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Awards & Recognition

At Alston & Bird we don’t engage in pro bono work for the recognition, but we are proud when we are recognized for the work we do that makes a difference in our community and in the lives of those in need.

For our outstanding work with BayLegal’s Domestic Violence Restraining Order Clinic in Redwood City, California, Alston & Bird received the 2011 Bay Area Legal Aid Pro Bono Leadership Award with special recognition going to Jackie Hughes for her dedication to service.

The firm was awarded the 2011 Atlanta Bar Association Law Firm Service Award in the Large Law Firm Category.
In recognition of the outstanding commitment to staffing the Georgia Senior Legal Hotline, Mary Benton, Cheryl Naja, Michelle Ashley, Betsy Macon, Dalia Selcis and Allison Madonia received the Innovations in Pro Bono Service Award from the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. In addition Alston & Bird was the 2011 Corporate Volunteer Atlanta IMPACT Award winner in the small to mid-size business category for work with the Hotline.

Mary Benton, Cheryl Naja, Michelle Ashley, Betsy Macon, Dalia Selcis and Allison Madonia received the Innovations in Pro Bono Service Award from the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Alston & Bird received the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation 2011 Award for the firm’s pro bono work in helping to strengthen global social entrepreneurship and improving the lives of the world’s poor and disenfranchised.

Jonathan Gordon, Cassandra Hooks and Leib Lerner received the ACLU of Southern California Religious Liberty Award.

Lisa Herman received the 2011 Spirit of Giving Award from the Tanner Medical Center for her tireless fundraising efforts in the fight against breast cancer.

The firm recognizes extraordinary pro bono legal services and work in the community by our lawyers and our staff. Each year, three deserving individuals are selected to receive one of the firm’s Pro Bono Awards. The awards include:

Philip H. Alston, Jr. Award - This year’s Philip H. Alston Award went to Ward Benshoof. A partner in the Los Angeles office’s Environmental and Land Use group, Ward received the award for his dedication in assisting the elderly population of California. Ward’s work with Public Counsel to address abusive consumer law cases affecting the elderly is a source of great pride for A&B.

F.M. Bird Award - Logan Buck, Senior Associate in Raleigh’s Intellectual Property practice group was the winner of the 2014 F.M. Bird Award for his assistance in developing the Inventor Assistance Program which covers North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Kenneth F. Britt Award - This year there was a tie for the Kenneth F. Britt Award which went to both Kathleen Hill and Rafael Lopez.

Kathleen Hill, Associate Planner in the Los Angeles office, was honored because of her leadership with the Pro Bono Committee and her continuous efforts with the backpack project for the After School All Stars. She has developed a partnership with the Downtown Women’s Center and each year she has led and organized the cooking/meal service event held during Pro Bono Week. In addition to her work with the Shakespeare Center of LA, Kathleen successfully gained a much needed permit for a Westside neighborhood school.

Rafael Lopez, Paralegal in the Energy practice group in Washington, D.C., was honored because of his work on a number of CAIR Coalition matters, drafting and editing court documents, translating client correspondence, preparing exhibits for filing, attending hearings, researching social service options, managing work with outside counsel and for always being available to discuss or strategize about pro bono cases. 

The Pro Bono Team Award - Winning the Pro Bono Team Award is a Core Group consisting of Darren McCarty, Mike Correll, Jared Slade, Sean Whyte, D’Anne Kelly, Shaun Hassett, Amanda Kelly and Paul Montemayor. The team, consisting of attorneys from Dallas and Atlanta, dedicated countless hours to this appointment by the federal court. The team has worked together continuously to bring justice to the victim, an elementary school student and his family.