The ninth annual Celebrating Service and Awards Luncheon was held on
October 21, 2016 at the Commerce Club of Atlanta.
The program recognized representatives from various pro bono and service organizations in the community and also honored individuals who have made a significant impact in the community through their volunteer contributions. The luncheon featured keynote speaker Travis Tygart of the U.S. Anti-Doping Association (USADA) who gave an entertaining talk on the role of truth and fairness in preserving the integrity of competition in sport.
The Atlanta Bar bestowed awards to the following deserving individuals:
2016 Pro Bono Service Award: Mary T. Benton (Alston & Bird LLP) for her twenty years of commitment and service to the Truancy Intervention Project (TIP);
2016 Public Service Award: Elaine McGruder (Fulton County Public Defender/State and Magistrate Courts) for significant contributions to advance the fair administration of justice in our community and foster professionalism and ethics in the political, legislative or judicial process;
2016 Rita A. Sheffey Award: Michael Lucas (Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation) for demonstration of his commitment to the public interest by pursuing legal justice for impoverished, underserved or marginalized clients;
2016 Community Service Award: The Atlanta Bar Association Bankruptcy Section for its collaborative work with legal aid organizations, as well as local law schools, in pro bono service to those in the bankruptcy system who may not have the support they need.