelle Hinson
Bill & Sally Hoffmann
Phil & Melinda Holladay
Margaret Holman
Laurie House & John Hopkins
Rick Horder
Karen & Dr. Baker Hubbard
Bill & Rev. Dana Hughes
Randall & Linda Hughes
W. Stell Huie
J.D. Humphries
Chief Justice Carol Hunstein
Senator Johnny Isakson
Hill & Ginger Jeffries                                                      William Jenkins                                                                Stuart & Elizabeth Johnson                                                             





Weyman Johnson
Dawn Jones
Walter Jospin & Hon. Wendy Shoob
Steve Kaminshine
Karen & Dan King
Tricia Kinney & Gardner Culpepper
Dorothy Yates Kirkley
Bill & Ellen Kitchens
Linda Klein
Elisa & Thad Kodish
Gary Leshaw
Ralph & Eileen Levy
Congressman John Lewis
Milton J. Little Jr.
Bob & Jane Long                                     Richardson Lynn
Chip & Nancy MacDonald
Kelly & Wade Malone
Tommy & Adam Malone
John & Kay Marshall
Jim & Joan Martin
Teri  & Rev. Roderick McClure
Jamala McFadden
Teri & Kevin McMahon
Tom & Patsy McNeill
Julie Kaminsky & Alan Minsk                   Imam Furqan Muhammad
Cheryl & Hassan Naja
Michael & Mary Jane Nations
Rev. Miriam Needham
Linda Newman
Judy O'Brien
Attorney General Sam Olens
Megan Kreitner Ouzts
Linda  & Trey Parrish
W. Ray & Wendy-Joy Persons
Mike & Susan Petrik
Evan Pontz
Hon. Patsy Porter
Joe  Porter & Carter Elliott
Spence Pryor
Fran Pughsley
Michael & Carmen Rafter
James C. Rawls
Mayor Kasim Reed
Valerie & Adam Richmond
Kacy & Jeff Romig
Howard D. Rothbloom
Hedy & David Rubinger
Rick & Gina Rufolo
Robert Schapiro
Andrew Scherffius
Rev. Liz Schellingerhoudt
Doc & Helen Schneider
Charity Scott
Justice Leah Ward Sears
Debbie Segal & Randy Cadenhead
Eric & Lynne Segall
Tonia Sellers & Seth Weissman
Rita Sheffey & Tom Rounds
Hon. Marvin Shoob
Kendric E. Smith                                      Michael Smith
John Snelling
Roy & Bonnie Sobelson
John Spangler & Lita Menkin
Mason & Linda Stephenson
Mike & Tina Stevens
Anne & Frank Strickland
Rabbi Alvin & Barbara Sugarman
Marc Taylor
Mr. &  Mrs. Robert J. Taylor IV
Laura & Brad Thatcher
Lizanne Thomas
William Thompson & Jenny Mittelman             R. Wayne & Jane Thorpe    
Randolph W. Thrower
Nola Vanhoy
Ryan & Susan Walsh
Terry & Pat Walsh
Rebekah & Mark Wasserman
Paul Webb Jr.
David Webster & Carol Brantley
Amy Weil
Ben & Ramona White
Carolyn Wood & Leigh Wilco
Mark & Ruthelen Williamson