To The Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel:
Two years ago the Georgia Chapter of ACC challenged its members to engage in pro bono work. Our challenge had a dual purpose: (1) to help ensure that every member of our society has access to complete and adequate representation; and (2) to help integrate in-house counsel into Georgia's broader legal and local community.
Our leadership has long recognized in-house counsel's duty to make pro bono service a priority. We have made significant advancements in the services that our members provide through our Pro Bono Committee, which works closely with CorporateProBono.Org to identify the pro bono opportunities best suited to the unique skills of in-house counsel.
Our immediate past-president Gerald Blanchard, Assistant General Counsel of Bank of America Corporation, continues to stress the importance of pro bono service through the Georgia Chapter of ACC and has led by example through his pro bono commitments. I would like to congratulate him for receiving the State Bar of Georgia's "Georgia 'A Business Commitment' Pro Bono Business Law Award" this year.
Gerry's dedication to pro bono has led to an increase in the number of our members who have taken on pro bono projects and made a real difference in the lives of Georgians. I will continue to build on the work he has done and challenge every member of the Georgia Chapter to commit to a pro bono project. Believe me, there are project waiting for someone with your unique skill set and experiences.
For more information about our activities, visit our Georgia Chapter's web pages through ACC's website, www.acca.com.
Mary Ulmer Jones