On Thursday, May 9, Georgia Justice Project (GJP) held its 2019 Grass Roots Justice Awards at the Delta Flight Museum. GJP presented its 2019 Grass Roots Justice Award to Peter Carter and the Delta Air Lines Law Department for their extraordinary commitment to serving the community and for volunteering their time and skills to help people with criminal records have opportunities to succeed.
Our Co-Chairs for this event were Francis S. “Frank” Blake, non-executive Chairman of Delta Air Lines’ Board of Directors, and Teresa Wynn Roseborough, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary for The Home Depot. GJP Board Chair and Partner at Dentons, Dan Beale, and GJP Executive Director, Doug Ammar, are proud to have the Delta Air Lines’ Law Department’s partnership in this work.
Assistant General Counsel Sheandra Clark serves on GJP’s Board, and the Delta Legal Department is actively involved in GJP’s Criminal Records Clinic, helping people overcome barriers to employment and housing resulting from a past arrest that did not lead to conviction.
“Peter and the staff of the Delta Air Lines Law Department are leading the way when it comes to giving back. It takes courage to take on a project involving criminal justice issues. Let’s face it. Working with people who have been accused of a crime is not an easy choice. In fact, this can be a hard issue to tackle…maybe even unpopular in some circles.
But the truth is this: nearly 40% of people in our state have a Georgia criminal record. Helping these people move forward in their lives after a past arrest not only improves their lives, but the also the lives of their families, including their children. It allows people to secure jobs to support themselves and to access stable housing. It strengthens our communities, and improves safety and the economy,” said Frank Blake.