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

It’s here! Keeping Kids in Class Toolkit

How do you dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline & stem the flow of out-of-school suspensions? With the right tools!

Georgia Appleseed’s new Toolkit is filled with resources for parents, educators and community advocates to help keep kids in the classroom and on the path from school-to-success.

Inside the Toolkit you will learn the out-of-school suspension rate for your Georgia public school, how to change school climate, respond effectively when your child is disciplined at school, and more!

Georgia Appleseed Projects

Georgia Appleseed's pro bono volunteers and partners are hard at work.

Click here for an overview of projects underway.

Georgia Appleseed Columbus Office Opens

Georgia Appleseed continues to grow. Our new Columbus office, staffed by attorney Tremaine “Teddy” Reese, Deputy Director of Projects, puts into action our strategic vision to go deeper into our work.

With the support of committed community partners, including Board Member Trip Tomlinson, Teddy has already met with dozens of community leaders, building relationships for Georgia Appleseed that are vital to achieving systemic reform. Read more

A Turning Point for Georgia's Children: New Juvenile Code Signed into Law

Sharon Hill, Melissa Carter, and Pat Willis celebrate with Rep. Wendell Willard, sponsor of HB242.

Culminating seven years of effort by GA Appleseed and the JUSTGeorgia coalition, Gov Nathan Deal signed Georgia's new juvenile code into law on May 2nd in Dalton, Georgia.

Leaders of JUSTGeorgia, a statewide coalition working since 2006 to update the juvenile code, called the new law a pivotal moment for Georgia's children and families.

"Georgia's new approach to juvenile law has the potential to have positive impact on generations to come," said Sharon Hill, executive director of Georgia Appleseed, one of three lead partners in the JUSTGeorgia coalition. "This is truly a turning point for our children."

Georgia Appleseed's report, Common Wisdom: Making the Case for a New Georgia Juvenile Code (2008) provided stakeholder input imperative to development of the new code legislation. Thirteen major law firms and more than 260 pro bono volunteers participated in the effort.

Sharon Hill joined with other lead advocates to witness the bill signing. Watch it here.

Read the press release.

School Tribunal Attorney Manual Published

Georgia Appleseed's Young Professionals Council is proud to announce publication of Representing Students in School Tribunals in Georgia Attorney Training Manual, 2nd ed. This educational manual is presented as a public service to pro bono attorneys representing clients in school tribunal disciplinary hearings. Access the manual here.

Unlocking Heir Property Ownership Report Released

Georgia Appleseed is proud to announce the release of its report, Unlocking Heir Property Ownership: Assessing the Impact on Low and Mid-Income Georgians and Their Communities. Based on the efforts of hundreds of pro bono volunteers, this report highlights the results of original tax data base research that supports Georgia Appleseed's continuing efforts to create an independent legal clinic focused on the needs of low and moderate income owners of heir property and on the communities impacted by vacant heir property.

Twitter "Communities in Schools (CIS) + Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) = No STPP (no school to prison pipeline). New Math!" — @GaAppleseed