As a supporter of GreenLaw, I wanted you to be among the first to know that we have hired Stephanie Stuckey Benfield as our new
Stephanie Stuckey Benfield will start her new position as Executive Director at GreenLaw on April 9th.
Executive Director. I am so excited that Stephanie will be leading our team forward into its third decade of giving Georgia’s environment its day in court.
Out of a pool of many qualified applicants, Stephanie was the clear fit for leading GreenLaw. She has tremendous legal and public service credentials and a passion for protecting our environment. 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. She then served as a public defender and then went into private practice before being elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 1999. Stephanie’s legal expertise was recognized in 2011 when she was given the Outstanding Lawyer in Public Service Award by the Atlanta Bar Association.
An outdoors enthusiast and nature lover, Stephanie has been a vocal environmental advocate during her 14 years as a member of the Georgia House’s Natural Resource Committee. Her commitment to clean water and clean air issues grew even stronger after her son, Robert, was diagnosed with asthma.
Beginning April 9th, Stephanie will be replacing 12-year veteran executive director and environmental attorney, Justine Thompson. Under Justine’s direction, GreenLaw successfully won a ten year legal battle to stop New Jersey-based LS Power from building a coal plant in southwest Georgia, and tremendous progress has been made on stopping pollution from two more proposed coal plants. As you know, Justine is moving to Florida to be with her family. However, she will continue as a staff attorney focusing her efforts on reducing emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Stephanie’s leadership will build on the last 20 years of effective advocacy for our environment. Here are just a few of the challenges that she will be helping us tackle: