Atlanta – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that Pro Bono Partner Charles "Charlie" T. Lester Jr. was recently inducted into the Gate City Bar Association's Hall of Fame.
The Gate City Bar Association, the oldest African American Bar Association in the state of Georgia, honored Mr. Lester and three other 2007 Hall of Fame inductees – the Honorable Herbert E. Phipps (Judge, Court of Appeals of Georgia), Avarita L. Hanson (Executive Director, Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism) and Patrise Perkins-Hooker (Partner, Hollowell, Foster & Gepp, P.C.) – for their contributions to society, for their efforts to give back to the community and serve others, and for being advocates for justice and equality.
Throughout his 37-year career as an attorney, all of them spent at Sutherland, Mr. Lester constantly displayed his dedication to championing racial, ethnic and gender equality and diversity in society and in the legal industry. In the late 1970's, as president of the Young Lawyer's Section of the Georgia Bar, Mr. Lester promoted the work of the Section's Women in the Profession Committee. In 1992, he became one of the founding members of the State Bar of Georgia's Diversity Program. And in 1995 he became a board member of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and has served stints as its Southeast Regional Chair and co-chair.
He is a past recipient of the Women and Minorities in the Profession Committee Commitment to Equality Award and the Anti-Defamation League's Elbert P. Tuttle Award. In 2004, Mr. Lester was treasurer of the successful re-election campaign of Justice Leah Ward Sears, the first African-American female chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, and worked with the Lawyers' Committee on the Election Protection Project, which helped bring to light various voting irregularities that bolstered the case for the renewal of the Voting Rights Act of 1964. In 2005, he received the Whitney North Seymour Award from the Lawyers' Committee for his civil rights work for the Committee and its clients, and in 2006, Charlie successfully settled a case for a young African-American family that had its civil rights violated by a condominium development in South Carolina.
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