Posted on March 21, 2013

At twelve years old, Kate Atwood lost her mother after a six year battle with breast cancer. Numbed by the loss, Kate immersed herself in sports and social activities but the spiritual void she felt in her life was still unfulfilled. It wasn’t until Kate became involved with a bereavement camp that she began to heal.

Inspired by Kate’s experience, Kate’s Club was created. A nonprofit that began in June 2003 with humble beginnings has now touched the lives of over 400 children and their families. The organization helps empower and heal children that have lost a sibling or parent by providing social, recreational and emotional support. Operated entirely on donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations, Kate’s Club offers all support services, programs, and camps free of charge.

The organization has earned well deserved publicity and recognition. Over the last few years, Kate’s Club has been featured on CNN, The View, and in several magazines. But more importantly, the publicity has been a way for many children and teens that have lost a loved one to find Kate’s Club and become a part of the organization.

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has connected Kate’s Club with generous volunteer attorneys to help with their legal needs, ranging from employment to contracts to intellectual property. According to Emily Brenner Hawkins, Executive Director of Kate’s Club, “the volunteer attorneys … have been incredibly experienced, effective and attuned to our needs as a nonprofit. The process of working with them and with PBPA has been a pleasure and the work has greatly strengthened the legal and policy framework of our organization. We are able to more effectively execute our mission because of our partnership with PBPA.”

The following attorneys have provided pro bono assistance to Kate’s Club through Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. In addition, Valerie King (pictured 2nd from the left), not only advised Kate’s Club on legal issues, but also volunteers her time to Kate’s Club by visiting grieving children with rescue pets from Happy Tails, an animal rescue group.

Eric Barton of Seyfarth Shaw
Evan Pontz of Troutman Sanders
Mark Taylor of Taylor, English, and Duma
Mary Williams of The Coca-Cola Company
Ken Barr of The Home Depot
Christopher Holland of Smith, Gambrell, & Russell
Tim McDonald of Thompson Hine
Rick McMurtry and Toni Millner of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Posted on June 20, 2012

The Coca-Cola Company – ABA Business Law Section’s 2012 National Public Service Award
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP – State Bar of Georgia ABC Pro Bono Business Law Award
Timothy B. Phillips –Atlanta Business Chronicle Corporate Counsel Award for Community Champion

Henry Walker and Debbie Segal of
Kilpatrick Townsend accept pro bono award

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta would like to congratulate The Coca-Cola Company, Kilpatrick Townsend, and Timothy Phillips on their 2012 pro bono awards.

Each year, the ABA Business Law Section’s National Public Service Award recognizes an individual business lawyer, a law firm, and/or a corporate law department for demonstrating significant pro bono services. Executive Director Rachel Epps Spears nominated The Coca-Cola Company for the award based on its sustained commitment to proving pro bono legal services to the poor through a variety of programs, including Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (PBP-Atl). The Coca-Cola Company played a pivotal role in founding PBP-Atl in 2005 and since that time, 55 Coca-Cola attorneys and paralegals have advised clients of PBP-ATL on almost 150 legal matters. In 2011 alone, Coca-Cola attorneys worked on 25 different pro bono projects for nonprofits. Coca-Cola’s attorneys and paralegals have provided free legal advice to nonprofits such as the Down Syndrome Association of Atlanta, Fugees Family (an organization that teaches life skills to refugee children through soccer), and Voice Today (a nonprofit that works to protect and heal women from sexual abuse).

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta would also like to recognize Kilpatrick Townsend on receiving the State Bar of Georgia A Business Commitment Pro Bono Business Law Award. Over 140 attorneys in Kilpatrick Townsend’s Atlanta office have volunteered on over 240 different pro bono projects through PBP-Atl. Kilpatrick Townsend attorneys have volunteered their time for nonprofits such as Caminar Latino (a domestic violence intervention program for Latino families), Foster Childrens’ Foundation and Embraced Atlanta (an organization that provides orthopedic and prosthetic devices to low-income individuals, Enchanted Closet (a non profit that provides prom dresses to teens).

Elizabeth Finn Johnson of The Coca-Cola Company accepts pro bono award

Finally, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta congratulates Timothy Phillips for winning the 2012 Atlanta Business Chronicle Corporate Counsel Award for Community Champion. This award recognizes a corporate counsel who has performed excellent corporate work and made significant contributions in pro bono work. As Senior Counsel and now Interim Chief Counsel with the American Cancer Society, Tim has taken on more pro bono matters through PBP-Atl than any other volunteer. He has advised over 30 nonprofits on legal issues related to their tax-exempt status including Georgia Justice Project, Habitat for Humanity DeKalb and Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network. Notably, the other finalists for the Community Champion Award are also outstanding PBP-Atl volunteers and supporters: Elizabeth Finn Johnson of The Coca-Cola Company and Teri McClure of United Parcel Service.

“We see our volunteers give generously of their time and expertise every day. It’s wonderful when they get recognition from others for the important work that they do,” said Rachel Epps Spears.

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
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.”