Pro bono service is an essential element of every attorney’s professional responsibility. The legal profession possesses unique skills and abilities that allow us to serve the disadvantaged and promote the public interest in ways that no other profession can.
Berman Fink Van Horn is committed to improving access to justice by providing pro bono legal services to indigent persons, public interest groups, and charitable organizations. This is a firm-wide commitment that we are proud to promote and share with our community.
As part of this commitment, I have served on Atlanta Legal Aid’s Service Council for over four years. The Service Council is a board of Metro Atlanta attorneys that have organized to promote and participate in pro bono work and projects and promote Atlanta Legal Aid initiatives. My pro bono efforts focus on assisting clients with name changes and birth certificate amendments as part of Atlanta Legal Aid’s Transgender Name Change Project.
The Great Whiskey Debate
In recent years, I have also gotten involved with one of the Service Council’s fundraisers, The Great Whiskey Debate. The Great Whiskey Debate is a fun evening featuring several of Atlanta’s top mixologists battling it out for the title of the best mixed drink. And all to support a critical cause—making legal services available to people living in poverty. This year, it is being held virtually on June 3, 2021, so everyone can enjoy from the safety and comfort of their home. During this event, favorite neighborhood bartenders teach their recipes to participants, who each receive delivery of a cocktail kit to their door. Berman Fink Van Horn and I are both excited to be sponsors of this year’s event. Click here for ticket and event information (or to become a sponsor).
Other attorneys at the firm have also taken on significant pro bono commitments. Just a few of which are highlighted below:
- Benjamin Fink regularly provides pro bono counseling to nonprofit organizations through Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.
- Ashley Bowcott has been involved with the Safe Families Office division of Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation since law school. This division helps obtain protective orders for survivors of intimate partner abuse.
- Lawrence Kasmen recently negotiated a long-term lease for a new advocacy center for a Georgia childhood sexual abuse treatment and prevention organization. As part of this effort, Lawrence helped negotiate a favorable term loan and line of credit for the organization. He also advised the center throughout its capital campaign.
- Neal Weinrich helped a client obtain compensation for assisting a general contractor with repairing and painting a home. The general contractor had not only refused to pay the client as promised but refused to voluntarily pay the judgment obtained with Neal’s assistance. To ensure his client got paid, Neal went on to secure him a lucrative settlement.
- Bill Piercy successfully assisted a nonprofit organization that promotes emotional and physical wellness avoid litigation for terminating a contract with a medical provider.
If your law firm or if you are an attorney looking to take on a pro bono legal matter, below are some resources to consider:
- Atlanta Legal Aid
- Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta
- Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
- Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
Companies or anyone outside the legal profession that is looking to help should consider donating to a legal services organization like Atlanta Legal Aid. This can include a one-time or regular monthly donations or by attending and sponsoring fundraisers, like The Great Whiskey Debate.
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