Georgia Bar Journal
GSB Vol. 13, NO. 1, Pg. 62.
Bob Brinson Wins James M. Collier Award
GSB JournalVol. 13, NO. 1August 2007Bob Brinson Wins James M. Collier AwardLen HortonRobert M. Brinson, past president of the State Bar of Georgia and partner in the law firm of Brinson, Askew, Berry, Seigler, Richardson & Davis in Rome, received the fourth annual James M. Collier Award. The award was presented at the Board of Governors meeting during the State Bar of Georgia's Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., by Rudolph Patterson, president of the Georgia Bar Foundation.
"Bob Brinson exemplifies service to the Georgia Bar Foundation and to IOLTA and the many grant recipients who depend on the Georgia Bar Foundation for funding," said Patterson.
"In the beginning of IOLTA when we were fighting to get the concept accepted by Georgia lawyers and bankers, Bob led the way with his `Totally Painless Way To Give' marketing campaign. Eventually that effort helped establish IOLTA as one of the most valuable ways a lawyer can contribute to his or her community. It got us over the hump and into the minds of lawyers and bankers who wanted to help solve hundreds of law-related problems in Georgia."
"Those were the voluntary days," Patterson continued, "when lawyers did not need to participate unless they wanted to. By showing the typical Georgia lawyer that IOLTA was okay, it set the stage for mandatory IOLTA five years later. Once Bob had shown that IOLTA, like oatmeal, was the right thing to do, the selling of mandatory IOLTA became much easier. Without the groundwork set by Bob, mandatory might never have happened. Without mandatory IOLTA, civil legal assistance to the poor along with scores of other programs including mock trial, law-related education and efforts to help children at risk might never have happened."
In addition to being an IOLTA pioneer, Brinson remained a source of wisdom whenever the Georgia Bar Foundation or IOLTA encountered challenges. To this day, Brinson is a pro bono counselor to the Bar Foundation on everything from dealing with legal problems to identifying ways to win needed...