Our Pro Bono History
Alston & Bird has a proud history of community service and providing pro bono legal services. The commitment was established by both Mr. Philip Alston and Judge Buster Bird, two of the firm's founders, and our pro bono practice continues this well-established tradition.
Noteworthy Pro Bono Moments in History
Ashbel Green worked to resolve the famous Disputed Presidential Election of 1876.
Philip H. Alston was one of the co-founders of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society in 1924.
Philip H. Alston was one of the founders of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
F.M. “Buster” Bird founded an educational exchange program for students at Emory University.
In 1976, Bob Foreman was successful in his efforts to save the historic Fox Theater in Atlanta Georgia.
Terry Walsh, together with Judge Glenda Hatchett, founded the Truancy Intervention Project, a program to provide intervention for truant children in 1991. This program serves as a nationwide prototype.
In 2004, a group of Alston & Bird attorneys and staff together with others in the legal community organized the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN).
Alston & Bird worked with the Center for Constitutional Rights in representing five detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay.
In 2008, Terry Walsh, BJ Shannon and other community leaders joined together to form D.C. TIP to help keep children in school.
Retired Managing Partner, Ben F. Johnson was recognized by The American Lawyer and received the Law Firm Distinguished Leadership Award in 2010.