SCHR to Honor Justice Harold Clarke with Lifetime Achievement Award

27th March, 2013
Southern Center for Human Rights

Members of the press are offered complimentary admission – simply RSVP. 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- The Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) is proud to announce the recipients of its Lifetime Achievement Award and Gideon’s Promise Indigent Defense Award, both of which will be presented at SCHR’s annual Atlanta benefit reception, Justice Taking Root.

  • SCHR is honored to recognize Harold G. Clarke (1923-2013)—Justice (1979-90) and Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court (1990-1994)--with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his courageous work shedding a light on the woeful state of indigent defense in Georgia.
  • In recognition of their work inspiring, training and mobilizing the next generation of zealous public defenders, SCHR is thrilled to present Gideon’s Promise, formerly the Southern Public Defender Training Center, lead by Ilham Askia and Jonathan Rapping with the Gideon’s Promise Indigent Defense Award.

Justice Taking Root will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, from 6:30pm - 9:00pm. The benefit reception will be held at The Carter Center.  Co-chairs of the event are Anne and Marty Emanuel, Mike and Anna Caplan, Mazie Lynn and Troy Causey and Carolyn Hall.

 “SCHR is humbled and honored to have worked alongside Justice Clarke and Gideon’s Promise as partners in the struggle for equal justice for all,” states SCHR Executive Director Sara Totonchi. “On the 50th anniversary of Gideon v Wainwright, SCHR reaffirms its commitment to working to secure a fully-funded indigent defense system with competent counsel for all of Georgia’s citizens.”

 “Justice Clarke had a keen sense of the law, the plight of the underdog and spoke with the voice of informed reason. That is why his vote in a case often persuaded me and just as often created a majority opinion for the seven of us,” said Hardy Gregory, who served with Justice Clarke on the Georgia Supreme Court. Jonathan Rapping comments “there is simply no organization we admire more than SCHR.  It is a collection of individuals who tirelessly fight to force the system to live up its ideals.  We could not be more honored to receive the Gideon's Promise Award.

Individual tickets to Justice Taking Root are $100.00 per person, and Patron tickets are $250 per person.  Sponsorships begin at $500 (includes 2 tickets). Guests will enjoy wine, beer and other beverages, an array of hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment by jazz musicians, The Candlelight Trio. For ticket or sponsorship information, please visit or contact SCHR Development Director Barbara Horwitz at 404-688-1202 or [email protected].