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Georgia : Sutherland Honored for Outstanding Pro Bono Work by State Bar of Georgia.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has been honored with the A Business Commitment (ABC) Pro Bono Business Law award by the State Bar of Georgia Access to Justice Committee and the State Bar of Georgia Pro Bono Project. Sutherland received the award at a State Bar of Georgia awards reception on October 15.

The annual award honors the significant business law pro bono contributions of an individual lawyer, corporate legal department or law firm to the non-profit community in Georgia. Sutherland was recognized for the number of lawyers within the firm who have participated in pro bono services to non-profits and by the large number of pro bono matters handled.

Giving back to the community is important, and Sutherland is dedicated to providing legal services to those non-profits serving our communities that need assistance but cannot afford it, said Sutherland Managing Partner Mark D. Wasserman. The award is a fitting tribute to the firm s long-standing commitment to pro bono services, and we are honored that the State Bar of Georgia recognizes Sutherland in this regard.

Sutherland has a long and distinguished history of public service beginning with the work of its founding partners, Bill Sutherland and Elbert Tuttle, on habeas corpus cases, including Johnson v. Zerbst, in the 1930s. The tradition of pro bono and community service that they began continues today through the efforts of the firm s many lawyers and staff who provide civic leadership and pro bono legal representation to individuals and organizations within their local communities.

Sutherland was nominated for the award by Rachel Spears, executive director of the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (PBPA), who also presented the award. Ms. Spears noted that Sutherland lawyers had handled more than 350 different pro bono matters referred by PBPA over recent years. We are delighted to be honored by this award, said Sutherland s Pro Bono Partner John H. Fleming. We look forward to continued efforts in conjunction with PBPA to provide legal assistance to worthy non-profits doing such important work to provide services to the needy.

Recently, The American Lawyer recognized a matter in which Sutherland played a key advisory role as a Pro Bono Dispute of the Year in conjunction with its 2015 Global Legal Awards. Earlier this year, the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) presented Sutherland its 2015 William E. Hoffmann Service Award for dedicated service and positive contributions to GAIN, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization that provides pro bono legal representation to individuals seeking asylum and to immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and sexual assault. The firm was also honored with PBPA s 2014 Cornerstone Award for its initial financial contributions to support the organization s founding in 2005 and its continued support every year since.

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