Rockdale Clerk of Courts Ruth Wilson recently honored eight attorneys for their volunteer work with the Rockdale County court system’s Family Law Information Center.
The attorneys, who each have given at least 140 hours of service, provided free consultations to the public every Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon. The attorneys helped with adoptions, name changes, child support services, wills, alimony and other issues related to families.
Wilson said the support the attorneys provided has been invaluable to the public.
“This is a special group of people who volunteer their time in support of our family law information center. We appreciate every volunteer whole-heartily,” said Wilson.
One of the volunteers, Attorney Donna M. Swilley, who was volunteering just hours before Wilson held the recognition program on April 25, said the experience has been rewarding.
“People come to the center with very serious issues that can sometimes have a life-changing result for their families,” said Swilley. “I’m honored to be a part of a group of people who realize that it’s appropriate to stand up for the little person who may be in a world of hurt.”
In addition to honoring the eight volunteers, Wilson also recognized two of the attorneys for “going the extra mile” with a $1,000 check to be distributed to the charity of their choice.
“We appreciate every volunteer. But there are some that rise just a little bit higher, who work past their scheduled times and work just a little bit harder. These two attorneys Russel Davis Moore IV and Russel Davis More V embody all those features and more,” said Wilson, who donated the $1,000 check to the father-son duo with money from passport funds.
The Moores were also given a plaque as the recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award.
“It has been a pleasure working with Ruth Wilson, her staff and residents of this county who are dealing with critical issues during some of their most trying times,” said Russel Davis Moore V. “We look forward to working with Ruth Wilson and her staff in the future to continue to serve residents in Rockdale County.”
County staff said most of the honorees still volunteer with the court system and 16 attorneys have already signed up to volunteer in the future.
Need help from the Family Law Center? Appointments may be scheduled by calling the Superior Court Clerk’s Civil Division at 770- 278-7905. You will be required to sign a consultation agreement.
Second picture above: Rockdale County Superior Couty Judge David Irwin (far left) joins Rockdale Clerk of Courts Ruth Wilson (far right) in honoring local attorneys for hundreds of volunteer hours in the court system.