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This year’s Leadership Atlanta class, announced earlier this month, includes 16 lawyers and a judge. All told, lawyers make up almost one-fifth of the 89 business executives, community leaders, educators and entrepreneurs selected for the nine-month program, which kicked off with an orientation on Wednesday.

Leadership Atlanta, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, is one of the oldest community leadership-development organizations in the country. The group has named Mike Hobbs, a partner at Troutman Sanders and a 2008 Leadership Atlanta graduate, as the chair of its board of trustees for a one-year term, effective June 1.

The lawyers in this year’s 2019 Leadership Atlanta class are:

Christopher Chan, partner at Eversheds Sutherland; Donna Coleman-Stribling, solicitor general for DeKalb County, Victoria Collier of The Elder & Disability Law Firm of Victoria L. Collier; Tye Darland, general counsel for Georgia-Pacific; Judge Eric Dunaway of the Fulton County Superior Court; Edward Eschleman, partner at FFO; Paul Fancher, partner at Troutman Sanders; Kevin Gooch, partner at DLA Piper; Jamie Graham, partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton; John Hutchins, partner at Baker & Hostetler; Sharla Jackson, domestic violence and sexual assault resource prosecutor for the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia; Colin Kelly, partner at Alston & Bird; Elisa Kodish, partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough; Juliette Pryor, general counsel for Cox Enterprises Inc.; Antonio Robinson, associate general counsel for Carter’s; Hedy Rubinger, partner at Arnall Golden Gregory; and Meredith Sidewater, general counsel for LexisNexis Risk Solutions.

The group’s newly announced LEAD Atlanta 2019 class, for younger professionals between 27 and 34, is also one-fifth lawyers. They are:

Adam Adler, an associate at Fields Howell; Miriam Archibong, associate at Troutman Sanders; Patrick Darcey, judicial law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice; Saira Draper, associate at Jones Day; Christopher Gilmore, of counsel at Townsend & Lockett; Andrew Leba, associate at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner; Micah Moon, senior associate at Alston & Bird; Mitchell Robinson, associate at Greenberg Traurig; Suneet Sidhu, senior managing associate at Dentons; Glenn D. Williams, associate at DLA Piper; and Yvonne Williams-Wass, counsel at Eversheds Sutherland.