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.