2016 Good Apple Awards

Georgia Appleseed's 2016 Good Apple Awards occurred on April 20, 2016 and honored the pro bono efforts and support of those who make our successes possible.

Thank you to all of our Supporters, Honorees, Presenters, Attendees, and Donors that made this evening exceptional.

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Our Honorees

Georgia Appleseed Young Professionals Council Honoree: Student Tribunal Hearing Pro Bono Attorney Training Team. L-R: David Sneed (Georgia Appleseed Board Chair), Eric Fisher (Taylor English, honoree), Rachel Platt (The Platt Law Firm, honoree), Clara Black DeLay, Esq. (Project Volunteer, presenter), Craig Friedman (Jones Day, honoree), Alison Ballard (Taylor English, honoree), Sharon Hill (Georgia Appleseed Executive Director)

Law Firm Honoree: Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Accepted by Anita Wallace Thomas, Maria Branch Turner, and Suhail Seth
L-R: Paul Howard (Fulton County District Attorney, presenter), Anita Wallace Thomas, Maria Branch Turner, Suhail Seth, Sharon Hill (Georgia Appleseed Executive Director), David Sneed (Georgia Appleseed Board Chair)

Individual Honoree: Elizabeth (Beth) Vranicar Tanis, Partner, King & Spalding
L-R: Bobby Cagle (Director, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, presenter), Beth Tanis, Sharon Hill (Georgia Appleseed Executive Director), David Sneed (Georgia Appleseed Board Chair)

View a list of all of our 2016 supporters.

View all of our past honorees.


2015 Good Apple Awards

A record crowd celebrated Georgia Appleseed's 10th anniversary at the 2015 Good Apple Awards held on April 21, 2015 at Summerour Studio in Atlanta.

Good Apple Awards were presented to Southern Company (Corporation), Troutman Sanders LLP (Law Firm) and to Jessica McKinney (GE Energy Management) (Individual).

A first-time live auction and 5-minute ‘Fund the Mission Paddles Up!’ raised over $37,000 in additional unrestricted funding to support Georgia Appleseed's work.

A highlight of the event was the film debut of Uncommon Wisdom, featuring volunteer, staff and supporter reflections on Georgia Appleseed's roots, growth and future. See the film here. Great photos illustrate the special evening. View the photo gallery here. All photos by Holly VonLanken Photography.

Applause for our Sponsors:
Pillars:
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
King & Spalding LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Leaders:
Georgia Power Foundation
Troutman Sanders LLP

Platinum:
A. Stephens Clay
Joe Loveland

We extend sincerest thanks to all our 2015 Good Apple Awards Sponsors, our largest source of unrestricted funding. From 10-year supporters to first time donors, it is our Sponsors’ generosity that enables us to increase justice for Georgians who don't have a voice in the halls of justice. See the full list of our sponsors here.

2014 Good Apple Awards

200 guests gathered on April 24th for the 2014 Good Apple Awards to celebrate the work of Georgia Appleseed and congratulate the worthy honorees.

Board Vice Chair Bob Gallagher (PwC) presenting the Good Apple Award to Mike McGlamry & Trip Tomlinson of Honoree Firm Pope McGlamry Kilpatrick Morrison & Norwood PC

Josh Williams (Booz Allen Hamilton) and Viral Dave (The Goddard School) with presenter Dustin Heslep (Ernst & Young)

Ira Foster (GA Legal Services) and Ellis Albright accept the award for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. from Teddy Reese (GA Appleseed)

The program featured the video debut of “Changing Direction: Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline,” followed by a compelling presentation by Judge Steven A. Teske, Chief Judge , Juvenile Court of Clayton County.
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Georgia Appleseed gratefully acknowledges our generous sponsors:

Pillar:
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP · King & Spalding LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Sustainer:
Alston & Bird LLP · Southern Company · Troutman Sanders LLP
Elizabeth V. Tanis · UPS Foundation

2013 Good Apple Awards

(R-L) Crystal Baker and Sharon Hill congratulate honorees Shunta McBride and Brian Gordon of DLA Piper.

This year's Good Apple Awards on April 10th celebrated the work of DLA Piper and Shunta Vincent McBride, Esq. on behalf of our Heir Property Project. Special guest speakers included national Appleseed Founding Board Member Professor Arthur Miller (New York, NY) and Mayor Teresa Tomlinson of Columbus, site of our first satellite Georgia Appleseed office.

Another highlight of this year's Good Apple Awards was the video debut of "Unlocking Heir Property." We extend our sincerest appreciation to David Hughes Dukes, John Dukes and their company, Living Stories, for this moving production.

Watch "Unlocking Heir Property" here.

See photos here.

Georgia Appleseed gratefully acknowledges our generous sponsors:
Founding Level
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
King & Spalding LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Sustaining Level
DLA Piper
Beth Tanis and John Chandler
Southern Company
Troutman Sanders LLP
UPS

2012 Good Apple Awards

On April 17th, the Georgia Appleseed Good Apple Awards were held at the Biltmore Ballrooms in Atlanta, Georgia. Over 225 guests gathered at the event to honor Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and Dustin Heslep of Ernst & Young for their volunteer efforts on behalf of the Georgia Appleseed Effective Student Discipline: Keeping Kids in Class project. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder served as the keynote speaker for the event.

See photos from the evening here.

Georgia Appleseed gratefully acknowledges our generous sponsors:
Founding Level
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
King & Spalding LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, LLP
Leading Level
Cathy Henson & Chris Carpenter
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Southern Company
Beth Tanis and John Chandler
Sustaining Level
The Coca-Cola Company
Ralph and Marjorie Knowles
Troutman Sanders LLP
UPS

Good Apple Award Dinner 2011

On April 28th, more than 200 celebrants gathered at Mason Murer Fine Arts to mark Georgia Appleseed's 5th anniversary and to honor the law center's founding supporters. Board Chair Joe Loveland presented the 2011 A. Stephens Clay Good Apple Awards to Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, King & Spalding, LLP, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, LLP and the Southern Company. Betsy Cavendish, Executive Director of national Appleseed in Washington, D.C., was a special guest.

Georgia Appleseed gratefully acknowledges our generous sponsors:
Founder Level
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
King & Spalding LLP
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Presenting Level
Southern Company
Platinum Level
The Coca-Cola Company
Beth Tanis and John Chandler
Troutman Sanders LLP
UPS



View the Good Apple Dinner photo album >>

View the Good Apple Award Honorees Spotlight video >>

Good Apple Award Dinner 2010

Georgia Appleseed honored John Rice at the 2010 Good Apple Award Dinner held on April 20 at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. A special component of the evening was the naming of the Good Apple Award for Georgia Appleseed Founding Chair, A. Stephens Clay. Steve Gates, Co-Chair of national Appleseed, was a special guest. View photos here.

Generously sponsored by:
Kilpatrick Stockton LLP King & Spalding LLP Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
The Coca-Cola Company GE Southern Company
Troutman Sanders LLP UPS


Gary Price (L), Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, presents the 2010 Good Apple Award to John Rice.

National Appleseed Board Co-Chair Steve Gates (L) congratulates Steve Clay, Founding Board Chair of Georgia Appleseed.

Art of Justice 2009

A mime, a caricaturist and a human statue walk into a law firm… all featured as performance artists at the third Art of Justice on November 17, 2009, hosted by Sutherland Asbill & Brennan. Judy O'Brien, Pro Bono Partner, Mark Wasserman, Managing Partner, and the Sutherland staff created a memorable evening showcasing the firm's wonderful fine art collection and other more whimsical expressions of art. This tribute to Georgia Appleseed volunteers included special recognition of Founding Board Chair, Steve Clay.

Good Apple Award Dinner 2009

The Good Apple Award Dinner took place April 16 at the Park Tavern Garden Tent at Piedmont Park. Teri P. McClure, UPS Senior Vice President and General Counsel, and Frank S. Alexander, Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law, were honored.

The Good Apple Award recognizes distinguished pro bono leadership that exemplifies the values and goals expressed in Georgia Appleseed's mission, seeks to effect change by addressing difficult social justice problems with systemic solutions, and levels the playing field for children, the poor and the marginalized.

Art of Justice 2008

Troutman Sanders LLP hosted Georgia Appleseed’s highly successful 2nd Art of Justice event on Tuesday, May 20, 2008. Attorneys, judges, educators and other guests were warmly welcomed by Troutman Sanders’ Bob Webb and Governor Carl Sanders and invited to view the firm’s outstanding art collection. Other highlights included GA Appleseed Executive Director Sharon Hill’s update on our Juvenile Justice pro bono project, and Board Chair Steve Clay’s introduction of Georgia Appleseed’s new video. Check out additional pictures.


Troutman Sanders' Bob Webb and Governor Carl Sanders prepare to greet guests to the Art of Justice


Governor Sanders and GA Appleseed Board Member Chuck Clay welcome Emmet Bondurant


GA Appleseed Board Members Jason Carter, Beth Tanis and Dr. Portia Shields enjoy the evening with Bill Shields and Maya Simmons

Art of Justice 2007

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The first in a series of fine art exhibitions supporting and highlighting the innovative work of Georgia Appleseed was held on January 24, 2007.

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Celebrating Our First Year of Advocacy...

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Welcome to Georgia Appleseed!

Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is an affiliate of the national Appleseed network of nonpartisan, nonprofit, public interest law centers. Georgia Appleseed leverages the pro bono work of lawyers and other professionals to produce systemic solutions to difficult social justice problems.