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Southern Center for Human Rights to Honor Georgia NAACP; Bondurant, Mixson, & Elmore LLP

On Tuesday, May 4th, the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) will host its annual Atlanta fundraising reception, Justice Taking Root. The event will be held virtually. This year, the Southern Center will honor the vision and leadership of the Georgia NAACP and Bondurant, Mixson, & Elmore LLP.

The Georgia NAACP will be honored with the Vanguard Award, in recognition of the organizations’ decades long work to mobilize against injustice and speak truth to power. Their leadership in the movement to save Troy Davis and work to empower communities in South Georgia to fight against racial injustice are just a few examples of the extraordinary contributions that the Georgia State NAACP makes across the state. “We are beyond honored to receive this award on behalf of the millions of Georgians that for far too long have been left behind, silenced and forgotten,” said James Woodall, President of the Georgia NAACP. “This is a testament to the power of the people coming together on behalf of truth and justice.” 

Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP will be honored with the Luminary Award, in recognition of the firm’s leadership and dedication to justice and fairness in the state of Georgia. From their work in challenging Georgia’s Lethal Injection Secrecy Act to their longtime advocacy in strengthening the provision of public defense in our state, the firm exemplifies what it means to be a luminary. “The firm is delighted to receive this very generous award from the Southern Center,” said Ronan Doherty, Partner at Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore and SCHR Board Member. “For decades, we have admired the Southern Center’s ground-breaking work and we’ve been inspired by the courage, drive, and persistence of their people, who work hard for the people who need it the most. Pro bono representation is a core value for our firm and our lawyers. The opportunity to do some good in the world is why many of us have chosen to make our careers at the firm Emmet Bondurant founded and where he has led by example ever since.” 

This year’s Justice Taking Root will also lift up the exemplary leadership of Sara Totonchi, as she celebrates 20 years with the Southern Center for Human Rights; 11 of those as the Executive Director. 

“Over the years that I have worked with Sara, I have continuously been amazed by her vision, her passion, and her commitment to the people and the work of the Southern Center for Human Rights,” says James Kwak, SCHR Board Chair. “She is an invaluable leader not only of the Southern Center, but of the fight for justice in the criminal legal system in the South and in our country as a whole.”

More information and registration is available here.