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. Norman Slawsky is the Chairman of the Board.
The Board members are:
David A. Bain is a lawyer whose practice is primarily devoted to business litigation, with an emphasis on class actions and the representation of investors in securities litigation and arbitration, civil fraud litigation, and other complex matters. He has been named one of Georgia's "Rising Stars" by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine four times (in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2010) in the areas of class actions and securities litigation. He often serves as a lecturer at seminars on both topics and has assisted state officials in preparing to testify before Congress concerning securities legislation. Bain received his A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 1994, where he was a Woodruff Scholar and was named to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. He was awarded a Chancellors Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where he received his J.D. with honors in 1997. Mr. Bain is active in the leadership of several community organizations, including serving on the Executive Committee for the Atlanta Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and on the Ad-Hoc Committee on E-Discovery Rules for the Northern District of Georgia. He is also a member of the National Association of Securities and Consumer Law Attorneys, the Commerce Club, and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.
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.
Joanne Chu is the founder of EcoEthos Solutions. Her passion is to help organizational teams and leaders engage in its most strategic thinking and effective action so they can create a more sustainable world. Dr. Chu’s clients include K-12 independent schools, colleges and universities, sustainability-focused non-profits, as well as for-profit organizations. Her approach integrates multi-stakeholder engagement, collaborative processes, and design thinking to help teams better operationalize their missions. Dr. Chu has been developing education for sustainability (EfS) curriculum since 2002 and has led EfS faculty development workshops at several 2- and 4-year colleges in Georgia. She has been working with senior leadership teams since 2012. She began her teaching career as an assistant professor of Biology at Spelman College. Since then she has been active in broadening participation our growing sustainability conversations. Dr. Chu’s expertise as a research scientist was to examine the interconnections among brain anatomy, brain chemistry and animal behavior. Dr. Chu has a Ph.D in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Texas. She is a 2011 graduate of the Institute of Georgia Environmental Leadership. She lives in Decatur, GA with two dogs, three bikes, a 5-family community garden in her backyard, and many pairs of hiking shoes.
Jeffrey S. Connelly is a trial lawyer at Terry D. Jackson, P.C., one of the state’s premier personal injury law firms. Before transitioning into civil law, Jeffrey was an Assistant District Attorney in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office where he represented the State of Georgia in the Complex Trial Division. He has won multiple jury trials and spent countless hours in the courtroom. While not practicing law, Jeffrey and his wife Angelica are typically outside, either exploring mountains or paddling rivers, and sharing the wonder that is wilderness with their young daughter Fiona.
Jewell A. Harper is receiving the Ogden Doremus Award for Excellence in Environmental Law, which recognizes the critical role that lawyers play in protecting Georgia’s natural resources and public health. For the last 29 years, Harper has championed environmental legal and reporting issues throughout the Southeastern United States. Starting as an associate regional counsel and working her way through the ranks up to Deputy Assistant Regional Administrator, Harper has consistently defended environmental issues making great strides in pollution prevention, expanding the environmental sustainability in curriculum and community engagement. Harper currently acts as a visiting professor at Spelman College where she teaches our future environmental professionals on environmental policy, environmental justice, and environmental law. Her teaching has been focused on the college and professional school level.
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.
Andrew J. Keenan is the Chief Client Advocate for Cochran Wealth.
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.
Stephen G. Lowry is a partner in the firm, Harris Penn Lowry. He is a talented litigator with broad experience across multiple areas of practice. A passionate advocate for parties who have been harmed by the actions of others, Steve has secured multiple top 10 verdicts in Georgia, including the state's largest verdict, a wrongful death case, in 2010. While attending Lewis & Clark Law School, Steve worked for non-profits on Clean Water Act cases and he served on the Environmental Law Review. Steve serves in leadership positions in numerous organizations such as Governor of American Association of Justice; Executive Committee of Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Board Member of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association and Past President of the Savannah Trial Lawyers Association.
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.
Fredda McDonald currently works as Director of the Sustainability Community at World 50, an organization created to form peer level consultation between the senior most executives in global companies.
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.
Norman J. Slawsky is Of Counsel with Quinn, Connor, Weaver, Davies and Rouco LLP and has served as the attorney for unions, employee benefit plans, employees, and other entities. His experience includes serving as general counsel for Taft-Hartley employee benefit plans and he is experienced in related litigation. He has represented labor unions in arbitration proceedings and collective bargaining negotiations and he has represented plaintiffs and defendants in employment discrimination cases, ERISA, wage and hour cases, and other labor and employment cases. He was as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association Southeast Employment Panel and was the county attorney for Oglethorpe County, Georgia. He has served as Chair of the State Bar of Georgia Labor and Employment Section and the Atlanta Bar Association Labor and Employment Section and has been a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee and a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is a lifetime member of the Sierra Club and is vice-chair of the Georgia Chapter. He is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton with a B.A. in Economics, CUNY with an M.A. in Mathematics, and the University of Georgia School of Law with a J.D.
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.
Timothy Arthur Vanderver III
Manoj S. “Sachin” Varghese is an attorney with Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP and represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex trial and appellate litigation. Before joining the firm, Sachin served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard W. Story in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Sachin received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law and received his undergraduate degree in political science and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. Sachin also currently serves on the Executive Board of the Georgia Chapter of the American Constitution Society and on the Board of Governors of Red Clay Democrats.
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.