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Our Staff
In order to provide high quality legal and technical assistance to Georgia’s environmental community, GreenLaw maintains a staff of highly qualified individuals.  Our attorneys are:  Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Hutton Brown, Steve Caley, Ashten Bailey, Makara Rumley and Robert Ukeiley. Our Office Manager is Scott Sykes. Their professional biographies with email links are below.

Stephanie Stuckey Benfield is GreenLaw's Executive Director.  She received both an undergraduate and law degree from the University of Georgia.  She graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1992.  After law school, she served as a public defender and then went into private practice before being elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 1999.  Stephanie served as a State Representative from the Decatur area for 14 years, during which time she was a member of the Judiciary and Natural Resources Committees.  Stephanie’s legal expertise was recognized in 2011 when she was given the Outstanding Lawyer in Public Service Award by the Atlanta Bar Association.  Stephanie serves on the Boards for the Green Chamber of the South, EarthShare of Georgia, and the Olmsted Linear Parks Association.  She is a member of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership Class of 2013.
 
Hutton Brown is a Senior Attorney with GreenLaw where he focuses his work on implementation of the federal Clean Water Act. He brings with him over twenty years of experience litigating in state and federal court. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University where he was on the Vanderbilt Law Review, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee where he graduated magna cum laude. He began his legal career at King & Spalding, followed by a successful tenure at Doffermyre Shields Canfield Knowles & Devine. For the ten years prior to joining GreenLaw, Hutton had been litigating at Brown & Shamp doing environmental toxic torts, product liability and other plaintiffs' work.
 
Steve Caley is a Senior Attorney at GreenLaw, having left private practice as a national litigator with the respected firm of Weissman, Nowack, Curry, and Wilco to dedicate his time and energy to protecting Georgia’s environment.  Steve’s interest in environmental issues began in college when, as an active member of Save The Valley, he fought an application to establish a nuclear power plant on the Ohio River in southern Indiana.  He has been a long-time supporter of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club and the National Wildlife Federation.  Steve has over 32 years of litigation experience in both the federal and state courts.  He is admitted to practice before the state bars of Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Oregon and has successfully handled cases in most of the federal district courts of those states as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.   Steve taught the Litigation Program as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University College of Law for five years and has served as a Special Administrative Law Judge at the Georgia State Office of Administrative Hearings where many environmental cases are first heard in Georgia.  Prior to entering private practice, Steve handled sophisticated civil rights litigation while he was Director of the Portland office of Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Director of Litigation for the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and Managing Attorney of Legal Services Corporation of Alabama.  For his civil rights work on behalf of the disabled and winning a seminal case in the U.S. Supreme Court, he was honored with the ACLU Georgia Civil Liberties Award in 2000.  He has received numerous other awards for his public interest legal advocacy and pursuit of equal justice under the law.  Steve graduated magna cum laude from Hanover College and received his J.D. degree from New York University School of Law.
 
Ashten Bailey is a Staff Attorney with GreenLaw where she focuses on implementation of the Clean Air Act and addressing pollution from coal fired power plants.  She is a graduate of Emory University School of Law, and received her undergraduate degree from Smith College.  While in law school, she worked as a student attorney with the Turner Environmental Law Clinic, and served as an intern for Region IV of the EPA.   
 
MaKara Rumley is an Environmental Justice Attorney and Coordinator with GreenLaw where she focuses on community organizing, fundraising, and environmental justice considerations in conjunction with clean air and water litigation.  She is a graduate of George Washington University Law School and received her undergraduate degree from Spelman College.  She has clerked for a 6th Judicial Circuit Court Judge in Maryland and managed her own successful law practice.  Her interest in the nexus between human rights and mother nature began early in her career during her work with Amnesty International and The National Geographic Society. She continues to be committed to the right of all Georgians, regardless of demographic, to live in an environment free from disproportionate health burdens created by pollution. Ms. Rumley is licensed to practice law in Maryland only.
 
Scott Sykes has over twenty years of legal experience as an office manager and paralegal for large and small law firms. He has worked as a docket clerk for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and a customer service representative for legal support companies.  He received a B.S. in advertising from the University of Florida and a paralegal certificate from the National Center for Paralegal Training.
 
Robert Ukeiley assists GreenLaw’s air law attorneys with coal-fired power plant regulation, prevention of new coal-fired power plants and the development of renewable energy in Georgia.  Currently, Robert owns a private public interest environmental law practice in Kentucky.  Robert received his B.A. from Muhlenberg College, and worked for environmental organizations before obtaining his J.D. from George Washington University Law School.  Following law school, Robert worked on international environmental issues like whaling and dolphin protection treaties.  Notably, Robert won a lawsuit against the Bush administration's giveaways to corporate polluters. Robert's current practice focuses on facilitating the development and implementation of national and regional regulatory tools to internalize the cost of pollution into dirty sources of energy as well as educating less experienced clean energy advocates.
 
 
 


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