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Posted on May 23, 2017

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, a small nonprofit organization that provides free transactional legal assistance to nonprofit organizations serving metropolitan Atlanta’s low-income and disadvantaged communities, seeks a part-time Staff Attorney. This position offers a unique opportunity to provide direct legal services to nonprofit organizations, to serve as a resource to the Partnership’s volunteer attorneys and nonprofit clients, and to educate lawyers and clients on nonprofit legal issues. This individual will work closely with and under the supervision of the Partnership’s Executive Director.

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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

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 $3.5 million to Atlanta-area nonprofits. PBPA is funded by donations from corporations, law firms, bar sections and individuals.

Posted on December 20, 2016
PBPA staff volunteer day at the Foundation for Hospital Art

Foundation for Hospital Art began with Paris and a childhood memory. While in Paris showcasing his art, John Feight recalled how his grandfather—a doctor in rural Ohio—was motivated by a desire to care for people regardless of their ability to pay for services. When John returned to Georgia, he began volunteering at Northside Hospital. He was discouraged by the blank walls of the hospital and the effect they had on the children who were already suffering so much.

In 1984, John founded the Foundation for Hospital Art, which strives to give comfort and hope to those who suffer in hospitals by providing artwork at no cost to hospitals. Initially, the artwork was painted directly onto the hospital walls during PaintFest events where patients and volunteers worked together to ease the anxiety that so often accompanies illness and sterile hospital settings.

The Foundation has grown to include over a million volunteers who have completed 44,000 paintings placed in 4,000 hospitals and nursing homes in 195 countries. John’s son, Scott Feight, remembers painting at Northside Hospital as a kid. When he returned to Atlanta after college and began working for GE Energy, his passion for nonprofit work led him to join the Foundation’s Board and serve as President of the GE Volunteers Council. Now, he is the Foundation for Hospital Art Executive Director.

Perhaps most notable in the Foundation’s tremendous growth over the past three decades has been the transition from murals on hospital walls to painting on canvas. Donors select PaintFest kits from a variety of designs and the Foundation ships the canvases, design, and all necessary supplies directly to them. The designs are a “paint-by-number” format so no artistic ability is required. When the canvases are complete, they are shipped back to the Foundation where an artist touches up the artwork. They are then sent to a hospital and displayed with the sponsor’s name.

PaintFest America

The canvases have also been essential to PaintFests that still occur on site at hospitals. “Canvases allow you to paint with a patient who may not be able to get out of bed, or who is confined to a wheelchair,” Scott said. This work has created emotional experiences for volunteers and patients, as Scott recalls painting with a child at a cancer hospital in Argentina who knew he only had a day or two longer to live and the only thing he wanted to do was paint so that patients would have something pleasant to look at and remember him by. The switch to canvas has also taken the Foundation to unique PaintFest locations such as Mongolia, Siberia, and a drug rehab hospital in Cambodia. The Foundation has hosted PaintFests with homeless veterans, prisoners, and military troops overseas.

The quest is to paint in every hospital in the world, which they are well on their way to doing with PaintFest America. This summer, Foundation for Hospital Art embarked on a nationwide trip to paint with cancer patients and survivors in one hospital in each state and the District of Columbia from July 5 to August 23. PaintFest America will culminated in New York where a full installation of canvases featured each state’s bird, flower, and cancer ribbons painted during the tour will be assembled and displayed.

Foundation for Hospital Art recently became a Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta client and participated in Legal Check Up where attorneys identified issues that volunteer attorneys will resolve over the next year. Thus far, the Foundation has worked with Patty Butler of Turner Broadcasting System, Evan Pontz of Troutman Sanders LLP, Robbin Rahman of Kilpatrick Townsend, and Corbin Kennelly, Alexandra Greene, and Danielle Vega of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. Scott said that Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has really made Foundation for Hospital Art aware of the small issues that often get overlooked and the importance of compliance.

“Sometimes we just get so focused on our mission and getting artwork out there,” Scott said, “but this allows us to take steps now to ensure that we will be able to continue on.”

Posted on December 20, 2016

Since January 1, 2016, 637 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: Tom Gould, Caldwell, Propst & DeLoach, LLP
From: Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund

Tom –
This is an example of Pro Bono Partnership doing the wonderful things they do. I really appreciate the support provided by Tom – knowing he was an expert in this subject. It was wonderful, amazing and so appreciated how quickly Tom responded to every question. Thank you all for ALL you do!

To: Kier Prince and Tim Phillips, The American Cancer Society
From: Lumpkin County Family Connection

Thank you so much! This is great and I love that you took the time to even add our logo. This will be a perfect working document for our upcoming fundraisers and can easily be modified for our different events. I have shared with my board, and feel that will be a perfect fit for what we needed.

To: Jennifer Bunting-Graden, Jones Day
From: CASA of Paulding County

It has been a pleasure (and lifesaver) working with Atlanta Pro Bono and Jones Day. We truly appreciate all that both organizations do so that small non-profits, such as Paulding CASA, can focus on what we do.

Again, thank you SO much for handling this matter for us.

To: Suzanne Hollinger, The Coca-Cola Company
From: Mental Health America of Georgia

Thank you for all of your hard work on MHA’s fundraising agreement. Your service was priceless and this agreement will be put to good use.

To: Chris Balch, The Balch Law Group
From: Sober Living America

Thank you and the Balch Law Group for your guidance regarding zoning. Without caring firms like the Balch Law Group and your involvement with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Sober Living America could not serve the 5,000 families each year that call us for help. Together we can stop the national addiction epidemic and help the 600,000 young children in Georgia forced to live with addiction in their homes. You guys are the best!

Posted on December 20, 2016

Between January 1, 2016 and December 20, 2016, 637 attorneys have volunteered their time to support PBPA’s nonprofit clients. Thank you to those who have volunteered so far this year:

A. Michael (Mike) Lee
Aaron Parks
Abi Oyegun
Abreen Delawalla
Adam Balthrop
Adam Israelov
Adam Kaye
Adam Keating
Adam Sonenshine
Adrienne Byrdsong
Aimee Nash
Alan Arnold
Alan Hastings
Alan Poole
Alan Pryor
Alan Rosselot
Alex Barnett
Alex Clamon
Alex Drummond
Alex Heaton
Alex Yacoub
Alexa Miller
Alexander Wang
Alexandra Greene
Alexis Simpson
Alfred Lurey
Alisha Gibson
Alison Bazinet
Alison Boyer
Alison Drane Waterson
Alison Jones
Alison Musto LeVasseur
Alissa Malone
Alla Raykin
Alton Hornsby
Alyson Pirio
Alyssa Walker
Amanda Busse
Amanda Hiffa
Amanda Kelley
Amanda Norcross
Amanda Witt
Amelia Las Heras
Ami Rodrigues
Amy Andrews
Amy Jensen
Amy Kluesner
Andrea Bowman
Andrew Belisle
Andrew Booth
Andrew Stulce
Andrew Swindle
Andria Beeler-Norrholm
Andy Cooper
Angela Monroe
Angelo Spinola
Angie Palmer
Angie Woo
Anita Bala
Anna Halsey
Anna Humnicky
Anna Saraie
Anna Twardy
Anne Cox-Johnson
Anne Hicks
Anne Marie Garavaglia
Ann-Marie McGaughey
Anthony Cianciotti
Anthony Guebert
Anton Mertens
Anu Seam
Arielle Eisenberg
Arthur Gambill
Austin Dailey
Austin Mills
Austin Padgett
Ben Barkley
Ben Russell
Benjamin Han
Benjamin Joseph Yancey
Bess Brown
Beth Jones
Betsy Griswold
Bettina Latrice Dennis
Bill Morlan
Bill Needle
Bill Roche
Bill Silverio
Billy Scott
Bo Strauss
Bob Edwards
Bob Stupar
Brad Resweber
Brad Schweizer
Branden Baltich
Branson Lee
Brennan Bolt
Brent Houk
Brent Wasser
Brent Wilson
Brett Bartlett
Brian Galison
Brian Gannon
Brian Leslie
Brian Mink
Brian Quinn
Briley Brisendine
Brittany Cassell Raway
Brooke Belisle
Brooke Gram
Brooks Marro
Bryan Brum
Brynne Goncher
Buddy Toliver
Candace Rodriguez
Candice DeCaire
Carl Davis
Carney Simpson
Carol Lee
Carole Loftin
Carolyne Hilton
Cassandra Best
Catherine McClellan
Chad Almy
Chadwick Preston Rowland
Charles Lamar
Charles Yates III
Chris Arbery
Chris Balch
Chris Fischer
Chris Gilmore
Chris Lang
Chris Riley
Christina Hong Nguyen
Christina Jones
Christina Meddin
Christopher Anulewicz
Christopher Chan
Christopher Harris
Chuqin Xing
Cindy Ruback
Clifford Stanford
Coleen Schoch
Colony Canady
Corbin Kennelly
Cory Barker
Craig Friedman
Creighton Frommer
Cristiane Wolfe
Crystal Genteman
Crystal Stevens McElrath
Damany Ransom
Dan Baskerville
Dan Millman
Daniel Englander
Daniel Griffin
Daniel Rollman
Danielle Vega
Dara Mann
Dara Redler
Darla McKenzie
David Burch
David Cartee
David Gevertz
David Katz-(Nelson Mullins)
David Lowance
David Mayo
David Reed
David Roth
David Sirna
David Steele
David Stewart
David Weinstein
Debbie Brown
Delbert Winn
Dené Terry
Devin Schoonmaker
Diane Pettit Holden
Diane Prucino
Don Prather
Dorian Kennedy
Douglas Duerr
Douglas McKay
Duncan Sawyer
Dylan Donley
Edwin Garrison
Elaine Phifer
Elaine Tapp
Elizabeth Faist
Elizabeth James
Elizabeth Philp
Elizabeth Ryan Whicker
Ellen Padesky Maturen
Elliott Coward
Emily Borna
Emily Burkhardt Vincente
Eric Fenichel
Eric Hanson
Eric Magnus
Eric Reynolds
Eric Santos
Erica Svoboda
Erika Gardner
Erin Fortney
Erin Reeves McGinnis
Evan Pontz
Evelina Shpolyansky
Fareed Kaisani
Faye Barbour
Flora Manship
Forrest Neal
Frank Benjamin
Frank Podesta
Gail Gunnells
Gale Evans
Garland Reid
Garnetta Sherrell
Garrett Nail
Gautam Huded
Gavin Meyers
Gavin Reinke
Gaylon Hollis
Genny Ferrero
George Akers
George Sewell
Geri Williams
Gerry Williams
Glenn Lyon
Gloria Robinson
Gregory Fosheim
Gregory Skip Smith
Guinevere Christmann
Hali Cole
Hanish Patel
Heather Havette
Heather Howdeshell
Hill Jeffries
Holly Guest
Hunter Carpenter
Ian Calhoun
Ingrid Hogan
Isaac Dolgovskij
Isabella Lee
Ivor Longo
J. Danny Vincent
Jack Kennedy
Jack Stapleton
Jackson Allen
Jacob Stewart:
Jade Gilstrap
James Bates
James Johnson
James Trigg
James Wolf
Jamie Bischoff
Jamie Cohen
Jamie Konn
Jan Davidson
Jana Korhonen
Jane Kamenz
Jared Brandman
Jared Seff
Jason Bernstein
Jason Fletcher
Jason Howard
Jay Collins
Jeff Adams
Jeff Friedman
Jeff Glaser
Jeff Upshaw
Jeff Zachman
Jeffrey Fisher
Jeffrey Haidet
Jeffrey Harrison
Jeffrey Mokotoff
Jeffrey Nix
Jenn Deal
Jenna Lasseter
Jennifer Bunting-Graden
Jennifer Burns
Jennifer Feld
Jennifer Goldstein
Jennifer Gruber
Jennifer Hill
Jennifer Manning
Jenny Case
Jenny Horrigan
Jeremy Corcoran
Jessica Paletsky
Jessica Rutledge Watson
Jill Kuhn
Jill Termini
Jim Coil
Jim Leonard
Jim McGibbon
Jimmy Faris
Jimmy Williams
JJ Gotlieb
Joann Buck
Joe Bryan
Joe Freeman
Joe Staley
John Alden
John Bush
John Fleming
John Griffee
John Hyman
John Martin (Morris Manning)
John Mills
John Renaud
John Sharpe
Jonathan Giesen
Jonathan Loegel
Jonathan White
Jordan Seal
Joseph Fowler
Josh Diggs
Joshua Richey
Joshua Tropper
Julie Franki
Julie Murphy
Julien Dumont
Juliet Sy
Kabir Uddin
Kacy Goebel
Kamla Alexander
Kandis Wood Jackson
Kara Ong
Karen Pinsker
Karime Vergueiro Barry
Kate Bell
Katelyn Fredericks
Kathleen Bardell
Kathleen Rodriguez
Kathryn Hauch
Kathryn Lemmond
Kathy Radde
Kathy Solley
Katia Grow
Katy Smallwood
Kellee Padgett
Kelly Giustina
Kelly Payne
Kelsey Donnalley
Kenneth Fowler
Kevin Bradberry
Kevin Morris
Kevin Mullen
Kevin Wolff
Kevin Young
Key Wynn
Kier Prince
Kim Marchner
Kimberly Haynes
Kimberly Scott
Kimberly Tacy Hunsucker
Kitty Cohen
Kristen McDermott Woodrum
Kristin Cleare
Kristin Crall
Kristin Dial
Kristin Ray
Kristina Thomas
Kurt Lentz
Kwame Benjamin
Kyle Gregory
Kyle Williams
Lacey Elmore
Lanchi Bombalier
Landon Crider
Lansing Lee
Larry Nodine
Latif Oduola-Owoo
Latrice Latin
Laura Bogan
Laura Brickell
Laura Mendelson
Laura Phillips
Lauren Gordon
Lauren Gregory
Lauren Tapson Macon
Lawrence Kasmen
Leah Singleton
Lee Anne Sapp
Len Riepe
Lesley Solomon
Lesley Wainwright
Lillian Martin
Linda Henry
Linda Seal
Lisa Dow
Lisa McKenzie
Lisa Thomason
Locke Bell
Logan Thore
Lori Maryscuk
Lorie Mason
Lorraine Sanchez Hayes
Lou Barbieri
Louisa Johnson
Luanna Petti
Lucas Deloach
Lucas Westby
Lucero Bello
Lucy Lei
Lynleigh Richwine
Lynn Fowler
M. Hill Jeffries
Mace Gunter
Madison Roberts
Marcus Powers
Margaret Welch
Maria Baratta
Maria Rivera-Diaz
Maria Todorova
Marianna Faircloth
Marie Wilcox
Marilyn Ratzel
Marion Tilson
Maritza Knight Winfunke
Marquetta Bryan
Mary Benton
Mary Beth O’Donnell
Mary Loudermilk
Matt Bobb
Matt Drain
Matt McGrath
Matt Strumph
Matthew Couvillion
Matthew Gries
Matthew Howell
Matthew Joe
Matthew Laflin
Matthew Nesbitt
Matthew Webb
Maya McKenzie
Megan Demicco
Megan Orme
Meghan (Alex) Royal
Meghan Magruder
Melana McClatchey
Melissa Hernandez
Melissa Sprinkle
Melloney Douce
Meredith Francis
Meredith Shaughnessy
Meredith Silliman
Michael Deaton
Michael DelGaudio
Michael Dubus
Michael Francesconi
Michael Gurion
Michael Henson
Michael Hobbs, Jr.
Michael Kerman
Michael Kline
Michael Mannino
Michael Tippett
Michael Tyler
Michael Wall
Michelle Chastain
Michelle Johnson
Michelle Marchiony
Michelle Tyde
Mike Pavento
Mike Steele
Mindy Doster
Mindy Simon
Mitchell Allen
Mitzi Hill
Monica Newsome
Monique Lister
Montoya Ho-Sang
Nancy Fonti
Nancy Kumar
Nancy Prager
Natalie Beasman
Neal Weinrich
Neil Ginn
Neil Mulcahy
Nick Foreste
Nick Passarello
Nick Protentis
Nicole Adolphus
Nicole Kibert
Noelle Abastillas
Nwakaego Nkumeh
Olivene Makerson
Pamela Brown Bosley
Pamela Lina
Parker Stephens
Patrick Coyle
Patrick Spook
Patty Butler
Paul Fancher
Paul Rothstein
Paul Yu
Pete Duitsman
Peter Fozzard
Peter Pawlak
Petra Stewart
Petra-Kate Califano
Philip Cooper
Puja Vadodaria
Quinton Beasley
R. Michael Schreiner
Rachel Fox Weitz
Ramsey Kazem
Ramtin Taheri
Rayne Towns
Rebecca Farber
Rebecca Shanlever
Rebecca Woods
Regan Herald
Rhona Reynolds
Rhonda St. Phard
Rian Smith
Richard Brody
Richard Gerakitis
Richard Litwin
Rick Lehrer
Rick McMurtry
Rob Ellis
Rob Kohse
Rob LaPorta
Robbin Rahman
Robert Benson
Robert Crewdson
Robert Dumbacher
Robert Grue
Robert Rodriguez
Robert Swanton
Robert Swartwood II
Robyn Taylor
Rudy Gelly
Rupert Barkoff
Russell Jones
Rusty Close
Ryan Behndleman
Ryan Langel
Ryan Schneider
Salomon Laguerre
Samantha Barber
Samantha Smith Lewis
Sara Mizell Towne
Sara Weed
Sarah Colley
Sarah Jurkiewicz
Sarah Loya
Scott Burton
Scott Casey
Scott Edwards
Scott Mario
Scott Wagner
Setareh Davoudzadeh
Shane Lord
Shannon Baxter
Shannon Cox
Sharae Wright
Sharon Fowler
Shay Hable
Shayna Bowen
Shayne O’Reilly
Sheandra Clark
Shequitta Parker
Shoshone Moore-Abdulkariem
SoRelle Brown
Stacey Keegan
Stacey Mohr
Stacy Ingram
Stephanie Aferiat
Stephanie Allen-Wang
Stephanie Driggers
Stephanie Hudson
Steven Kennedy
Steven Press
Steven Richman
Steven Wong
Stuart Neiman
Sue Smith
Suhail Seth
Suneet Sidhu
Susan Perrilloux Billeaud
Susanne Hollinger
Suzanne Alford
Suzanne Arpin
Suzanne Palms
Suzanne Russo
Tamaron Houston
Tamorra Boyd
Tanesha Steward
Tarrah Gales
Ted Solley
Teri Bouchard
Teri McClure
Terri Purcell
Thomas Gould
Thomas Kesler
Thomas Spillman
Tiana Mykkeltvedt
Tim Murphy
Tim Rigsbee
Timothy Carlton
Timothy Phillips
Timothy Wang
Tina Bacce
Tina Galbraith Gooch
Toby Butler
Todd Benson
Todd Duffield
Todd Muse
Todd Williams
Tonya Johnson
Toronda Silas
Tracy Plott
Travis Cresswell
Trenton Kool
Trich Van Gorder
Trinh Huynh
Tunrola Odelowo
Tywanda Lord
Umar Bakhsh
Val Rusk
Valerie Barney
Valerie King
Vance Burgess
W. Scott Ortwein
Warren Thomas
Will Downs
William Cloherty
William Hudson
William Ponder
Winston Folmar
Yasmine Murray
Yendelela Neely Anderson
Zachary Crowe

Posted on October 28, 2016

Resources for Clients Addressing the New Overtime Regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act:

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta recognizes the challenges that the new overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) pose to our clients. These changes become effective on December 1, 2016, and advance preparation to get ready to implement them is necessary. Therefore, we have compiled this list of resources to assist nonprofits in addressing these changes. All of these resources are available on the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta website, and through the links below.

• Legal Alert: Overtime Eligibility Expands on December 1, 2016: – This article provides information and resources to help organizations understand the changes that are being implemented on December 1, 2016.

Article: Nonprofit Staffing Strategies for the New Overtime Regulations: – This article includes information about ways organizations will need to adapt their operations to comply with the new FLSA regulations that become effective on December 1, 2016.

Webcast: Checking the Facts: How the New Overtime Regulations Impact Nonprofits: – This webcast provides basic guidance to help organizations understand the requirements of the new FLSA regulations and their implications.

Webcast: The Fair Labor Standards Act for the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault: – This webcast was presented for a specific client group, but has much broader relevance for nonprofit organizations. It provides both an overview of the law’s requirements, and practical information about how to address the new requirements, and how to work with nonexempt employees to ensure proper timekeeping and pay practices. It also specifically addresses issues that arise with regard to 24-hour operations including working with on-call employees.

Booklet: Implementing the FLSA Overtime Changes: What Every Nonprofit Needs to Know: – This booklet, published by Altera Payroll and Insurance, provides practical guidance and form communications to help organizations implement changes made necessary by the FLSA amendments effective December 1, 2016.

Webcast: Get Your Organization Ready for the Fair Labor Standards Act Changes, delivered by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits: – This webcast, delivered by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, provides practical advice regarding implementing changes within your organization, including addressing management, culture, financial, and technology concerns raised by the changes.

Fact Sheet: FLSA Changes and Exemptions: – This fact sheet, published by Seyfarth Shaw LLP, provides information about the changes to the FLSA effective December 1, 2016 and what they mean for employers. It also identifies and explains common exemptions from the minimum wage and overtime requirements under the FLSA.

Posted on September 22, 2016
An Urban Recipe delivery

Urban Recipe and Wholesome Wave Georgia: Two PBPA Clients Bringing Healthy Food to Atlantans in Need

Providing access to affordable, healthy food in disadvantaged communities is a defining mission of many nonprofits. Urban Recipe and Wholesome Wave Georgia are two of the local organizations working to meet this important need.

Urban Recipe (formerly known as Georgia Avenue Community Ministry) began in 1991 when founder Chad Hale learned about food cooperatives and decided to start one. The organization has since grown to form seven food co-ops, each of which is composed of fifty families. Co-ops meet biweekly and members work to sort and distribute the food amongst families while volunteers assist with unloading the food trucks or transporting food for elderly co-op members. Urban Recipe also partners with other food-based organizations to further community impact, such as collaborating on classes with Cooking Matters to teach healthy food education to co-op members. Ultimately, Urban Recipe seeks to affirm that “dignity tastes good” and to provide a sense of community and security by furthering access to food and food resources.

Urban Recipe has been a PBPA client since 2006. Volunteer attorneys including Sireesha Ghanta, Brian Harris, Nicole Ibbotson, Amanda Langston, Sara Loft, Anton Mertens, Amy Michigan, Carly Regan, Rick Rufolo, Logan Thore, Kabir Uddin, Stan Wasowski, Todd Williams, and Tamera Woodard have assisted with numerous projects, including employment issues, a name change, and the creation of their Urban Health clinic which operates with the help of volunteer doctors and nurses to provide free healthcare services.

Said Hale of the free legal assistance provided by PBPA volunteers, “on all sorts of fronts, Pro Bono Partnership has been there for us.” Executive Director Jeremy Lewis appreciates having the opportunity to get to know the attorney assigned to each matter and believes PBPA’s strength lies in the issue-focused partnership between every client and attorney. “I really think Pro Bono Partnership is one of the best nonprofit organizations in the city,” Lewis said, “and working with the attorneys who volunteer, we know that we’re standing on firm ground.”

An Atlanta Farmer’s Market.

Wholesome Wave Georgia began in 2009 and seeks to strengthen local food communities by empowering networks of farmers to facilitate access to and awareness of healthy food choices. The organization’s flagship program—Double Value Coupon Program (DVCP)—is now in effect at fifty farmers’ markets. DVCP allows participants to double the value of federal nutrition benefits from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and Women, Infant and Children (WIC) funding when used at participating farmers’ markets. Wholesome Wave Georgia also offers transportation to and from the markets on their Fresh Food buses, assists with the often confusing SNAP enrollment process, and has implemented a Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, which supports healthy lifestyles by prescribing fruits and vegetables to patients for redemption at farmers’ markets.

Wholesome Wave Georgia participated in PBPA’s Legal Check Up in 2014 and has since received assistance from volunteer attorneys including Noelle Abastillas, Jeff Adams, Clayton Coley, Zachary Crowe, Michael Deaton, Andrew Head, Jason Howard, Alison Musto, Dan Noice, W. Scott Ortwein, Sarah Parker, Gloria Robinson, Ellen Samuels, Bryan Stillwagon, Amanda Witt, and Steven Wong.

Executive Director Sara Berney found the Legal Check Up to be incredibly informative and appreciated how the attorneys took the organization step-by-step through each issue and prioritized and assigned the projects accordingly. She also commended the attorneys for how quickly each matter is resolved, especially those flagged as “urgent.”

“As a small organization, there are all sorts of legal questions that come up, and it could really put us in a bad situation,” Berney said.

Both organizations are celebrating milestones in the community this year. Urban Recipe will host their 25th Anniversary party at Mason Art Center on October 23, 2016 and Wholesome Wave Georgia hosted their 6th Annual Southern Chefs Potluck at the Inn at Serenbe on September 13, 2016.