Taylor English Attorneys Recognized by Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice
Taylor English announces that Eric S. Fisher and Alison M. Ballard will be recognized by the Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice for their leadership in the Student Tribunal Project/Foster Child Representation, a program by the organization’s Young Professional Council (YPC). The initiative assesses the fairness of the administrative hearing (tribunal) used when students and their parents seek review of proposed school discipline involving out of school suspensions of greater than 10 days. On April 20, 2016, Mr. Fisher and Ms. Ballard will be honored with Georgia Appleseed’s 2016 Good Apple Award in recognition of their pro bono efforts in facilitating the program.
The YPC engages professionals under the age of 40 in systemic social justice work. Members of the YPC educate pro bono attorneys who are not experienced education lawyers with an understanding of the laws and procedures involved in a Georgia school tribunal hearing. Additionally, the YPC prepares attorneys to represent children in foster care at these tribunals. To date, 120 attorneys have been trained, thanks in large part to Mr. Fisher and Ms. Ballard’s leadership.
Mr. Fisher served as a past president for the YPC and is also a member of the council’s Public School Discipline Hearing Representation Committee. At Taylor English, he counsels clients in a wide variety of cases, including contractual and partnership disputes, class action defense, business torts, fiduciary duties, insurance and employment disputes.
Ms. Ballard serves as secretary for the YPC and is also a member of the council’s Public School Discipline Hearing Representation Committee. Her law practice at Taylor English focuses on commercial litigation, including professional liability matters, securities litigation, business torts and employment disputes.
The Georgia Appleseed Center for Law and Justice is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public interest law center with the mission to increase justice in Georgia through law and policy reform. Seeking a Georgia where the voices of poor people, children and marginalized people are heard and where injustices that no one should endure are resolved, Georgia Appleseed addresses serious issues of public concern by enlisting the volunteer services of lawyers and other professionals from around the state.