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The Birmingham Bar Foundation Foundation’s New College Fellowship Program Honors Great Legal Jurist and Scholar The Birmingham Bar Foundation and the founding shareholders of Cory, Watson, the beginning of the year as a first step to Cory, Watson, Crowder & DeGaris are Crowder & DeGaris. re-brand the organization. proud to announce the Charles R. Crowder “His greatest achievements in the law “Ophelia is very impressive. Her ex- Memorial Fellowship Program in memo- were not the famous cases he presided on pertise, talent and diligence have been quite ry of the Honorable Charles R. Crowder as a judge, or any large verdicts he won as a beneficial to the Foundation,” Nikki Tuck- whose legal career spanned 48 years. lawyer, but the service he gave to the citi- er Thomas, BBF Executive Director, said. In 2010, Cory Watson provided the zens and his clients, and the hundreds of “I believe the new fellowship program will lead gift to establish the Charles R. Crowder young lawyers he mentored who are prac- help us attract other students like Ophelia Memorial Fund at the Foundation. Once ticing law today. The Crowder Fellowship who are eager to make a positive impact on the fund was created, it received several gen- Program exemplifies his commitment to the community.” erous contributions from other donors. scholarship,” said Cory Watson sharehold- continued on page 35 In July 2012, the Foundation’s Board er Leila Watson. of Directors approved the use of that fund In the summer, Ophelia C. Battle, a Special Thanks to provide a stipend to college students to senior at Loyola University New Orleans, to the intern with the Foundation. Through the worked as an in- fellowship program, students will have an tern for the Foun- Charles R. Crowder Memorial Fund opportunity to learn about nonprofit man- dation. It was her agement, philanthropy, effective grantmak- intelligence and ing, event planning, public relations, mar- enthusiasm that Donors keting and strategic planning. led Cory Watson ner with Cory Watson in this meaningful tion to select her as Elizabeth D. Carnes“The Foundation is pleased to part-and the Founda-Cory, Watson, Crowder & DeGaris manner to memorialize the many out- the first Crowder Larry D. Clifton standing con- Fellow. Ernest Cory 10th Judicial Court Administration tributions that A national award-winning journalist, Judge Crowder Ms. Battle is majoring in Advertising with Dorris State Farm Agency made to the legal a minor in Graphic Design. At Loyola, she Diana Edwards profession and is a member of the nationally competitive Bob & Naomi Gerson our community,” Rebirth Advertising team and is a graphic James H. Hard Georgia Sullivan designer and mass communication consul- Hare Wynn Newell & Newton Haggerty, Foun- tant at the Shawn M. Donnelley Center for Joseph Jasper dation President, Nonprofit Communications. Mr. and Mrs. Connie Kanakis said. During the internship, Ms. Battle The Honorable Tom King, Jr. In 1973, Judge Crowder was appointed worked on various multi-media projects John Lauriello by Gov. George C. Wallace to the Tenth Ju- that included website design and develop- Massey, Stotser & Nichols, PC dicial Circuit in Jefferson County. In 1991, ment, the quarterly newsletter, social me- Jack Porterfield he was elected Presiding Judge and served dia, and a host of other public relations/ Clarence Small in that position until retirement in 1992. communications projects. She, too, helped The Honorable & Mrs. Scott Vowell After retirement, he joined the law firm of develop the Foundation’s new mission The Honorable Thomas A. Woodall Johnson & Cory. In 1995, he was one of statement—a goal the Foundation set at W.C. Zanaty, Jr. 30 Birmingham Bar Association


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