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ATLANTA (May 2, 2011) – In recognition of the firm’s dedication to pro bono work in Georgia, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP received the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice’s 2011 Good Apple Award at the nonprofit’s annual reception last week.
The honor was given to Sutherland in recognition of its visionary role in founding the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice. The organization, founded in 2005, offers a new model of pro bono work that focuses on statewide law and policy reform. Since its inception, more than 700 lawyers and other professionals have worked to identify justice problems, research solutions and advocate for systemic change to improve the lives of Georgia residents.
Georgia Appleseed strives to bring about systemic change on behalf of children, the poor, and the marginalized. Three of its many projects include: (1) ensuring effective student discipline that increases graduation rates and reduces the "school to prison pipeline," (2) helping low-income homeowners obtain clear title to property that has passed without a will over many generations; and (3) promoting juvenile justice by advocating for enactment of a new juvenile code drafted in cooperation with several other organizations.
SUTHERLAND ASBILL & BRENNAN LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm handles matters throughout the United States and worldwide. Seven major practice areas—corporate, energy and environmental, financial services, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas, allowing Sutherland attorneys to serve a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies.