Hunton & Williams LLP announced today that five lawyers in the Atlanta office received the firm’s 2013 E. Randolph Williams Award for outstanding pro bono service. The award is presented annually to firm lawyers and legal professionals who contribute more than 100 hours of pro bono legal services to indigent persons and community service programs during the firm’s most recent fiscal year. The Atlanta award recipients are Jason M. Beach, T. Brian Green, Bradley W. Grout, James D. Humphries IV and Rita A. Sheffey. The prestigious honor is named after firm co-founder E. Randolph Williams, who is remembered for his legal accomplishments and philanthropy. During the last fiscal year, the Atlanta office provided nearly 3,300 hours of pro bono service and represented 41 individuals and nonprofit organizations.
“I am delighted that during Hunton & Williams’ last five fiscal years, 100 percent of the firm’s full-time lawyers in Atlanta have provided pro bono legal services,” said Sheffey, partner at Hunton & Williams, chair of the Atlanta office pro bono committee and director of the firm’s Southside Legal Center pro bono clinic. “The practice of law is a service to society and we are grateful for the opportunity to help an underserved population.”
The firm opened its Southside Legal Center pro bono clinic in 1995, which serves low-income residents that cannot afford to pay for a lawyer in the areas of adoption, business law, domestic relations, guardianships, landlord-tenant relations and real estate. In addition to Hunton & Williams’ commitment to pro bono practice, the office is involved in many Atlanta-area service projects including Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Crossroads Ministries, Benteen Elementary School and Lutheran Services of Georgia.
Hunton & Williams continues to lead the way in community service in the United States, and the firm’s tradition of pro bono service is well recognized. Hunton & Williams, one of only nine law firms selected to The National Law Journal’s Pro Bono “Hot List” 2013, continues to devote significant time in serving the community throughout the United States. During the firm’s last four fiscal years, 100 percent of the firm’s full-time US lawyers worked on pro bono projects. The firm maintains three neighborhood offices — in Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia, and in Atlanta — solely dedicated to pro bono services for low-income individuals and a full-time staffed Pro Bono Fellows program.
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