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 August 14, 2011

Kelly Duncan, born profoundly deaf, was the first hearing impaired firefighter ever hired at Station 4, the busiest station in Clayton County. Because of cochlear implants and the therapy she received at the Auditory-Verbal Center, she is able to do the job she loves. Jonathan Brilling was also born profoundly deaf and started therapy at the Center when he was only six weeks old.

Therapy at Auditory-Verbal Center

He just graduated as a Lieutenant and member of the Armed Exhibition Drill Team from Riverside Military Academy. Auditory-Verbal Center has many more success stories like these with 100% of its graduates age three or older attending regular schools.

The Auditory-Verbal Center has two locations, Atlanta and Macon, but serves people all over the state of Georgia. The audiology department provides total hearing healthcare through diagnostic testing, hearing aids, and even newborn screening. The Auditory-Verbal Center is one of only a few organizations to provide newborn hearing screening or ABR without sedation. The Audiology department serves anyone from birth to senior.

The Auditory-Verbal Center provides auditory-verbal therapy for very young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. There is an optimal period of time for therapy because a child’s greatest capacity for learning language occurs within the first few years of life. The goal of the therapy is to enable mild to profoundly deaf children to have independent hearing and communication, without the use of sign language or lip reading. Both the child and the family attend therapy sessions at the Center once a week and then implement the techniques at home. When a child graduates from the program they are age appropriate expressively and receptively to their hearing peers by the time they enter kindergarten.

The Auditory-Verbal Center provides this hearing therapy for a fraction of the cost of conventional methods. The Center does not turn families away because of lack of funds and often provides families with discounts and scholarships. According to Debbie Brilling, the CEO of the Auditory-Verbal Center, “Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta is an amazing resource that helps to ensure more money goes toward helping children. The pro bono attorneys we have worked with have been top-notch.” Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has matched the Center with the following volunteer attorneys to help with various contracts and employment matters: Todd Grice of The Coca-Cola Company, Bryony Bowers of AGL Resources, and Kelly Giustina of Delta Airlines.