Phenomenal Women

Published on May 23rd, 2012 | by thevyne


Vyne Reader Spotlight: Lauren Sudeall Lucas

Name:  Lauren Sudeall Lucas

Hometown: Newton, Massachusetts

Current City: Atlanta, Georgia

Roles you play in life: Lawyer, mother, wife, friend, daughter/granddaughter, teacher

Education: JD, Harvard Law School; BA, Yale University (Political Science)

Occupation: Just left my position as a Staff Attorney at the Southern Center for Human Rights (death penalty and civil rights litigation), where I had been since 2007, to start as an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University College of Law this summer.

3 Words that describe you: determined, thoughtful, loyal

What is your favorite travel destination?: My favorite vacation destination isn’t so much about the place as it is about spending time with family and good friends in a place where we can really relax and escape the craziness of everyday life.

What beauty product can’t you live without?: Burt’s Bees lip balm (I keep things fairly simple, out of necessity!)

What is your favorite book?: Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol

Finish this sentence, “To feel more centered I…”: Try to get a good night’s sleep.

Who are your TV/film fashion inspirations?: I’m honestly much more inspired by women I see every day on the street than anyone on TV or film – particularly moms who are still super fashionable and make it look effortless.

What is your favorite restaurant?: West Egg Cafe for brunch, Urban Cannibals for lunch, and either Kevin Rathbun Steak or Serpas for dinner (I love food and am horrible at making decisions).

One thing you’re most proud of?: I’m definitely proud of all I’ve accomplished, but probably more so that in recent years I have tried to focus and make decisions based on what makes me happy (even when it doesn’t align with what others might expect).

The best advice you’ve ever received: To live in the present and not worry so much about the future.

What words do you live by?: My two favorite inspirational quotes are by Elie Wiesel and Martin Luther King, Jr. — they are: “Our lives no longer belong to us alone; they belong to all those who need us desperately” (EW) and “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity” (MLK Jr.).  I’ve had the second quote hanging above my desk since law school.

What is your favorite thing about The Vyne/  I appreciate that the Vyne recognizes that women are multi-faceted – thinking about work, fashion, health and life in general – and that while many of us can be serious and career-minded, sometimes we just need to kick back and watch something mindless on TV.


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