It was bound to happen. Our annual On the Rise issue is now a family affair. The 2014 class includes the spouse of one past pick and a sibling of another.
Nominated by Georgia’s legal community, the Daily Report’s editorial staff handpicked this year’s 40 young (under 40) lawyers they predict you’ll hear and read more about.
As of early August, Leslie Abrams was awaiting confirmation to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. An assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, she is also the sister of House Minority Leader Stacy Abrams (OTR Class of 2003).
Michael Lucas is known to Atlanta’s pro bono community as the deputy director of Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (having replaced Tamara Serwer Caldas, yet another 2003 pick). He is married to past-riser Lauren Sudeall Lucas, who in 2010 was a staff attorney with the Southern Center for Human Rights. She is now a Georgia State University College of Law professor.
No doubt, as time goes by, readers will continue to spot relationships between those selected. I envision the day when connecting our picks might become a party game, akin to Six Degrees of Separation. Or maybe not.
Since 2002 we have introduced readers to Georgia lawyers under age 40 who were or would become firm leaders, lawyer-legislators, in-house counsel, Supreme Court justices, judges and dedicated public servants. Among them, our first issue featured on its cover a 32-year-old associate at Paul Hastings. His name: M. Kasim Reed, now mayor of Atlanta. This year you’ll read much more about Reed, the recipient of our inaugural On the Rise Luminary award, selected for confirming our choice and fulfilling the promise we saw in him 13 classes and 230 On the Rise picks ago. Be sure to check out staff writer Kathleen Baydala Joyner’s interview with the mayor.
On Sept. 18, our affiliates at ALM will honor the On the Rise class of 2014 and Reed—who will deliver a keynote address— during an evening event at Olmsted of Atlanta.
As always, we are especially grateful to our readers who put so much effort into nominating the under-40s who have most impressed them. Thanks for the intros.