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Client Profile: Step Ahead Scholars

Posted on October 29, 2019

Applying to college is an investment that requires both time and resources. But not all high school students in Atlanta have access to the basic resources necessary to complete and submit college applications. Kamal Carter and Debra Nealy cofounded Step Ahead Scholars to ensure that all students have access to the resources and tools needed during the college application process. Their mission is to eradicate college inequality.

Kamal Carter recognized the inequality in access to education while teaching chemistry at an underserved Atlanta public high school. Ten years ago, Carter created a volunteer program that gave students an opportunity to have lunch with a mentor and Debra Nealy volunteered to be one of those mentors. At one of these lunches, Debra Nealy’s mentee asked for help with applying to college. The student explained that he lacked internet access and did not know how to even begin to the college application process. Nealy agreed to help and the student was eventually accepted into college and even received scholarship funds to attend for free. Once Carter and Nealy identified this transition pitfall they immediately began providing students and their families free college access support. Based on that success, Carter and Nealy were inspired to start Step Ahead Scholars.

Today, Step Ahead Scholars continues to eliminate barriers to a college education by providing informational sessions, in-school workshops, one-on-one mentoring and community awareness events. In nine years, Step Ahead Scholars has made a tremendous impact on the Atlanta community. The organization, which is 100% volunteer run, has reached more than 2,000 underserved students who have earned over $50 million in scholarships. Ninety-six percent of Step Ahead Scholar seniors enroll in college immediately after graduation.

Step Ahead Scholars became a Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta client in early 2019. With the help of volunteer attorneys, the nonprofit is currently working on three corporate and intellectual property projects. Amber Philogene from Jones Day recently drafted a new volunteer agreement for the organization.

Carter is thankful for PBPA and its volunteer attorneys. He shared “PBPA is an amazing community stakeholder and their willingness to help Step Ahead Scholars has exponentially enhanced our organization’s infrastructure. Working with PBPA volunteers has been invaluable experience. Their gifts of time and expertise have strengthened our foundation, and in doing so, safeguarded our mission, of eradicating college access inequality.”

Shout Outs to Our Volunteers

Posted on October 29, 2019

Since January 1, 630 attorney have volunteered for new matters for our nonprofit clients! Click here for a list of individuals who have volunteered so far this year.

To: Alex Strang, Nelson Mullins
From: Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage & Disability

You really saved us with your good advice. There were a number of things in the lease that were not in our best interests and I am so grateful to have had your counsel so that we could request changes. We really were under the gun because of the fire. We had to get into a new space as quickly as possible. Thank you so much for making it possible for us to go from nothing to something in 7 weeks!

To: Robert Ajemian and Kristin Ray, The Home Depot
From: Georgia Watch

We are grateful for your time and expertise reviewing and recommending updates to our website terms of use and privacy policy. Your help identifying our legal needs provided a service that will strengthen our organization. This will enhance our ability to achieve our mission to protect and inform consumers, so all Georgians prosper, and communities thrive.

To: George Reinhardt, Morris Manning & Martin
From: Sober Living America

Without caring attorneys, firms such as Morris, Manning, & Martin LLP, and the efforts from Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Sober Living America could not help families suffering from the national opioid epidemic. You guys are the best!

To: Anna Holcombe, LexisNexis
From: Pathways2Life

Thank you so much for your time in assisting us to evaluate a drug and alcohol policy for our organization. By volunteering you allow us to provide more students and families support in their struggles. Thank you so much for your time, input and knowledge.

To: Ryan Newbrough, Seyfarth Shaw
From: Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement

Thank you for the time and expertise you devoted to review of our organization’s Participant Release and Waiver of Liability. Your feedback and insights helped close important gaps not captured in the original version of the release and pushed our thinking on ways to tailor the document for usage across multiple service lines.

PBPA Volunteers January – October 2019

Posted on October 29, 2019

Thank you to the 630 attorney volunteers (as of October 28th) who gave nonprofit clients pro bono advice! We could not have done it without you.

Click here to add your name to the list below.

A. Michael (Mike) Lee
Abbey Morrow
Abby Larimer
Adam Fitzsimmons
Adam Israelov
Adam Kaye
Adam Marshall
Aditya Shrivastava
Adriana Varela
Aiyana Jackson
Alan Rosselot
Alec Manzer
Alex Drummond
Alex Holt
Alex Meier
Alex Strang
Alexandra Cervenka
Alexandra Kennelly
Alexandria Landgraf
Alexia Noble
Alina Lee
Alisha Gibson
Alison Bazinet
Allison Dyer
Allison Pryor
Allysa Hopson
Allyson Lumpkin
Amanda Norcross
Amanda Sheneman
Amber Charania
Amber Philogene
Ami Rodrigues
Amy Fouts
Amy McCullough
Amy McGehee
Ana Dowell
Andrew Booth
Andrew L. Smith
Andrew Leba
Andrew Mullen
Andrew Nielsen
Andrew Richardson
Andrew Smith
Andrew Yates
Andria Beeler-Norrholm
Angela Vadala
Ann Minor
Ann Murray
Anna Holcombe
Anna Scully
Anne Blitch
Anne Cox-Johnson
Anne Geraghty Helms
Anthony Morris
Antoine Gary
Antonette Igbenoba
Anu Seam
Anush Emelianova
Ariel Emmanuel
Ariel Fenster
Arthur (Johnny) Ellis
Arthur Gambill
Arun Gupta
Ashley Hager
Ashley Halfman
Ashley Herd
Ashna Zaheer
Aubrey Gibson
Audrey Brown
Audrey Rogers
Austin Dailey
Baylie Fry
Becky Gelfand
Behrouz Kianian
Ben Russell
Ben Shapiro
Benjamin Han
Bess Hinson
Beth Jones
Bethany Barclay Adeniyi
Betsy Griswold
Bill Pauly
Bill Roche
Bob Edwards
Bobby Seifter
Bonnie Puckett
Brad Groff
Brad Holcombe
Brenda Holmes
Brendan Sullivan
Brennan Carmody
Brent Houk
Brian Fielden
Brian Fineman
Brian Galison
Brian Gannon
Brian Gillespie
Brian Holmes
Brian Leslie
Brian Murphy
Briley Brisendine
Brittany Edwards-Franklin
Brittany Summers
Brooke Belisle
Brooke Parris
Brooke Wickham
Bruce Sarkisian
Bryan Stillwagon
Caambridge Horton
Caitie Bailey
Candida Gibson
Carl Nickens
Carl Toppin
Carol Michel
Carol Morgan
Carole Loftin
Carolyn Wingfield
Carolyne Hilton
Carrie Tucker
Cassie Johnson
Catherine McClellan
Cayton Chrisman
Cecilia Oh
Celeste Burr
Chad Almy
Chanda Kirchner
Chandra Davis
Chanel Patrick
Charles Thimmesch
Charles Vaughn
Charlie Suessmith
Cherita Laney
Cheryl Brannon
Cheryl Naja
Chi Gettig
Chris Lee
Chris Underwood
Chrissy Oberg
Christiane Nolton
Christina Lee
Christina Meddin
Christine Kim
Christopher Tuten
Christopher Ybarra
Cindy Hanson
Claire Alexander
Claire Barnett
Claudia Chafloque-Siu
Clay Walts
Clayton Coley
Cody Mathis
Colony Canady
Corbin Kennelly
Corey Goerdt
Cory Barker
Creighton Frommer
Crystal Genteman
Curtis Arnold
Curtis Romig
Dacia Green
Dan Brown
Dan Hart
Dan Mohan
Daniel Englander
Daniel Grucza
Daniel Johnson
Daniel Kingsley
Daniel Nisenson
Daniel Rollman
Danielle Chatlin
Danielle Donovan
Dara Dehaven
Darryl Davis
Darryl Smith
David Carpenter
David Gevertz
David Golden
David Kelly
David Kuklewicz
David Steele
David Stewart
David Tim
Dawn Smith
Deanna Baxam
Debbie Brown
Deepa Subramanian
Delbert Winn
Denise Henderson
Destiny Washington
Devin Gregory
Devin McGuinness
Don Prather
Donna Beezhold
Doug Abramson
Dougie Barnard
Douglas Duerr
Douglas Newell
Douglas Park
Edward Christian
Edwin Garrison
Elena Kaplan
Elena Polovnikova
Elizabeth Cristallo
Elizabeth Newton
Elizabeth Robertson
Ellen Roberts
Ellen Samuels
Elliott Coward
Elliott Tapp
Emily Baker
Emily Breece
Emily Prince
Emma Barry
Enrique Susemihl
Eric Berardi
Eric Charity
Eric Koontz
Eric Reynolds
Erica Svoboda
Erika Gardner
Erin Doyle
Erin Fleming
Erin Penn Harris
Erin Peterson
Erin Watstein
Erinn Robinson
Ethan Rode
Evelyn Teague
Faith Knight Myers
Fanaye Zewdu
Felix Faerber
Forrest Neal
Gail Gunnells
Garland Reid
Garrett Hollis
Garrett Rider
Gautam Huded
Genevieve Razick
Genta Iwasaki
Geoff Rathgeber
George Reinhardt
Geri Williams
Gina Vollmer
Ginny Henry
Giovanna Soto
Grace Mann
Gracie Smith
Graham Jones
Gregg Jacobson
Guanming Fang
Hanish Patel
Hannah Basta
Hannah Byars
Heather Havette
Heather Howdeshell
Heidi Reese
Hill Jeffries
Houston Shaner
Hunter Carpenter
Hunter Street
Ivor Longo
J Cullen Byrne
J. Hillyer Jennings
Jack McNeill
Jackson Allen
Jaclyn Lee
Jacob Adrian
Jacob Stewart
Jade Gilstrap
Jake Evans
Jake Harris
James Grant
Jamie Cohen
Jamie Graves
Jan Davidson
Jane Kamenz
Jared Brandman
Jared Bruff
Jason Beach
Jason Bernstein
Jason Chang
Jay Meyers
JD Howard
Jeff Beattie
Jeff Glaser
Jeff Handler
Jeff Perry
Jeffrey Kirsh
Jenifer Curtis
Jennifer Alewine
Jennifer Bassett
Jennifer Weizenecker
Jennifer Woodruff
Jenny Sabo
Jeremy Burnette
Jeremy Hilsman
Jeremy Silverman
Jessica Borgert
Jessica Rutledge Watson
Jessica Thomas
Jill Girardeau
Jill Termini
Jim Leonard
Joanna Sutton
Joanne Burrus
Joe Freeman
Joe Scibilia
John Bradbury
John Brigagliano
John Brittingham
John Griffee
John Harbin
John Hyman
John Packman
John Schippert
John Tomes
John UyHam
Jonathan DiChiara
Jonathan Link
Jonathan Nussbaum
Jordan Hodge
Jordan Smart
Josh Kirschner
Joshua Combs
Josie Harris-Walton
Juliana Nwafor
Justice Barber
Justin Brown
Justin King
Kacy Goebel
Kaitlyn Pettet
Kara Ong
Karen Fuerst
Karlie Webb
Karolina Majewski
Kasia Hebda
Kate Bryan
Kate Ippen
Kate Miller Tucker
Kate Thorne
Katelyn Andrews
Katelyn Fredericks
Kathleen McCarthy
Kathryn Newsome
Kathy Solley
katie Beall
Katie Gregg
Katie Wroten
Katy Smallwood
Kelley Chittenden
Kelly Dotson
Kelly Romich
Kelsey Donnalley
Kelsie Willett
Kenneth Ozment
Keshia Tiemann
Kevin Hembree
Kevin Strachan
Kevin Young
Kim Roeder
Kimberly Carabotta
Kirk Domescik
Kitty Cohen
Kristen Murphey
Kristie Piasta
Kristin Ray
Kristina Griffin
Kristina Klein
Kristina Thomas
Kwame Benjamin
Kyle Brown
Kyle Cunnion
Kyle Gregory
Kyllan Kershaw
L. Joseph Potente
Laken Adkins
Larry Kunin
Larry Stine
Laura Brickell
Lauren Brenner
Lauren Coleman
Lauren Gregory
Laurin McDonald
Lawrence Kasmen
Leah Braukman
Lee Barkley
Leia Clement Shermohammed
Len Riepe
Lindsay Jones
Lindsay Nichols
Lindsey Magaro
Lindsey Mann
Lindsey Perry
Lindsey Yeargin
Lisa Sims
Liz Moore
Logan Kirkes
Logan Thore
Lori Warren
Lorie Mason
Lynsey Barron
Mack Heller
Mack McGuffey III
Madeline Morgan
Madeline Neel
Madison Pool
Maha Khalaj
Marc Hui
Mari Myer
Marianna Faircloth
Marion Tilson
Marisa Ahlzadeh
Maritza Badio
Maritza Knight Winfunke
Mark Magaro
Mark Palmer
Mark Windham
Marshall Sanders
Marty Heller
Mary Benton
Mary Grace Gallagher
Mary Loudermilk
Mary Weeks
Matt Maguire
Matt McGrath
Matt Strumph
Matt Toddy
Matthew Bryson
Matthew Clarke
Matthew Covell
Matthew Nesbitt
Matthew Wochok
Megan Taylor
Meghan Rachford
Melissa Bedsole
Melissa Caen
Melissa Yost
Melloney Douce
Meredith Shaughnessy
Micah Moon
Michael Cain
Michael Elkon
Michael Gurion
Michael Henson
Michael Hobbs, Jr.
Michael Kerman
Michael Mannino
Michael Rodgers
Michael Seymour
Michael Tippett
Michael Turbes
Michael Weathington
Michelle Dudley
Michelle Johnson
Michelle Marchiony
Michelle Stewart
Michelle Urbani
Miguel Cadavid
Mike Pavento
Mike Stevens
Miriam Archibong
Mitchel Blanchard
Mona Maerz
Monique McDowell
Montserrat Miller
Myra Creighton
Nadia Saleem
Nathan Kottkamp
Nathan North
Nedom Haley
Nick DuPuis
Nick Foreste
Nick Going
Nicole Bigman
Nicole Bogard
Nina Gupta
Nina Maja Bergmar
Noelle Abastillas
Nora Robb
Olufunke Kosoko
Pam Palmer
Parker Stephens
Parth Matalia
Patrick Baldwin
Patrick Coyle
Patrick Whelchel
Paul Cox
Paul Napolitano
Paul Reeve
Pedro Dorado
Pete Duitsman
Peter Farley
Peter Muniz
Pharan Evans
Phil Gura
Phil Thompson
Puja Vadodaria
R. Lee Strasburger
Rachael Reed
Ramsey Kazem
Randy Hafer
Raquel Crump
Raymond Tran
Rebecca Nocharli
Reed White
Reginald O’Shields
Rena Kelley
Renate Walker
Rhona Reynolds
Richard Kruse
Richard Litwin
Richard Rimer
Rick Pilch
Rob Ellis
Rob Neis
Rob Williamson
Robert Ajemian
Robert Camp
Robert Crewdson
Robert Dumbacher
Robert Grue
Robert Keenan
Robert Shaw
Robert Sills
Rodgers Lunsford
Russell Love
Russell Nelson
Rusty Fleming
Ruth Woodling
Ryan Kerr
Ryan Newbrough
Sade Tidwell
Sadie Short
Sakia DeLaney
Samantha Ritter
Samantha Smith Lewis
Samantha Weidenbaum
Samer Roshdy
Samuel Reilly
Sara Hamilton
Sara Weed
Sarah Hess Mackenzie
Savannah Phinney
Scott Edwards
Scott Rees
Sean Bedford
Seth Buchwald
Shaila Manjiyani
Shan He
Shane Lord
Shaudie Fassih
Shaun Willie
Shay Hable
Shequitta Parker
Stacey Keegan
Stacy Ingram
Stacy Shanley
Stacy Williams
Stan Shapiro
Stephanie Aferiat
Stephanie Thomson
Stephen Kabakoff
Stephen McCullers
Stephen Peterson
Steve Park
Steven Hewitson
Steven Palmer
Steven Press
Steven Wong
Stewart Banner
Suhail Seth
Sul Kim
Summer Goff
Susan Bergethon
Suzann Wilcox
Suzanne Palms
Suzanne Russo
Talia Wagner
Talmadge Infinger
Tammy Le
Tanesha Petty
Tarrah Smith
Ted Boehm
Ted Solley
Tennille Hoover
Terry Carroll
Thomas Edington
Thomas Federico
Thomas Kesler
Thomas Spillman
Tiffany Eisenbise
Tiffany Li
Timothy Phillips
Tina Galbraith Gooch
Todd Williams
Tom Hawk
Tom Reilly
Tony Glosson
Tracy Allen
Tracy Mokake
Trenton Kool
Trevor Ruff
Trey O’Callaghan
Tricia Kinney
Tyler Sandifer
Umarah Ali
Val Rusk
Vanessa Suh
Veronica Davis
Vimala Devassy
Virginia Carron
Wade Malone
Warren Smith
Wayne Bradley
Wendy Godfrey
Whitney Ferrer
Will Jordan
William Baucom
William Droze
William Ewing
William K. Whitner
William Ledbetter
William Ponder
Yashica Beckton
Yvonne Williams-Wass
Zachariah Lindsey
Zachary Kewer
Zack Lindsey
Zack Peffer

Nonprofit Staffing Strategies for New Overtime Regulations

Posted on September 25, 2019

On September 24, 2019, the United States Department of Labor issued a final rule raising the minimum salary required for the “white collar” overtime exemptions (executive, administrative, and professional) from $455 per week ($23,600 per year) to $684 per week ($35,568 per year). The DOL further raised the salary threshold for the “highly compensated” exemption from $100,000 to $107,432. The new rule takes effect on January 1, 2020.

Under this new rule, many employees who are currently classified as salaried exempt will no longer pass the salary test. This change will affect millions of employees who earn more than $23,600 but less than $35,568 per year. The new regulations will significantly impact the nonprofit world, where salaries in the $25,000-$35,000 range are common. Nonprofits should start planning now to meet the upcoming budgetary challenges

Client Profile: AWARE Wildlife Center

Posted on July 23, 2019

What would you do if you found an injured hawk in your backyard? Or a nest of abandoned baby squirrels? You might start by contacting the Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE). Founded in 1999, AWARE Wildlife Center focuses on the sustained rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native Georgia wild animals, as well as public education for peaceful coexistence with wildlife. In 20 years of operation, AWARE has grown to become an established presence in Georgia for wildlife preservation, environmental education, and rehabilitation efforts.

AWARE accepts up to 2,000 injured and orphaned Georgia native wild animals annually, including songbirds, possums, ducks, deer, and even armadillos. AWARE coordinates with local rehabbers around the state to aid additional rehabilitation efforts and publish educational resources. AWARE also provides community education on peaceful human-wildlife coexistence through educational and fundraising events, including the AWARE Wildlife Night Owl 5k

In 2018 alone, AWARE engaged 12,547 volunteers and community members in programs. On-site AWARE volunteers commit to regular weekly shifts, working in animal care (feeding animals, cleaning, and preparing animal meals) or in areas such as photography/videography and animal placement services. Remote volunteers spread community awareness and assist with Wildlife Hotline operations, rescue, and transport.

Baby foxes.

Katy Smallwood, a Seyfarth Shaw attorney and member of PBPA’s young professionals committee (SpringBoard), first got involved with AWARE when she volunteered for a PBPA project helping the organization in 2013. Katy became so passionate about the work that AWARE does in the community that she later joined AWARE’s board. ”The wildlife that we share our environment with enrich our lives, make this earth a more interesting place to live, and are crucial to a healthy ecosystem, and our own health and wellbeing,” according to Katy.

A long-time volunteer with PBPA, Katy now has a unique appreciation for what PBPA does for nonprofits: “PBPA has been a key partner for AWARE for many years. Without PBPA’s help, AWARE would have had to divert resources away from executing its mission in order to address basic legal needs that were met by PBPA and its volunteers.”

Many PBPA volunteer attorneys have assisted AWARE Wildlife Center with legal matters ranging from lease renegotiations to drafting volunteer and employee handbooks. These attorneys include most recently Angie Woo of Cisco, Da-shon Dixon and Bill Pauly of The Home Depot, Sandy Sullivan of National Vision, Amy Kluesner of InComm, Michelle Johnson of Nelson Mullins, Guinevere Christmann of Flexport, and Jessica Keenum of Alston & Bird.

Shout Outs to our Volunteers

Posted on July 5, 2019

Since January 1, over 400 volunteers have volunteered for new matters for our nonprofit clients! Click here for a list of individuals who have volunteered so far this year.

To: Chris Lee, Eversheds Sutherland and Suzanne Palms, Inspire Brand
From: The Drake House

I am thrilled to announce that Fulton County approved our property tax exemption that Suzanne Palms submitted in April. Very exciting as this will save us $18K annually for The Drake Village property!

To: Carly Regan and Todd Williams, Turner
From: Ferst Readers

On behalf of Ferst Readers, I would like to thank you for your most valuable assistance on a multitude of name change, copyright, trademark matters in conjunction with our rebranding process. I have to say that we have been fortunate to have received amazing support from Pro Bono Partnership over the past several years on a variety of matters, with the help of a variety of fine legal minds.

To: Nkoyo-Ene Effiong, The Effiong Law Firm
From: Georiga Leadership Institue for School Improvement (GLISI)

Thank you for your tremendous generosity and willingness to share your talent with GLISI in service of our mission. We cannot be more grateful for your counsel, and will strive every day to make your contribution of expertise and time pay off through effectively growing school and district leaders to give every Georgia child the opportunity to realize dreams for a bright future.

To: Monique McDowell, Southern Company
From: The Children’s Haven

Thank you so for generously sharing your expertise and advice to The Children’s Haven. Marcie and I enjoyed our meeting with you and know that our program will benefit greatly from your assistance.

To: Katie O’Shea, Ford Harrison
From: Crosswalk Ministries

Everything looks great! Thank you so much for helping us with this matter. Your diligence will go a long way toward helping us to reduce liability and increase compliance now that we have a written policy. I can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate your willingness to volunteer your time.

PBPA Volunteers January – July 2019

Posted on July 5, 2019

Thank you to the 411 attorney volunteers (as of July 5th) who gave nonprofit clients pro bono advice! We could not have done it without you.

Click here to add your name to the list below.

Abbey Morrow
Abby Larimer
Adam Fitzsimmons
Adam Israelov
Adam Kaye
Aditya Shrivastava
Adriana Varela
Alan Rosselot
Alex Drummond
Alex Meier
Alex Strang
Alexandra Cervenka
Alexandria Landgraf
Alexia Noble
Alina Lee
Alisha Gibson
Alison Bazinet
Allison Dyer
Allison Pryor
Amanda Norcross
Amber Charania
Amber Philogene
Ami Rodrigues
Amy McCullough
Andrew Booth
Andrew L. Smith
Andrew Leba
Andrew Mullen
Andrew Nielsen
Andria Beeler-Norrholm
Angela Vadala
Ann Minor
Ann Murray
Anna Holcombe
Anna Scully
Anne Geraghty Helms
Antoine Gary
Antonette Igbenoba
Ariel Emmanuel
Ariel Fenster
Arthur (Johnny) Ellis
Arthur Gambill
Ashley Hager
Ashley Herd
Aubrey Gibson
Audrey Rogers
Austin Dailey
Baylie Fry
Behrouz Kianian
Bess Hinson
Beth Jones
Bethany Barclay Adeniyi
Bob Edwards
Bobby Seifter
Brad Groff
Brad Holcombe
Brenda Holmes
Brendan Sullivan
Brennan Carmody
Brian Fineman
Brian Galison
Brian Gannon
Brian Holmes
Briley Brisendine
Brittany Edwards-Franklin
Brittany Summers
Brooke Belisle
Brooke Parris
Brooke Wickham
Bryan Stillwagon
Caitie Bailey
Candida Gibson
Carl Nickens
Carl Toppin
Carol Morgan
Carole Loftin
Carolyn Wingfield
Carrie Tucker
Catherine McClellan
Cayton Chrisman
Cecilia Oh
Chad Almy
Chanda Kirchner
Chandra Davis
Charles Thimmesch
Charlie Suessmith
Cherita Laney
Chi Gettig
Chris Lee
Chrissy Oberg
Christine Kim
Christopher Ybarra
Claire Barnett
Clay Walts
Clayton Coley
Colony Canady
Corbin Kennelly
Cory Barker
Creighton Frommer
Crystal Genteman
Curtis Arnold
Curtis Romig
Dacia Green
Dan Brown
Dan Mohan
Daniel Englander
Daniel Grucza
Daniel Kingsley
Danielle Chatlin
Darryl Davis
Darryl Smith
David Gevertz
David Golden
David Steele
David Tim
Dawn Smith
Deanna Baxam
Deepa Subramanian
Delbert Winn
Destiny Washington
Devin Gregory
Devin McGuinness
Doug Abramson
Dougie Barnard
Douglas Duerr
Douglas Newell
Douglas Park
Edward Christian
Edwin Garrison
Elena Kaplan
Elena Polovnikova
Elizabeth Cristallo
Elizabeth Newton
Elizabeth Robertson
Ellen Samuels
Elliott Coward
Emily Prince
Emma Barry
Eric Berardi
Eric Charity
Eric Koontz
Erica Svoboda
Erika Gardner
Erin Fleming
Erin Penn Harris
Erin Peterson
Erin Watstein
Ethan Rode
Evelyn Teague
Faith Knight Myers
Fanaye Zewdu
Felix Faerber
Gail Gunnells
Garland Reid
Garrett Hollis
Gautam Huded
Genevieve Razick
Genta Iwasaki
George Reinhardt
Geri Williams
Giovanna Soto
Grace Mann
Graham Jones
Gregg Jacobson
Guanming Fang
Hanish Patel
Hannah Byars
Heather Howdeshell
Heidi Reese
Hill Jeffries
Houston Shaner
Hunter Street
J Cullen Byrne
Jack McNeill
Jackson Allen
Jacob Stewart
Jade Gilstrap
Jake Harris
James Grant
Jamie Graves
Jared Brandman
Jason Bernstein
Jason Chang
Jay Meyers
JD Howard
Jeff Beattie
Jeff Perry
Jeffrey Kirsh
Jennifer Bassett
Jennifer Woodruff
Jenny Sabo
Jeremy Burnette
Jessica Borgert
Jessica Rutledge Watson
Jessica Thomas
Jill Girardeau
Joanne Burrus
Joe Freeman
Joe Scibilia
John Bradbury
John Brittingham
John Griffee
John Harbin
John Tomes
Jonathan DiChiara
Jonathan Link
Jonathan Nussbaum
Jordan Hodge
Josh Kirschner
Joshua Combs
Juliana Nwafor
Justice Barber
Justin Brown
Justin King
Kacy Goebel
Kaitlyn Pettet
Karlie Webb
Karolina Majewski
Kasia Hebda
Kate Bryan
Kate Ippen
Kate Miller Tucker
Katelyn Fredericks
Kathryn Newsome
Kathy Solley
katie Beall
Katie Wroten
Katy Smallwood
Kelly Romich
Kelsey Donnalley
Kelsie Willett
Kenneth Ozment
Kevin Strachan
Kitty Cohen
Kristen Murphey
Kristina Klein
Kristina Thomas
Kwame Benjamin
Kyle Brown
Kyle Cunnion
Kyllan Kershaw
L. Joseph Potente
Larry Kunin
Laura Brickell
Lauren Coleman
Lauren Gregory
Laurin McDonald
Leah Braukman
Lee Barkley
Len Riepe
Lindsey Mann
Lisa Sims
Logan Kirkes
Logan Thore
Lorie Mason
Mack Heller
Mack McGuffey III
Madeline Morgan
Madeline Neel
Madison Pool
Maha Khalaj
Marc Hui
Mari Myer
Marianna Faircloth
Marion Tilson
Marisa Ahlzadeh
Maritza Knight Winfunke
Mark Magaro
Mark Windham
Marshall Sanders
Marty Heller
Mary Weeks
Matt Maguire
Matt McGrath
Matt Strumph
Matt Toddy
Matthew Clarke
Matthew Covell
Melissa Bedsole
Melissa Caen
Melissa Yost
Melloney Douce
Meredith Shaughnessy
Michael Cain
Michael Elkon
Michael Gurion
Michael Hobbs, Jr.
Michael Kerman
Michael Mannino
Michael Rodgers
Michael Seymour
Michelle Johnson
Michelle Marchiony
Michelle Urbani
Miguel Cadavid
Mike Lee
Miriam Archibong
Mitchel Blanchard
Mona Maerz
Monique McDowell
Myra Creighton
Nadia Saleem
Nathan Kottkamp
Nathan North
Nedom Haley
Nick DuPuis
Nick Going
Nina Gupta
Nina Maja Bergmar
Noelle Abastillas
Nora Robb
Olufunke Kosoko
Parker Stephens
Parth Matalia
Patrick Baldwin
Patrick Coyle
Patrick Whelchel
Paul Cox
Pedro Dorado
Pete Duitsman
Peter Muniz
Pharan Evans
Phil Thompson
R. Lee Strasburger
Rachael Reed
Ramsey Kazem
Raquel Crump
Raymond Tran
Reginald O’Shields
Rena Kelley
Renate Walker
Rhona Reynolds
Richard Kruse
Richard Litwin
Richard Rimer
Rob Ellis
Rob Neis
Rob Williamson
Robert Ajemian
Robert Crewdson
Robert Grue
Robert Shaw
Rodgers Lunsford
Russell Love
Russell Nelson
Ruth Woodling
Ryan Kerr
Sade Tidwell
Sakia DeLaney
Samantha Weidenbaum
Samer Roshdy
Samuel Reilly
Sara Weed
Savannah Phinney
Scott Rees
Seth Buchwald
Shaila Manjiyani
Shan He
Shaudie Fassih
Shaun Willie
Shay Hable
Stacey Keegan
Stan Shapiro
Stephanie Thomson
Stephen McCullers
Steve Park
Steven Hewitson
Steven Palmer
Steven Press
Steven Wong
Suhail Seth
Suzann Wilcox
Suzanne Palms
Suzanne Russo
Talia Wagner
Talmadge Infinger
Tammy Le
Ted Solley
Tennille Hoover
Terry Carroll
Thomas Edington
Thomas Federico
Thomas Spillman
Tiffany Eisenbise
Tiffany Li
Timothy Phillips
Tina Galbraith Gooch
Todd Williams
Tom Hawk
Tom Reilly
Tracy Mokake
Trenton Kool
Trevor Ruff
Trey O’Callaghan
Tyler Sandifer
Umarah Ali
Val Rusk
Vanessa Suh
Virginia Carron
Wade Malone
Wayne Bradley
Whitney Ferrer
Will Jordan
William Baucom
William K. Whitner
William Ledbetter
William Ponder
Yvonne Williams-Wass
Zachariah Lindsey
Zachary Kewer
Zack Lindsey

Client Profile: East Atlanta Kids Club

Posted on April 18, 2019
At a recent trip to the Tellus Science museum.

Residents of the East Atlanta neighborhood came together in 1998 to create the East Atlanta Kids Club (EAKC), giving local children a safe and stimulating place when out of school. The organization, which celebrated its 20th-anniversary last year, has become a cornerstone of its community as well as a model for similar organizations throughout the Atlanta area.

EAKC began with just a handful of community volunteers and only a dozen kids. Today, the organization serves more than 100 girls and boys between the ages of 7 and 17, offering educational and recreational activities, as well as mentorship opportunities, all free of charge. After 6 months, students have increased school attendance and show marked academic improvements, particularly in math and language arts. Students also exercise more and eat healthier. Active participants have above-average high school graduation and college and vocational-technical school matriculation rates. Perhaps more importantly, they develop a strong belief in themselves and their capabilities.

Executive Director, Jill Sieder with East Atlanta Kids Club alumni, Avery Hill.

There is something for everyone at EAKC. The after-school Kids Club serves elementary school students and offers tutoring and enrichment focusing on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)-oriented activities. The Teen Club offers middle and high school students a curriculum focused on college and career readiness including entrepreneurship and leadership development, tutoring in math and language arts and art enrichment. The Friendship Connection is a mentorship program pairing youth with a same-gender mentor. The pair engage in educational, fun, and healthy activities. EAKC’s programs are based out of the Brownwood Park Recreation Center in East Atlanta, which the organization manages as part of an innovative, collaborative program between the organization and the City of Atlanta.

“We are small but mighty,” says EAKC’s Executive Director Jill Sieder, “and one way we stay strong is with the help of people who donate critical expertise that we need but cannot really afford. In retrospect, I had no idea how vulnerable we were until I attended the first legal check-up ten years ago. As an ED [Executive Director], I’ve received incredibly valuable counsel and education from PBPA staff and volunteer lawyers. We count ourselves among the fortunate nonprofit organizations in Atlanta to enjoy this pro bono protective relationship.”

Since 2007, many PBPA volunteer attorneys have assisted EAKC with legal matters ranging from negotiations and renewals of the lease with the City of Atlanta to employment contracts to establishing healthcare reimbursement accounts, including most recently Ted Solley of Moser Law Co., Rena Kelley of TBC Corporation, Stephanie Thompson of McKesson, Kathy Solley of Nelson Mullins, Meredith Francis of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, Sarah Parker of Holland & Knight, Brian Holmes of Dentons, Erika Leonard of Ogletree Deakins, and Jennifer Manning of The Coca-Cola Company.

Shout Outs to Our Volunteers

Posted on April 5, 2019

Since January 1, 216 volunteers, have volunteered for new matters for our nonprofit clients! Click here for a list of individuals who have volunteered so far this year.

To: Ted Boehm, Fisher & Phillips
From: Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network

I just wanted to thank you for connecting me with Ted Boehm! I had a final call with him regarding Exempt vs. Non-exempt and I feel so educated and better informed. I can now take over the world. Thank you!

To: Devin Gordon, Turner Broadcasting Sytem
From: flood student missions

Devin and I had a great conversation the other day and are working on the items regarding intellectual property. We don’t anticipate this taking too long and he was actually able to help me with something that recently came up in that department.

Devin is GREAT and I look forward to working with him on this project!

To: John Monroe and Patrick Ryan, FordHarrison
From: Atlanta Legal Aid Society

We are so appreciative of Pro Bono Partnership’s referral and FordHarrison’s expert legal assistance in this matter. I can’t say enough about how helpful this was for our organization.

To: Doug Newell, Eversheds Sutherland
From: Swope Dreams

I wanted to formally thank you for all of the incredible work you have done on behalf of Swope Dreams, which recently resulted in closing on our first residential property as an organization! Your contribution to this project was critical, and I can confidently say that we would not have achieved a successful outcome without your involvement. With the closing of this property, we are now one step closer to providing a lower income family in Atlanta with the opportunity of purchasing an affordable home to call their own.

To: Molly Brophy and Michael Green, Jones Day
From: Be THE Voice

The Board of Directors of Be THE Voice, Inc. officially adopted new bylaws as written and prepared by you. You were wonderfully thoughtful and patient with my questions, and it was a pleasure to work with you. I am grateful for your experience, knowledge and thoroughness in the drafting of this important organizational document. Thank you so much for leading the process to create bylaws that our Board could unanimously endorse.

PBPA Volunteers January – April 2019

Posted on April 5, 2019

Thank you to the 216 attorney volunteers (as of April 5th) who gave nonprofit clients pro bono advice! We could not have done it without you.

Click here to add your name to the list below.

A. Michael Lee
Abbey Morrow
Abby Larimer
Adam Israelov
Aditya Shrivastava
Alan Rosselot
Alex Meier
Alex Strang
Alexandra Cervenka
Alina Lee
Alisha Gibson
Amber Charania
Amy McCullough
Andrew L. Smith
Andrew Leba
Andrew Mullen
Andrew Nielsen
Angela Vadala
Ann Murray
Anna Holcombe
Anne Geraghty Helms
Antoine Gary
Antonette Igbenoba
Ariel Fenster
Arthur (Johnny) Ellis
Arthur Gambill
Ashley Hager
Ashley Herd
Aubrey Gibson
Audrey Rogers
Behrouz Kianian
Beth Jones
Bethany Barclay Adeniyi
Bobby Seifter
Brad Holcombe
Brenda Holmes
Brian Galison
Brian Holmes
Brittany Summers
Brooke Belisle
Brooke Parris
Brooke Wickham
Candida Gibson
Carl Nickens
Carl Toppin
Carol Morgan
Carole Loftin
Carrie Tucker
Catherine McClellan
Cecilia Oh
Chandra Davis
Christine Kim
Clay Walts
Colony Canady
Cory Barker
Creighton Frommer
Crystal Genteman
Curtis Arnold
Curtis Romig
Dan Mohan
Daniel Englander
Daniel Kingsley
David Steele
David Tim
Deepa Subramanian
Destiny Washington
Devin McGuinness
Doug Abramson
Dougie Barnard
Edwin Garrison
Elena Polovnikova
Elizabeth Cristallo
Elizabeth Robertson
Ellen Samuels
Emma Barry
Eric Berardi
Eric Charity
Erin Peterson
Faith Knight Myers
Felix Faerber
Gail Gunnells
Genta Iwasaki
George Reinhardt
Geri Williams
Giovanna Soto
Grace Mann
Graham Jones
Guanming Fang
Hanish Patel
Hannah Byars
Heather Howdeshell
Heidi Reese
Hill Jeffries
Jackson Allen
Jade Gilstrap
James Grant
Jared Brandman
Jason Bernstein
Jay Meyers
JD Howard
Jeff Beattie
Jeff Perry
Jeffrey Kirsh
Jeremy Burnette
Jessica Rutledge Watson
Jill Girardeau
Joe Scibilia
John Bradbury
Jonathan DiChiara
Jonathan Link
Jonathan Nussbaum
Josh Kirschner
Kacy Goebel
Kaitlyn Pettet
Kate Bryan
Kate Ippen
Kate Miller Tucker
Katelyn Fredericks
Kathy Solley
Katie Wroten
Katy Smallwood
Kelly Romich
Kelsey Donnalley
Kelsie Willett
Kevin Strachan
Kitty Cohen
Kristen Murphey
Kyle Brown
Kyllan Kershaw
L. Joseph Potente
Laura Brickell
Lauren Coleman
Lauren Gregory
Laurin McDonald
Leah Braukman
Len Riepe
Logan Thore
Lorie Mason
Mack Heller
Maha Khalaj
Marc Hui
Marion Tilson
Maritza Knight Winfunke
Mark Magaro
Marshall Sanders
Matt Strumph
Matthew Clarke
Matthew Covell
Melloney Douce
Michael Gurion
Michael Kerman
Michelle Johnson
Michelle Marchiony
Michelle Urbani
Miguel Cadavid
Mona Maerz
Nathan North
Nedom Haley
Nick DuPuis
Nick Going
Nina Gupta
Olufunke Kosoko
Patrick Coyle
Patrick Whelchel
Paul Cox
Peter Muniz
Pharan Evans
Rachael Reed
Raquel Crump
Rena Kelley
Renate Walker
Richard Kruse
Richard Litwin
Rob Ellis
Rob Williamson
Robert Crewdson
Robert Shaw
Russell Love
Russell Nelson
Ruth Woodling
Sade Tidwell
Sakia DeLaney
Samer Roshdy
Savannah Phinney
Scott Rees
Seth Buchwald
Shan He
Shaudie Fassih
Shay Hable
Stephanie Thomson
Stephen McCullers
Steve Park
Steven Palmer
Steven Press
Suhail Seth
Suzanne Palms
Suzanne Russo
Talmadge Infinger
Tammy Le
Ted Solley
Terry Carroll
Thomas Edington
Thomas Federico
Thomas Spillman
Todd Williams
Trenton Kool
Trey O’Callaghan
Virginia Carron
Wayne Bradley
Will Jordan
William K. Whitner
William Ponder
Zachariah Lindsey
Zachary Kewer
Zack Lindsey