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The University of Michigan Law School

         The University of Michigan Law School

 Where Do We Go From Here? A Lawyer's Work in Moving from Chaos to Community


Date: 01/18/2021
Time: 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Contact: Rickard,Jenny


Description: Please join us for MLaw's annual Martin Luther King, Jr., day event.

Please see posting on MLawLive for Zoom details.

Bentina Chisolm Terry, '96, Vice President for Metro Atlanta & Corporate Relations for Georgia Power is the featured speaker.

In the current tumult of the syndemic of COVID-19, racial and social justice movements, and domestic terrorism in response to the emergence of a multiracial electorate, it is necessary that lawyers make self-aware and informed decisions about contributing either to Chaos or Community. This lecture explores the power and potential for lawyer's to develop and empower underserved communities outside of traditional public interest work. In her role as V.P., Ms. Terry is responsible for the company's operations, sales, customer service, economic and community development, and external affairs activities for 1.4 million customers across metro Atlanta as well as statewide responsibility for Georgia Power’s work in underserved communities - people of color, the elderly, women and LGBTQ+.

More About Our Speaker:
Ms. Terry is actively involved in the community and feels fortunate to work for a company that has a passion for the communities it serves. She serves on the board of directors for the International Women’s Forum - Georgia, the Atlanta Police Foundation, Leadership Atlanta, the Grove Park Foundation, the Atlanta Beltline, Inc. and the Atlanta Beltline Partnership (2o21-2023 Chair). She is also on the campaign committee for the Woodruff Arts Center and the advisory council for the Truist Atlanta Open. In 2020, she was named on the Greater Atlanta YWCA’s Women of Achievement and has been named one of Atlanta Business League’s 100 Most Influential Women for several consecutive years. Bentina has had a diverse career with Southern Company, beginning her career in 2001 at Georgia Power, next serving as a senior executive at Southern Nuclear Operating Company and Gulf Power before returning to Georgia Power in 2017.

During her Southern Company career, she has been responsible for many different areas including External Affairs, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Community and Economic Development, Corporate Communications, Sales and Marketing, Customer Service, Compliance and Ethics, Corporate Services and aspects of Power Delivery. She also served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Southern Nuclear. Prior to Southern Company, Bentina began her career practicing law with Troutman Sanders law firm in Atlanta and also served as the Associate General Counsel at Progress Energy in Raleigh, NC.

A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Bentina holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in English from North Carolina State University. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the Georgia State Bar, Leadership Atlanta, Leadership North Carolina, Leadership Florida, the International Women’s Forum, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and The Links, Incorporated. She has received various awards and recognitions for her contribution to the state of Florida including being named one of Influence Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in Florida Politics (2015), and one of the Florida Diversity Council’s Most Powerful and Influential Women (2012). She was also an International Women’s Forum (IWF) Fellow in 2012 and a 2017 graduate of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Regional Leadership Institute. She is married to Antonio Terry and loves to play golf and run in half marathons.