Andrew Hatchett, associate in Alston & Bird’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group, was honored by the Truancy Intervention Project as its 2017 “Volunteer of the Year.”
Hatchett was recognized for going beyond the call of duty and taking a great personal interest in a pro bono case over the past year. Not only did he advocate tirelessly on behalf of the student with whom he was paired, but he also bonded with the family and provided additional pro bono legal services to the student’s mother in a time of need.
“Andrew was dedicated, passionate, and focused as an attorney, and he is also a great advocate,” said Abigail Winkles, a school social worker familiar with the student. “Not only was he focused on getting the best legal outcomes for the family, he was equally passionate about making their lives better.”
The Truancy Intervention Project provides resources and assistance to children to decrease chronic school absenteeism and prevent them from entering the juvenile court system. Alston & Bird attorneys are longtime supporters and volunteers of the organization. A retired Alston & Bird partner, Terry Walsh, co-founded the Truancy Intervention Project in 1991.