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Posted on July 11, 2018

To: Jenny Case Sabo, Insight Global
From: Kids Video Connection, Inc.

“We appreciate you for volunteering your time and legal expertise to write the policies and procedures. Having legal and written documentation of all policies will help Kids Video Connection operate more effectively.”

To: Nkoyo-Ene Effiong, The Effiong Firm
From: 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: Matt Gries, UPS
From: North Fulton Community Charities

“On behalf of North Fulton Community Charities, I want to thank you for your legal assistance with a revision and update of NFCC’s Articles of Incorporation and our Bylaws. I’m happy to report that our Board approved the updates in February and we received notice today the State approve the updated articles in May.

We appreciate your willingness to undertake this project and your promptness and patience in response to our questions.”

To: Scott Edwards, King & Spalding
From: Team Maggie

“I spoke with Scott Edwards this morning and went over the Conflict of Interest document he drew up for Team Maggie. We are very happy to have this in place and can not thank you (Pro Bono Partnership) and Scott Edwards enough for all you have done to help us put best practices in place.”

To: Lee Berkley, Jones Day
From: Sheltering Grace Ministry

“Thank you for your patience and your assistance with this manual. I have finally received feedback from all concerned and it is good. A few of the numbers have been changed but the manual is approved and is being implemented.

We are so blessed to have the service of volunteers like yourself, we could not afford to have this done, and we thank you and wish you continued success in all that you do.”

Posted on July 11, 2018

Thank you to the 448 attorney volunteers (as of July 11th) who gave our nonprofit clients pro bono advice, so far in 2018! We could not have done it without you! Click here to add your name to the list below!

Adam Fitzsimmons
Alan Bakowski
Alan Hastings
Alan Rosselot
Alana Kirkland
Alex Drummond
Alex Holt
Alex Meier
Alex Smith
Alex Strang
Alexa Pisczak
Alexandra Kennelly
Alexis Simpson
Alfred Lurey
Alisha Gibson
Alison Bazinet
Alison Boyer
Alistair McMaster
Alla Raykin
Allen Nelson
Allie Smith
Allysa Hopson
Alyson Pirio
Amanda Langston
Amanda Witt
Amber Greenaway
Ami Rodrigues
Amy Allen
Amy Jensen
Amy Jones
Amy McCullough
Andrea Novak
Andrea Peters
Andrew Yates
Andy Immerman
Andy Much
Anita Bala
Anna Holcombe
Anna Saraie
Anne Compton-Brown
Anne Cox-Johnson
Anne Hicks
Antoine Gary
Anu Seam
Ariel Fenster
Arthur Gambill
Ashley Chalmers
Ashley Halfman
Ashley Miller
Ashley Pruitt
Audra Dial
Austin Padgett
Ava Conger
Ayanna Crockett
Ballard Yelton
Baylie Fry
Ben Barkley
Ben Shapiro
Benjamin Briggs
Benjamin Fink
Benjamin Han
Benjamin Martin
Bert Brannen
Bess Hinson
Beth Jones
Betsy Burns
Bill Zawrotny
Bisi Adeyemo
Bob Edwards
Bob Stevens
Brandon Moulard
Brandon Van Balen
Branson Lee
Brent Gilfedder
Brian Fielden
Brian Galison
Brian Holmes
Brian Leslie
Brooke Parris
Bruce Sarkisian
Bryan Skeen
Bryan Stillwagon
C. Brad Flynt
Caela Abrams
Carly Smith
Carol Starnes
Carol Williamson
Caroline Brown
Cass Hollis
Catherine Klein
Chad Almy
Chanel Patrick
Charles (Chuck) McDonald
Charles Hodges
Charles Thimmesch
Charles Vaughn
Charlie Kearns
Charlie Suessmith
Charmaine Mech
Chris Balch
Chris Mann
Chris Richardson
Christina Braisted Rogers
Christina Meddin
Christopher Chan
Chuqin Xing
Colony Canady
Constance Brewster
Corbin Kennelly
Craig Friedman
Creighton Frommer
Crystal Enekwa
Crystal Genteman
Curtis Arnold
Damian Georgino
Dan Brown
Daniel Beale
Daniel Grucza
Daniel Rollman
Dara Mann
David Kelly
David Reed
Davis Riddle
Debbie Brown
Deborah Ausburn
Delbert Winn
Derrick Parker
Devin Gordon
Diane Prucino
Don Prather
Donovan Potter
Dorian Kennedy
Douglas Newell
D’Ree Cooper
Edgar Callaway
Edwin Garrison
Elisabeth Shepard
Elizabeth Lester
Elizabeth Newton
Elizabeth Noe
Elizabeth O’Connell
Elizabeth Spivey
Ellen Samuels
Elliott Coward
Emily Avant
Emily Borna
Emily Breece
Emily Prince
Emily Schifter
Emily Whitaker
Eric Berardi
Eric Magnus
Erica Svoboda
Erin Fortney
Evan Pontz
Evie Hightower
Faith Knight Myers
Felicia Xu
Felix Faerber
Flo O’Neal
Forrest Neal
Frank Chen
G. Campbell Irving
Gail Gunnells
Gary Bunce
Gautam Huded
Gautam Reddy
Genevieve Razick
George Akers
Gerry Williams
Glenn Lyon
Glenn Williams
Grant Cohen
Guinevere Christmann
Halli Cohn
Hannah Hope
Hannah Loo
Harrison Roberts
Heather Howdeshell
Helen Weinstein
Hill Jeffries
Honore Hishamunda
Ian Calhoun
Isaac Yilma
Isabella Lee
Isabelle Dinerman
Jack Stapleton
Jacob Stewart
Jade Gilstrap
Jake Schwartz
Jakeema Bascoe
James Lamberth
James Trigg
Jamie Konn
Jan Davidson
Jana Korhonen
Janice Island
Jasmine Cobbs
Jason Bernstein
Jason Fletcher
Jason Howard
Jason Huff
Jason McCoy
Jeanene Jobst
Jeff Glaser
Jeff Holt
Jeffrey Douglass
Jeffrey Kirsh
Jeffrey Murray
Jennifer Gruber
Jennifer Manning
Jennifer Schumacher
Jennifer Woodruff
Jenny Lambert
Jenny Sabo
Jessica Clay
Jessica Hunt
Jill Wasserman
Jim Demetry
Jim Leonard
Joel Rogers
John Bowler
John Griffee
John Harbin
John Meyer
John Mills
John Senical
Jon Neiditz
Jonathan Giesen
Jonathan Mond
Jon-Peter Kelly
Jordan Smart
Joseph Brock
Joseph Holahan
Josh Hess
Josh Kirschner
Joshua Richey
Josie Harris-Walton
Judith Watkins
Judy Roman
Julia Pozo
Julien Dumont
Kabir Uddin
Kaitlyn Pettet
Kara Ong
Karen Shelton
Kasia Hebda
Katelyn Fredericks
Katherine Lewis
Kathryn Hauch
Kathy Solley
Katie Balthrop
Katie Barton
Katrina Hodges
Katrina Quicker
Kaylan Meaza
Kedrick Eily
Kelley Gass
Kelsey Donnalley
Ken Barr
Kevin Coy
Kevin Gooch
Kimberly Haynes
Kimberly Justus
Kirk Domescik
Kristie Piasta
Kristin Aquino-Pham
Kristin Crall
Kristina Griffin
Kyllan Kershaw
Laura Brickell
Laura Gardner
Laura Kees
Laura Phillips
Lawrence Kasmen
Leah Braukman
Leah Singleton
Leanna Degenhart
Lee Barkley
Lee Discher
Len Riepe
Lesley O’Neill
Lillian Martin
Lindsay Henner
Lindsay Jones
Lindsey Gearhart
Lindsey Mann
Lisa Godwin
Lisa Stockard
Liz Wheeler
Lou Barbieri
Louis Isaf
Luanna Petti
Lucas Asper
Maayan Lattin
Madison Pool
Madison Roberts
Marianna Faircloth
Marion Tilson
Maritza Knight Winfunke
Mark Padilla
Marquetta Bryan
Marsha Bailey
Marshall Barton
Marshall Sanders
Marty Heller
Mary Benton
Mary Claire Smith
Matt Carlucci
Matt McGrath
Matt Strumph
Matthew Yungwirth
Maureen Sullivan
Melanie Walker
Melissa Prusock
Melissa Siegelman
Melissa Yost
Meredith Boudin
Meredith Shaughnessy
Meredith Silliman
Michael Bertelson
Michael Bishop
Michael DelGaudio
Michael Gurion
Michael Hobbs, Jr.
Michael Petrov
Michael Rubinger
Michael Tippett
Michael Williford
Michele Madison
Michele Stumpe
Michelle Johnson
Michelle Licht
Michelle Marchiony
Mike Breslin
Mike Lee
Mike Shetterly
Mike Stevens
Mindy Simon
Mollie Davis
Nancy Kumar
Nathan Gruber
Nedom Haley
Neil Ginn
Nick DuPuis
Nikola Malcolm
Nkoyo-Ene Effiong
Oliver Drose
Ope Adebanjo
Patrick Becker
Patrick Costello
Patrick Seamens
Paul Fancher
Pedro Dorado
Penny Wofford
Phil Gura
Philip Cooper
Rachael Reed
Rachel Erdman
Rachel Fox Weitz
Rachel Port
Rakesh Parekh
Ramsey Kazem
Rayne Towns
Rebecca DeCarlo
Rebecca Strickland
Reggie Williamson
Rena Kelley
Rhona Reynolds
Richard Brody
Richard Litwin
Rick McMurtry
Rob Ellis
Robert Crewdson
Robert Curylo
Robert Dumbacher
Robert Lewis
Robert Lockwood
Robert Sills
Ryan Kerr
Ryan Langel
Ryan Schneider
Sade Tidwell
Samara Pals-Cramer
Sara Fon Miller
Sara Weed
Sarah Bangs
Sarah Holland
Sarah Jamison
Sarah Jurkiewicz
Sarah Loya
Sarah Quattrocchi
Sarah Stephens
Scott Edwards
Scott Voelker
Shaila Manjiyani
Shannon Cox
Shefali Lakhani
Shereen Baban
Shiriki Cavitt
Shola Omojokun
Sidney Simms
Sonya Madison
SoRelle Brown
Spencer Pryor
Stasia Broadwater
Steffan Finnegan
Steve Cummings
Steve Park
Steven Kennedy
Stuart Neiman
Suhail Seth
Suzanne Alford
Suzanne Russo
Tamaron Houston
Tashwanda Pinchback Dixon
Ted Boehm
Ted Solley
Terri Stewart
Terry Carroll
Theresa Clark
Thomas Federico
Tim David
Timothy Holdsworth
Timothy Phillips
Tina Galbraith Gooch
Toby Butler
Todd Benson
Todd Butler
Todd Goodwin
Todd Williams
Tressa Copenhaver
Trey Stephens
Umarah Ali
Val Rusk
Valerie Barney
Valerie King
Vera H. Powell
Victoria Nsikak
Virginia Carron
Vita Zeltser
Will Gaines
William Baucom
William Rothschild
Wright Dempsey
Yamilee MacKenzie
Zach Eyster

Posted on July 10, 2018
A group volunteers and athletes in Alpharetta.

“Play tennis, make friends, live life” is the simple 3-prong motto that Special Populations Tennis Program abides by to enrich lives through the sport of tennis. “Special Pops Tennis” accomplishes this motto by providing free tennis training for children and young adults with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to be a part of the expansive tennis community in the Atlanta area and giving them skills and lifelong friendships.

Founded in 2005, Special Pops Tennis connected local tennis enthusiasts who had worked with Special Olympics with year-round coaching opportunities. The organization began with 26 athlete participants at three sites in Gwinnett, Fulton, and Cobb counties. Thirteen years later, Special Pops Tennis is making large strides in fulfilling its mission to provide life skills and friendships through the sport of tennis to more than 650 athletes at 15 sites. Tennis players from throughout the Metro Atlanta area volunteer with Special Pops Tennis and build relationships with the inspiring athletes.

Unfortunately, not all athletes interested in playing tennis have the immediate resources. As far as Special Pops Tennis is concerned, there should be no barriers between an athlete’s desire to play tennis and his or her ability to do so. The organization provides racquets and all other equipment for those who do not have their own, and even provides gently-worn athletic clothing and tennis shoes when needed.

Special Pops Tennis has multiple levels at which athletes can choose to participate. There are Spring Training Academies, where the athletes choose a tennis-related goal and the coaches work to ensure the athlete is able to meet his or her goal by the end of the training season. Athletes can choose to participate in Spring Training just for the sake of playing recreationally, or they can enroll to prepare for the Special Olympics Georgia Summer Games. Athletes can also participate in the Special Populations Unified Doubles (SPUD) Tennis League, which allows them opportunities to play on a doubles team with a “unified partner,” typically a traditional local tennis player, and compete against similarly-skilled athletes on other teams.

A group of athletes and volunteers at a tournament.

In addition to athletic training, Special Pops Tennis provides their athletes in Atlanta with opportunities to make friends not only in their own communities but also in other cities throughout the country. Coaches travel with the athletes to tournaments spanning the U.S., allowing the athletes to expand their friendships and explore new cities. The athletes are placed in tournament divisions according to the Special Olympics North America rating system and play similarly-skilled athletes. Recently, several organization members and athletes traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, where the athletes had a blast competing and made many new friends along the way. Parents are welcome to travel with their children to tournaments, but many parents who are familiar with the organization stay back and let their children travel with the coaches. Tournaments allow athletes to enhance their social skills, make friends, and build confidence through these new relationships; and travel experiences can be life-altering for many of the athletes.

A recent success came from the Special Olympics Georgia Summer Games, where an athlete competed after training with Special Pops Tennis for three years and won his division. This athlete was accepted to Clemson’s highly-selective adaptive curriculum program, which only accepts twelve students per school year. His parents wrote a heartfelt letter to Special Pops Tennis sharing that the organization had changed his life and provided him with life skills, confidence, and friendships that he would not have had otherwise.

As the Executive Director, Jim’s primary concern is finding ways and means for Special Pops Tennis to continue to grow strategically. His top priority is and always will be ensuring that the organization serves the athletes in a meaningful manner. His hope is to foster an inclusive organization with a strong foundation so that it can continue well beyond its current staff members. In every decision as the Executive Director, Jim pauses to ask “what is best for the athletes?” If it is not in their best interest, the choice is simple – it is not the right call.

A group of athletes and volunteers in Alpharetta.

Special Pops Tennis found out about Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta through the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and has been a client for two years. According to Executive Director Jim Hamm, this partnership has allowed Special Pops Tennis access to legal services that it either would have gone without or that would have greatly detracted from the organization’s ability to provide the highest quality experience for the athletes. Thanks in part to pro bono legal services, Special Pops Tennis was able to dedicate funding to opening 15 locations and now serves a far greater number of athletes than any other similar organization in the nation.

Jim feels indebted to his PBPA staff attorney, Lori Shapiro, sharing that “Lori has been terrific in guiding us through the process. All of the attorneys who have given their resources have been absolutely spot on in understanding who we are and bringing their expertise to the table to help us be more aligned with a best practice organization.”

Several PBPA volunteer attorneys have assisted Special Pops Tennis with legal matters ranging from drafting background check policies to registering trademarks, including Jason Bernstein of Barnes and Thornburg, Umarah Ali, Bill Zawrotny, and Patrick Baldwin of Jones Day, Alan Poole of Troutman Sanders, Ryan Behndleman of Kitchens New Cleghorn, Branson Lee of Alston & Bird, Kathryn Spencer of Southern Company, and Sawyer Duncan of King & Spalding.

Jim spotlighted Erin Reeves McGinnis from Nelson Mullins who helped create and refine Special Pops Tennis’ policy and procedure manual. Jim could not believe the effort Erin dedicated to the project and was overwhelmed by the quality of her work. Most importantly to Jim, she understood their mission so well that he felt as if she was a part of the Special Pops Tennis community.

Posted on May 2, 2018

Does your nonprofit organization do any of the following?

    1. Pay for MARTA passes or nearby parking for employees,

    2. Purchase MARTA passes or parking at a nearby lot and then passes those costs on to employees through a pre-tax deduction to the employee’s pay, or

    3. Have parking lot spaces included in its lease and provides the parking free to its employees.

Then your nonprofit may owe taxes to the IRS under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Read this important article for more information.

Posted on April 30, 2018

Join Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta for an evening of beers,​ camaraderie and trivia! 

Start brushing up your trivia game. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Keep an eye out for clues hidden in our newsletters, on our social media pages including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and even on our website.

When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 5 pm to 8 pm
Where: Second Self Brewery
Who: PBPA volunteers, clients, staff, and friends!
How: Tickets are $30 ($40 at the door). Trivia cards are an additional $10.

Click here to buy tickets!

Presented by:

Posted on April 27, 2018

The IRS is launching a sweeping effort to advise taxpayers about the importance of doing a “paycheck checkup” as soon as possible to ensure that they are withholding properly from their paychecks. It is highly recommended that employers, including nonprofit corporations, share this information with their employees as soon as possible. Please see this link for an article providing additional information you should share with your employees so they can determine if they are withholding correctly from their paychecks.

Posted on March 29, 2018

Many organizations seek to improve the lives of children. Yet few organizations attempt to achieve this important goal by proactively facilitating the creation of strong and supportive familial environments. This focus on the family is a hallmark of Lumpkin County Family Connection’s approach to ensuring that children are equipped to achieve in the classroom and in life.

Family Connection is a statewide initiative in Georgia, consisting of 159 community collaborative partnerships committed to making measurable improvements for children and families in Georgia. The organization has a large network within the state: every county has its own local Family Connection Collaborative Organization. At the county level, each Family Connection works with local schools, nonprofits and others to collect data about the issues confronting the community’s children and families. After analyzing the relevant data, Family Connection creates goals narrowly tailored to address the specific needs of the surrounding community. Lumpkin County Family Connection has responded to the needs of its community by pursuing two extremely important goals. First, Lumpkin County Family Connection facilitates the prevention of child abuse and neglect within the community. Second, the organization helps every child succeed in the classroom.

In pursuit of these goals, Lumpkin County Family Connection participates in several initiatives and programs. The organization helps to run a Family Advocacy Program which places an advocate in each elementary school within Lumpkin County. This family advocate works with at-risk children, creates a plan to assist them, and offers education to parents in both group and one-on-one settings.

The organization also participates in a school supplies drive, provides holiday gifts to disadvantaged children, and facilitates the delivery of food to children who have been identified as food insecure through the volunteer-run “Back Pack Buddies” program. Lumpkin County Family Connection also trains adults in the community and equips them to identify, handle and prevent incidents of sexual abuse through Stewards of Children. This endeavor has enjoyed great success in Lumpkin County. In fact, Stewards of Children of Lumpkin County was the first Stewards of Children affiliate to train 10% of the adults in the community on sexual abuse prevention.

Finally, Lumpkin County Family Connection helps to operate a mentor program that allows volunteers from the community to serve as role models for local children. The volunteers are required to go through extensive background checks and training and to spend at least 30 minutes of meaningful time a week with a child from their community.

Lumpkin County Family Connection became a PBPA client in April 2016 and participated in one of PBPA’s Legal Check Ups that same year. For Brigette Barker, the Director of Lumpkin County Family Connection, this was an incredibly valuable experience: “[m]y board chair and I really enjoyed participating in the nonprofit Legal Check Up. It was a great opportunity to identify our legal needs and develop a timeline and strategic plan around our needs.”

Volunteer attorneys including John Griffee, Rob LaPorta, Garland Reid, Dara Mann, Keilee Padgett, Reiko Feaver, Brennan Bolt, Matt Strumph, Montoya Ho-Sang and Tim Phillips have assisted Lumpkin County Family Connection by addressing questions related to fundraising and employment and by drafting contracts, board policies and documentation for volunteers.

Ms. Barker praised the caliber of the work produced by the volunteer attorneys, as well as the speed with which matters are resolved. Overall, Ms. Barker feels that her organization has reaped immense benefit from working with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta and its cadre of professional, experienced, and quality volunteer attorneys.

Posted on March 27, 2018

Thank you to the 227 attorney volunteers (as of March 27th) who gave our nonprofit clients pro bono advice, so far in 2018! We could not have done it without you! Click here to add your name to the list below!

Daniel Beale
Shaila Manjiyani
Marion Tilson
Luanna Petti
Mindy Simon
Isaac Yilma
George Akers
Anne Compton-Brown
Sidney Simms
Lillian Martin
Ashley Miller
Spencer Pryor
Donovan Potter
Bisi Adeyemo
Leanna Degenhart
Jordan Smart
Heather Howdeshell
Brandon Van Balen
Meredith Shaughnessy
Felix Faerber
Michael Gurion
Shereen Baban
Alla Raykin
Charlie Kearns
Elizabeth O’Connell
Ramsey Kazem
Laura Gardner
Michael DelGaudio
Michael Hobbs, Jr.
Rick McMurtry
Steven Kennedy
Jeffrey Douglass
Lesley O’Neill
Don Prather
Jason Huff
Rena Kelley
Anne Cox-Johnson
Damian Georgino
John Mills
Amy Allen
Bryan Skeen
Constance Brewster
Ashley Pruitt
Valerie King
Nedom Haley
Michael Williford
John Griffee
Tim David
Julia Pozo
Timothy Holdsworth
John Harbin
Robert Lockwood
Michelle Johnson
Suhail Seth
Marsha Bailey
Michael Bishop
Sara Weed
Kathy Solley
William Rothschild
Kristina Griffin
Katelyn Fredericks
Chris Mann
Amanda Langston
Bob Edwards
Devin Gordon
William Baucom
Zach Eyster
Alex Holt
Flo O’Neal
Isabella Lee
Amy Jensen
Shola Omojokun
Kathryn Hauch
Maureen Sullivan
Amy Jones
Vera H. Powell
Forrest Neal
Gerry Williams
Marshall Sanders
David Kelly
Katrina Quicker
Thomas Federico
Jeffrey Kirsh
Mollie Davis
Stuart Neiman
Catherine Klein
Tamaron Houston
Gary Bunce
Matthew Yungwirth
Maayan Lattin
Liz Wheeler
Michele Stumpe
Felicia Xu
Patrick Costello
Ryan Schneider
Ian Calhoun
Val Rusk
Leah Singleton
Brian Fielden
Sade Tidwell
Ted Boehm
Charlie Suessmith
James Lamberth
Jenny Lambert
Kasia Hebda
Frank Chen
Jeanene Jobst
Meredith Boudin
Karen Shelton
Lee Discher
Jenny Sabo
Matt Carlucci
Allie Smith
John Bowler
Todd Williams
Richard Litwin
Robert Dumbacher
Creighton Frommer
Douglas Newell
Leah Braukman
Patrick Becker
Patrick Seamens
Ayanna Crockett
D’Ree Cooper
Emily Prince
Katie Balthrop
Alyson Pirio
Mary Claire Smith
Cass Hollis
Meredith Silliman
Chris Balch
Jason Bernstein
Emily Breece
Alex Smith
Austin Padgett
Jennifer Gruber
Madison Roberts
Kelley Gass
Katrina Hodges
Alexandra Kennelly
Jacob Stewart
Penny Wofford
Chad Almy
Halli Cohn
Jakeema Bascoe
Todd Goodwin
Jana Korhonen
Jennifer Woodruff
Jonathan Giesen
Steffan Finnegan
Samantha Smith Lewis
Erin Fortney
Robert Crewdson
Wright Dempsey
Deborah Ausburn
Kelsey Donnalley
Gail Gunnells
Shannon Cox
Steve Cummings
Andy Much
Neil Ginn
Sarah Stephens
Melissa Siegelman
Alan Bakowski
Faith Knight Myers
Kaylan Meaza
Alexis Simpson
Sarah Holland
Antoine Gary
Theresa Clark
Charles Hodges
Ryan Kerr
Sarah Loya
Caroline Brown
Chanel Patrick
Charles (Chuck) McDonald
Carol Williamson
Baylie Fry
Dan Brown
Lee Barkley
Scott Voelker
Lisa Godwin
Philip Cooper
Glenn Lyon
Allysa Hopson
Joshua Richey
Kaitlyn Pettet
Brandon Moulard
Umarah Ali
Bill Zawrotny
Andrew Yates
Matt Strumph
Charles Thimmesch
Emily Avant
Lindsey Mann
Timothy Phillips
Alan Hastings
Scott Edwards
Rhona Reynolds
Jasmine Cobbs
Caela Abrams
Jessica Hunt
Suzanne Russo
Benjamin Martin
Pedro Dorado
Emily Borna
Ballard Yelton
Paul Fancher
Julien Dumont
Marianna Faircloth
Anna Holcombe
Jeffrey Murray
Erica Svoboda
Emily Schifter
Evan Pontz
Bert Brannen
Genevieve Razick
Joel Rogers
Samara Pals-Cramer
Andy Immerman
Marshall Barton
Lucas Asper
Victoria Nsikak
Marty Heller
Ashley Halfman
Hannah Loo
Vita Zeltser

Posted on March 27, 2018

Since January 1, 2018, 227 attorneys have volunteered for new matters with PBPA! Click here for a list of individuals who have volunteered so far this year.

To: Carly Regan & Todd Williams, Turner
From: Ferst Foundation

Carly Regan and Todd Williams at Turner are fantastic! They have helped us immensely with trademarks, are amazingly proactive and have truly gone above and beyond to ensure that we have all the bases covered. I also love that they genuinely care about our mission. I feel like they are part of our team. Just recently, with their help, we discovered that there was a trademark conflict with our new logo design. We got right on revising the design, got it completed and submitted to Carly and Todd. Within 3 hours, Carly responded to give us a “thumbs up” to proceed with the new logo! In all, it took us 8 days to go from a serious design conflict to a new logo design that we can trademark. Because of that, we hardly missed a beat with our rebranding effort. Incredible!

To: Michael Del Gaudio, Troutman Sanders
From: Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage & Disability

Michael DelGaudio deserves an award for patience! It took over a year to get approval on the re-write of our bylaws and articles of incorporation. He patiently answered [our] questions and explained the bylaws using plain language. He walked us through the process to file the amended articles and followed up on the status. He did an excellent job!

To: George Sewell, ThyssenKrupp
From: HopeWorks

Not only has George Sewell helped us with numerous legal forms and matters, he has done so with professionalism, embracing our ministry and our mission.

To: Jenny Case, Nelson Mullins
From: CASA Paulding

Jenny Case with Nelson Mullins updated our personnel handbook from start to finish. It took weeks to complete and she did a wonderful job. In fact, we have shared it with one other CASA program!

To: Shane Lord, The Home Depot
From: Peace Prep

Shane Lord has been a delight to work with and has gone above and beyond to ensure we get projects done, but also is diligent in checking in our organization’s ability to complete its stated purpose. I’m always encouraged to talk with Shane about more than just the current project and his genuine interest has been wind in my sails.

Posted on March 26, 2018

ATLANTA – March 21, 2018 – Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, a tax-exempt organization that matches volunteer lawyers with local nonprofits in need of free legal counsel, recognized outstanding volunteer attorneys for their pro bono efforts at its annual reception on Tuesday, March 20 at the office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

Equifax received the “Corporation of the Year Award” for its contributions of time and legal expertise in helping Atlanta-area nonprofits. Fourteen Equifax attorneys worked on 19 pro bono matters in 2017 including Julia Houston, Chief Transformation Officer at Equifax, who accepted the award.

Paul Hastings received the “Law Firm of the Year Award” for its outstanding efforts in taking legal matters referred by PBPA. Over 400 Paul Hastings attorneys have volunteered with PBPA since 2005.

The 2018 Champion Award went to AT&T which, through its predecessor BellSouth, was a founding supporter of PBPA and has provided both significant volunteer and financial assistance to the organization since 2005.

PBPA also honored several individuals with a “Volunteer of the Year Award,” including Kathy Solley of Nelson Mullins, Anna Holcombe of Rollins, Brent Houk of UPS, and Jamie Konn of DLA Piper. PBPA also recognized the team of volunteer attorneys who assisted Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless with the relocation of its headquarters: An Tran and Mike Lee of Jones Day and Robert Shaw and Joseph Scibilia of Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton.

Elizabeth Omilami, CEO of Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless and a PBPA client, shared how the legal services provided through PBPA have aided her organization, including managing an unexpected relocation. She thanked the attorneys that volunteered over 250 hours to guide Hosea to its new operational home, at a value of over $90,000 in legal fees.

“Obviously, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta would not exist without our volunteers and our donors. This event gives us a chance to thank them and to highlight the extraordinary efforts of some of our outstanding volunteers,” said Rachel Epps Spears, Executive Director of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.

Spears would also like to thank the event’s sponsors including Presenting Sponsor Clarivate Analytics/CompuMark, Sustaining Sponsor Aprio, and Supporting Sponsors Axiom Law, Discovery Litigation, Donnelley Financial Solutions, and State Bank & Trust Company.

PBPA provides free legal services to community-based nonprofits that operate programs benefiting low income or disadvantaged individuals. PBPA matches eligible organizations with volunteer attorneys from the leading corporations and law firms in Atlanta. Since it opened its doors thirteen years ago, PBPA has assigned and supported over 3,000 volunteer lawyers in aiding over 850 nonprofit clients. In 2017 alone, PBPA provided free legal services valued over $4.5 million to Atlanta-area nonprofits. PBPA is funded by donations from corporations, law firms, foundations, bar sections and individuals.