About Randolph W. Thrower

The Randolph W. Thrower Symposium is part of an endowed lecture series sponsored by the family of Mr. Thrower and hosted by the Emory Law Journal and Emory University School of Law.   

Mr. Thrower’s career since graduating from Emory College and Emory University School of Law has involved the active practice of law and devotion to public service. Mr. Thrower, a senior partner at the Atlanta law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, LLP, was Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service from 1969-1971. Mr. Thrower is a former Chairman of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association and a member of the ABA House of Delegates for seventeen years. He served on the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession from its inception in 1987 until 1993 and was a member and former chair of the Georgia State Bar Committee on the Involvement of Women and Minorities in the Profession.  Mr. Thrower was one of the founders and the first President of the Court of Federal Claims Bar Association, and was a founding trustee of the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in 1976. In 1994, the American Bar Association recognized Mr. Thrower's many achievements and contributions to the legal profession by presenting him with its highest award, the ABA Medal. In addition, Mr. Thrower has received the Leadership Award of the Atlanta Bar Association, the Segal-Tweed Founders Award of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Lifetime Anti-Defamation League Achievement Award, among others.