Board Members

 

Ben GarrenPresident of the Board
C. Ben Garren, Jr.

State Bar of Georgia
Mr. Garren is currently Chief Legal Officer, Coca-Cola Refreshments (“CCR”), the North American bottling operation of The Coca-Cola Company. He began his career with The Coca-Coca Company in August, 1996 as Litigation Counsel and since then has held a number of positions of increasing responsibility. He is a member of the senior leadership teams for CCR and The Coca-Cola Company’s Legal Division. Ben received a B.S. from Clemson University in 1983 and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1987.

burke-sherwoodImmediate Past President
H. Burke Sherwood, Sr

Valdosta Bar Association
Mr. Sherwood is a partner in his family’s Valdosta firm, Sherwood & Sherwood, P.C., which handles commercial and residential real estate, contracts, business law, corporations, estate planning, civil litigation and family law, among other practice areas. A graduate of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, he did his undergraduate work at Valdosta State University, where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice. He is a member of the Valdosta Bar Association (Secretary); Valdosta Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Past President); Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; State Bar of Georgia; Georgia Association of Educators Network Attorney.

mary-maconVice President
Mary Jean Macon
Dougherty County Neighborhood Ctr.
Ms. Macon is a counselor at the Dougherty County Neighborhood Service Center, where she takes applications and helps clients get access to services available to them for help with rent, utilities, jobs or food. She also volunteers at Family Literacy Connection in Albany counseling students who are trying to get GEDs. And she coordinates volunteers for the City of Albany’s Homeless Count each year, in which homeless people are contacted and counted and connected to services that provide housing, jobs and health care. Ms. Macon graduated from Monroe County High School and attended Albany State University. She has one son who is a minister and two grandchildren.

Secretary
Kris Brown
Gainesville-Northeastern Bar Association
Kristine (Kris) Brown’s practice, with Orr Brown Johnson LLP in Atlanta, focuses on litigation primarily related to employment discrimination, civil rights, personal injury and wrongful death.  Ms. Brown has handled claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, 42 U.S.C. §§1983, 1985, 1986, as well as Georgia laws concerning employment and personal injury/wrongful death. Ms. Brown received her undergraduate degree at Boston University and interned for Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III for two years. She received her law degree from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. before moving back to Georgia to practice law with her father, Wyc Orr. She was named as a Rising Star Super Lawyer by Atlanta magazine in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010.

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.

Tamera WoodardAt Large
Tamera Woodard
State Bar of Georgia
Ms. Woodard is an in-house labor and employment attorney with AT&T Services, Inc.  Ms. Woodard concentrates her practice in the mediation, arbitration and litigation of employment disputes. In addition, Ms. Woodard frequently defends AT&T in labor arbitration. She also assists in the strategic development of personnel policies and practices. Ms. Woodard is a trained mediator.  She is a former member of the Executive Board of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and is a graduate of the 2008 Leadership Academy of the State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division. She is a member of the State Bars of Michigan and Georgia.  She also offers her services pro bono as a guardian ad litem in the Superior Courts of Fulton County, Georgia. Ms. Woodard is a 2003 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.

At Large
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.

Gwenita Brinson
NAACP – Waycross Branch

Wanda Collier
Central Savannah River Area EOA, Inc.

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).
Terence A. DicksTerence A. Dicks
The Edge Connection
Rev. Terence A. Dicks has served on the GLSP board since 2002. He served for six years (2002-2008) as state chair of the Georgia Clients Council plus served on the council board for eight years (2000-2008). During his tenure as chair of Georgia Clients Council, Rev. Dicks started the “Claiming A Street Named King” project in hopes of bringing economic development and giving face lifts to streets named for the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and roads named for all human rights leaders.Having served on the Augusta NAACP (1994-1996), Terence is past chair and vice-chair of the Augusta-Richmond County Human Relations Commission (1998-2009) that addressed dozens of civil rights complaints each month. He is also a founding member of the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Civil Justice (2006-2010) that was convened by then-Chief Justice Leah Sears Wards.In 2011, Terence was appointed to the President’s Advisory Committee of the State Bar of Georgia which is made up of community leaders charged with representing the public advocacy work of the state bar to non-lawyers through their local community and the state.Rev. Dicks was ordained at the St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church in Brunswick, Georgia in 1999. Rev. Dicks helped found the nonprofit Georgia Center for Children and Education Inc. in 2007 and presently serves as the volunteer executive director.

Gregory EllingtonGregory S. Ellington
Columbus Bar Association
Greg Ellington, a native of Athens, Georgia, has been with Hatcher Stubbs since graduating from law school in 1995. Mr. Ellington is licensed in both Georgia and Alabama.He concentrates his practice in the areas of medical malpractice defense and administrative law representing public bodies, and consumer class action litigation in state and federal courts. Mr. Ellington’s civil litigation experience includes considerable appellate court practice. He received his JD from the University of Georgia and his B.A. from the University of Virginia. Mr. Ellington was selected by peers and colleagues for inclusion in the Georgia Rising Stars/Super Lawyers publication from 2007-2009. He is the Immediate Past President of the Columbus Bar Association.
Damon Elmore 2014Damon E. Elmore
State Bar of Georgia

Damon is a Member with Moore Sparks in Atlanta and focuses on labor and employment litigation, as well as business and HR consulting. He is a former Vice President of Human Resources at a major corporation, responsible for rebuilding and leading the human resources function for a major division of the company. He has served as Vice President for the GLSP board and, with the State Bar of Georgia, he is a member of the Board of Governors and a past president of the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division (2005-2006). *Be sure to follow and support Damon’s personal fundraising initiative on behalf of the GLSP at razoo.com/story/DAMON-BIKES-IN-EVERY-GEORGIA-COUNTY and on Twitter @bikeGAcounties*

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.

Michael GeoffroyMichael Geoffroy
Rockdale Bar Association
Michael Geoffroy a past president of the Young Lawyer’s Division (YLD) of the State Bar of Georgia. He is also a member of The Lawyer’s Club of Atlanta, the Rockdale Bar Association, the Newton Bar Association, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism, is a Fellow at the Lawyers Foundation of Georgia  and the executive committee of the State Bar of Georgia. In addition to his work with various Bar associations, he was recently recognized as one of Georgia’s Legal Elite in the area of Trial/General Practice by Georgia Trend Magazine, as well being named a Rising Star by Superlawyers (published by Atlanta Magazine). He serves as a member of the board of Main Street Covington, is on the City of Covington’s Planning and Zoning committee, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arts Association of Newton County. Mr. Geoffroy also volunteers with Georgia Legal Services to take pro bono cases and ensure access to justice for all Georgians, regardless of wealth. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida before attending law school at the University of Georgia.

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.

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
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.

Wade HerringWade W. Herring, II
State Bar of Georgia
Mr. Herring is a partner at HunterMaclean, a law firm of 55 lawyers with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, Georgia.  Mr. Herring’s law practice focuses on employment and business litigation, primarily in federal court. Mr. Herring is a past president of the Savannah Bar Association.  For the last three years, Mr. Herring has chaired the Court Advisory Committee for the United States Court, Southern District of Georgia. Mr. Herring received his A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia where he was a Woodruff Scholar. Following law school, Mr. Herring clerked for two years for the Honorable Dudley H. Bowen, Jr., United States District Judge, Southern District of Georgia.

Stan Jones Board MemberStanley S. Jones, Jr.
State Bar of Georgia
Stan Jones, a partner of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, practices in Atlanta in the areas of healthcare law, governmental relations and public policy, and administrative law. A graduate of Harvard University and, as a Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University in England, Mr. Jones received his Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1977. He is the Founding President of  Project Interconnections, an initiative that, under the leadership of Honorary Chairperson and former first lady Rosalynn Carter, has built more than 200 units of housing in Atlanta for homeless persons suffering from mental illness. Among many positions of leadership, he serves on the executive committee of the Dean’s Council for the Emory University School of Public Health and has worked on several gubernatorial and presidential commissions on health and mental health care.

Elena Kaplan
State Bar of Georgia

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.


Economic Justice Coalition

 

 

 

 

Emily E. Macheski-PrestonEmily E. Macheski-Preston
Valdosta Bar Association

Emily E. Macheski-Preston is a member of Coleman Talley LLP’s litigation department, specializing in the defense of local governments and businesses. Emily attended both Oglethorpe University and Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law on full scholarships, graduating with honors. In 2009 and 2010, Emily was recognized nationally by the Emory University, the Charleston School of Law, and the National Order of Barristers for her oral advocacy skills. In 2012, Emily was named the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional of the Year. In 2013, Emily was selected to Leadership Lowndes. In addition to GLSP, Emily is a board member for Keep Lowndes-Valdosta Beautiful (a division of Keep America Beautiful), Vice-Chair of the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Council for Healthcare, and Vice-Chair of the Georgia Department of Labor’s South Georgia Employer Committee. Emily is a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Labor and Employment Law Division, the Young Lawyers Division’s Labor and Employment Law Committee, and the Valdosta Bar Association.

 

Dorian MurrayDorian Murry
Gate City Bar Association
Dorian Murry is founder and managing partner of The Murry Law Group, P.C., in Stone Mountain, Georgia.  He specializes in criminal defense, civil rights litigation, social security disability, and personal injury. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelors degree from the University of Georgia in 1995 and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1998.  He began his career with the Legal Aid & Public Defender Office in Athens, Georgia.  Later, he practiced with the Georgia Justice Project in Atlanta, Georgia.  He is a former Magistrate Judge and is an Instructor for Emory University’s Paralegal Certificate Program. He was recognized as a Rising Star in 2004, 2005, and 2007 by Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine. His memberships include: State Bar of Georgia; Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; National Criminal Defense College alumnus; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Dekalb Lawyers Association; and the Gate City Bar Association.

John W. Pruitt, Sr.
Coastal Plain Area Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc.

Jill PryorJill Pryor
State Bar of Georgia
Ms. Pryor is a partner with the law firm of Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, where she has practiced business litigation, at trial and on appeal, for over 20 years. Ms. Pryor has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, the “Top 100 SuperLawyers,” and Chambers & Partners (USA) for business litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she was a law clerk for Judge J.L. Edmondson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Ms. Pryor is currently serving her second term on the State Bar of Georgia’s Board of Governors. She is a former Chair of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar and a past President for the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers.

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. Gail 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.  Gail 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.

Albert Reichert JrAlbert P. Reichert, Jr.
State Bar of Georgia
Albert Reichert is a partner in the law firm of Anderson, Walker and Reichert, LLP. A graduate of Emory University and Harvard Law School, he is listed in the “Best Lawyers in America.” Mr. Reichert is a fellow in both The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and The American College of Tax Counsel. He is a past president of the Macon Rotary and a former Rotary District Governor.

Marisol Carrero Roman
Latinos for Education & Justice Organization

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.

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