Mary Benton, Alston & Bird national Pro Bono partner, and Cheryl Naja, director of Pro Bono and Community Services, have been honored by the Atlanta Legal Aid Society (ALAS) with its 2018 “Commitment to Pro Bono Services Award.”
Benton and Naja were singled out for their work in helping ALAS achieve its mission through advocacy, leadership, and impact – continuing a long tradition of support for the organization that began in 1924 when one of Alston & Bird’s namesake partners, Philip H. Alston, co-founded ALAS.
Benton was recognized for her service and commitment as an ALAS board member and for the tax work and legal assistance she provides to the organization and her clients.
Naja was recognized for her service in forming Alston & Bird’s “Wills Project,” which provides advanced health directives and wills to persons living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and Lou Gehrig’s disease, and for her ongoing support and coordination of several firmwide projects, including formal training for ALAS staff.
The Atlanta Legal Aid Society represents Atlanta’s poor in civil legal cases, helping clients deal with some of life’s most basic needs – a safe home, enough food to eat, a decent education, protection against fraud, and personal safety. More than 20,000 cases are represented by its staff of 75 attorneys and 1,200 volunteers every year.