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2016

Corporate Volunteer Program of the Year Award and Business-to-Business Partnership Award for participation in the Immigration Working Group from the Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta.

Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network's Law Firm of the Year Award at its 10th  anniversary celebration.

United Way of Greater Atlanta's inaugural Impact Fund Award for outstanding campaign support. 

2015

Daniel M. Gribbon Pro Bono Advocacy Award from the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit for the firm's work in protecting the rights of patients at St. Elizabeths Hospital.

Baby Koko Award from Bay Area United Way for best overall campaign and greatest increase in law firm giving.

Houston Volunteer Lawyers Equal Access Champion for commitment to the representation of low-income people. 

United Way of Greater Atlanta's Logan Cup for outstanding law firm campaign.

Pro Bono Leadership Award from Legal Services NYC for work on affirmative housing cases.

Charles R. Yates Award from Woodruff Arts Center for the firm's investment in the arts through outstanding achievement in the annual Employees for the Arts Campaign.

Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta's Business to Business Partnership Award finalist for a community service project with United Parcel Service.

President's Volunteer Service Award from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation for commitment to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Elbert P. Tuttle Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region for pro bono and community work.

Justice Robert Benham Community Service Award from the State Bar of Georgia and the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism.

Animal Legal Defense Fund Award for advice provided regarding taking action against a California aquarium that was not treating its animals humanely.

2014

Retired partner Lane Dennard received the Outstanding Leadership in the Public Interest Award from the Emory Public Interest Committee for his representation of veterans and as co-founder of the Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans.

Intellectual Property Community Service Award from Georgia State University in recognition of leadership on behalf of human trafficking victims and a study of Georgia's foster care system.

Atlanta Bar Association's Law Firm Service Award for leadership to the Bar.

William E. Hoffmann, Jr. Service Award from the Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network for continued commitment to pro bono service and years of dedication.

Retired partner Joe Bankoff received the Justice Robert Benham Community Service Award for Lifetime Achievement from the State Bar of Georgia.

2013

President's Volunteer Service Award from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.

Atlanta Legal Aid Society's Extraordinary Service Award for efforts to secure the successful purchase of a new headquarters.

Outstanding Achievement Award from University Legal Services for protecting the rights of mentally disabled patients at St. Elizabeths Hospital.

John Carroll Society Pro Bono Award from the Archdiocesan Legal Network for the successful representation of a low-income homeowner in D.C. Superior Court.

Beacon of Justice Award from National Legal Aid & Defender Association for the firm's habeas and death penalty work.

Wiley A. Branton Award from Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs for the firm's work representing victims of homeowner loan modification scams.

Atlanta Bar Association's Law Firm Service Award for leadership to the Bar.

2012

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta Volunteer of the Year for pro bono legal services in a wrongful death case. 

Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation's Excellence in Pro Bono Award for commitment to the Eviction Defense Program.

State Bar of Georgia's H. Sol Clark Award for commitment and delivery of pro bono legal services to the poor and underserved.

State Bar of Georgia's Marshall-Tuttle Award for outstanding pro bono service to military veterans and their families.

American Health Lawyers Association Pro Bono Champion for pro bono contributions in the health care field.

2011

Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network award for the firm's representation of indigent refugees seeking asylum in the U.S.

Federal Circuit Bar Association Pro Bono Advocacy Award for securing medical and other benefits for U.S. military veterans.

Frank J. Scurlock Award from the State Bar of Texas for providing legal services to the poor.

Harris County (Texas) Bench Bar Pro Bono Award for outstanding contributions to pro bono legal services.

A. Stephens Clay Good Apple Award from Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice for co-founding the center.

Street Law, Inc.'s inaugural Law Firm Community Service Award, recognizing exceptional commitment to community service through participation in Street Law programs.

inMotion's Commitment to Justice Award for Outstanding Legal Team for representation in a child custody case.

Emory Law School's "Outstanding Leadership in the Public Interest" EPIC Award.

2010

National Legal Aid & Defender Association's Beacon of Justice Award for extraordinary commitment to providing pro bono legal representation in the area of immigration law.  

IMPACT Award for Business to Business Partnership presented by the Corporate Volunteer Council of Atlanta for excellence in corporate community engagement in a community service partnership with Arcapita.

Childhood Autism Foundation Partnership Award for longstanding support.

R. Pruden Herndon Service Award from Gate City Bar Association for ongoing service to the bar association, legal profession and community.

Retired partner Horace Sibley received the Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award from the Georgia State University College of Law for overall accomplishments reflecting a high tradition of selfless public service.

2009

The District of Columbia Bar Association Champion of the Washington Bar Award for work with Disabled American Veterans (DAV) returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Academy of Women Achievers of the YWCA of Greater Atlanta induction in recognition of professional success, community service and demonstrated commitment to support women in the legal profession.

The Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence inaugural Judge Clarence F. Seeliger Local Justice Award for pro bono work in helping a Malawian woman who had been the victim of domestic violence and human trafficking obtain asylum in the United States. 

Chesterfield Smith Award from Street Law, Inc., recognizing the achievements of those who work to empower people through a practical understanding of the law.

2008

Houston Bar Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program by an Intermediate Firm.

Texas Civil Rights Project Award at its annual Bill of Rights Dinner for work in a First Amendment case.

Fulton County Daily Report Award for exceptional pro bono commitment to civil rights work. Finalist in the arts category for work on a trademark and unfair competition matter and other pro bono work.

The Rock the Law Award from the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes for work on behalf of residents of St. Elizabeths Hospital.

Volunteer Partner of the Year Award from Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network (GAIN) for the second consecutive year. Founded by the Atlanta Bar Association as its signature project and affiliated with Catholic Charities, GAIN provides legal services to indigent refugees seeking asylum in the U.S.

Truancy Intervention Project Volunteers of the Year for 2 years.

2007

Inaugural award from Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network (GAIN) and named “Law Firm of the Year”.

Selected by The Appleseed Foundation as a 2007 Honoree for outstanding pro bono work in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Nancy Lee Head Advocacy Award from University Legal Services (ULS) for dedication and effort in protecting the rights of the patients at St. Elizabeths Hospital and upholding the access rights of the protection and advocacy agencies.

Three time recipient of a GMEN Builder Award from the Georgia Micro Enterprise Network, for the firm’s support in building the micro enterprise industry in Georgia.

2006

Inaugural ABA Death Penalty Representation Volunteer Award from the American Bar Association in recognition of work with death row inmates.

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts award for commitment to the representation of artists and arts organizations.

State Bar of Georgia’s A Business Commitment Pro Bono Award. This award honors the business law pro bono contributions of an individual lawyer, corporate legal department or law firm to the nonprofit community in Georgia.

King & Spalding was among 17 Atlanta businesses recognized in 2006 by the American Red Cross as a LifeBoard Company for donating more than 120,000 pints of blood since the LifeBoard program began.

2005

2005 IMPACT Award from the Metro Atlanta Corporate Volunteer Council for King & Spalding’s exemplary employee volunteer program. The firm’s Atlanta office donated 77,000 hours of pro bono and direct volunteer service in the last 5 years.

Top law firm fundraiser and second among all fundraising teams in the first annual Tour de Pink pledge bike tour, sponsored by the Pink Ribbons Project of Houston.

National Pro Bono Award from Catholic Legal Immigration Network for representing political refugees and immigrants in removal proceedings before the Bureau of Immigration Appeals.

Wiley A. Branton Outstanding Achievement Award from Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs for the firm's pro bono efforts on behalf of immigrants and asylum seekers.

President's Volunteer Service Award from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation to a New York office attorney for her work with World Cares Center and September Space, addressing needs resulting from the September 11 attacks.

Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region's Young Lawyer Award to an Atlanta office attorney for his work with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and Covenant House Georgia.

Award to a Houston partner from the Houston Bar Association for his leadership with the AIDS Outreach Committee.

Outstanding Volunteer Service Award from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

2004

The firm was the leading law firm contributor to the United Way in Atlanta and was awarded the Logan Cup in 2003 and 2004 for “demonstrating the highest generosity of spirit and civic commitment” by a law firm in its annual United Way campaigns. King & Spalding was also designated as "A Company That Cares" by the United Way in Atlanta. The program saluted community partners investing in the success of our community's plan through targeted volunteering, in-kind giving, unique employee empowerment and education programs and campaign giving.

John K. Geiger Award from New York City-based inMotion, Inc. to a New York office associate for her leadership in the representation of low income women in domestic violence, child support and child custody cases.

2004 GMEN Builder Award from the Georgia Micro Enterprise Network for the firm's pro bono support in building the micro enterprise industry in Georgia.

Maryland Pro Bono Award at the annual meeting of the State Bar of Maryland for the firm's work on a groundbreaking domestic violence case

Judge Griffin Bell received the Atlanta Bar's annual Leadership Award. Established in 1989, this award "is presented to members who inspire by their example, challenge by their deeds, and remind us all of our debt to our profession and our community."

2003

William B. Spann, Jr. Award from the State Bar of Georgia for the Eviction Defense Project. The Spann Award is given "each year either to a local bar association, law-related or community organization in Georgia which has developed a pro bono program that has satisfied previously unmet needs or extended services to underserved segments of the population."

Wiley Branton Outstanding Achievement Award from the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs recognizing the firm's efforts with political asylum cases and matters affecting juvenile immigrants

Commitment to Justice Award from New York-based inMotion, Inc. in recognition of the firm's representation of low-income, underserved women in family law cases.

Cornerstone Award from Lawyers Alliance for New York for an associate's work with the Ethical Community Charter School Foundation

Community Builder Award from Texas C-Bar (Texas Community Building with Attorney Resources) for an associate's "unprecedented leadership in the formation of tax-exempt nonprofit organizations"

Judge Griffin Bell received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League, honoring him for his commitment to securing justice and fair treatment for all people. King & Spalding partner Frank Jones received the same award in 1999.

Charlie Shaffer received the Charles E. Watkins, Jr. Award from the Atlanta Bar Association for demonstrated distinctive and sustained service to the Atlanta Bar. Charlie was President of the Atlanta Bar from 1980 to 1981, and led a massive Atlanta Bar campaign to support the Atlanta Police Department during the missing and murdered children crisis in Atlanta in the early 1980's.

2002

S. Phillip Heiner Award from the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF) for the Eviction Defense Project and the Emergency Services Personnel Wills Project. The Heiner Award "is given each year to the individual or firm who has made an extraordinary commitment to providing pro bono representation to low income clients in Atlanta, and who stands out as a leader in pro bono within the Atlanta legal community."

Bobby Woo received a Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) for significant contributions to the Asian American community.

Byron Attridge received the National Center for State Courts' Outstanding Leadership Award for his service and volunteer work in the justice system and on behalf of the Center.

Judge Griffin Bell received the Ben F. Johnson, Jr. Public Service Award from Georgia State University School of Law on April 4. The award is given annually to a Georgia lawyer whose life and career reflects a high tradition of selfless public service.

2001

Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region's Younger Lawyers Award for an associate's pro bono representation of a number of prisoners and an inmate on death row

2000

Anti-Defamation League Southeast Region's Younger Lawyers Award for an associate's pro bono work with Families and Advocates for Immigrants' Rights (FAIR)

 

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