James.qxp May June 2019 web - Page 4



P U B L I S H E R’S M E S S A G E
It’s About Lawyers, Politics, ‘Restaurant Hangouts’ & More
Augusta lawyer John Bell Jr., in writing the forward
to a book on the great Georgia trial lawyer Tommy
Malone, opined, “The history of the world is but a
biography of great men. And so it is with the bar. We
are shaped by the lives of the great lawyers, judges
and scholars.”
That is so true and is underscored when chronicling Georgia’s latter-day legal movers-and-shakers
making a significant impact. In this context, we again
attempt— and I emphasize the word “attempt”— to
feature Georgia’s “Most Influential PoliticallyConnected Attorneys.” We obviously are missing
some, especially those who garner little or no publicity.
And since there’s not enough space to write about
every Supreme Court justice, Court of Appeals judge
and district attorney, we list them in charts. In any
event, we hope our feature on these major players
serves as an informative “snapshot in time.”
Also, since this is our “Political & Law Issue,” we
feature columns by the state Democratic Party chairwoman and by Georgia’s National Republican
Committeewoman on their platforms and how they
plan to win future elections.
In this issue we also reveal the results of our popular online reader poll of top “political hangout” restaurants that we conducted on our company website
insideradvantage.com. Staff writer Baker Owens features the top five metro Atlanta restaurant hangouts
that you voted for— and we publish a chart listing the
overall top 20 vote getters. And thank you, readers, for
emailing us a range of interesting comments!
Education is always a James topic, so Dr. Steve
Dollinger provides an update on education-related leg-
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islation during the General Assembly. Business and
economic development is a recurring theme, so
Executive Director Gerald McDowell of Aerotropolis
Atlanta CIDs shares its mission: a destination around
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport utilizing the
most advanced technology focused on safety, mobility
and walkability. Furthermore, staff writer Tal Wright
reports on Georgia’s growing trade and economic ties
with a country once an enemy and now a friend. As
for our “CEO Spotlight,” we interview the Atlantabased Shepherd Center’s Sarah Morrison. She
addresses the mission, amazing growth and future
goals of one of America’s top rehabilitation centers.
To round things out, the inimitable Larry Walker
remembers and salutes one of the Peach State’s late
great lawmaker/lawyers and our own Matt Towery
writes (from Florida) about why your life is incomplete
if you haven’t lived in or visited Georgia.
Quite a diverse array of columns and features!
A MEA CULPA: James was stunned when discovering
(too late!) that the March-April “Influential Georgians”
issue listed the wrong person as the president of
Kennesaw State University. The president is Pamela
Whitten and we certainly apologize.
PHIL KENT CEO & PUBLISHER

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