Board of Directors
The Board of Directors for GreenLaw continues to offer their expertise on a variety of issues to the staff and GreenLaw's partner organizations. In addition to assisting GreenLaw, members of the Board have a demonstrated commitment to public service and each has served the community in a variety of important roles.
The Board members are:
Theodora C. Beck (Theo) is an attorney with the firm, Clements & Sweet, LLP. She practices in the area of employment law representing members of the teacher’s union and claimants in workers’ compensation disputes. Theo has also worked at the Georgia Law Center for the Homeless as an advocate for the homeless. At The Law Center, Theo counseled on police misconduct, public housing, and legislative initiatives affecting the homeless. She also conducted weekly shelter outreach visits educating the homeless on their rights. Theo graduated cum laude from Columbia University and Emory School of Law. She is a is a native of Atlanta and an alum of The Paideia School. Theo has traveled internationally and throughout the country on a nationally ranked Ultimate Frisbee team.
John Floyd is a RICO lawyer at Bondurant Mixson & Elmore LLP.
Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson is the newest member of GreenLaw’s board of directors. Jackson has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney, previously serving as city attorney and city councilwoman for the City of Lithonia. Passionate about community improvement issues, in 2003, Jackson helped the City of Lithonia receive an $85,000 Liveable Communities Initiative grant. A native of Savannah, Jackson holds degrees from Princeton University, Rutgers University and Southern New Hampshire University.
Kelly Jordan is the founder of Point Center Corp, a redevelopment firm which has received two national HUD awards, and awards from the The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, and The Georgia Chapter of the American Planning Association. After serving on the Mayor’s Committee for the Great Park (now Freedom Park) in the late 70’s, he was a Trustee of the Big Trees Nature Preserve in Sandy Springs, and later preserved remnants of DeKalb County’s historic Mathis Dairy, now home to Wonderland Gardens and the Porter Sanford Arts Center. In 1998, he founded the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance which has connected Arabia Mountain in DeKalb to Panola Mountain and the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Rockdale, forming a world class greenway and trail system. Kelly has served on the boards of Park Pride, The Georgia Conservancy, Altamaha Riverkeeper, Sierra Club Ga, Historic Oakland Cemetery, Georgia Wildlife Federation and Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort, and is a 2006 graduate of The Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership program.
Steve LaBriola is a partner with Fellows LaBriola LLP, a law firm devoted exclusively to representation of clients in complex litigation matters in state and federal courts. He represents local and national clients in contract and business tort disputes as well as in a wide variety of complex litigation matters, particularly matters involving allegations of fraud and misrepresentation. He is the Past Chair of the Litigation Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and the Past President of the Lamar Inn of Court (Emory School of Law's Inn of the American Inns of Court). He obtained his law degree from NYU School of Law, then clerked for a Justice on the Colorado Supreme Court. Thereafter, he obtained extensive jury trial experience as a prosecutor in the mid-1980s. He moved to Atlanta in the late 1980s and was a litigator for a large Atlanta law firm before forming his current firm in 1993.
John Travis Marshall, assistant professor of law, Georgia State University, College of Law and Center for Comparative Study on Metropolitan Growth, is interested in the challenges associated with the growth and contraction of urban areas. In particular, Marshall studies private, nonprofit and government interventions to promote long-term urban recovery from crises and disasters. Marshall joined Georgia State Law from Yale Law School, where he was a clinical lecturer in law and the Ludwig Community Development Fellow. From 2007 to 2011, he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow with the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. In that role, Marshall advised NORA on post-Hurricane Katrina implementation of the Authority’s urban revitalization efforts, including land acquisition, development, and disposition programs. Prior to his work in New Orleans, Marshall was a partner with Holland & Knight LLP, specializing in land use and zoning matters as well as real estate litigation. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Jenkins, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Marshall earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law. He teaches Environmental Law and Land Use Law.
Laura Shamp is a trial lawyer practicing principally in the areas of medical negligence, complex business litigation and catastrophic injury in both state and federal court. Laura specializes in representing the plaintiff in these disputes. She graduated with honors in 1988 from the Harvard Law School and thereafter clerked for the Honorable Robert H. Hall at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In 2004 Ms. Shamp went back to Harvard and received her Masters degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Kimberly "Kasey" Sturm was recognized as one of Super Lawyer's magazine's Georgia's Rising Stars for 2008 (September, 2008). Ms. Sturm was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2001. She joined Stack & Associates, P.C. in 2004. She has successfully represented individuals, community groups, homeowners associations, businesses and non-profit organizations in connection with various environmental and land use matters in state, federal and administrative courts and before planning commissions, boards of commissioners and other regulatory bodies. Ms. Sturm received her J.D. and Master of Studies in Environmental Law (MSEL) from Vermont Law School in 2000. During law school, she worked with several environmental organizations including The Wilderness Society helping to protect Georgia's forests, and The Nature Conservancy, where she worked on international carbon offsets and trading contemplated by the Kyoto Protocol.
Robert G. Wellon is a sole practitioner in the area of Family Law and Civil Litigation. Rob received the Charles E. Watkins, Jr. Service Award in 1995 and has been Adjunct Faculty Member at the Emory University Law School since 1995. He serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Atlanta Foundation for Psychoanalysis, Inc. and is a Founder and First President of the Charles L. Weltner Family Law Inn of Court.