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.

2014 State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Award Recipients

H. Sol Clark Award

The H. Sol ClaDaly_Taylorrk 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.

The State Bar of Georgia Access to Justice Committee has selected Atlanta lawyer Taylor Tapley Daly of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP for the 2014 H. Sol Clark Award.


William B. Spann Jr. Award

Judge Brenda WeaverThe 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 Georgia Access to Justice Committee presents the 2014 William B. Spann Jr. Award to the Family Law Information Center of the Appalachian Judicial District, the Hon. Brenda Weaver, Chief Judge.

Dan Bradley Award

Cathy VandenbergThe 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 many 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 2014, the State Bar of Georgia confers the Dan Bradley Legal Services Award to Catherine Vandenberg, managing attorney of the Cobb Office of Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

A Business Commitment Award

Turner BroadcastingThe 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 2014 A Business Commitment Award to the Legal Department of Turner Broadcasting.

Law School Excellence in Access to Justice Award

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.

The Law School Excellence in Access to Justice Individual Award for 2014 is presented to Leslie Ann Salley for access to justice activities at the Georgia State University College of Law.

Emory Law logoThe Law School Excellence in Access to Justice Group Award for 2014 is presented to the Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans




2013 State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Award Recipients

H. Sol Clark Award

Guy E. Lescault

Guy E. Lescault

William B. Spann Jr. Award

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Dan Bradley Legal Services Award

Bill Broker

William K. Broker, Georgia Legal Services Program, Savannah

The A Business Commitment Nonprofit Business Law Pro Bono Award

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Edward Olmsted Henneman Jr., Hunter Mclean, LLP

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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

David Webster

David A. Webster

The A Business Commitment Nonprofit Business Law Pro Bono Award

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