President - Tami Wells Thomas
Approachable, compassionate, knowledgeable, candid and an active advocate for the people are all characteristics that embody Mrs. Tami Wells Thomas. For over seventeen years, Mrs. Thomas has practiced primarily as a bankruptcy attorney in addition to conducting real estate closings and divorce and adoption proceedings. She possesses a fervent desire to empower people, by educating them on the law in straightforward laymen terms and providing greater personalized attention to her clients. Accordingly, Mrs. Thomas constructed her firm, Wells Thomas Law, LLC, with the interest of the people on the forefront. Her motto is "helping you build a brighter future one step at a time" as she is committed to easing the bankruptcy transition by enhancing client awareness and tailoring strategies to aid clients in obtaining sustainability after bankruptcy. She is a former partner of Saedi & Wells, LLC, where she practiced all facets of bankruptcy law for nearly eight years.
Continuously working to empower the community, Mrs. Thomas has instrumentally served as a mentor in various volunteer settings including the Sister2Sister Mentoring Project as well as teenage mother mentoring programs sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Wesley Chapel Church. She is currently involved in community outreach in various organizations, including the Bankruptcy Attorney Practitioners Program at Georgia State College of Law, Springfield Baptist Church and serves as chair of the Legal Committee of the Conyers/Covington Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc
VP: Sherri L. Washington
Sherri L. Washington is a general practice attorney and founder ofThe Washington Law Group, PC. She specializes in all services offered and has handled several criminal cases ranging from minor misdemeanors to complex murder cases. She obtained her Masters degree from Savannah State University and then went on to obtain her Law Degree from Texas Southern University. She is a member of the Rockdale County Bar Association, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attoreys, and Georgia Association of Black Women.
As an active participant in her community, Sherri has been involved with several organizations:
◦Licensed in Georgia, Texas and the District of Columbia
◦Admitted in The Georgia Curt of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court and The Federal Court for the Northern District of Georgia
◦Founding Member of New Rock Legal Society
◦Member of: ◦The Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
◦Gate City Bar Association
◦Rockdale Bar Association
Legal Education Committee & Immediate Past Pres: Caycie Divena Dix, Esq
Caycie Divena Dix is a long-time resident and concerned citizen of Rockdale County where she has resided for over 20 years. Attorney Dix graduated in the Top 10% of her class from Rockdale County High School in 1998 and went on to obtain her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Mercer University in Macon, GA. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2007 with a concentration in litigation. As a result of her leadership and active involvement in a number of organizations such as the 6th Circuit Law Students Division of the American Bar Association, Honor Council, the Student Bar Association, and a host of others, Attorney Dix was bestowed with the school’s highest award, the Thomas M. Cooley Leadership Award, upon her graduation. After completing a two year externship with Judge A. L. Thompson, the former Chief Judge of the Fulton County State Court, Attorney Dix formed the Law Firm of Caycie D. Dix, Esq. where she zealously represented clients in the areas of family law, probate, criminal misdemeanors, civil, and business litigation. She is currently employed with the DeKalb County School District as a Hearing Officer and presides over local level disciplinary hearings in accordance with school law.
Her professional affiliations include being a co-founder and past President of NewRock Legal Society, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the National Association of Hearing Officers.
Attorney Dix has dedicated her life to being a servant of her community and has held leadership positions in a number of community organizations to include the National Coalition of 100 Black Women-Stone Mountain/Lithonia Chapter, the Board of Directors of the South DeKalb Business Association, the Board of Trustees of Greater New Hope Baptist Church, Rockdale County Board of Elections, Girl Scouts of America – Cherry Blossom Service Unit, and the Stone Mountain/Lithonia Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Her biggest enjoyment in life comes from working with and mentoring young people of all ages. As such, she has devoted countless hours of her time to mentoring young girls, serving as a Girl Scout troop leader, coaching high school mock trial teams, and educating teens about the law.
Treasurer – Keisha Hudson
Keisha Hudson is an inaugural member and co-founder of NewRock Legal Society. She is currently the Treasurer of the organization. Keisha received her law degree from The University of Cincinnati College of Law. She wears many hats including those of an educator, attorney, lecturer and entrepreneur. Keisha has worked with law firms, government entities (both federal and state) and corporations as a legal professional. She has also been able to leverage her Juris Doctor degree in non-traditional legal careers as a legal recruiter and as the Chair and Lead Instructor of the Paralegal Studies program at Atlanta Technical College.
In addition, Keisha has been a featured speaker for organizations such as The Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, The Minority Corporate Counsel Association and The Georgia Association of Black Women Lawyers, the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, the Gate City Bar Association Paralegal Section, the Atlanta Legal Recruitment Association and John Marshall Law School.
Cheryl R. Freeman, Esq. Secretary
Cheryl R. Freeman is a Georgia native. She attended Georgia State University where she received a Bachelors of Science degree in Nursing. At Georgia State, she was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and a member of the Georgia State Student Nursing Association. For nearly a decade, Mrs. Freeman practiced as registered nurse in the labor and delivery department at one of the top maternity hospitals in the country. In 2009, Mrs. Freeman decided to change career paths to pursue a law degree at Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of law.
While a law student, Mrs. Freeman worked as a law clerk for a premiere medical negligence firm in Atlanta, Georgia. She was a member of the Black Law Student Association and a participant in Mercer University’s Intra-School Negotiation Competition. For her excellence in legal writing, Mrs. Freeman was awarded the Faculty Legal Writing Award and the CALI Certificate of Excellence Award for the highest grade in her advance legal writing class. She also received a Certificate in Advance Legal Writing, Research, and Drafting.
Mrs. Freeman recently launched Freeman Law Firm, LLC, a boutique estate planning and probate administration firm. Her professional affiliations include the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, and the Estate Planning and Probate Section of the Atlanta Bar Association.
Parliamentarian - Gail Reid Slaton
VP – Technology: Tynesha Rhodes
Before passing the Bar, Attorney Rhodes worked as a paralegal for 7 years handling Family Law Cases and 4 years handling Bankruptcy.
Membership - co-Chairs (Latasha Walker/Trichelle Simmons)
Trichelle Griggs Simmons, Esq.
Attorney Trichelle Griggs Simmons was born and raised in the Atlanta area and has been practicing law in Georgia for over 10 years. She was educated in DeKalb County schools before receiving her Undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. Trichelle Simmons was awarded the Strom Thurmond Scholarship and attended The University of South Carolina School of Law where she was awarded various other scholarships and was a member of the Environmental Law Journal. After law school, Attorney Simmons returned to Atlanta and began her legal career with King & Spalding, LLP. For over five years, she was a Prosecutor and held positions with the City of Atlanta Solicitor’s Office, DeKalb County Solicitor’s Office aMembership Co-Chairnd the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office. In 2008, she formed the Law Office of Trichelle Griggs Simmons to continue her efforts to be a public servant and help those in need in the community where she grew up. In 2011, Attorney Simmons was appointed as a Judge Pro Hac Vice with the DeKalb County Recorder’s Court. Trichelle is married and has two children.
- Latasha Walker, Attorney at Law - Membership Co-Chair
Latasha is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and received both her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communications in 1993, graduating with honors, and her law degree (J.D. Doctor of Jurisprudence) in 1997. In addition to NewRock, Attorney Walker is a member of the Georgia Tennessee Bar Associations as she is licensed to practice in both Georgia and Tennessee.
While in law school, Latasha interned for 2 ½ years with the Law Firm of Lockridge, Becker and Valone, PC and for one year with the University of Tennessee Legal Clinic, where she gained valuable experience in the areas of family law, criminal defense and employment law. Before relocating to Georgia, she also practiced as a former Assistant Public Defender (1997-2003) with the Tennessee Sixth Judicial District Community Law Office where she handled over 100 misdemeanor, juvenile and felony trials. Latasha has extensive trial experience and now specializes in the areas of criminal defense and family law, including divorce, custody, child support and enforcement. Latasha has been in private practice since 2003, and regularly handles family law and criminal defense cases throughout the Metro Atlanta Counties. She formerly served as the managing partner and closing attorney for the Real Estate Law Firm of Stillwell, Walker, Saedi and Wells, and is now in solo practice with The Law Office of J. Latasha Walker, LLC.
In her free time, Attorney Walker regularly participates and serves as a volunteer coach, judge and jury participant with the high school Mock Trial competitions which is among her many passions.
Community Service – Cheveda McCamy
Cheveda McCamy is a native of Covington, Georgia. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and her law degree from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. She is currently employed with the Fulton County District Attorney's Office as a Senior Assistant District Attorney and is assigned to the Major Felonies unit. She is an active member of Springfield Baptist Church working with the Children's, Hospitality and Media ministries.
Political Action Committee: Stephanie Lindsey
Stephanie R. Lindsey received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercer University with a double major in Political Science and Communication, a Masters in Public Administration from Georgia College & State University, and completed her law studies at John MarshallLaw School in two years. In 2000, Mrs. Lindsey began her law career by forming the lawfirm, The Lindsey Firm, P.C. The Lindsey Firm, P.C. began with a practice concentration in commercial transaction litigation and negotiation. By 2002, civil litigation was integrated into the practice. In 2003, Stephanie R. Lindsey and Michael G. Leeper joined firms and created Lindsey Leeper, LLC. Lindsey Leeper, LLC proudly represented clients in the area of family law, criminal law, bankruptcy, personal injury, workers compensation, real estate law and civil litigation until the passing of Michael G. Leeper in 2008.
Since 2008, Mrs. Lindsey has been a sole practitioner practicing in the areas of personal injury, family law and criminal law throughout the State of Georgia. Her primary concentration in the practice is Wrongful Death, Nursing Home/Elder Abuse, Crime Victim Representation, Catastrophic Injuries and Automobile/Truck Accidents. She maintains the following professional association memberships: Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, DeKalb Bar Association, Newton Bar Association, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys and New Rock Legal Society.
Terri R. Simmons, Esq. Bio
Terri was born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She is a graduate of Spelman College where she obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree in Mathematics. At Spelman she was also a NASA Women in Science and Engineering Scholar and a member of the “Sweet” Mu Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority, Inc. After undergrad, Terri moved back to Tennessee to attend law school at the University of Tennessee, College of Law in Knoxville. While in law school Terri received the Domestic Violence Clinic Award for Academic Excellence for Highest Average, served as Moot Court Board Secretary and was awarded the Frank B. Ennix Award for Excellence by the college’s Black Law Student Association.
Terri clerked for the Honorable J. Mark Rogers, 16th Judicial Circuit of Tennessee for one year after graduation from law school. She then moved to Georgia where she would work as an Associate Attorney for Wood & Wood, LLP for four years. At Wood & Wood, Terri’s practice areas included Family Law, Workers’ Compensation, Employment Law, Juvenile Law, Real Estate, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and other general civil matters. She also worked as an attorney for the Georgia Association of Educators representing teachers in nonrenewal cases and other education law matters.
Terri now works as an Associate Attorney for Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor with offices in Marietta, Alpharetta, Buckhead and Dunwoody. At Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor, Terri practices Family Law. She is licensed in both Tennessee and Georgia and a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the Tennessee State Bar. She has taught on the faculty of Clayton State University, Herzing University and Southern New Hampshire University in their Business and Legal Studies Departments. She has served on the Legal Studies Program Advisory Board of Herzing University as a member and she is a volunteer attorney for the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation.
In her spare time, Terri enjoys spending time with family, especially her three nieces. She coaches girls’ fast pitch softball and plays on local coed softball teams. She loves to travel, cook and read.
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