Lillian Caudle
Lillian Caudle (John Disney/Daily Report)

Correction appended


One-fourth of Leadership Atlanta’s recently announced 2015 class are lawyers, including two judges, big firm partners, in-house, government and nonprofit lawyers. Class members will spend nine months participating in leadership development and educational events organized by the nonprofit, now in its 44th year.

Of the 77 people chosen for the 2015 class, 19 are lawyers.

They are: Norman Brothers, the vice president of UPS’s legal department; Lillian Caudle, a Jones Day partner; Angela Chadwick, managing general counsel and vice president at Atlanta Housing Authority; John Cooper, associate general counsel and vice president at Turner Broadcasting System; Aaron Danzig, an Arnall Golden Gregory partner; Karlise Grier, managing attorney of Grier Law Office; John Horn, first assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia; LeeAnn Jones of Taylor English Duma.

Also, Monica Khant, executive director of the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network; Tywanda Lord, a Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton partner; Margaret Marshall, a Greenberg Traurig shareholder; Robert McBurney, a Fulton County Superior Court judge; Tish McDonald, a King & Spalding partner; Sheri McGaughy, vice president of legal for The Weather Channel; Marc Rawls, a Sutherland Asbill & Brennan partner; James Stevens, a Troutman Sanders partner; Michael Sullivan, a Womble Carlyle partner; Melanie Velez, managing attorney for the Southern Center for Human Rights; and Christopher Ward, judge for the Municipal Court of Atlanta.

The lawyers make up 25 percent of the Leadership Atlanta group.

For the 2015 Lead Atlanta class, Leadership Atlanta’s younger sibling, 21 percent are also lawyers. Lead Atlanta is a similar leadership development program but for younger professionals, ages 25 to 32, at an earlier phase in their careers. There are 12 lawyers among the 57 people chosen to participate.

They are: David Burch, a Morris, Manning & Martin associate; Erick Burroughs, assistant general counsel for Atlanta Public Schools; Rachel Fox Weitz, a McKenna Long & Aldridge associate; Daniel Huynh, an Alston & Bird senior associate; John Jett, a Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton senior associate; Amy Kelly, a Greenberg Traurig associate.

Also, Vivek Kothari, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia; Lauren Linder, counsel for Turner Broadcasting System; Ana Maria Martinez, staff attorney for DeKalb County State Court; Elaine Poon, staff attorney for Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s Senior Citizens Law Project; Natalie Williams, Jones Day associate; and Shermela Williams, a prosecutor for the Fulton County district attorney’s office.


Four of the 16 law students chosen for the Gideon’s Promise summer law clerk program are from Georgia law schools. Gideon’s Promise trains and provides support for new public defenders in partnership with the public defender offices that employ them.

Two University of Georgia law students were picked: Veronica O’Grady, a 2L, and Alicia Luncheon, a 1L. The other two are Rachel Berman, a 2L at Emory University School of Law, and Spencer Fredericks, a 1L at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.

They will work in Southeastern public defender offices that partner with Gideon’s Promise and their law schools.

In other news for Gideon’s Promise, a documentary featuring two Georgia public defenders from the program and another in Mississippi, “Gideon’s Army,” has won a Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts from the American Bar Association. “Gideon’s Army,” which premiered on HBO last summer, was the only film documentary among the six journalism pieces chosen.


U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg of the Northern District of Georgia was Georgia State University College of Law’s commencement speaker on May 16. Totenberg, who was nominated by President Barack Obama, was unanimously approved for the post at the end of 2010. Representatives of the law school’s class of 2014 chose her as their speaker.


Cathelene “Tina” Robinson, the clerk of the Fulton County Superior Court, was sworn-in as the secretary-treasurer of the Council of Superior Court Clerks of Georgia. “I am honored to serve in this new role,” Robinson said in a statement.


Miller & Martin has moved into its new office in the Regions Plaza Building at 1180 West Peachtree St. N.W. from its old location at 1170 Peachtree St. N.E. Phone numbers remain the same.


This story has been changed to reflect the following correction: The May 21 “On the Move” column omitted the names of three lawyers chosen for the 2015 Leadership Atlanta class. They are: Michael Sullivan, a Womble Carlyle partner; Melanie Velez, managing attorney for the Southern Center for Human Rights; and Christopher Ward, judge for the Municipal Court of Atlanta. One-fourth of the class members are lawyers—19 out of 77 participants.