State Bar of Georgia
State Bar of Georgia

Former Sen. Leroy Johnson Receives Randolph Thrower Lifetime Achievement Award

May 19, 2017
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Atlanta – Leroy R. Johnson, who was the first African American elected to the Georgia State Senate since Reconstruction, 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.

Johnson earned his law degree from North Carolina Central University Law School in 1957 and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1959. He worked as a criminal investigator for the Fulton County Solicitor General’s Office and was an adviser to Atlanta’s leaders in the Civil Rights Movement. He was elected to the Georgia Senate in 1962 and served from 1963 to 1975.

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.