Committees, Programs & Sections

2011 Pro Bono Awards

The Dan Bradley Award

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

The 2010 Dan Bradley Award is presented to James Phillip "Phil" Bond in recognition of his dedication to access to justice for low-income Georgians, for his leadership in advocacy and for a career that reflects commitment to professionalism and quality legal services. Bond is the managing attorney of the Macon office of GLSP.

The H. Sol Clark Award

    Thomas Richardson


    Jeff Nix

The H. Sol Clark Award is named for former Court of Appeals of Georgia 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 two recipients for the 2010 H. Sol Clark Award, Thomas F. Richardson, partner, Chambless, Higdon, Richardson, Katz & Griggs, LLP, Macon; and Jeffrey J. Nix, partner, Troutman Sanders, LLP, Atlanta. Richardson was selected for his deep commitment to pro bono services in the Macon area; for his role as mentor to legal services attorneys; for his willingness to share his time and talents in important and complex pro bono litigation; and for his devotion to professionalism and service. Nix was selected for his dedication to, and passion for, justice; for his assistance in building and nurturing pro bono programs for the poor; and for his personal commitment to many individual pro bono clients.

The 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 Georgia Access to Justice Committee presented the 2010 William B. Spann Jr. Award to the Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network, also known as GAIN. The committee recognizes GAIN, a nonprofit legal advocacy program, for providing critical legal assistance to immigrant victims of human trafficking and violence in obtaining lawful permanent residence; for providing attorneys with pro bono training and opportunities to assist marginalized clients; and for commitment to equal access to justice under the law.

The A Business Commitment Pro Bono Award


    Valerie King

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 2010 A Business Commitment Award is presented to Valerie P. King, of counsel, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, Atlanta, for her deep commitment to pro bono business legal services for the nonprofit sector as evidenced by the many pro bono business law matters she has handled, and by her generous board service and guidance to legal advocacy programs that create pro bono business law opportunities for business lawyers who would otherwise find it difficult to identify pro bono opportunities for service.