Environmental Legal Organization Changes Name

Press Room

GreenLaw’s commitment to high-quality free legal services emphasized

DATE: August 15, 2007

CONTACT: Justine Thompson, Executive Director
GreenLaw, Inc. (formerly Georgia Center for Law in the Public Interest)
(404) 659-3122, jthompson@green-law.org

(Atlanta, Georgia) Today the Board of Directors of GreenLaw announced that the fifteen-year old organization is changing its name to GreenLaw, Inc. Founded in 1992 by a small group of dedicated lawyers, this organization has effectively challenged industry and government actions that have degraded Georgia’s environment for many years.

Current Board President, Gregory T. Presmanes, emphasized that the new name is for better communication of the work the organization does partnering closely with concerned citizens and environmental organizations to protect Georgia’s natural resources. “There is more unlawful pollution in our state than we should have and GreenLaw will continue to compel unresponsive government agencies to enforce laws like the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act.”

Justine Thompson, Executive Director, has led the organization for the past eight years, winning victories that have forced industries and developers to remedy serious water and air pollution violations across the state. “Our legal actions have brought about the installation of tens of millions of dollars worth of new pollution controls that protect our human health and natural beauty.” GreenLaw has recently added a Senior Attorney, Hutton Brown, bringing the total years of experience of the organization’s legal staff of four attorneys to over 55 years.

GreenLaw will celebrate its fifteenth anniversary with an Environmental Heroes Celebration on September 27, honoring three of the state’s most prominent environmental attorneys: John Bell, Pam James, and Joel Wooten. This team won an impressive victory for Glynn County residents last year, forcing industry clean-up of mercury and PCBs dumped into the county’s marshes for over 40 years.

GreenLaw will also honor the South Dekalb Neighborhoods Coalition, one of the many groups that GreenLaw has worked with on environmental justice issues. “Our clients are the watchdogs on the front lines of the environmental movement,” explained Thompson. “We are here to give them their day in court when they find their neighborhoods threatened by unlawful pollution that damages their health and well-being.”

GreenLaw is a 501(c)3 organization. For more information go to www.green-law.org