Community and Leadership
Our attorneys not only practice law, but are also leaders within their community. Whether it is through volunteering for a local charitable organization or teaching a class at a university, the attorneys give back to the citizens within the community. The firm strives to set a positive example of community leadership. Public service, engrained in our culture, is manifested through our pro bono projects, charitable contributions, volunteerism and service on the boards of community and charitable organizations.
Our firm is proud of our partnership with Georgia Lawyers for the Arts. Our attorneys provide intellectual property legal assistance to artists and inventors in the Atlanta area on a pro bono basis. Additionally, our firm regularly participates in events with charitable organizations. Recently, our firm employees spent their Saturday packaging medical supplies for MedShare. Also, our firm is a founding supporter of the Georgia Patent Pro Bono Project, and we regularly support pro bono projects from the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. Our firm subscribes to the notion that involvement in pro bono activities in an important part of our practice and urges all lawyers to involve themselves in pro bono legal work.
Our attorneys serve on boards of numerous community and charity organizations. To name a few, our attorneys are actively involved with the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, the Coralwood Foundation, ASIAM (promotes the exchange of medical education and advancement between Asia and the Americas), Georgia Tech Intellectual Property Advisory Board, Georgia State University College of Law Intellectual Property Advisory Board and Voices for Georgia’s Children.
In addition, a number of our attorneys serve as adjunct professors at local universities thus lending their skills and knowledge to future lawyers. Steve Schaetzel previously served as adjunct faculty at the University of Georgia School of Law teaching patent law for twelve years. Tony Askew, Chris Curfman and Steve Schaetzel have all served as adjunct professors at Emory University School of Law. Greg Carlin taught patent prosecution as an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School in Atlanta. Larry Aaronson instructed students at Georgia State University College of Law on cyber law.
Tony Askew, known as the “dean” of the patent bar in Atlanta, has served as Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia on Intellectual Property matters since 1983. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Governors of the State Bar and is a member of the State Bar Disciplinary Board. Tony is a member of the University of Georgia Law School’s Advisory Board for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law.