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Acclaim: Honors for Sheffey, Stein and Martin

Emory Report | May 22, 2015

Rita Sheffey received the Ben F. Johnson Jr. Public Service Award from Georgia State University College of Law. The award is given each year to a Georgia attorney whose accomplishments reflect selfless public service.

Sheffey is Emory Law’s assistant dean for public service.

Before joining Emory Law in January of this year, Sheffey had a long career at Hunton & Williams where, for 20 consecutive years, she logged more than 100 pro bono hours each year and led the Atlanta office’s Pro Bono Committee since 2005. She created Hunton & Williams’ Southside Legal Center pro bono clinic in 1995 and, in 1996, partnered with the Fulton County Juvenile Court to develop a program that allows firm attorneys to serve as guardians ad litem in Children in Need of Services cases.

Renee Stein has received the Sheldon & Caroline Keck Award from the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works. The award recognizes "a sustained record of excellence in the education and training of conservation professionals.”

Stein is chief conservator of the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

The Parsons Conservation Laboratory, which Stein heads, not only tends to the conservations needs of the museum’s collections, but also now serves as a training ground for student interns and pre-conservation program applicants, as well as for conservation fellows.  Stein has integrated the work of the lab into the academic life of the university, offering workshops and special lectures, as well as developing and teaching courses cross-listed through the departments of art history, chemistry and physics.

Anthony Martin was accepted as a fellow in The Explorers Club, which is the highest level of membership for the club, with only 19 in the U.S. approved this year, including two in Georgia.

Martin is professor of the practice in the Department of Environmental Sciences in Emory College of Arts and Sciences. He is also coordinator of the Honors Program.

The Explorers Club, founded in 1904, is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.

Fellowship status is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves by directly contributing to scientific knowledge in the field of geographical exploration or allied sciences. Such accomplishments usually are evidenced by scientific publications documenting fieldwork or explorations.

"Acclaim" recognizes the accomplishments of staff and faculty. Listings may include awards and prizes; election to boards and societies; and similarly notable accomplishment in the wider community. To submit an item for the "Acclaim" column, contact emory.report@emory.edu.