State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia

James Elliott Receives Randolph Thrower Lifetime Achievement Award

May 19, 2017
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Atlanta – A. James Elliott, associate dean of the Emory University School of Law, was honored with the 2017 Randolph Thrower Lifetime Achievement Award, presented May 4 by the State Bar of Georgia’s Committee to Promote Inclusion in the Profession.

Elliott earned his law degree from Emory University and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1966. He practiced law with the Atlanta firm of Alston & Bird for 28 years prior to returning to Emory. He served as president of the State Bar of Georgia in 1988-89 and as president of the State Bar’s Young Lawyers Division in 1976-77.

Elliott is a co-founder of the Georgia Legal Services Program, which has provided legal services to almost 1 million low-income Georgians, and of Georgia’s mandatory IOLTA program, which has raised $100 million for legal charities.

The Randolph Thrower Award recognizes an outstanding individual who has dedicated his or her career to providing opportunities that foster a more diverse legal profession for members of underrepresented groups in Georgia. The award is presented to a lawyer who not only personally excels in his or her own practice, but who has demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity in the legal profession.


The State Bar of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton, was established in 1964 by Georgia’s Supreme Court as the successor to the voluntary Georgia Bar Association, founded in 1884. All lawyers licensed to practice in Georgia belong to the State Bar. Its more than 49,000 members work together to strengthen the constitutional promise of justice for all, promote principles of duty and public service among Georgia’s lawyers, and administer a strict code of legal ethics.