At Miller & Martin, we believe that lawyers possess unique skills and abilities to serve the disadvantaged and to promote the public interest in ways that members of no other profession can. Pro Bono service is an essential element of every attorney's professional responsibility. Our attorneys have a duty, as professionals and as members of our communities, to contribute to the welfare of the community; to assist in the development of the legal profession; and to broaden the overall commitment to access to justice for all people.
The firm's involvement in and commitment to pro bono service is overseen by the Firm's Pro Bono Committee. Members of the committee serve as liaisons for each of the firm's offices to the senior management of the firm. We encourage our lawyers to perform at least 50 hours of pro bono legal service per year. To encourage our lawyers to meet this goal, the firm gives its lawyers billable hour credit for a number of the pro bono hours each works.
Firm attorneys volunteer with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands (LAS); Legal Aid of East Tennessee (LAET); Atlanta Volunteer Lawyer's Foundation (AVLF) and the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. Specific projects include the LAS's Second Tuesday Pro Bono Legal Advice Clinic; HELP Clinic, a legal clinic for the homeless through the Room in the Inn program; LAET's Thursday and Saturday Advice Clinic and AVLF's Saturday Lawyer Program. The firm also serves as special counsel to the Legal Aid Society, providing free legal advice to the organization, which in turn serves indigent clients.
In addition to these firm-wide activities, many leaders of the firm have taken an active role in pro bono efforts, setting a strong example not just for our own attorneys, but also for attorneys around the state. Marcy Eason serves on the Access to Justice Commission's Advisory Committee on Unmet Legal Needs. Additionally, Dick Crotteau was recognized for his efforts in 2010 by the LAET Southern Region, which awarded him the Bruce C. Bailey Volunteer Lawyer of the Year Award.
M&M attorneys are currently engaged in a variety of such endeavors, including:
- Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
- Boy Scouts of America
- Decatur-DeKalb YMCA
- DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
- Executive Sales & Management Association, Inc.
- Foundation to Award Scholarships and Conduct Leadership Programs for Students at the Georgia Institute of Technology
- Genesis Shelter, Inc.
- Georgia Angel Investor Coalition
- Georgia Justice Project, Inc.
- Legal Aid of East Tennessee
- Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta
- TAG Education Collaborative, Inc.
- Tech High Foundation, Inc.
- Technology Association of Georgia, Inc.
- Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts