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 July 18, 2013

Nonprofits encourage community involvement and support through many different approaches such as food pantries, resource centers, and programs for children; but have you ever considered bringing a community closer together through bicycles? Three organizations, that all happen to be clients of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta – SOPO Bicycle Co-op, Beltline Bike Shop, and Bike Athens strive to do just that. While these organizations use different approaches they all seek to bring communities closer, educate those in the community, and help one another through bicycles.

SOPO Bicycle Co-op is a shop that pools the members’ resources together to create access to cycling by providing maintenance and service through education. The shop provides tools and parts in exchange for donations, although nobody is ever turned down for inability to donate. Local volunteers help teach each other how to fix their own bikes so they are able to do so on their own in the future. The goal of The Beltline Bike Shop is to foster positive relationships between the children and adults in the community by providing a chance for children to earn a bike through service in the community. The shop exists to teach kids the value of hard work, goal setting, and respect. Bike Athens seeks to provide a transportation network for all Athenians. They want to make walking, cycling, and public transit more attainable through education, advocacy, and community service.

These three organizations have had great success in bettering their communities through bicycles. SOPO Bicycle Co-op has taught many people how to repair their own bikes and Bike Athens refurbished over 140 bikes in just 2011. These organizations have a unique niche and are making their communities stronger every day. “Give a kid a bike, and he will simply ride it wherever he goes, but let him earn the bike, and you can make him a part of the community.” – Beltline Bike Shop.

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has matched these organizations with many volunteer attorneys. Thank you to Virginia Carron and Chris Kent from Finnegan; Robert Capobianco of Jackson Lewis; Kevin Erwin and Sean Honeywill of Paul Hastings; and Kevin Glidewell of Turner Broadcasting, who have volunteered to assist these organizations with their legal needs.

Posted on June 20, 2012

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta volunteers provided more than $2.3 million worth of legal services to Atlanta nonprofits last year. The time and talents of our attorney volunteers make a big difference to the nonprofits they serve. Below are some “shout outs” to our volunteers from their appreciative nonprofit clients:

To: Jared Brandman of The Coca-Cola Company and Dan Rollman of DLA Piper
From: Fund for Southern Communities
“We truly appreciate all the time that you gave to this project, including meetings with our Board of Directors to review each one of the documents and answer their questions. It was a pleasure working with you all.”

To: Ashley Herd of Meyer Moser Lang
From: Global Soap Project
“I just wanted to thank you again for all the incredible work you performed for the Global Soap Project. I hope you know that we could not have made so much progress within the last 60 days without your help.”

Shout out to Jason Howard of Paul Hastings
From: Child Development Association
“Thanks to Jason, we were able to craft a strategy that met our Board’s approval and provided significant help to our tenant who was struggling. The new lease arrangement has been working smoothly for three months and the tenant has been very appreciative. They have even been coming up with fundraising ideas to benefit the CDA!”

To: Lisa Reeves of Turner Broadcasting System
From: Youth V.I.B.E.
“Your support helped us to maintain compliance and provide the necessary documents to garner more funding. Thank you again and may you continue to serve as a catalyst to empower the youth in our community.”

To: Keisha Coleman of Ballard Spahr
From:
S.H.A.R.E. House
“Thank you for volunteering to help S.H.A.R.E. House with its employee handbook. It was great working with you in this process. You have been a great teacher and educator relating to what we need to do as an organization.”

Posted on February 22, 2012

To celebrate another successful year, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta held its seventh annual appreciation reception for donors and volunteers. Over 100 attorneys gathered at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan on January 24, 2012 to recognize the incredible work accomplished by PBP-Atl volunteers this past year.

After PBP-Atl clients Jimmy Wilson of Loganville Community Ministry Village and Lauren O’Brien of Embraced Atlanta spoke about the impact of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta on their organizations, 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 2011. Frabel glass peach sculptures were then presented to the following attorneys, law firms and corporations in recognition for outstanding volunteer achievement:

  • AT&T, Corporation of the Year
  • Sutherland, Law Firm of the Year
  • Volunteers of the Year:
    • John W. Mills, III of Barnes & Thornburg
    • Adrienne L. Smith of Sutherland
    • Darcy White of Paul Hastings
    • Thomas Federico of Turner Broadcasting System
    • Val Rusk of Turner Broadcasting System
    • Marion Tilson of AT&T

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta gave a special appreciation award to Datacert for their donation of the Passport matter management platform which has greatly increased the efficiency of the Partnership staff.

PBP-Atl also presented the inaugural Founders Award to Happy R. Perkins. Happy, who recently retired as General Counsel of GE Energy, played a pivotal role in organizing Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta and served on the organization’s Board for seven years. The Founders Award will be presented from time to time to recognize an individual who makes an outstanding contribution to Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.

For the first time, PBPA-Atl offered sponsorships for the reception and generous contributions by the following businesses covered the expenses of the appreciation event:

  • Sustaining Sponsor
    • RR Donnelly
    • Pangea3
  • Supporting Sponsor
    • IVIZE
    • Counsel on Call

“Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta would not exist without our 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.”

Posted on November 22, 2011

Imagine sending your child to a school with a student teacher ratio of 6:1, where students from all socioeconomic backgrounds are excelling, and are well above the national average in every subject, and to top it all off, the school is free. While that may sound too good to be true, it isn’t. Thanks to the work of Dean Leeper, the founding principal of the Kindezi School, several Atlanta families have chosen the charter school for their child.

Kindezi School Students

Unfortunately, not every family can enroll their children. In fact, the waitlist for Kindezi School, which currently offers grades K through three, is over 300 kids. In order for a child to be admitted to study at the Kindezi School- he or she must win the lottery—literally.

The reason behind the demand is simple: the school has adopted a Differentiated Learning Plan for every student. Teachers spend hours of daily one-on-one time with students in order to determine how each child learns most effectively and adjust the curriculum accordingly.

“Some students need a lot of love and discipline. We can give them that support,” noted Leeper.

The Kindezi School puts an emphasis on both the arts and leadership. Teachers integrate the arts into math, social studies, science, and language arts. The school believes that this integration facilitates a deeper and more engaged learning experience. Further, the school focuses on teaching students to examine the importance of leadership and service inside the classroom, in their local community, and as global citizens.

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has matched the Kindezi School with several volunteer attorneys. For example, Joey Silver of DLA Piper assisted with the incorporation process and Happy Perkins and Jules Frauenhofer of GE Energy, along with several King & Spalding attorneys, handled the 501(c)(3) application process. Katie Manley and Windsor Adams of Paul Hastings advised the school on labor and employment issues and Jeremy Hilsman of Kilpatrick Townsend is currently providing assistance reviewing a lease.