Posted on March 7, 2014

To celebrate another successful year, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta held its ninth annual appreciation reception for donors and volunteers. Over 100 attorneys gathered at Alston & Bird on February 18, 2014 to recognize the incredible work accomplished by PBPA volunteers this past year. After PBPA client Dolph Goldenburg of Living Room spoke about the importance of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta to his organization and the nonprofit community, Executive Director Rachel Epps Spears thanked all of the volunteer attorneys who contributed free legal services valued at over $2 million to nonprofit organizations in 2013. PBPA Board Chair Rick McMurtry of Turner Broadcasting handed out Frabel glass peach sculptures to the following attorneys, law firms and corporations in recognition for outstanding volunteer achievement:

Southern Company and Georgia Power, Corporation of the Year
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Law Firm of the Year

Volunteers of the Year:

  • Mindy Simon of Emory University
  • Joe Freeman of Cox Communications
  • Michelle Johnson of Nelson Mullins
  • Jim Johnson and Julie Murphy of Sutherland
  • Mark Johanson of Ogletree Deakins
  • Geoff Weirich of Paul Hastings
  • Nedom Haley of Baker Donelson

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta also gave the Happy Perkins Award to Debbie Segal, retired pro bono partner for Kilpatrick Townsend, in appreciation of her many contributions to Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.

Generous contributions by the following businesses covered the expenses of the appreciation event:

  • Presenting Sponsor
    • Thomson Reuters
  • Sustaining Sponsor
    • RR Donnelly
  • Supporting Sponsor
    • Wells Fargo
    • Counsel on Call
    • Habif Arogeti & Wynne

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta would not exist without volunteers and donor,” 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.

Posted on June 20, 2012
Volunteers loading soap to be shipped.

Hotels in the United States discard an estimated 2.6 million bars of soap every day. Around the world, there are over 45 million people with limited or no access to clean water or soap, leaving them susceptible to life-threatening illnesses.

Three years ago Derreck Kayongo and his wife Sarah, former Kenyan refugees, recognized the potential in what Americans throw out every day to save the lives of refugees and vulnerable populations. From their dreams and dedication emerged The Global Soap Project. What started as a small venture in the Kayongo’s Atlanta basement, is now an organization partnered with more than 300 hotels. With the help of these hotels, The Global Soap Project generates over 100 tons of recycled soap for suffering communities in nine countries.

The organization collects soap in mass quantities from hotels and is then processed by volunteers at Global Soap Project’s warehouse in Georgia. At the warehouse, a machine is used to filter out dirt and particles from the soap, and finally, the soap is sent to a laboratory and screened for pathogens before being shipped around the world.

The Global Soap Project’s work has garnered much deserved international attention. Kayongo was recently recognized as a Top 10 Finalist for the 2011 CNN Hero Award. Along with the help of volunteer attorneys through Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, the organization has been able to focus their attention on helping those in great need.

“With their help, we’ve been able to improve the structure of our volunteer program and soap making operations. They’ve saved us considerable time and money – two resources that are critical to our success,” says Sam Stephens, executive director of The Global Soap Project.

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has worked with The Global Soap Project on a wide variety of projects. For example, Ashley Herd of Meyer Moser Lang advised the organization on hiring an executive director, and Alex Fonoroff and Sabina Vayner of Kilpatrick Townsend are currently assisting Global Soap Project with international trademark protection. Stacey Turner of Georgia Power, Sloane Perras of Aaron’s and Luanna Petti have also donated their time and talents to help the Global Soap Project.

Posted on January 27, 2010

Nearly 100 attorneys gathered at Georgia Power Company on January 26, 2010 to celebrate another successful year for Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (PBP-Atl). For the fifth year in a row, PBP-Atl held an appreciation reception for its donors and volunteers and also presented special recognition awards. PBP-Atl thanks Georgia Power Company for hosting the wonderful evening.

Jo Ann Cooper of Refugee Women’s Network and Chad Hale of Georgia Avenue Community Ministry, both clients of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, spoke about the importance of PBP-Atl to the nonprofit community. PBP-Atl’s Board Vice Chairman, Frank Landgraff, and Executive Director, Rachel Epps Spears then presented Frabel glass peach sculptures in recognition of the following awards for outstanding volunteer achievement:

  • United Parcel Service, Corporation of the Year
  • DLA Piper, Law Firm of the Year
  • Lawton Hawkins of Coca-Cola Company, In-House Volunteer of the Year
  • Nancy K. Kumar of Georgia Power Company, In-House Volunteer of the Year
  • George Sewell, Volunteer of the Year
  • Valerie King of Baker Donelson, Law Firm Volunteer of the Year
  • Stuart Neiman of Kilpatrick Stockton, Law Firm Volunteer of the Year
  • Jennifer Van Ness of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, Law Firm Volunteer of the Year
  • Thomas Bishop of Georgia Power Company, Special Recognition Award

PBP-Atl also recognized the Association of Corporate Counsel – Georgia Chapter for hosting, and Kilpatrick Stockton for sponsoring, the 2009 Golf, Tennis & Spa Event, which raised over $60,000 for PBP-Atl.

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