Public Service Opportunities

Pro Bono Awards, Honor Roll and ICLE Voucher Rewards

On an annual basis, the State Bar of Georgia Access to Justice Committee and the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project solicit nominations for the State Bar's Pro Bono Awards in March of each year.

The annual Pro Bono Honor Roll is published in the June edition of the State Bar of Georgia Bar Journal. To be recognized in the annual Honor Roll, an attorney must have accepted at least one civil pro bono case through a structured, coordinated civil pro bono program in Georgia.

The State Bar Pro Bono Project, in cooperation with the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency (CCLC), distributes $150 vouchers to attorneys who have accepted at least three civil pro bono cases from a structured, coordinated civil pro bono program in Georgia. The vouchers can be applied toward the cost of any CLE program offered by ICLE in Georgia.

2013 State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Award Recipients

H. Sol Clark Award

The H. Sol Clark Award is named for former Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Clark of Savannah, who is known as the “father of legal aid in Georgia.” The prestigious Clark Award honors an individual lawyer who has excelled in one or more of a variety of activities that extend civil legal services to the poor.

Guy E. LescaultThe State Bar of Georgia Access to Justice Committee has selected Atlanta lawyer Guy E. Lescault for the 2013 H. Sol Clark Award.

Guy E. Lescault has been selected by the Access to Justice Committee of the State Bar of Georgia as a recipient of the H. Sol Clark Award for his deep commitment to the development and institutionalization of civil legal aid and pro bono services; for his leadership role on the national and state level on the fuller integration of legal aid and pro bono programs into local and state justice systems; and for his devotion to professionalism and service to the ideal of justice for all.


William B. Spann Jr. Award

The Spann Award is given each year to a local bar association, law firm, or community organization in Georgia that has developed a civil pro bono program that has satisfied previously unmet legal needs or extended services to underserved segments of the population.  The award is named for a former president of the American Bar Association and former executive director of the State Bar of Georgia.

The State Bar of Geoburr_logorgia Access to Justice Committee presents the 2013 William B. Spann Jr. Award to the Atlanta office of Burr & Forman LLP.  The firm is being honored for its pro work for low-income Georgians in the areas of health law and elder law.  Burr & Forman volunteer lawyers are commended for their firm-wide guardianship project on behalf of children and adults receiving medical care who need family members such as grandparents or other adults to help them make financial and health care decisions.


Dan Bradley Legal Services Award

The Dan Bradley Award honors the memory of Georgia native and Mercer Law graduate Dan J. Bradley, who was president of the federal Legal Services Corporation from 1979 to 1982. He is credited by Bill Brokermany with having been instrumental in saving the Legal Services Corporation, which funds programs like Georgia Legal Services Program and the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, from elimination in the early 1980s. 

The Dan Bradley Legal Services Award recognizes the work of an Atlanta Legal Aid or Georgia Legal Services Program attorney who has excelled in the commitment to the delivery of quality legal services to the poor and to providing equal access to justice.

For 2013, the State Bar of Georgia confers the Dan Bradley Legal Services Award to William K. Broker, managing attorney of the Savannah Regional Office of Georgia Legal Services Program, for his long-term commitment of nearly 33 years to quality civil legal services for the poor, and for his innovations in legal aid delivery and pro bono services development.


Law School Excellence in Access to Justice Award - New for 2014!

Created by the State Bar of Georgia Access to Justice Committee and the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division (YLD), the Law School Excellence in Access to Justice Award is open to all law students currently enrolled in or graduating from an accredited Georgia law school. The Law School Excellence in Access to Justice Award will recognize an individual law student or law student group or group activity.   The award specifically recognizes a law student who has excelled in participation in support of a civil pro bono or legal aid program or who has developed or has been instrumental in the development of a civil pro bono program satisfying previously unmet civil legal needs or extended services to underserved segments of the population.  The Award may also specifically recognize a law student-led group or activity that has demonstrated an effective mechanism in addressing the civil legal needs of the community or that has demonstrated a high level of participation and commitment of its members to provision of civil legal services to the poor in the community.

All law-related activities for which the nominee is credited must be within the realm of those permitted for law students or under the direction of a lawyer or law school program.

Download the Nomination Criteria and Form here.


The A Business Commitment Nonprofit Business Law Pro Bono Award

The A Business Commitment Award is presented by the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project to honor the business law pro bono contributions of an individual lawyer, corporate legal department or law firm to the nonprofit community and community economic development sector in Georgia.

The State Bar of Georgia presents the 2013 A Business Commitment Award to the Atlanta office of Jones Day and Hunter Maclean LLP attorney Edward Olmsted Henneman Jr.

Jones Day volunteer lawyers are commended for their deep commitment to pro bono business legal services for the nonprofit sector as evidenced by the many pro bono business law matters handled by the firm’s lawyers on behalf of dozens of nonprofits serving diverse communities.  The firm is commended for its dedication to professionalism and to quality pro bono legal services for nonprofits that make Georgia communities a better place to live.  Edward Olmsted Henneman Jr. is commended for using his legal skills to provide an array of transactional pro bono services and especially for pro bono work that benefited the Savannah community through the creation of an affordable housing framework and the creation of a housing trust fund that will help ensure housing stability for the Savannah community.

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Edward Olmsted Henneman Jr.
Hunter Mclean, LLP


 

2012 State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Award Recipients

H. Sol Clark Award

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Debra A. Segal
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

 

H. Sol Clark Award

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William E. Hoffmann Jr.
King & Spalding LLP


William B. Spann Jr. Award

The General Practice & Trial Section of the State Bar of Georgia


Dan Bradley Legal Services Award

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The A Business Commitment Nonprofit Business Law Pro Bono Award

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