Ms. McCalla brings to The Lupus Initiative a strong reputation for developing strategic, creative processes and programs. An attorney by training, Sheryl practiced law for nineteen years. Her substantial legal experience has included service as outside general counsel to a historically Black, primary-care-focused medical school and counsel to individual physicians. She has significant experience creating and managing programs focused on increasing cultural, racial and gender diversity and sensitivity, and awareness of disparities. She has managed a large law firm’s inaugural diversity initiative and later served as its Director of Diversity. Additionally, she has played pivotal roles in creating organizational structure, establishing direction and purpose, and guiding organizational growth and programming for non-profit, diversity-focused organizations.
Ms. McCalla has substantial experience litigating disputes involving business matters, environmental toxic torts, contracts, restrictive covenants, trade secrets and employment. She continues to provide compliance consultation to organizations and limited legal services to clients.
Her community involvement has included membership on the Parents’ Advisory Committee for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Board of Directors of GreenLaw (environmental advocacy) and the Board of Trustees for The Children’s School (private, urban elementary school). Ms. McCalla graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1988 and in 1992 received her law degree from Emory University School of Law where she was a Robert Woodruff Fellow In Law. Ms. McCalla has practiced law with McKenna Long & Aldridge (formerly Long Aldridge & Norman) and Doffermyre Shields Canfield & Knowles, LLC, both in Atlanta. For two years she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Clarence Cooper of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.