January 16, 2001
EPIC awards ceremony set for Jan. 23
By Elaine Justice
The Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC) at the law school will host its fifth annual EPIC Inspiration Awards ceremony and reception on Tuesday, Jan. 23, in Gambrell Hall. The fund-raising event will begin with the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception.
The 2001 EPIC Inspiration Awards will be presented to three individuals
who have ade outstanding contributions to the public interest. They include
Randolph Thrower, partner with Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan; Paula
Frederick, deputy general counsel of the State Bar of Georgia and immediate
past president of the Atlanta Bar Association; and Vicky Kimbrell, director
of the Family Violence Project of the Georgia Legal Services Program.
The awards will be presented by Willis Hunt, U.S. District Court judge
and former chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court.
Thrower, who will receive the Lifetime Commitment to Public Service Award,
received both undergraduate and J.D. degrees from Emory (1934, 1936) and
was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1984. He joined Sutherland
Asbill & Brennan in 1936 and has practiced in the firms Atlanta
and Washington offices.
Frederick will receive the Outstanding Leadership in the Public Interest
Award. She has been with the State Bar of Georgia since 1988, first as
assistant general counsel (1988-92), then as deputy general counsel.
Prior to that, Frederick was a staff attorney and managing attorney at
the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. She holds undergraduate and law degrees
from Duke and Vanderbilt universities, respectively.
Kimbrell, who will receive the Unsung Devotion to Those Most in Need
Award, has been with the Georgia Legal Services Program since 1980, as
a staff and supervising attorney, family and health law specialist, and
since 1998 as project director with the Family Violence Project. She is
a graduate of Georgia State University and the University of Georgia School
The awards ceremony is true to its namewhen the awards are
given out and the speeches made, any law student or practicing lawyer
attending is truly inspired to support the effort, says Victoria
Walton, chair of the ceremony.
The event has become a major fund-raising event for EPIC, an organization
that provides stipends to law students pursuing public interest law projects
during the summer. Many of the summer grant recipients end up in
small non-profit or public defender offices where every dollar counts,
Walton said, and EPIC funding makes this possible.
Donations are invited at various levels, with a minimum of $25. Inquiries about contributions and reservations should be directed to Sue McAvoy at 404-727-5503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.