Georgia Legal Services Program’s (GLSP) mission is to provide civil legal services to persons with low incomes, creating equal access to justice and opportunities out of poverty. GLSP’s Pro Bono program partners with volunteer attorneys and organizations across the state to better serve this mission. Today, we have partners from two low-income taxpayer clinics around Georgia to talk about hot issues during this unusual tax season.

Eric Santos is the Executive Director of the North Georgia Tax Clinic in Lawrenceville, Georgia. At Columbia Law School, he discovered a passion for tax law through his studies and deepened his commitment to social justice through pro bono work, including through the National Lawyers Guild. After law school, Eric practiced in the federal tax group of a large international law firm. In 2018, he founded the North Georgia LITC to help people who find themselves in difficult situations. He represents low-income clients in controversies with the IRS and educates people in his community about their rights and responsibilities as taxpayers.

Tameka Lester is a tax attorney and Clinical Associate Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, GA. She also serves as the Associate Director of the Philip C. Cook Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, sits on the College of Law’s Dean Advisory Committee, and is a faculty senator for the university where serves on the Budget and Faculty Affairs committees. She speaks across the country to various groups about taxpayer rights and responsibilities, as well as issues of tax policy and how tax-related issues affect marginalized communities and communities of color. A native South Carolinian, Tameka graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communication, the University of Phoenix with a Masters in Business Administration, and North Carolina Central University School of Law with her Juris Doctorate.