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Emory Law School to Offer Course on Income Taxation of Trusts & Estates 0 B. Watts   For the first time in two dozen years, in Spring 2016 Emory Law School is offering a J.D. course on the Income Taxation of Trusts, Estates, Grantors, and Beneficiaries.   Because a number of former students and practitioners in Atlanta have said that they wished such a course had been available when they were in school, we're offering to allow “Friends of Emory” to attend this course gratis. “Friends” is loosely defined to include Emory degree-holders (not just from the law school), parents of Emory students (past or present), donors, and other who have some kind of connection. There is an easy way for most anyone who is interested to qualify.   All that we ask is for an indication in advance of the desire to attend, so that we can assign the appropriate sized classroom. That indication of interest should be emailed to Pat Thomas, at PTHOM07@emory.edu.   Class will meet for 12 weeks beginning January 4, every Monday from 5 to 7 pm, at the law school. Parking at that hour is free in the deck behind the law school. So it ought to be relatively easy for anyone who is interested to attend.
by B. Watts
Friday, November 6, 2015
Georgia Center for Heirs Property Retention Hiring Center Director 0 B. Watts   Georgia Appleseed is a nonprofit public interest law center that has been serving the state of Georgia since 2005. Its projects seek systemic, sustainable solutions to Georgia’s most pressing social justice problems. One such problem involves the impact of heirs property on low and moderate income Georgians in both rural and urban communities.   As a long term outcome for its Heirs Property Project, Georgia Appleseed seeks to help low and moderate income heirs property owners to unlock the “wealth” of their real property and secure protections under the law. Many owners of heirs property are unaware of the tenuous nature of their land holdings and often lack the resources to obtain the legal services necessary to protect their interests and retain their land.   Georgia Appleseed seeks a sustainable long term solution to this challenge through the creation of Georgia’s first law center focused on heirs property. The new Georgia Center for Heirs Property Retention (GCHPR) will have an early geographic focus that is both rural (Ben Hill County) and urban (the Westside Neighborhoods of Atlanta: Vine City, English Avenue and Castleberry Hills), with a staff attorney to be hired in each location. The Center Director will work in Atlanta to facilitate access to major supporters and pro bono volunteers.   With grant funding from the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, the GCHPR has a business plan in place to help guide the 18-24 month incubation and subsequent launch of the GCHPR as a self-supporting entity. Additional Babcock funding has been secured to hire an entrepreneurial Center Director to turn the business plan into reality. Several community stakeholders, including the USDA Rural Development, Ben Hill County, City of Fitzgerald, and other legal, advocacy, governmental and civic agencies, are ready to collaborate towards the shared goal of creating the new Center.   Though a direct report to the GAA Executive Director, the Center Director will be expected to work independently to establish and launch the GCHPR within the 18 to 24 month incubation time table. The GCHPR will have an Advisory Committee, composed, in part, of members of Georgia Appleseed’s Young Professionals Council (YPC) as appointed by the Georgia Appleseed Board of Directors. The Advisory Committee will eventually serve as the formal GCHPR Board of Directors at the conclusion of the incubation period and upon the successful launch of the Center. The Center Director will have the benefit of GAA’s own experience in being incubated and launched as a successful, independent nonprofit public interest law center. GAA will share with the GCHPR policies and practices, as well as time of its Foundation Relationship Consultant, to support an efficient incubation and launch. The Center Director is responsible for all administrative, financial management, marketing and promotion of services, staffing and personnel operations, and other activities that support effective business operations of the GCHPR, but will have the volunteer help of the Advisory Committee and many other project partners throughout the incubation period. VIEW MORE INFORMATION
by B. Watts
Friday, February 13, 2015
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