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2014 ACYL Associates' Campaign for Legal Services

Posted By Matthew J. Simmons, Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, September 16, 2014

 

The 2014 ACYL Associates’ Campaign for Legal Services will run throughout the entire month of October 2014.  The Associates Campaign is an annual grass-roots campaign comprised of associates at Atlanta-area law firms that aims to raise both awareness of the critical need for pro bono legal services in our community and much-needed funds for those organizations.

The ACYL celebrated the Campaign kick-off at a happy hour on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Ri Ra Irish Pub.  Representatives of the Campaign’s beneficiary organizations were on hand to discuss their work and answered questions regarding how to contribute and get involved.  

The beneficiaries of the 2014 Campaign are:

  • Georgia Innocence Project;
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Inc.;
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society;
  • Georgia Legal Services Program;
  • Georgia Resource Center;
  • Georgia Appleseed;
  • Georgia Justice Project;
  • GreenLaw;
  • Truancy Intervention Project Georgia;
  • Southern Center for Human Rights;
  • Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta; and
  • Investor Advocacy Clinic.

Since its inception in 2000, the Associates’ Campaign has raised over $500,000- for Atlanta-area legal services organizations.  Last year alone, the Associates’ Campaign raised $22,788 from associates in law firms across Atlanta for sixteen legal services organizations.  The leaders from last year in terms of raising total dollars are as follows:

  1. Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP ($9,270) 
  2. Taylor English Duma, LLP ($2,501) 
  3. Alston & Bird LLP ($1,380)

The Campaign, which is organized by the ACYL Board, is carried out through campaign coordinators at each local firm who provide information and seek contributions from their fellow associates.  Last year, the Associates’ Campaign relied on the following dedicated group of associates who volunteered many hours and who served as their law firm’s firm coordinators:

  • Arnall Golden Gregory – Tyler Arnold and Jason Sosnovsky
  • Alston & Bird – Elizabeth Jordan and Andy Tuck 
  • Berman Fink Van Horn – Kristin Zielmanski 
  • Bondurant Mixson & Elmore – Rick Bold 
  • Bryan Cave – James Gibson and Leah Fiorenza
  • Carlock Copeland – Joe Hoffman
  • Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Aughtry – Susan Grace 
  • Cozen O’Connor – Victoria Carroll
  • Drew Eckl & Farnham – Sarah Smith
  • Duane Morris – Jennifer Forte 
  • Elarbee Thompson – Doug Miller
  • Fellows LaBriola – Genie Iredale 
  • Fisher & Phillips – Terri Stewart and Joseph Wilson
  • Fish & Richardson – Aamir Kazi
  • Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young – Danny Mills
  • Hunton & Williams – Bob Dumbacher and James Humphries 
  • Kilpatrick Townsend – Katie Sullivan 
  • King & Spalding – Tully Blalock and Andy Lyness
  • Manning, Levine & Marlow – Cindy Manning
  • McKenna Long & Aldridge – Jason Esteves
  • Morris Manning & Martin – W. Marion Wilson
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough - Lucas Westby, Katelyn Fredericks and Matt McGrath
  • Owen, Gleaton, Egan, Jones & Sweeney – Adam Ford, David Hayes, and Maggie McClatchy

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Ethics in Social Media CLE

Posted By Ericka M. Henderson, Thursday, March 20, 2014
What do legal ethics and underwear have in common?  We all know that we aren't supposed to air our clients' dirty laundry, but the proliferation of social media presents a host of ethical and professional concerns that aren't always obvious, especially with the ease of sharing information through new technology.   

On March 7 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm at the State Bar, the ACYL Section, along with the Atlanta Bar's Reputation and Public Trust Committee, the State Bar Young Lawyers Division's Ethics and Professionalism Committee and the Savannah Young Lawyers Division, will sponsor an innovative seminar to help lawyers navigate ethics and social media.

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Volunteering with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation

Posted By by Michael Lucas, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Thursday, March 20, 2014
Editor's Note:  The ACYL will be sponsoring the AVLF's Saturday Morning Lawyer on April 27.  We asked Michael Lucas to share why lawyers should serve as an AVLF volunteer, either with the ACYL or on another Saturday.  Michael's discussion of the need and tremendous support available at AVLF convinced us to participate, and we hope it convinces you as well.

This month is the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling in Gideon v. Wainright, which held that states must provide counsel for criminal defendants who cannot afford an attorney.   While there is still a very long way to go to fully realize the promise of Gideon, the case was groundbreaking and much progress has been made in making that right a reality in the criminal context.   

Fifty years later, however, "Civil Gideon" - the idea that there should be a right to counsel for those who cannot afford an attorney in a civil context, at least in the more critical areas of rights and relationships - has never really gotten off the ground, much less become a reality. While discussed at conferences or by various commissions over the last few decades, there is still no such right to counsel except in the narrowest of civil contexts, namely with the deprivation of parental rights.  

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