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Paul A. Lombardo, Georgia State University law professor (from left), Sylvia Caley, former Atlanta Legal Aid attorney, GSU law professor emerita, and Charles Bliss, Atlanta Legal Aid Society director of advocacy. (Courtesy photo) Paul A. Lombardo, Georgia State University law professor (from left), Sylvia Caley, former Atlanta Legal Aid attorney, GSU law professor emerita, and Charles Bliss, Atlanta Legal Aid Society director of advocacy. (Courtesy photo)

When the Atlanta Legal Aid Society began representing two women with mental disabilities 20 years ago, none of the lawyers expected to be on the crest of a new civil rights movement.

R. Robin McDonald

Daily Report reporter R. Robin McDonald's journalism career includes stints as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Wichita Eagle, and The Anniston Star and as a trial tracker at CourtTV and CNN. She is the author of two true crime books -- Black Widow: The True Story of the Hilley Poisonings and Secrets Never Lie: The Death of Sara Tokars.

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