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Talley Wells

Attorney and Director
Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc.


C. Talley Wells is an Attorney and Director of the Mental Health and Disability Rights Project at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. He advocates for housing and services in the community on behalf of clients with disabilities who are confined in Georgia institutions and nursing homes or who are at risk of institutionalization. His focus is enforcing the United States Supreme Court decision in Olmstead v. L.C., which held that individuals with disabilities have the right to live in the most integrated setting under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Talley and his wife, Laura, are part of a group working to open a L'Arche community for adults with developmental disabilities in Atlanta. He is the Treasurer of the Georgia Behavioral Health Coalition and a board member of the Georgia Supportive Housing Association and The Center for Working Families. He is a 2011 alumnus of Leadership Atlanta. He attended Duke University and Duke School of Law. Talley is a former skipper on the world famous Jungle Cruise at Walt Disney World.