September 26, 2016

Team

Staff | Board | Partners | Interns 

Georgia Law Center Staff


Sharon Simpson-Joseph, Esq., Executive Director


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joined the firm in November, 2016. She has served vulnerable populations for over twenty years as an advocate, executive director, author and national speaker. A graduate of Stanford Law School and member of the California State Bar, she applies the principles of transformative justice and radical compassion on her social change journey. Her service includes bullying prevention with the social action campaign,The Bully Project and a decade of service in the war against the human trafficking of children.

 


Lindsay Verity, Esq., Legal Director


Lindsay Verity joins the Law Center after working at Atlanta Legal Aid Society for 12 years. 
As the Legal Director, Lindsay works with the Law Center’s attorneys to manage and advise cases and identify trends that affect our clients. She specializes in Family Law. Lindsay received her bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for law school.

 

 


Elizabeth Main, Esq., Staff Attorney


Elizabeth received a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in 2010 and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law in 2013. She previously practiced civil litigation at the Keegan Law Firm. While at Emory, Elizabeth interned with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Hearings Unit and the ACLU of Georgia. She also worked for the Student Legal Services Clinic and the Veteran’s Clinic at Emory Law.  Since joining the Law Center in 2015, Elizabeth has practiced primarily in landlord-tenant, family, and employment law.

 


Mel Medalle, Esq., Staff Attorney

MelMedalle1Melanie (Mel) Medalle joined the Law Center as Staff Attorney in February 2017. During the two years prior, Mel oversaw the Policy and Advocacy Program of SisterLove, Inc., an Atlanta-based non-profit working to eradicate the impact of HIV upon women of color and their families and communities. Mel received a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2014. She interned with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Office of Attorney General, and worked as an associate with the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy. Mel has also served as a volunteer attorney with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. She is passionate about addressing the critical role that housing access plays as a social determinant of individual health and community wellness, and is committed to building power in our communities by providing intersectional, trauma-informed services and advocacy with the Law Center.

 Amy Mei Willis, Esq., Equal Justice Works Fellow

Amy is the 2015-2017 Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and The Home Depot. Her project focuses on running a free eviction Answer clinic in the Fulton Co. Magistrate court, as well as partnering with community groups to educate and empower tenants about their legal rights. While, in law school Amy worked in the Housing Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and the National Consumer Law Center. Amy received her B.A. from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN and her J.D. from Suffolk Law in Boston, MA. Amy was born in Hong Kong and moved to the USA when she was 5.

 


 Andrea Warthen Flint, MSW, Social Work Manager


Andrea joined the Law Center in September 2013. She now serves as the Social Work Manager and oversees the Law Center’s Social Work and education programs. She has a BSW from Temple University and a MSW from Clark Atlanta University. She has worked in numerous social service agencies in the Atlanta area, and has worked in numerous areas of social work in both Georgia and Philadelphia.

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Katie Marsh, Legal Advocate

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Katie served as a Volunteer at the Law Center in early 2014 and was hired as a Legal Advocate in December 2014. Katie manages GLCH’S Domestic Violence Rural Initiative program, Gwinnett Program,  and oversees the organization’s data quality. She also serves as a paralegal on legal cases. Katie received her B.A. from the University of Georgia. She has interned at the ACLU in Washington, D.C. and is interested in the preservation of individual Constitutional rights. Katie hopes to attend law school and to work in juvenile law or as a Public Defender.

 


Claire Hannapel, Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow


Claire is participating in the Quaker Voluntary Service Fellowship, a yearlong experience orienting its participants to whole lives committed to service and justice, while grounded and sustained in the Quaker faith. At the Georgia Law Center, Claire supports clients in obtaining their birth certificates and other forms of identification. Additionally, she helps manage our client intake services. Claire attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was involved in food justice activism and self-designed an Interdisciplinary Food Systems Major. Claire grew up in Durham, North Carolina.