Ira L. Foster is the managing attorney of the Georgia Legal Services Program Macon, Georgia office. Ira attended undergraduate college and graduated with honors from Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia. Ira attended graduate school at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Ira obtained his Juris Doctor of law degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina.
Ira is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Macon Bar Association, the Houston County Bar Association, the Georgia Alliance of African American Attorneys, the National Bar Association, the National Black Lawyers and the William Augustus Bootle Inn of Court. Some honors and awards for Ira include being selected as an American Bar Association Foundation Fellow, Macon Bar Association’s Lawyer of the Year in 2007, Fort Valley State University Alumni of the Year in Social Sciences, the Dublin-Laurens County Black Festival’s Committee Citizen of the Year, the Adopt A Role Model Program Big Brother of The Year, the State Bar of Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham’s Community Service Award, The Houston County NAACP 2009 Community Service Award, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., State of Georgia 2011 Fraternity Brother of The Year and the 2015 State Bar of Georgia Access To Justice Committee Dan Bradley Award. Ira served as a board member of the Fort Valley State University Housing Foundation and the Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association. Ira currently serves as a board member of The Alpha Georgia Education Foundation, Inc., The Central Georgia United Way and the Macon Bar Association. Ira is a life member of the NAACP, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and the Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association. Ira served as President of the Macon Bar Association for the 2015-2016 year.
Ira has represented numerous students in disciplinary and special education cases. Ira has authored two articles for the State Bar of Georgia Child Advocacy Newsletter on education issues. Ira also co-authored an article for the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., national magazine on the School Dropout To Prison Pipeline issue. Ira has presented at workshops that have been held all over the state of Georgia including Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Waycross, Valdosta, Albany, Macon, Norcross and McDonough, Georgia on the School Dropout To Prison Pipeline issue.