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Posted on October 18, 2017

Since January 1, 2017, 643 attorneys have volunteered for new matters with PBPA! Click here for a list of individuals who have volunteered so far this year.

To: Anna Holcombe, Rollins
From: Sheltering Grace Ministry

“I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your assistance in the matter of drafting a liability release. Your work essential to our efforts to move homeless and low-income to self-sustainment.”

To: Sidney Simms, Jr., Eversheds Sutherland
From: Elaine Clark Center

“Thank you so much for your time and help revising and filing our Articles of Incorporation. On behalf of the Board of The Elaine Clark Center, Inc., I want you to know how grateful we are for your professionalism and advice.”

To: Nathan Sloan, VMWare
From: Pathways2Life

“We so appreciate the wise counsel you provided for us regarding the future usage of videos in our curriculum. Your recommendations may save us headaches and other issues in the future and we are grateful. You propel us to do more in our community helping students and families.”

To: Kyle Williams, Williams Teusink LLC
From: YWCA of Greater Atlanta

“We are sincerely grateful to you for all your assistance in helping us to put this behind us. I cannot tell you how happy we are to close this particular chapter. Thank you!”

To: Wendy Godfrey, Morris, Manning & Martin
From: Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta

“Thank you so very much, it has been a pleasure working with you on this project. We appreciate your time and especially the thoroughness and clear explanations you provided. The end result meets our needs, so no further questions came up with our board and we consider this project complete.”

Posted on October 18, 2017

Since January 1, 2017, 643 attorneys have volunteered for new matters with PBPA. Since January 1, 2017, 643 attorneys have volunteered for new matters with PBPA!

Aaron Parks
Abby Vineyard
Abi Riddle
Adam Israelov
Adam Kaye
Adam Streicher
Addison Miller
Adriana Midence
Alan Hastings
Alan Poole
Alan Pryor
Alan Rosselot
Alana Kirkland
Alex Barnett
Alex Brown
Alex Drummond
Alex Foster
Alex Heaton
Alex Meier
Alex Strang
Alexandra Garrison
Alexandra Kennelly
Alexis Jung Suh
Ali Harrison
Alina Lee
Alisha Gibson
Alison Bazinet
Alison Boyer
Alison Loy
Allen Nelson
Allison Will
Ally Berman
Alyson Pirio
Amanda Farahany
Amanda Hiffa
Amy Boring
Amy Kluesner
Amy McCullough
Amy McGehee
An Tran
Ana Kim
Andrea Bowman
Andrea Pearson
Andrea Peters
Andrew Booth
Andrew Nielsen
Andrew Smith
Andrew Yates
Andria Beeler-Norrholm
Andy Much
Andy. Tuck
Angie Woo
Anita Bala
Anjali Kelotra
Ann Fort
Ann Murray
Anna Holcombe
Anna Humnicky
Anna Twardy
Anne Blitch
Anne Cox-Johnson
Anne Geraghty Helms
Anne Marie Garavaglia
Anthony DeCinque
Anton Mertens
Anu Seam
Anuj Desai
April Lee
Arielle Eisenberg
Arif Haq
Arthur Gambill
Ashley Autry
Ashley Bynoe
Ashley Heggi
Audrey Rogers
Austin Dailey
Barbara Rogers
Ben Carlsen
Ben Garren
Bert Brannen
Beth Jones
Bethani Oppenheimer
Betsy Griswold
Bill Roche
Bob Orenstein
Brad Holcombe
Bradford Czerwonky
Bradley Breece
Branden Baltich
Brandon Moulard
Branson Lee
Brent Gilfedder
Brent Houk
Brent Wasser
Brenton Hund
Brian Fineman
Brian Galison
Brian Gannon
Brian Gillespie
Brian Harris
Brian Olsen
Briley Brisendine
Brittany Cassell Raway
Brooks Marro
Bruce Sarkisian
Bryan Brum
Bryan Stillwagon
Brynne Goncher
Buddy Toliver
Caela Abrams
Camden Williams
Candace Rodriguez
Cara Mitchell
Carl Johnston
Carly Freliche
Carmen Alexander
Carney Simpson
Carol Lee
Carol Terry
Caroline Wood
Carolyn Wingfield
Carrie Ratliff
Cassie Johnson
Chad Almy
Charles Vaughn
Charley Brown
Chelsea Deppert
Cherita Laney
Chris Balch
Chris Gilmore
Chris Underwood
Christian Ruiz
Christiane Nolton
Christina Jones
Christina Meddin
Christina Weatherford Malone
Christopher Chan
Christopher Kanelos
Clark Wilson
Clay Walts
Clayton Coley
Cody Mathis
Colony Canady
Connie Rockwell
Constance Brewster
Corbin Kennelly
Corey Goerdt
Cory Barker
Cory Takeuchi
Cot Eversole
Courtney Cox
Courtney Stough
Creighton Frommer
Crystal Genteman
Cynthia Sanders
Dale Bandy
Damian Georgino
Dan Hart
Dana Stith
Dania Haider
Daniel Nisenson
Daniel Simon
Danielle Vega
Dara Redler
Darcy White
Darryl Walton
David Burch
David Carpenter
David Cone
David Freda
David Hughes
David Katz
David Kuklewicz
David Lilenfeld
David Mayo
David Reid
David Sirna
David Steele
David Teske
David Yates
Deanna Dixon
Debbie Brown
Deepa Subramanian
Delbert Winn
Dené Terry
Derek Schwahn
Diane Prucino
Donald Houser
Dorian Kennedy
Doug Flaum
Doug Hance
Doug Sperry
Duncan Sawyer
Dustin Lee
Edwin Garrison
Elaine Tapp
Eleanor deGolian
Elizabeth James
Elizabeth Lester
Elizabeth O’Connell
Elizabeth Spivey
Ellen Hughes
Ellen Padesky Maturen
Elliott Coward
Emilee Terry
Emily Prince
Eric Charity
Eric Fenichel
Eric Hanson
Eric Larson
Eric Magnus
Eric Wilder
Erica Svoboda
Erika Gardner
Erin Fortney
Erin Peterson
Erin Reeves McGinnis
Erin Watstein
Erinn Robinson
Evan Pontz
Evelyn Teague
Faith Knight Myers
Farah Spainhour
Felix Faerber
Frank Benjamin
Frank Chen
Frank Landgraff
Frank Podesta
Fritz Smith
Gabrielle Gaudet
Gail Gunnells
Galit Levitin
Garland Reid
Genevieve Razick
George Sewell
Geri Williams
Glenn Lyon
Grace Kopache
Graham Jones
Greg Lucas
Guinevere Christmann
Harrison Roberts
Hayley Ambler
Heather Harlow
Heather Howdeshell
Hedy Rubinger
Hill Jeffries
Isaac Dolgovskij
Isaac Yilma
Isabella Lee
Ivor Longo
J. Evan Gibbs
Jack Stapleton
Jackson Allen
Jaclyn Lee
Jacob Stewart
Jade Gilstrap
James Alexander
James Meadows
James Rusert
James Schell
Jamie Cohen
Jamie Konn
Jan Davidson
Jane Kamenz
Janene Murtha
Jared Brandman
Jason Bernstein
Jason Cordon
Jason Howard
Jason Lane
Jeff Friedman
Jeff Glaser
Jeff Handler
Jeff Perry
Jeffrey Harrison
Jeffrey Kirsh
Jenna Lasseter
Jenna Perkins Cooley
Jennifer Burns
Jennifer Fease
Jennifer Goldstein
Jennifer Gruber
Jennifer Manning
Jenny Case
Jenny Lambert
Jeremy Burnette
Jeremy Jones
Jerry Blanchard
Jessica Floyd
Jessica Hunt
Jessica Keenum
Jessica MacAllister
Jessica Pardi
Jessica Rutledge Watson
Jessica Williams-Vickery
Jessie Kimball
Jill Termini
Jill Wasserman
Jim Coil
Jim Currey
Jim Jordan
Jim Leonard
Jim Sturm
Jimmy Daniel
Joanna Sutton
Joanne Mello
Joe Benz
Joe Freeman
Joe Kauffman
Joe Scibilia
Joe Shelton
Joel Feldman
Joel Rogers
John Amabile
John Anderson
John Dirico
John Friedline
John Griffee
John Harbin
John Hyman
John Martin
John Murray
John Price
John Senical
Jonathan Hurt
Jonathan White
Jonathan Yi
Jonathan Young
Joseph Brock
Joseph Holahan
Joseph Loveland
Josh Archer
Josh Ganz
Josh Hess
Joshua Curry
Joshua Richey
Julia Houston
Julia Pozo
Julia Yun
Julian Fortuna
Julie Adkins
Julie Murphy
Julien Dumont
Justice Barber
Justin King
Kacy Goebel
Kamla Alexander
Kara Cleary
Kara Ong
Karen Wilkerson
Karime Vergueiro Barry
Katherine Lewis
Katheryn Spencer
Kathryn Hauch
Kathryn McConnell
Kathryn Ray
Kathy Solley
Katie Barton
Katie Griffin
Katrina Hodges
Kedrick Eily
Kelley Gass
Kelly Lersch
Kelly Mufarrige
Kelsey Donnalley
Ken Barr
Kevin Glidewell
Kevin Morris
Kevin Young
Kim Marchner
Kimberly Carabotta
Kimberly Verska
Kitty Bina
Koren Saddler Conrad
Kristin Aquino-Pham
Kristin Cleare
Kristin Crall
Kristin Ray
Kristina Griffin
Kristina Thomas
Kristine Morain
Kurt Lentz
Kwame Benjamin
Kyle Cunnion
Kyllan Kershaw
Lacey Elmore
Laura Bogan
Laura Brickell
Laura Lashley
Laura Little
Laura Mendelson
Laura Phillips
Lauren Dugas
Lauren Gordon
Lawrence McGoldrick
Leah Braukman
Leah Davis
Lee Peifer
Lesley Solomon
Leslie Slavich
Linda Henry
Lindsay Jones
Lindsey Magaro
Lisa Morchower
Lisa Rushton
Lisa Stockard
Logan Thore
Lorie Mason
Luanna Petti
Lucas Deloach
Lucero Bello
Lynda Chalman
Lynleigh Richwine
Mack Heller
Madison Pool
Maggie Howell
Maki DePalo
Marc Goncher
Marc Taylor
Marcia Alembik Ganz
Marcia Ernst
Margaret Campbell
Maria Houser
Maria Todorova
Marianna Faircloth
Marion Tilson
Marissa Coleman
Maritza Knight Winfunke
Mark Padilla
Marsha Bailey
Marshall Barton
Martha McMillin
Mary Benton
Mary Frances Stirling
Mary Williams
Matt Block
Matt Drain
Matt Kristufek
Matt McGrath
Matt San Roman
Matt Strumph
Matthew Gries
Matthew Howell
Matthew Joe
Matthew Nesbitt
Matthew Webb
Matthew Yungwirth
Mattie Hunt
Mauricia Allen
Maya McKenzie
Megan Canning
Meghan Farmer
Melissa Bedsole
Melissa Hernandez
Meredith Francis
Meredith Shaughnessy
Michael DelGaudio
Michael Elkon
Michael Francesconi
Michael Geoffroy
Michael Hobbs, Jr.
Michael Kerman
Michael Kline
Michael Mannino
Michael R. Baumrind
Michael Rodgers
Michael Senger
Michael Shumaker
Michael Tippett
Michelle Johnson
Michelle Tyde
Michelle Valente Lee
Michelli Rivera
Mike Breslin
Mike Childers
Mike Lee
Mike Pavento
Mike Rafter
Mike Stevens
Mike Voynich
Mindy Doster
Mindy Simon
Mona Maerz
Monica Newsome
Monique McDowell
Nadia Hajji
Nancy Fonti
Nancy Kumar
Natasha Banks
Natasha Wilson
Nathan Sloan
Nedom Haley
Neil Mulcahy
Nichole Chollet
Nick Brown
Nick DuPuis
Nick Passarello
Nick Rueter
Nicole Adolphus
Nina Gupta
Nolan McKeever
Pamela Lina
Patrick Baldwin
Patrick Coyle
Paul Bagley
Paul Fancher
Paul Kennedy
Paul Libretta
Paul Rosenblatt
Paul Yu
Payal Cramer
Persephone Shelton
Pete Duitsman
Peter Crofton
Petra Stewart
R. Lee Strasburger
Rachael Cosgrove
Rachel Port
Rachel Reed
Ramsey Kazem
Randy Montgomery
Rebecca Farber
Rebecca Silk
Rebecca Stork
Regina Farmer
Reginald O’Shields
Reid Pearlman
Reiko Feaver
Rena Kelley
Rhona Reynolds
Rich Pepper
Richard Brody
Richard Gerakitis
Richard Litwin
Rob Kohse
Rob Plowden
Robert Lee
Robert Rodriguez
Robert Shaw
Robin McGrath
Robin Sangston
Robyn Taylor
Rodgers Lunsford
Ron McKenzie
Ryan Behndleman
Ryan Schneider
Sabrina Fitze
Sahana Shridhar
Salomon Laguerre
Samara Pals-Cramer
Sarah Bangs
Sarah Hess Mackenzie
Sarah Jurkiewicz
Sarah Lowe
Sarah Loya
Scott Edwards
Scott Kitchens
Scott Lenhart
Scott Mario
Scott Wagner
Seamus Yarbrough
Seth Meyerson
Shan He
Shane Lord
Shannon Baisden
Shannon Cox
Shannon McNulty
Sharae Wright
Shay Hable
Shayna Bowen
Sheandra Clark
Shequitta Parker
Sidney Simms
Spencer Stockdale
Stacey Keegan
Stacy Ingram
Stephanie Aferiat
Stephanie Driggers
Stephen Simrill
Steve Cummings
Steve Park
Steven Ferenczy
Steven Hewitson
Steven Press
Steven Wong
Stuart Baesel
Stuart Neiman
Suhail Seth
Suzann Wilcox
Suzanne Alford
Suzanne Russo
Talmadge Infinger
Tamaron Houston
Tara Ravi
Tashwanda Pinchback Dixon
Ted Boehm
Ted Solley
Terry Carroll
Tesha Hollis
Theresa Clark
Theresia Moser
Thomas Gould
Thomas Schroeder
Thomas Spillman
Tiana Mykkeltvedt
Tim Murphy
Timothy Phillips
Tina Galbraith Gooch
Todd Benson
Todd Muse
Todd Radde
Todd Williams
Tom Alexander
Tom Mumford
Tom Richey
Tonya Johnson
Tracie Maurer
Trenton Turner
Tressa Copenhaver
Trevor Parssinen
Troy Kubes
Val Rusk
Valerie Barney
Vera H. Powell
Veronica Davis
Virginia Carron
Wendy Choi
Wendy Godfrey
Whitney Coble
Will Gaines
Will Hooper
Will Jordan
William (Bill) Long
William Cloherty
William Ponder
William Rothschild
Yamilee MacKenzie
Yoo-Sun Park
Yvonne Kirila
Zachary Crowe
Zack Davis
Zhao Zhu

Posted on August 24, 2017

In the winter of 2016-2017, Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless had one big problem. It was dangerously close to losing its building and, with it, its entire metro Atlanta operation.

Civil rights activist Reverend Hosea L. Williams Sr. founded Hosea Feed the Hungry in 1971 with the goal of serving Atlanta’s homeless population. After his death in 2004, his daughter Elizabeth Omilami took over the organization as CEO. In addition to providing food and other necessities to impoverished families, Hosea puts on holiday dinners, offers haircuts, helps individuals navigate overdue rent and utility payments, and invests in urban agriculture programs. The group has served over half a million individuals, and has expanded its outreach to include other vulnerable populations, including elderly individuals and isolated rural communities.

PBPA Tax Counsel, Robyn Miller with Mr. & Mrs. Omilami

For almost 20 years Hosea has directly served the community from the same location on Donnelly Avenue. In June of 2012, Hosea first met with Robyn Miller, Corporate/Tax Counsel for Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (PBPA) to discuss potentially purchasing its building. Adam Balthrop, a real estate attorney at Arnall Golden Gregory, offered pro bono assistance on the deal through PBPA. After some initial due diligence, the building purchase was put on hold. Then, in August of 2015, the building purchase was on again. Soon after, PBPA assembled an entire team of pro bono lawyers, contractors, and professionals set about making this purchase a reality. The team included Balthrop, Joe Scibilia and Robert Shaw from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, and Jeff Margolin and Robert Patchett from Ramboll Environ. However, as the deal and due diligence progressed it became clear that this opportunity did not meet Hosea’s long term needs and the organization decided to begin a search for a new location.

In the winter of 2016-2017, Ruby Howard, CFO of Hosea, contacted Robyn to discuss a startling development. The Donnelly Avenue building had been bought out, and Hosea had three months to move out or face paying an exorbitant $8,000 a month in rent. Without a building to operate in, Hosea could not provide services and, since its current source of funding required the organization to be actively providing services to receive funds, Hosea would lose all of its funding. As a result, Hosea either needed to find a new place, or potentially close its doors for good.

Hosea Feeds the Hungry & the Homeless’ new home

With renewed focus, most of the PBPA pro bono team from the previous purchase agreement reassembled to tackle the problem once more. Additional assistance came from Jones Day real estate attorneys An Tran and Michael Lee, and real estate broker James Pitts from Kellogg Partners. The team negotiated with the Donnelly building’s landlord for a few extra months at the current rent while Hosea looked for a suitable new spot. After a bit of searching, the group successfully located and negotiated a contract to purchase a building on Forrest Hills Drive which would provide Hosea with plenty of space and easy access to its client community. In addition, the team convinced Citizens Trust Bank to commit to favorable loan terms and to work expeditiously to get the due diligence accomplished. Ramboll Environ agreed to provide environmental due diligence and brought in Herman Kitt of SBC Construction Services to complete the asbestos analysis, with both companies only charging for out-of-pocket expenses. However, the organization quickly needed more funding in order to be able to close the deal. In a tremendous show of faith and heart, Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Reed met this need by pledging $200,000 from the City of Atlanta to help Hosea close on the new property, and carrying forward a previously committed grant of an additional $180,000 to help Hosea renovate its new building in the fall. This legal matter required over 258 hours of volunteer service, valued at $90,000 in legal fees.

Through the tremendous effort and teamwork of all parties involved, including Michael Lee and An Tran at Jones Day and Joe Scibilia and Robert Shaw at Kilpatrick Townsend, who provided their services for free through Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Hosea Feed the Hungry, and the countless individuals it serves, will have a place to call home for years to come.

Posted on July 19, 2017

Since January 1, 2017, 439 attorneys have volunteered for new matters with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta! Click here for a list of individuals who have volunteered so far this year.

To: Rich Brody, Troutman Sanders
From: FOCUS

“Just a note to let you know that the FOCUS + Fragile Kids merger is finally complete! We are so grateful to Pro Bono for connecting us with Rich Brody from Troutman Sanders. He was AWESOME –very responsive to all my questions and very patient!”

To: Brian Leslie, Verint Systems, Inc.
From: Disabled American Veterans, J.B. Conally, Chapter 2, Georgia

“Thank you so much for the volunteer driving agreement that you drafted for the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 2 in Athens, GA. We appreciate your time and the dedication that it took to ensure we had the legal backing you provided. This is a very detailed document that we will be able to use for years to come. Thanks again.”

To: Nancy Prager, Prager Law
From: LaAmistad

“As the associate director of LaAmistad, I am writing to express our deepest appreciation for your pro-bono counsel to launch our scholarship. Thank you for your generous support!”

To: Guinevere Christmann, Blue Linx Co.
From: Senior Connections

“Thank you for all of your help. Guinevere, you are correct we handled the recording of deeds as you outlined. We appreciate you all taking the time to help us resolve these issues for our clients!”

To: Tom Richey, Bryan Cave
From: Camp Fire Georgia

“I really appreciate you taking the time to review these forms. Your feedback has been invaluable. I now understand that there is a lot more to it and that going forward I am well within my rights to ask for more information and more time to review the forms. Again, thank you for taking the time to help me understand my role in this process. I may not understand everything about insurance policies yet but I feel more confident in what we have and that is progress!”

Posted on July 19, 2017

In 2003, local churches and community members joined together after they saw a great need for affordable healthcare in Gwinnett County. By 2004, Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett was incorporated and a board of directors was formed. The charity clinic affectionately known as Good Sam Gwinnett began serving poor and uninsured patients in the summer of 2005.

What once began as a small health clinic has now transformed into a large facility offering general dentistry, pediatric care, primary care, counseling, health education classes, and a dispensary offering pharmacy assistance. Good Sam Gwinnett found that patients were more likely to fill their prescriptions if there was a pharmacy on-site. By offering a variety of medical services and education opportunities they are filling the healthcare gap for thousands of uninsured individuals in the Gwinnett community. As a result, fewer individuals in Gwinnett will go to an emergency room for non-emergent services. These medical services are affordable and accessible for the patients because of the hundreds of medical professionals and students who donate their time and services to the organization. Without the annual 400+ volunteers, the staff of 30 would not be able to deliver nearly 2,500 appointments each month. Each appointment price varies from $25-$75 depending on the service. These fees are substantially less than appointment fees at a private doctor for a patient who is uninsured.

Good Sam Gwinnett does not only envision itself as a low-cost health provider. The organization also focuses on education for both patients and volunteers. In 2016, more than 500 people attended health education and disease management classes. The staff believes attendance to these classes, along with Christian counseling, will promote lasting lifestyle change for patients. Good Sam Gwinnett believes volunteers should not be there just to give, but to learn. The organization offers internships and volunteer opportunities for high school students, college students, and medical students interested in primary care and general dentistry. Also, local doctors and nurses donate their time to see patients. Not all volunteers are in the medical field. Some volunteers come specifically to counsel and interpret on behalf of patients. The volunteers are afforded the opportunity to gain life science experience and explore the medical field. Good Sam Gwinnett also mentors student volunteers during their internship.

In 2016 alone, Good Sam Gwinnett had 17,500 patient encounters providing an estimated value of $5.2 million in healthcare services. The 50/50 partnership between donors and patient contributions to the cost of healthcare has made it possible for uninsured patients to seek the medical care they need. Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett is a client of Pro Bono Partnership. Thanks to our lawyer volunteers partnering with PBPA, Good Samaritan was able to save thousands of dollars in possible legal fees. In recent years Good Sam has worked with volunteer attorneys Jared Brandman, SoRelle Brown, Dan, Warren, Frank Landgraff, Maria Todorova, Alla Raykin, Eric Santos, Shayna Bowen, Lanchi Bombalier, and Maria Riviera-Diaz.

“Thanks to the generosity of Pro Bono Partnership Atlanta and its volunteer attorneys, we have rested well on a firm legal foundation for many years. We have consistently received excellent legal services on matters of healthcare and employment law, as well as other valuable guidance on important issues that had slipped our attention. We have been treated exceptionally well at every turn; we never felt as if we were of a lesser importance because of our pro bono status. We are very grateful for the support we’ve received and thankful for your commitment to the nonprofit community of metropolitan Atlanta.” Greg Lang, Executive Director of Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett

Posted on July 19, 2017

Since January 1, 2017, 439 attorneys have volunteered with PBPA. Thank you to those who have volunteered with PBPA so far this year!

Aaron Parks
Abby Vineyard
Abi Riddle
Adam Israelov
Addison Miller
Alan Hastings
Alan Poole
Alan Pryor
Alan Rosselot
Alana Kirkland
Alex Brown
Alex Drummond
Alex Meier
Alex Strang
Alexandra Greene
Ali Harrison
Alina Lee
Alisha Gibson
Alison Boyer
Allison Will
Ally Berman
Alyson Pirio
Amanda Farahany
Amanda Hiffa
Amy McCullough
An Tran
Andrea Bowman
Andrea Pearson
Andrew Nielsen
Andrew Yates
Andria Beeler-Norrholm
Andy Much
Angie Woo
Anita Bala
Ann Fort
Ann Murray
Anna Holcombe
Anna Twardy
Anne Marie Garavaglia
Anthony DeCinque
Anton Mertens
Anu Seam
Anuj Desai
April Lee
Arielle Eisenberg
Arif Haq
Arthur Gambill
Ashley Autry
Ashley Bynoe
Ashley Heggi
Austin Dailey
Barbara Rogers
Ben Carlsen
Beth Jones
Bethani Oppenheimer
Betsy Griswold
Bob Orenstein
Brad Holcombe
Bradley Breece
Branden Baltich
Brandon Moulard
Branson Lee
Brent Gilfedder
Brent Houk
Brenton Hund
Brian Fineman
Brian Galison
Brian Gannon
Brian Harris
Brian Olsen
Briley Brisendine
Brittany Cassell Raway
Brooks Marro
Bruce Sarkisian
Bryan Brum
Bryan Stillwagon
Buddy Toliver
Camden Williams
Candace Rodriguez
Carl Johnston
Carly Freliche
Carney Simpson
Carol Lee
Carol Terry
Carolyn Wingfield
Carrie Ratliff
Chad Almy
Charles Vaughn
Charley Brown
Chelsea Deppert
Cherita Laney
Chris Underwood
Christina Jones
Christina Weatherford Malone
Christopher Chan
Clay Walts
Cody Mathis
Connie Rockwell
Corey Goerdt
Cory Barker
Cory Takeuchi
Cot Eversole
Courtney Cox
Creighton Frommer
Crystal Genteman
Cynthia Sanders
Dale Bandy
Damian Georgino
Dan Hart
Dana Stith
Darcy White
Darryl Walton
David Burch
David Cone
David Freda
David Katz-(Nelson Mullins)
David Kuklewicz
David Lilenfeld
David Reid
David Sirna
David Teske
Deanna Dixon
Debbie Brown
Deepa Subramanian
Delbert Winn
Dené Terry
Dorian Kennedy
Doug Flaum
Doug Hance
Doug Sperry
Duncan Sawyer
Edwin Garrison
Elaine Tapp
Eleanor deGolian
Elizabeth O’Connell
Elizabeth Spivey
Ellen Hughes
Ellen Padesky Maturen
Elliott Coward
Emilee Terry
Emily Prince
Eric Charity
Eric Fenichel
Eric Larson
Eric Magnus
Erica Svoboda
Erika Gardner
Erin Fortney
Erin Peterson
Erin Reeves McGinnis
Erin Watstein
Erinn Robinson
Evan Pontz
Evelyn Teague
Faith Knight Myers
Farah Spainhour
Frank Benjamin
Frank Landgraff
Frank Podesta
Fritz Smith
Gabrielle Gaudet
Gail Gunnells
Garland Reid
George Sewell
Geri Williams
Guinevere Christmann
Hayley Ambler
Heather Howdeshell
Hill Jeffries
Isaac Yilma
Isabella Lee
Jack Stapleton
Jade Gilstrap
James Alexander
James Johnson
James Meadows
James Rusert
James Schell
Jamie Cohen
Jamie Konn
Jan Davidson
Janene Murtha
Jared Brandman
Jason Bernstein
Jason Cordon
Jeff Friedman
Jeff Handler
Jeff Perry
Jeffrey Harrison
Jenna Lasseter
Jennifer Burns
Jennifer Fease
Jenny Case
Jenny Lambert
Jeremy Burnette
Jerry Blanchard
Jessica Floyd
Jessica MacAllister
Jessica Pardi
Jessica Rutledge Watson
Jessie Kimball
Jill Termini
Jill Wasserman
Jim Coil
Jim Jordan
Jim Leonard
Jim Sturm
Jimmy Daniel
Joanna Sutton
Joanne Mello
Joe Benz
Joe Freeman
Joe Kauffman
Joe Scibilia
Joe Shelton
Joel Feldman
John Amabile
John Anderson
John Friedline
John Griffee
John Harbin
John Martin
John Price
John Senical
Jonathan Hurt
Jonathan Yi
Jonathan Young
Joseph Holahan
Josh Archer
Josh Ganz
Josh Hess
Joshua Curry
Joshua Richey
Julia Houston
Julia Pozo
Julia Yun
Julie Adkins
Julie Murphy
Justin King
Kamla Alexander
Kara Cleary
Kara Ong
Karen Wilkerson
Karime Vergueiro Barry
Katherine Lewis
Katheryn Spencer
Kathryn Hauch
Kathryn Ray
Kathy Solley
Katie Griffin
Katrina Hodges
Kelley Gass
Kelly Lersch
Kelly Mufarrige
Kelsey Donnalley
Kevin Glidewell
Kitty Bina
Koren Saddler Conrad
Kristin Cleare
Kristin Crall
Kristina Thomas
Kristine Morain
Kurt Lentz
Kwame Benjamin
Kyle Cunnion
Lacey Elmore
Laura Lashley
Laura Little
Laura Mendelson
Laura Phillips
Lauren Dugas
Lauren Gordon
Lawrence McGoldrick
Leah Braukman
Leah Davis
Lee Peifer
Lesley Solomon
Leslie Slavich
Lindsay Jones
Lisa Rushton
Lisa Stockard
Logan Thore
Luanna Petti
Lucas Deloach
Lynda Chalman
Lynleigh Richwine
Mack Heller
Madison Pool
Maggie Howell
Maki DePalo
Marcia Ernst
Margaret Campbell
Maria Houser
Marianna Faircloth
Marion Tilson
Maritza Knight Winfunke
Mark Padilla
Marsha Bailey
Marshall Barton
Mary Williams
Matt Block
Matt Drain
Matt Kristufek
Matt McGrath
Matt San Roman
Matt Strumph
Matthew Gries
Matthew Joe
Matthew Webb
Matthew Yungwirth
Mattie Hunt
Megan Canning
Meghan Farmer
Melissa Bedsole
Meredith Francis
Michael DelGaudio
Michael Elkon
Michael Francesconi
Michael Geoffroy
Michael Kerman
Michael Kline
Michael Mannino
Michael R. Baumrind
Michael Rodgers
Michael Shumaker
Michael Tippett
Michelle Johnson
Michelle Valente Lee
Michelli Rivera
Mike Breslin
Mike Childers
Mike Lee
Mike Pavento
Mike Rafter
Mike Voynich
Mindy Simon
Mona Maerz
Nadia Hajji
Nancy Fonti
Nancy Kumar
Natasha Banks
Natasha Wilson
Nedom Haley
Nichole Chollet
Nick Brown
Nick Passarello
Nicole Adolphus
Nina Gupta
Patrick Baldwin
Patrick Coyle
Paul Bagley
Paul Fancher
Paul Kennedy
Paul Libretta
Pete Duitsman
Peter Crofton
Petra Stewart
R. Lee Strasburger
Ramsey Kazem
Rebecca Farber
Rebecca Silk
Regina Farmer
Reginald O’Shields
Reiko Feaver
Rena Kelley
Rhona Reynolds
Rich Pepper
Richard Brody
Richard Gerakitis
Richard Litwin
Rob Kohse
Rob Plowden
Robert Lee
Robert Rodriguez
Robert Shaw
Robin McGrath
Robin Sangston
Robyn Taylor
Rodgers Lunsford
Ron McKenzie
Ryan Behndleman
Ryan Schneider
Sabrina Fitze
Sahana Shridhar
Sarah Bangs
Sarah Jurkiewicz
Sarah Lowe
Sarah Loya
Scott Kitchens
Scott Lenhart
Scott Wagner
Seamus Yarbrough
Shannon Baisden
Shannon Cox
Shay Hable
Sidney Simms
Spencer Stockdale
Stephanie Driggers
Steve Cummings
Steve Park
Steven Ferenczy
Steven Hewitson
Steven Press
Stuart Baesel
Suhail Seth
Suzann Wilcox
Suzanne Alford
Tamaron Houston
Tara Ravi
Ted Boehm
Ted Solley
Theresa Clark
Theresia Moser
Thomas Gould
Tiana Mykkeltvedt
Tim Murphy
Timothy Phillips
Todd Benson
Todd Williams
Tom Alexander
Tom Mumford
Tom Richey
Tonya Johnson
Trenton Turner
Tressa Copenhaver
Trevor Parssinen
Troy Kubes
Val Rusk
Valerie Barney
Vera H. Powell
Veronica Davis
Virginia Carron
Wendy Godfrey
Whitney Coble
William (Bill) Long
William Ponder
Yvonne Kirila
Zack Davis
Zhao Zhu
Posted on March 28, 2017
Young musicians and their instruments

Chris Monroe, Executive Director of The Gift of Music Foundation, is no stranger to the importance of the fine arts. In his 27-year career in radio and music, he has also become aware of an unfulfilled need, particularly for young children longing for the depth and joy of making music.

In late 2014, Chris was speaking with a fellow music teacher who mentioned that her own students did not have instruments with which to practice. Chris offered the teacher a few instruments that he had and was not using, and the idea for The Gift of Music Foundation was born. Chris wondered how many other people had unused instruments in their home that could be put to better use in the hands of children.

Since its official inception in 2015, The Gift of Music Foundation has been on a mission to democratize music education by creating greater accessibility to programs, instruments, music teachers, and the overall benefits of music. The organization serves as a resource for music programs that would not otherwise be able to survive without external funding and support. Providing instruments is at the cornerstone of their work, but they are becoming increasingly involved in offering classes and other programming for children.

Chris and his team are motivated by their belief that music serves a need in every community – simply stated, “Music Matters.”

“We understand the role music and fine arts play in a young person’s life,” Chris said. “It is one of the only skills that uses both sides of the brain, and there have been so many studies correlating music with tests scores, graduation rate – things that schools are focused on. But it seems that music is the first thing to go, when it is sometimes what keeps kids in school.”

One of the Foundation’s most significant achievements is the inception of their Atlanta Public Schools After-School Music Enrichment Program. After seeing the Atlanta Public School system lay off music teachers and cancel music classes all over the city in 2015, The Gift of Music Foundation lent a much-needed hand. In less than two years, this after-school resource expanded to seven schools with over 100 student participants, offering music classes to many students in underserved areas.

Even though the Foundation began in Atlanta, Chris and his team have lofty goals of expanding it into a nationwide resource for music and fine arts.

“We see the need all over the country. We have gifted instruments in upstate New York, outside of Chicago, and a few cities in Florida,” he said. The Foundation has also received international attention, getting requests for instruments from South and East Africa, Kenya, and Australia.

The Gift of Music Foundation is Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta’s 800th client, starting work with the organization in January 2017. Thus far, Chris and his team have worked with attorneys Lori Shapiro and Chris Underwood. As a new client of PBPA running a small and growing organization, Chris recognizes the need for legal resources. While the members of the Foundation would want nothing more than to focus entirely on their mission of gifting music, they know that resolving legal issues will only push them toward that goal faster and more efficiently. PBPA is fortunate to provide them with this guidance as they continue to grow and find success.

“What we’ve talked about so far – it’s invaluable,” Chris said. “It’s a network of people giving back. We have a nonprofit who gives back, then you have support mechanisms like Pro Bono Partnership who give back to us. If you continue that cycle, there is no limit to the amount of good we can all do.”

Posted on March 28, 2017

Since January 1, 2017, 171 attorneys have volunteered for new matters with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta! Click here for a list of individuals who have volunteered so far this year.

To: Parker Stephens & Laura Seidel, Ballard Spahr
From: The Drake House

Words cannot express how grateful we are to both of you for all of your diligence on the purchase of the Roswell Oaks apartment complex. By doubling our capacity we can further stabilize our graduate families by offering extended programming in these additional sixteen units, while maintaining our original units for crisis housing. With the continued decline in affordable housing in the North Fulton area, we will be well positioned for community support of this measure to assist additional local families.

To: Jennifer Goldstein & Rick McMurtry from Turner Broadcasting and Ty Lord from Kilpatrick Townsend
From: Enchanted Closet

We’ve had several entities across the country to infringe on or attempt to infringe on our trademark; at least five that had pages on Facebook and other social media sites. Because of the work of Rick, Jennifer, and Ty Lord, we had the proper documentation to protect our brand, and eliminate any liability that the organization may have potentially faced from other entities portraying an affiliation with us. Without the support of Pro Bono Partnership, we would not have been able to obtain the assistance of such diligent attorneys. Thank you so much!

To: Andrew Stulce, Hunton & Williams
From: Advocates for Children

Andrew provided us with a wonderful template for board policies and procedures, missing only information that I needed to provide. We’ve finished that work on our end just this week and will distribute the new policies at our board meeting and retreat on January 21. I am incredibly grateful for your support and for this wonderful new resource, Andrew. I know our trustees will be very pleased to see such a comprehensive document to guide them in their board role.

To: Suzanne Russo & Gloria Robinson, The Home Depot
From: GLISI

On behalf of GLISI, I would like to thank you for your patience and guidance as we worked to negotiate the best possible agreement. Our team is excited about the move and optimistic about the potential effects of the shift in the workplace environment.

You and Suzanne were invaluable throughout the entire process, balancing candor with support and encouragement. Because of you, GLISI is even better positioned to achieve our mission of developing world-class education leaders who advance student achievement and organizational effectiveness.

To: Devin Schoonmaker, Troutman Sanders
From: KiDsGyM

Your experience and willingness to assist us have been greatly appreciated. Your involvement with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta is an invaluable service to non-profits. And, one we will never forget.

Posted on March 28, 2017

From January 1, 2017, 171 attorneys have volunteered with PBPA. Thank you to those who have volunteered with PBPA so far this year!

Addison Miller
Alan Hastings
Alan Pryor
Ali Harrison
Amanda Hiffa
Andrea Bowman
Andrew Nielsen
Angie Woo
Ann Fort
Ann Murray
Anne Marie Garavaglia
April Lee
Arielle Eisenberg
Arthur Gambill
Ashley Bynoe
Bethani Oppenheimer
Branden Baltich
Brandon Moulard
Brent Houk
Brian Galison
Brian Gannon
Brian Harris
Brooks Marro
Buddy Toliver
Camden Williams
Candace Rodriguez
Carl Johnston
Carol Lee
Charles Vaughn
Charley Brown
Chelsea Deppert
Chris Underwood
Christina Weatherford Malone
Christopher Chan
Connie Rockwell
Corey Goerdt
Cory Takeuchi
Cot Eversole
Crystal Genteman
Darcy White
David Burch
David Freda
David Lilenfeld
David Sirna
Deanna Dixon
Deepa Subramanian
Dené Terry
Dorian Kennedy
Doug Hance
Duncan Sawyer
Elliott Coward
Emilee Terry
Emily Prince
Eric Larson
Eric Magnus
Erica Svoboda
Erika Gardner
Erin Peterson
Faith Knight Myers
Farah Spainhour
Frank Benjamin
Frank Podesta
Gail Gunnells
Garland Reid
George Sewell
Geri Williams
Heather Howdeshell
Hill Jeffries
Isaac Yilma
Isabella Lee
James Johnson
James Meadows
James Rusert
Jamie Cohen
Jamie Konn
Jan Davidson
Jared Brandman
Jason Bernstein
Jason Cordon
Jeff Friedman
Jenna Lasseter
Jenny Case
Jenny Lambert
Jessica Floyd
Jessica MacAllister
Jessica Rutledge Watson
Jill Wasserman
Jimmy Daniel
Joanna Sutton
Joe Scibilia
John Griffee
Jonathan Hurt
Jonathan Young
Josh Archer
Josh Ganz
Joshua Curry
Joshua Richey
Julia Houston
Julia Pozo
Julie Murphy
Katherine Lewis
Kathryn Hauch
Kathryn Ray
Kathy Solley
Kelly Mufarrige
Kristin Cleare
Kurt Lentz
Kwame Benjamin
Laura Lashley
Laura Phillips
Lauren Dugas
Leah Davis
Leslie Slavich
Luanna Petti
Lynda Chalman
Madison Pool
Mark Padilla
Mary Williams
Matt Block
Matt San Roman
Matt Strumph
Matthew Joe
Meredith Francis
Michael Geoffroy
Michael Kline
Michael R. Baumrind
Michelle Johnson
Michelli Rivera
Mike Pavento
Mike Rafter
Mindy Simon
Mona Maerz
Nancy Fonti
Natasha Wilson
Nedom Haley
Nicole Adolphus
Nina Gupta
Paul Libretta
Pete Duitsman
Peter Crofton
Petra Stewart
R. Lee Strasburger
Regina Farmer
Reginald O’Shields
Rich Pepper
Richard Brody
Rob Kohse
Robert Lee
Robin Sangston
Ryan Behndleman
Sabrina Fitze
Sahana Shridhar
Sarah Loya
Scott Lenhart
Shay Hable
Steven Ferenczy
Steven Press
Stuart Baesel
Suhail Seth
Suzann Wilcox
Tamaron Houston
Ted Solley
Theresia Moser
Tiana Mykkeltvedt
Todd Williams
Tom Richey
Tonya Johnson
Trenton Turner
Valerie Barney
Vera H. Powell
Virginia Carron
Whitney Coble

Posted on March 27, 2017

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, a tax-exempt organization that matches volunteer lawyers with local nonprofits in need of free legal counsel, is recognizing outstanding volunteer attorneys for their pro bono efforts at its 12th Anniversary Reception on Tuesday, March 14 at the office of Alston & Bird, LLP.

Elavon, Inc. will receive the “Corporation of the Year Award” for its contributions of time and legal expertise in helping Atlanta area nonprofits. All four of Elavon’s attorneys in Atlanta volunteer regularly
with PBPA, including General Counsel Mindy Doster. Seyfarth Shaw will receive the “Law Firm of the Year Award” for its outstanding efforts in taking legal matters referred by PBPA. Twenty-five Seyfarth Shaw attorneys assisted on 35 PBPA projects in 2016 alone. Seyfarth Shaw also hosted a pro bono event to advise individual nonprofits on overtime regulations.

PBPA will also honor several individuals with a “Volunteer of the Year Award.” Dorian Kennedy, Shareholder at Baker Donelson; Corbin Kennelly, Associate at Paul Hastings; Heather Howdeshell, General Attorney, Delta Air Lines; Carly Regan, Corporate Legal Manager, Turner Broadcasting System; Michael Kline, Director of Intellectual Property and Corporate Secretary at Srixon/Cleveland Golf; and Suhail Seth, Partner, Nelson Mullins.

PBPA will present the 2016 Happy Perkins Award to Eduardo Martinez, President of The UPS Foundation and UPS Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. The Happy Perkins Award is named after the retired General Counsel of GE Energy who played a pivotal role in organizing Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. It is presented from time to time to recognize an individual who makes an outstanding contribution to Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. As head of The UPS Foundation, Mr. Martinez has overseen the Foundation’s strong support of PBPA’s Legal Check-Up Program, which provides issue spotting legal assistance to over 50 non-profit organizations annually.

Stephanie Campbell of KiDsGyM USA, a PBPA client, will kick off the awards presentation by sharing
how the legal services provided through PBPA have aided her organization and the work it does to
provide physical exercise and confidence to at-risk youth.

“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 Sponsors Aprio and Donnelley Financial Solutions, and Supporting Sponsors Axiom Law, DTI, 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 twelve years ago, PBPA has assigned and supported over 3,000 volunteer lawyers in aiding about 800 nonprofit clients. In 2016 alone, PBPA provided free legal services valued over $4.5 million to Atlanta-area nonprofits. PBPA is funded by donations from corporations, law firms, bar sections and individuals.