December 18, 1998

Alston & Bird LLP Named As A Pro Bono Leader By The American Lawyer Magazine

The Only Atlanta Law Firm Included in the Am Law 100 Honor Roll Consistent with the Firm’s long-standing commitment to the Atlanta community,
The American Lawyer, in its December 1998 issue, has listed Alston & Bird LLP in its Pro Bono Honor Roll based on the top 100 law firm’s pro bono activities over the past five years. Alston & Bird LLP was the only law firm in Atlanta to be included in the honor roll and ranked near the top. Most notably, Alston & Bird was recognized for its representation of at-risk youth in juvenile court through Atlanta’s Truancy Intervention Project (TIP). Commenting on the ranking, Alston & Bird’s managing partner Ben Johnson noted, “As lawyers we are committed to serve in the interests of a just society, and since the Firm’s founding over 100 years ago, Alston & Bird’s lawyers have made, and continue to make, significant contributions of their time and leadership talent to an enormously diverse array of professional and community activities that are important to the overall fabric of our society.” Johnson added, “We are proud to be recognized for one of our most widely-joined efforts as a firm on the Truancy Intervention Project or TIP, a nationally recognized program we co-founded in 1991. TIP thus far has represented nearly 1000 truant, at-risk young people in Juvenile Court, with better than a 70% success rate in returning these children to school without future Juvenile Court referrals. The Firm has 110 TIP volunteers, contributes more than one-third of the program’s volunteers, and has represented more than 35% of these young clients since the inception of the project.” In addition, TIP is supported by professionals across the Atlanta legal community, ranging from the newest associates to senior partners and from solo practitioners to the largest law firms. The American Lawyer Pro Bono Honor Roll was calculated by averaging Am Law 100 pro bono index scores for the past five years. Only firms that were on The Am Law 100 in at least four of those years were eligible. The Am Law 100 pro bono score is determined by weighing two factors: average pro bono hours per lawyer, and percentage of lawyers who donate 20 or more pro bono hours per year. The average of the pro bono hours are then weighed by two-thirds and the percentage of attorneys with more than 20 hours are weighed by one-third. The American Lawyer is published by the American Lawyer Media, Inc. and focuses on issues affecting lawyers and the legal profession with an emphasis on the business aspect of law firms. American Lawyer Media, Inc. is a leading integrated media company focused on the legal industry and publishes 20 national and regional legal magazines and newspapers, which besides The American Lawyer includes The National Law Journal and The Fulton County Daily Report. Alston & Bird, with more than 450 attorneys serving both domestic and international clients, is one of the largest and oldest law firms in the country. Based in Atlanta, Georgia with offices in Washington, D.C., and Charlotte and the Research Triangle in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Firm provides a full range of services to clients doing business throughout the U.S. and overseas. Alston & Bird’s practice areas include: capital markets and investments; finance and public finance; financial institutions; international; intellectual property; technology; trial and appellate; health care; real estate; environmental; antitrust and investigations; bankruptcy, reorganizations and workouts; tax and fiduciary; and labor and employment.
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