KATIE KING | October 23, 2017
Award winners have championed the rights of Atlantans through housing and domestic violence work.
On Friday, October 20, the Atlanta Bar Association hosted the 2017 Celebrating Service Awards at the Piedmont Driving Club. The annual event highlights Atlanta attorneys who are committed to achieving excellence in community service, public service, and pro bono work.
This year, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation had the honor of presenting the following awards:
- Safe and Stable Families Volunteer of the Year: Elizabeth Finn Johnson
- Guardian ad Litem Volunteer of the Year: JoAnna Smith
- Family Law Volunteer of the Year: Ivory Brown
- Safe and Stable Homes Volunteer of the Year: Emerson Girardeau
- Safe and Stable Homes Firm of the Year: Eversheds Sutherland
Nilufar Abdi-Tabari, staff attorney for AVLF’s Family Law Program, introduced AVLF’s award winners. She spoke of all that volunteer attorneys do, for their clients and beyond: “The firms, volunteer attorneys, and award recipients that are in this audience have done far more than turn their eyes toward justice. They have taken hold of the jagged, broken edges of our society–a society broken by the injustices heaped upon those that are most vulnerable.”
“Every time one of our clients is provided representation or assistance by someone in this audience, the broken edges of our society are drawn together,” she continued. “The gaps that deny the most vulnerable of our society access to justice are bridged.”
AVLF is proud to work with these exceptional attorneys. Check out more photos from the event below.
Want to learn how to volunteer for one of AVLF’s programs? There are tons of ways to get involved. Check them out here.