Posted on June 20, 2012
ACC May Lunch-PBP Check (L-R:Rachel Spears (PBPA),
Scott Burton (Sutherland), Michael Fong (Recommind),
Brett Lockwood (Smith Gambrell & Russell) and
Geoff Frost (Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore)

The 2012 Association of Corporate Counsel-Georgia Chapter (ACC-GA) Value Challenge event raised $31,000 for Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (PBPA). Sutherland, Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, Smith, Gambrell & Russell and Recommind sponsored the Value Challenge, which was presented on March 29, 2012 with over 100 attorneys in attendance.

The funds raised at the Value Challenge event represent almost 10% of PBPA’s 2012 budget. ACC-GA has raised almost $250,000 for PBPA in the last six years through annual fundraising events.

The ACC-GA Value Challenge event combined CLE presentations and breakout sessions that encouraged in-house counsel to discuss best practices for connecting the value and the cost of legal services. The Value Challenge saw participation from a wide array of in-house attorneys from metro-Atlanta based corporations, including UPS and GE Energy.

Faith Knight Myers, Lead Privacy Counsel at McKesson, participated in the event and commented, “it very well done. Substantively, all of the presenters discussed topics that were relevant to me. It was well worth my time.”

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta thanks ACC-GA and its president Martha McMillin for their continued support, financial and otherwise, of our mission to maximize the impact of pro bono engagement of in-house attorneys.

Posted on August 15, 2011

The success of the 2011 ACC-GA Value Challenge Event yielded a landmark contribution to Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, bringing in over $30,000 for the organization in proceeds from the event. Held on March 24, 2011 and sponsored by Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Troutman Sanders, Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, and CPA Global, the conference drew over 90 attorneys in attendance.

PBP-Atl accepts the proceeds from the
2011 ACC-GA Value Challenge Event
(L-R: Monica Jones, Frank Landgraff, Scott Burton, Dan Ellis,
Rachel Spears, Geoffrey Frost, Virginia Wadsworth)

“Supporting in-house attorneys is a crucial part of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta’s mission, and receiving this level of financial support from the association is truly encouraging.” Executive Director Rachel Epps Spears said.
The ACC-GA Value Challenge Event featured four general sessions covering a broad range of topics, from social media to legal project management, and saw participation from a wide array in-house attorneys of metro-Atlanta based corporations, including Home Depot and Delta Air Lines Inc.

“Our goal was to have an event that brought value to the ACC attendees, value to the sponsors, and ultimately benefited Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, and we feel we succeeded,” event coordinator Geoffrey Frost said.

Frost, the Marketing & Professional Development Manager at Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, was a member of the planning committee that was composed of both ACC-GA members and representatives from sponsoring law firms that devoted their time and efforts to making the ACC-GA Value Challenge Event an enormous success. ACC-GA President Virginia Wadsworth gave the morning welcome, and has been a staunch supporter of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta and community outreach since taking the position in December.

“ACC-GA’s support of the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta is an excellent match for ACC-GA. Our alliance with the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta allows ACC-GA members to perform pro bono services for nonprofit organizations the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta services and nonprofit organizations receive high quality legal services without diverting funds away from serving their clients,” ACC–GA President Virginia Wadsworth said.

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta thanks the ACC-GA for its continuing financial support and aid to the mission to provide in-house and transactional lawyers with new and rewarding pro bono opportunities.

Posted on November 30, 2010

Prior to 2009, only 3% of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta’s annual revenues came from individual donations. Most of our funding came from law firms and corporations. With the challenging economy, we realized that we had to diversify our funding sources, but we had never gotten much traction with individual donors. Over 75% of our individual donations came from Board members. What could we do to get individuals excited about making a personal gift in the middle of a recession?

Enter SunTrust. The SunTrust Bank Foundation suggested a challenge grant. If we raised $25,000 in such donations from first-time givers, the Foundation would match individual donations of $100 or more.. For an organization that had raised less than $2500 in individual donations in 2008, the challenge was a daunting but exciting one!

The SunTrust Challenge was announced on November 23, 2009, and with the help of strong year-end giving season, we were already half-way to our goal by December 31, 2009. Donations slowed down with the new year but on September 30, 2010, with help from a fundraising event hosted by the Association of Corporate Counsel – Georgia Chapter and King & Spalding, we reached the $25,000 mark!

Our next challenge will be to keep up this momentum in individual donations. So please keep Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta in mind as you plan your year-end giving.

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta would like to thank the SunTrust Bank Foundation and the following individuals who gave $100 or more during the SunTrust Challenge (November 23, 2009 – September 30, 2010):

Partner ($1000+)
Tom Bishop
Cass Brewer
Briley Brisendine
Ginger and Scott Burton
Virginia Carron
Ben Garren
Betsy and Daryl Griswold
Corb Hankey
Julia Houston
Mike Kline
Faith Knight Myers
Reggie O’Shields
Happy Perkins
Shannon Pierce
Tom Rawls
Pat Roberts
Debbie Segal & Randy Cadenhead
Rachel Spears
Rex Veal
Julie Young
Sponsor ($500 to $999)
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Allen
Paul Baisier
Bethany Cooper
Dwight Davis
Robert Debusk
Amy & Peter Dosik
Michele Garren
Sally Hogsette
Patricia Kardon
Lisa Keyes
Frank Landgraff
James Meadows
Mary Anthony Merchant
Tracy Plott
Richard Schneider
George Sewell
Darcy White
Contributor ($250-$499)
Amelia Barker
Selina Beene
Lillian Caudle
Jo Ann Cooper
Theresa Hammond
Mitzi Hill
Sean Honeywill
Lisa Jern
John Jones
Denise Miller
Floyd Newton
Vivek Patel
Andrea Pendleton
Silas Pendleton
Sandy Pon
Mason Stephenson
Kent Webb
Donor ($100-$249)
Akinlabi Afolayan
Marcia Bansley
Rupert Barkoff
Scott Bates
Pearson Beardsley
Suellen Bergman
Matt Block
Bruce Bowers
John Brumbaugh
Carol and Joel Burk
Laura Ellyson
Halli Cohn
Stanley Coker
George Cole
Phillip Cooper
Jerry Cox
Clint Crosby
Hugh Davenport
Tyler Dempsey
Simone Denny
Karen Dobson
Stephen Dolinger
Kirk Domescik
Patrice Duncan
Allison Dyer
Alice Eason Jenkins
Tracy Ediger
Joseph Freeman
Grace Fricks
Rick Fuentes
Mary Galinski
Neil Ginn
Chad Hale
Nedom Haley
Jeff Handler
John Harbin
Sandra Jewel Hatcher
William Holby
Brian Holmes
Hope Family Ministry
Jason Howard
Heather Howdeshell
Clay Howell
Sarah Isabel
Rober Jackson
M. Hill Jeffries
Matt Jewell
Weyman Johnson
Shawne Keenan
Teresa Kennedy
Lisa Keyes
Valerie King
Leslie Klemperer
Caroline LaFleur
Patricia Lamar
Sue Laney
Chris Lang
Kathie Lee
Dean Leeper
Charlie Lester
L. Joseph Loveland
Sarah Lowe
Kelly MacLanahan
Mona Maerz
Meghan Macgruder
Catherine Manavi
Catherine McClellan
Phillip McClendon
Teri McClure
Rick McMurtry
Robyn Miller
Toni Millner
Joshua Moore
Barbara Morgan
Matthew Morrison
Stuart Neiman
Lisa Norwood
Judy Nussbaum
Kara Ong
Mark Padilla
Billy Palmer
Amy Panessa
James Pardo
Mike Pavento
Ray Persons
Tim Phillips
Richard Rimer
Alan Rosselot
Scott Rotter
Valerie Rusk
James Sanders
Steve Schaetzel
Leon Scott
Lori Shapiro
Rita Sheffey
Jeremy Silverman
Tim Silvis
Adrienne Smith
Susan Smith
Kathyrn Solley
Farah Spainhour
Charles Sperling
Robert Steed
Stephen Stone
Virginia Stratton
Joan Stuart
John Tanner
Susan Tarnower
Virginia Wadsworth
Daniel Warren
Lisa Williams
Carolyn Wingfield
Scott Wright
Posted on November 30, 2010

The Association of Corporate Counsel-Georgia Chapter and King & Spalding teamed up this September to provide a unique fundraiser supporting the work of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. This year’s event combined CLE opportunities, cocktails, and a silent auction in the inaugural “CLE Jamboree.” The fundraiser was held on September 30th at King & Spalding and raised over $16,000 to support the Partnership. Additionally, the event helped Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta reach their $25,000 goal in the SunTrust Challenge. Rachel Epps Spears, Executive Director of the Partnership, remarked that “this year’s event exceeded my expectations.”

Over 100 attorneys attended the half-day CLE event which featured a keynote address by Paul Clement, Former Solicitor General of the United States. That evening, attendees were treated to a cocktail reception and silent auction.

While this year’s event featured a new CLE format, the fundraiser was actually the 4th annual ACC-GA event benefiting Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. Past events featured golf and tennis tournaments and a spa day. In the past four years, ACC-GA has raised about $200,000 for the Partnership. “Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta is incredibly grateful to ACC-GA for its generous and loyal support of our work,” said Spears. “They have been our biggest cheerleaders and our largest single source of funding.”

Special thanks to Betsy Griswold, President of ACC-GA, and Paul Murphy of King & Spalding for taking the lead in organizing the event.