Jeffrey Nix Recognized by State Bar of Georgia for Pro Bono Work
Friday, June 10, 2011
- Organization: State Bar of Georgia
Atlanta – Jeffrey J. Nix of Troutman Sanders LLP in Atlanta was honored by the State Bar of Georgia Access to Justice Committee and Pro Bono Project with the 2011 H. Sol Clark Pro Bono Award, presented during the Bar’s annual meeting June 3 at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
“Jeff does not just simply volunteer, he commits himself fully to any pro bono cause or client he takes on and always looks for ways to do more,” says Haley Schwartz, the director of the Breast Cancer Legal Project of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.
Nix was selected for the H. Sol Clark Award by the Bar’s Access to Justice Committee not only for his service to clients of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, but also for his pro bono contributions to clients of organizations like the Project Salute veterans legal clinic, Georgia Appleseed, and Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.
“Jeff is someone who can be counted on not only to accept cases and mentor dozens of associates and paralegals, but also to say “yes” when especially difficult matters arise,” notes Tamara Serwer Caldas, the deputy director of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.
“Role models like Jeff are very important,” adds Mike Monahan, the director of the Bar’s Pro Bono Project. “Our pro bono community in Georgia needs lawyers like him who pick up and run with projects, cases, and mentoring—lawyers who will pass on their values to peers and new lawyers in law firms large and small.”
The H. Sol Clark Award, first awarded in 1983, is named for former Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Clark of Savannah, who is known as the “father of legal aid in Georgia.” The Clark award honors an individual lawyer who has excelled in one or more of a variety of activities that extend legal services to the poor.
The State Bar of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton, was established in 1964 by Georgia’s Supreme Court as the successor to the voluntary Georgia Bar Association, founded in 1884. All lawyers licensed to practice in Georgia belong to the State Bar. Its more than 42,000 members work together to strengthen the constitutional promise of justice for all, promote principles of duty and public service among Georgia’s lawyers, and administer a strict code of legal ethics.