Posted on March 19, 2015

To celebrate ten successful years, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta held its Ten Year Anniversary Volunteer and Donor Appreciation Reception. More than 100 attorneys gathered at King & Spalding on February 24, 2015 to recognize the incredible work accomplished by PBPA volunteers this past year. PBPA client Paul Plate of Positive Impact thanked the volunteer attorneys who have assisted the organization with a variety of legal matters, including the work of awardees Rick McMurtry and Rob Potter in favorably settling a trademark case for the organization. Executive Director Rachel Epps Spears spoke about the importance of volunteers and donors to the growth and impact of PBPA in the ten years since its founding in 2005, noting that through the work of dedicated volunteer attorneys, PBPA has provided about $20 million in free legal services to nonprofits. PBPA Board Chair Betsy Griswold handed out Frabel glass peach sculptures to the following attorneys, law firms and corporations in recognition of outstanding volunteer achievement:

Delta Airlines, Corporation of the Year
McKenna, Long & Aldridge, Law Firm of the Year

Volunteers of the Year:
Kevin Young, Seyfarth Shaw
Mona Maerz, Counsel on Call
Evan Pontz, Troutman Sanders
Jeff Friedman, DLA Piper
Rob Potter, Kilpatrick Townsend
Rick McMurtry, Turner Broadcasting Systems

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta also gave a Special Appreciation Award to Geoff Frost of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, in appreciation of his contributions to Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta through the Association of Corporate Counsel Georgia Value Challenge Event.

In recognition of its ten year anniversary, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta presented two special awards recognizing its most significant supporters.

The UPS Foundation, Champion Award

Cornerstone Awards:
The Coca Cola Company
General Electric Company
Kilpatrick Townsend

King & Spalding hosted the event, and the following businesses provided generous contributions:

Presenting Sponsor
Thomson Reuters

Sustaining Sponsor
RR Donnelly

Supporting Sponsors
Counsel on Call
Habif Arogeti & Wynne

“Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta would not exist without volunteers and donors,” said Spears. “This event gives us the opportunity to thank them and to highlight the extraordinary work of some of our outstanding volunteers.”

Please click here to view pictures from this year’s reception.