Board Members

S. ParhamPresident
Shalamar Parham
Gate City Bar Association
Shalamar Parham is managing principal of Parham Law Firm, LLC. She earned her juris doctorate degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.  Ms. Parham is a community-oriented attorney serving the community through her positions with various community and professional organizations, including as a volunteer attorney for Georgia Legal Services Program.  She has been recognized as a Super Lawyers Georgia Rising Star for 2013-2015.  Ms. Parham is also an alumni of the 2012 State Bar of Georgia YLD Leadership Academy.

gertie-beaufordVice President
Gertie Beauford
Muscogee County Foster Parents Assoc.
Ms. Beauford was born and grew up in Columbus, Georgia  and attended Spencer High School.  She attained a degree in Early Childhood Education at Florida State University as well as a certificate in Master Tailoring from Columbus Technical College. She became an educator with Muscogee County Schools where she taught grades K-6 at Muscogee, Key, and Wesley Heights Elementary schools.  After retiring she participated in United Way Community Action Board teams. She is also a Medical Center Volunteer Services member, Phenix City Senior Center Program Treasurer, Life Time Member of Modern Free and Accepted Masons of the World Inc. where she currently holds numerous leadership positions). She is active in the Muscogee County Foster Parents Association, with which she became involved as she was rearing her grandchildren.

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Vice President
Marquetta Bryan
State Bar of Georgia
Marquetta J. Bryan, a graduate of Emory University (B.A. Religion and Sociology) and Cleveland -Marshall College of Law, cum laude,  is of counsel in Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s Atlanta office. Marquetta has also practiced as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Dept. of HUD and was a Partner in another Atlanta litigation defense firm. Marquetta has worked alongside President Jimmy Carter in his Interfaith Health Program, and former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes during his administration. An active leader in her community, Marquetta is a 2017 Alum of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education’s Policy Fellowship Program, a 2017 inductee into Who’s Who in Black Atlanta and has been honored numerous times by the
State Bar of Georgia.  She has also received awards and recognition from Girls Inc., Rolling Out Magazine and the Atlanta Tribune Magazine.  In addition to her Board service with our organization, Marquetta’s Board service also includes Leadership DeKalb and the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra. Marquetta is a member of the League of Women Voters, Junior League of Atlanta and the national Council of Negro Women (NCNW).  Marquetta also chairs the Father of the Year Executive Council, Atlanta American Diabetes Association.  In her personal time, she enjoys running, creative writing,speaking and traveling.

Beth BooneTreasurer
Beth Boone

Glynn County Bar Association
Ms. Boone is a partner in the Brunswick office of Hall Booth Smith & Slover, PC, specializing in areas of professional negligence and medical malpractice defense, as well as probate, estate planning and administration, trusts, fiduciary law, and general civil litigation. She is licensed in both Georgia and Tennessee and practices actively in both states. Ms. Boone has extensive experience with minor and adult guardianships and conservatorships, representing both petitioners and potential wards. Ms. Boone has litigated extensively in this area, assisting clients not only in the protection of assets, but also in assisting with support, care, health and welfare issues. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky, with honors, and her JD from Nashville School of Law. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee State University. She is a member of all State and Superior Courts of Georgia and Tennessee, as well as of the United States District Courts in Middle Tennessee and South Georgia. She is a member of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce and is a board member of Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center Aging Services Advisory Council. She is also involved with Heartland Hospice and is a founding member of the Coastal Alliance for Protection of Elder Awards.

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Susan Cole
Gainesville-Northeastern Circuit Bar Association
Ms. Cole is a retired United States Magistrate Judge.  She graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University and began her legal career as a staff attorney with the Elderly Services Project in the Macon office of Georgia Legal Services.  She later served as a law clerk for the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson, III on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth (now Eleventh) Circuit Court of Appeals before entering private practice in Macon.  Ms. Cole’s practice focused on employment and local government law.  She also taught appellate practice at Mercer Law School for several years.  She served as a magistrate judge in the Gainesville Division of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia from 2002 until 2012.

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Patrick Davenport

Economic Justice Coalition
Patrick Davenport is an Athens native who studied Business Management and Political Science at University of Georgia and is a very proud Georgia Bulldog. He has over 10 years of experience in management, consulting, operations and sales. Mr. Davenport is an active volunteer who believes in giving back and improving communities. He is chairman of various boards, including Economic Justice Coalition. A strong believer of equality, Mr. Davenport believes in helping anyone that faces injustice.

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At-Large
Ruth White

Safe Shelter
A survivor of domestic violence herself, Ms. White drove her children from Missouri to Savannah to escape her batterer with the help of Safe Shelter of Savannah, where she now volunteers to help others escape violence. Now she and her four children live in Savannah, and she is completing her associate degree at Savannah Technical College to become a paralegal. She also volunteers with GLSP in Savannah.

Russell Bonds
State Bar of Georgia
Russell Bonds is the Associate General Counsel and head of Litigation at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta. Mr. Bonds leads the team of attorneys who provide counsel on litigation risks and issues and handle lawsuits and other litigation matters in which the Company is involved

W. CollierWanda Collier
Central Savannah River Area EOA, Inc.
Wanda Collier has been on Georgia Legal Services’ Board for five years and finds it an honor. She is a certified peer specialist for the state of Georgia, and an active representative for the Community Action Economic Opportunity Agency. In addition, Ms. Collier is an activist for the destigmatization of HIV and AIDS and an HIV survivor herself, having lived with the disease for 27 years. During this time, she overcame substance abuse addiction and her recovery has allowed Ms. Collier to start a foundation called  “STOP DA STIGMA” against HIV and AIDS. Thanks to the Foundation’s efforts, the mayor of Augusta, Georgia has named August 29th annual “STOP DA STIGMA” Day.

Amy Lee Copeland Board memberAmy Lee Copeland
Savannah Bar Association
Amy Lee Copeland is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law who now practices with her husband at the Savannah firm of Rouse + Copeland LLC.  As a former Assistant United States Attorney, Ms. Copeland’s practice has a federal focus, and she specializes in appellate and motions work, criminal defense, and civil litigation. Georgia Trend Magazine has recognized her as one of Georgia’s Legal Elite for 2012 (appellate work) and 2013 (criminal defense).

Ashley Deadwyler
Macon Bar Association

Patrick J. FlinnPatrick Flinn
State Bar of Georgia
Patrick Flinn is a member of Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group. He focuses his practice on the trial of technology-based disputes with an emphasis on patent litigation. Mr. Flinn has led trial teams in disputes raising a variety of technical disciplines, including telecommunications, cryptography, optics, fluid mechanics and software. He has tried numerous cases in the International Trade Commission (ITC), as well as various district courts in the United States. In addition to ITC matters, he has led patent litigation teams in the Central, Southern and Northern Districts of California, the District of Delaware, the Southern District of New York, the Western District of Wisconsin, the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Eastern District of Texas, as well as other jurisdictions. He has also coordinated multi-national patent litigation efforts in the United States, Europe and Asia. Mr. Flinn is also an active writer and lecturer on subjects of law and technology. He is the author of the book Handbook of Intellectual Property Claims and Remedies, published by Aspen Law & Business and updated annually.

Terrica GanzyTerrica Ganzy
Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
Terrica Redfield Ganzy is a staff attorney at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Southern Center for Human Rights is a non-profit, public interest law firm dedicated to enforcing the civil and human rights of people in the criminal justice system in the South.  At the Southern Center Ms. Ganzy represents clients on death row in Georgia and Alabama.  For five years, Ms. Ganzy also served as Death Penalty Counsel for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).  In that capacity, she coordinated NACDL’s efforts against the death penalty, which included providing assistance to lawyers handling death penalty cases, compiling and circulating resource material on death penalty litigation, and organizing national death penalty seminars, such as NACDL’s Capital Voir Dire Training: Theory & Intense Practice, Making the Case for Life: Mitigation and Jury Selection in Capital Cases, and Teams for Life.  Terrica is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.

Melissia Ann Glover-Arnold
Dougherty County Neighborhood Service Center

Patti GorhamPatti A. Gorham
State Bar of Georgia
Patti Gorham is a partner in Sutherland’s Litigation Practice Group and co-leads the firm’s Accountants’ Liability Practice. Ms. Gorham has 25 years of experience in complex commercial litigation, particularly in the areas of accounting, financial, securities, director and officer, and class action litigation. Ms. Gorham has been active for almost 20 years in a program aimed at providing representation and services to children who are truant in an effort to prevent them from sliding into delinquency. From 1984 to 1986, Ms. Gorham served as a law clerk for the Honorable Carol Los Mansmann, first on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and subsequently on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

America Gruner_headshotAmerica Gruner
Georgia Rural Urban Summit

 

 

 

 

Isabelle P. Harper
Georgia Clients Council
Ms. Harper has long been involved with the Georgia Clients Council in the Waynesboro/Augusta area. She has served on the statewide board of the GCC for many years and is currently the state Secretary. She is also a community activist and leader and connects her GCC work with service to seniors through the local Area Agency on Aging. She was named a 2012 Champion of Justice by GLSP.

Angela Lingard
Macon Coalition to End Homelessness

 

 

 

 

Gwen Littleton
Georgia Clients Council
Ms. Littleton is an activist for equal access to healthcare in her Eastside Athens neighborhood and is one of eight recent graduates of the Athens Health Network’s Community Health Partner Program, an eight-week course that teaches residents about common health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, family planning and asthma.

 

Mike LoeblMichael N. Loebl
Augusta Bar Association
Mike Loebl is a partner with the Augusta law firm of Fulcher Hagler LLP, which he joined in 2001 following a clerkship with the Honorable W. Leon Barfield, United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Georgia.  In 1997, Mr. Loebl graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Philosophy (Summa Cum Laude), earning his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2000 (Magna Cum Laude).  As a member of the State Bars of Georgia and South Carolina, Mr. Loebl’s litigation-orientated practice primarily involves the representation of commercial and individual defendants embroiled in civil litigation, although he also enjoys and solicits Criminal Justice Act appointments from federal trial and appellate courts.  Among other bar-related pursuits in which he has been involved, Mr. Loebl presently serves on a standing committee in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia—one of the few remaining federal districts nationwide without a federal public defender—which advises the Court and makes recommendations to it concerning the CJA appointment process and management of the CJA panel.

Terry Miller
Conasauga Circuit Bar Association

5-23-11 Faye PhotoM. Faye McCord
Bartow County Bar Association
Ms. McCord has dedicated over twenty-five years to practicing law, with an emphasis on civil litigation. Her firm, which she started in 2000, focuses on civil litigation, criminal law, juvenile law, and real estate. Ms. McCord also serves as a County Conservator. She has extensive legal experience and education in child advocacy, a member of the Charter Member Georgia Association of Counsel for Children and recipient of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division Juvenile Law Committee Child Advocate Award. Ms. McCord received her Juris Doctorate degree from Georgia State University College of Law.

B. OlmosBernadette Olmos
Georgia Hispanic Bar Association
Bernadette Olmos is a graduate of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and practices in the full spectrum of family law and personal injury cases at her firm, A. B. Olmos & Associates PC.  She is a registered mediator and arbitrator. Bernadette has extensive experience in handling family law matters that include immigration components and is a dedicated advocate to expand access to justice to the immigrant communities. She is a member of the Georgia Hispanic Bar and is a member of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School Alumni Board. Bernadette is admitted to practice with the State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, United States District Court, Northern District, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Gail S. PurselGail Pursel
Dougherty Circuit Bar Association
Gail Pursel practices primarily in the area of workers’ compensation defense, representing employers through out Southwest Georgia. She is a partner at Gardner, Willis, Sweat & Handelman LLP. Ms. Pursel earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, and a Certificate in Global Studies from the University of Georgia in 1983, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She received her Juris Doctorate degree from UGA in 1986.  While in law school, she was a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Team and the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law.  Ms. Pursel was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1986. She is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Georgia Supreme Court. She is a member of the Dougherty Circuit Bar Association (serving as President from 2009-2010), the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Claims Association, and the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers.  In addition, Ms. Pursel is a Special Assistant Attorney General who defends workers’ compensation claims on behalf of Georgia’s Attorney General.  She is also a Fellow in the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia, an honor that recognizes those lawyers whose careers demonstrate outstanding legal abilities and devotion to their communities.

Marisol Carrero Roman
Latinos for Education & Justice Organization

Darrell Sutton_headshotDarrell Sutton
State Bar of Georgia
Darrell Sutton practices almost exclusively in the area of insurance defense litigation. The Georgia native devotes significant time to serving the legal profession, and is currently the Cobb County Bar Association’s President-Elect. Mr. Sutton has been a member of the Cobb County Board of Ethics since 2008 and was elected its chairman in 2015. In addition to his service with GLSP, he is also a member of the First Landmark Bank Board of Advisors, the Board of Directors of the Cobb Justice Foundation, and the Board of Directors of Lawyers for Equal Justice, which is a first of its kind law practice incubator project that is a collaborative effort of Georgia’s law schools, the State Bar of Georgia and the Georgia Supreme Court. Mr. Sutton received his Bachelor of Science degree from Berry College and his Juris Doctor degree from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law.

Nettie Williams_headshotNettie M. Williams
Atlantic Area CASA
Nettie Williams is a retired Educator as the Director of Episcopal Daycare Center.  She currently volunteers with the Satilla Advocacy. Ms. Williams also provides services for the Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA). Ms. Williams currently serves the community, and serves as the Youth Director for the St. John Congress of Christian Education. Ms. Williams is passionate about the well-being of children.

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