Posted on March 7, 2014

In 2013, over 575 attorneys volunteered for new matters with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta! To see a full list of those who have volunteered, click here. Interested in volunteering? Click here for a current list of volunteer opportunities!

To: Todd Williams and Carly Regan of Turner Broadcasting
From: Urban Recipe
We cannot thank you enough for your labors through Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta for Georgia Avenue Community Ministry (now dba Urban Recipe!). Your work was timely and expert and you were most patient with my bumbling. I am also very aware that your gift to us of your time and expertize was a huge contribution to our work, as we do not have in-house lawyers and do not have the budget to afford the sort of valued guidance you gave to us. So we are most appreciative.

To: Melloney Douce of Rolta and Katy McConnell of Kilpatrick Townsend
From: Living Room, Inc.
We are truly grateful that gave so generously of your time – even cutting into your vacation in Europe to work on our policy. You have helped strengthen us as an organization, and have enabled us to focus on our mission related work. Thank you!

To: Ashley Halfman of Miller & Martin
From: Prevent Child Abuse Newton
I just want you to know what all of your efforts have meant to me, our former board members, and the community. Saying thank you seems such a poor phrase in this instance, but it is heartfelt.

To: Payal Cramer of McKenna Long & Aldridge
From: Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse
The generosity of you and McKenna Long & Aldridge allows organizations such as Side by Side to maintain our focus on serving those in need. We are so blessed to have a resource like Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta and your firm to help ensure that we are following best practices and protecting the organization from undue risk in areas in which we lack expertise.

To: Adam Ney and Michael Kerman of Sutherland
From: Sober Living America
Once again, we cannot thank you enough. Sober Living America is now providing housing and recovery services to over 150 people daily, and you make that possible! We are truly grateful to you guys and Sutherland, the work you do in the nonprofit community is outstanding.

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 March 21, 2013

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: Robert Jones III of Sutherland
From: Crime Victims Advocacy Council
It has been a real blessing getting to work with you to clean up our minutes and by-laws. Thank you for being willing to share your expertise with us. I have been so blessed by CVAC’s relationship with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta! Thanks also to Sutherland for providing your time, and a home to PBPA!

To: Matt McGrath of Nelson Mullins
From: Georgia Radio Reading Service
My very greatest thanks for all of your efforts on behalf of GaRRS. You are a pleasure to work with and I am delighted that our website is up to par now! You all are so kind to give of your knowledge and time to nonprofits like us. Be blessed always!

To: Carly Regan and Rick McMurtry of Turner Broadcasting
From: Visions Anew Institute
You and Rick have been a Godsend to us – ever vigilant in our needs. I would never have realized that we needed a second design trademark without your comprehension of the whole picture. As we fly ever higher.. we need to have all the legalities covered. I am so grateful to you!

To: Isabella Lee of Ford Harrison
From: Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
I cannot thank you enough for taking the time and effort to produce these forms for us. I cannot brag enough on the efforts Isabella took for us. She came to the Center for a tour, brought me a binder of information and stayed to ask and answer questions. What a gift!

To: Joe Freeman of Cox Communications
From: Child Development Association
Your contribution of pro bono services will enable the CDA to better serve the preschool children of working poor families by providing affordable childcare and early childhood education programs. Thank you for sharing our vision of great starts toward bright futures for these youngsters.

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

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 29, 2011

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: Elizabeth Weller of Turner Entertainment Networks
From: Living Water for Girls
“Thank you so much for connecting Living Water for Girls with Turner Broadcasting. I met with a Liz Weller, Vice President/Deputy General Counsel at Turner Entertainment Networks on this past Saturday, and of course, this would not have been possible without your assistance. She is brilliant and offered sound guidance for our future endeavors.”

To: Jarrod Loadholt of Troutman Sanders
From: Carroll County Family Connection
“I can’t tell you how wonderful Jarrod has been. He was quick to check the documents as I completed them and was always available to take my calls. He is an incredible attorney and he made this process so easy. Thank you for making this possible for our organization.”

To: Laura Bogan of The Home Depot
From: Margot Swann of Visions Anew Institute
“I would like to thank you wholeheartedly for the time and effort you put into advising us about employee status. Knowing when to classify employees and/or volunteers as exempt or non-exempt is very helpful. I understand you had to do a good bit of research in order to advise us.”

To: Andrew Morris of Sutherland
From: PEDS
“On behalf of PEDS, I want to express our appreciation to Pro Bono Partnership for connecting us to Andrew Morris. Andrew has been a terrific help to us. His help drafting agreements is enabling us to expand our capacity and resources dramatically.”

To: Judy Powell and Tywanda Lord of Kilpatrick Stockton and Jill Warner of McRae Brooks Warner
From: The Atlanta Women’s Foundation
“Words are not adequate to express how much we appreciate your assistance with our efforts to trademark two of our Community Initiative Programs. We are so grateful to you for rolling up your sleeves and giving your legal efforts to this matter.”

Posted on August 16, 2011

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 the nonprofits they serve. Below are some “shout outs” to our volunteers from their appreciative nonprofit clients:

A cake celebrating Jeannette Rankin
Foundation’s new bylaws

To: Nicholas Farrell of Hillenbrand and Matt Madison of Troutman Sanders
From: The Jeanette Rankin Foundation
“It was several months ago when you embarked on this project as a volunteer attorney with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. I want to extend my sincere thanks to you for your work on our new bylaws to have them conform to normal standards for non-profit organizations as well as Georgia law. Thank you for your guidance through this process.”

To: Kevin Glidewell of Turner Broadcasting System
From: BikeAthens
“On behalf of the Bike Athens Board of Directors, please allow me to express our appreciation for the pro bono assistance you and your team has provided us in the matter of obtaining state and federal trademark protection. Throughout the process you were forthcoming and responsive to the questions we raised. It has been a pleasure working with you. If you ever find yourself in Athens please let us know, as we would love to share a bicycle ride with you”

To: Richard Rimer of Troutman Sanders
From: Renovacion Conyugal
“I just wanted to let you know that we just received the official certificates from the Trademark Office for the 3 marks that Richard Rimer from Troutman Sanders presented in our behalf. We are so happy! We never dreamed that we could have this possibility. This is one of the many wonderful things that Pro Bono makes a reality for small nonprofits like us. You are making a difference! Richard has been fantastic! We have never gotten this without his dedication and genuine interest for us.”

To: John Jett of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP
From: Compassion House
“Thank you so much for all of the hard work and expertise you put into developing the Privacy Policy for Compassion House! We are blessed by your generosity and skill. This will be a valuable addition to the work we do here. It is a good feeling to know that we are doing things correctly and that we have received such good legal counsel.”

To: Carolyn Wingfield of AT&T and Frank Riggs of Troutman Sanders
From: East Atlanta Community Association
“Thank you for your time and diligence on EACA’s Neighbor in Need initiative. Your work has set the organization on firm ground, so that it can continue its work in improving seniors’ quality of life. Your advice and direction has put our passion on stable ground. With your expertise, EACA can confidently fulfill its mission for years to come.”

Posted on February 13, 2011

When we asked Rick McMurtry, Assistant General Counsel, and Betsy Holland, Director of Corporate Responsibility & Civic Affairs, both of Turner Broadcasting System, whether Turner might be willing to make a promotional video for Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, we had in mind a guy with a video camera asking a few clients some questions. We certainly did not envision a crew of 14, a cast of 7, 11 interviews, two days of filming, four days of editing, catered meals and a partridge in a pear tree. It did seem like the 12 days of Christmas for us as the Turner crew worked feverishly to finish the video before their self-imposed December 31 deadline.

Where we thought Turner would just donate the time of a couple of employees, they had a significant budget of real dollars to pay for a production that was on par with anything they would do for a paying client. Special thanks go to Rick, Betsy, Bob Callner, Carol Dorsey and Rene Vance from Turner for all of their assistance and to interviewees Elizabeth Finn Johnson, Happy Perkins, Jim Johnson, Darcy White, Nancy Kumar, Charles Sperling, BryAnn Chen, Genene Stewart and Andy Schneggenburger.

The result is incredible, so click here to see our volunteer attorney video and click here to view client testimonials!

Posted on February 13, 2011

Over 100 attorneys gathered at AGL Resources on January 25, 2011 to celebrate another successful year for Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. For the sixth year in a row, PBP-Atl held an appreciation reception for its donors and volunteers and also presented special recognition awards.

PBP-Atl’s Board Chair, Frank Landgraff of GE Energy, started off the evening by thanking PBP-Atl donors, including the following donors who gave $25,000 or more in 2010: The Coca-Cola Company, GE Energy, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, SunTrust Foundation, Sutherland and UPS Foundation. Executive Director Rachel Epps Spears then presented a new volunteer recruitment video produced and donated by Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Ms. Spears thanked all of PBP-Atl’s volunteers who contributed free legal services valued at over $2.4 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:

  • The Home Depot, Corporation of the Year
  • Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton, Law Firm of the Year
  • Volunteers of the Year:
    Elizabeth Finn Johnson of The Coca-Cola Company
    Jared Brandman of The Coca-Cola Company
    Jim Coil of Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton
    Dan Rollman of DLA Piper

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta also gave special appreciation awards to Turner Broadcasting System for the donation of the new videos and to United Parcel Service for its $50,000 grant to PBP-Atl through the UPS Foundation, which is the largest single donation that PBP-Atl has ever received.

“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.”