Atlanta, June 25, 2007 - Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc., today announced it had welcomed its first corporate-sponsored appointee to the Legal Aid Fellowship Program, an attorney from UPS who has begun a four-month assignment. The appointment of Ryan Swift, a lawyer at UPS's headquarters here, is a first not only for
The Fellowship Program of Atlanta Legal Aid immerses young lawyers in a variety of cases and crises, giving them valuable opportunities for court time and for responsibilities that only come much later at a large firm or corporation. Since 1995, 13
"We're excited to have UPS take part in this marvelous program," said Steve Gottlieb, Legal Aid's executive director. "Over the years, we've come to value the participation of
"UPS is leading the way by providing an attorney to legal services," added Esther Laurdent, president and CEO of the Pro Bono Institute. "It's a new, innovative approach for in-house legal departments to do pro-bono work."
Swift joined UPS in 1997 as a paralegal in the Legal Department. A December 2006 graduate of
"I'm excited," added Swift. "It's a great program. It's a way for me to get practical law experience and when I come back, UPS will get a better, more well-rounded attorney."
Founded in 1924, Atlanta Legal Aid provides civil legal services to low-income persons in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties. Last year, it opened approximately 25,000 cases. For information regarding the Atlanta Legal Aid Fellowship Program, contact Steve Gottlieb at (404) 614-3990.
About the Pro Bono Institute
Established in 1996, the Pro Bono Institute is a small non-profit organization housed at the
UPS, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services, offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of goods, information and funds. Headquartered in