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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BOARD OF EDITORS Robert R. Kracke, Editor Guy C. McCombs, III We are proud that much of this issue highlights the John Richard Bowles Jennifer W. Pickett meaningful work of the Birmingham Bar Foundation Robert Stephen Elliott Barry A. Ragsdale Rick Fernambucq Douglas N. Robertson and the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program Stephen N. Fitts Jack P. Russell (BBVLP). The contributions made by and through Lloyd W. Gathings John W. Scott Debra H. Goldstein Heather S. Travar these affiliated organizations serve to improve the qual- Robert W. Gwin, Jr. William H.(Billy) Weems ity of life for so many in our metro area. Sammye Oden Kok Miles Clayborn Williams  OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE I commend the governing boards of both, and im- Joseph A. Fawal, President Robert R. Baugh, President-Elect portantly, the executive directors and staff, for their focus on advancing the chari- Deborah Alley Smith, Secretary-Treasurer table work of Birmingham’s legal community. Without the commitment and ded- James S. Lloyd, Immediate Past President Leslie R. Barineau ication of Birmingham Bar members, however, neither organization could achieve Laveeda M. Battle positive results. The collective willingness to accept a pro bono matter, or help William S. (Buddy) Cox, IIIJohn N. Bolus raise charitable funds, or serve on a board or committee, is apparent throughout T. Charles Fry, Jr. John A. Lentine our bar association, and it is impressive. Robert P. MacKenzie, III James L. O’Kelley The efforts of the Bar Foundation and BBVLP are ongoing, of course, as Barry A. Ragsdale the need for pro bono and other charitable works increases. Opportunities to William B. Wahlheim, Jr. Emily Sides Bonds, ADR Section participate are always available, and to those who have – thank you. For those Amy M. Hazelton, Bankruptcy/Commercial Law Section who may not have – I can assure that you will be welcomed and your participation Maria Fortune, Criminal Justice SectionEdward R. Christian, Business Law Section appreciated. Carol Sue Nelson, Federal Practice Section Sidney C. Summey, Jr., Probate Section Finally, congratulations for surviving the heat of the summer, and best wishes Andrew R. Salser, Solo Practice/Small Firms Section Teresa G. Minor, Women Lawyers Section for a refreshing Fall! John C. Webb, V, Workers Compensation Section J. Houston Smith, III, Young Lawyers Section Wyndall A. Ivey, Magic City Bar Representative John W. (Bo) Landrum George M. (Jack) Neal, Jr., ASB Commissioner Representative Executive Director John W. (Bo) Landrum, Executive Director Birmingham Bar Association  2021 2nd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203 Telephone (205) 251-8006 Fax (205) 251-7193 http://www.birminghambar.org E-mail blandrum@birminghambar.org TO ADVERTISE in the BULLETIN contact Ronni Roye at The Birmingham News: rroye@bhamnews.com – 205.325.2263   CLASSIFIED POLICY RATES: $40.00 per insertion for 30 words or less. $.75 per each additional word. Extra charges apply for additional illustrations. DEADLINES: January 15 for Spring Issue, April 15 for Summer Issue, July 15 for Fall Issue, October 15 for Winter Issue. All requests for classified ads must be submitted in typewritten form. Payment must accompany any request. The editor reserves the right to reject advertising considered unsuitable for publication.   The Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin is published quarterly by the Bir- mingham Bar Association for distribution to its membership. It is edited for the membership of the Birmingham Bar Association. Editorial and publishing decisions are based on the editor’s judgment of the quality of the writing, the timeliness of the articles submitted, and the potential interest to the members of the Birmingham Bar Association. The Bulletin, from time to time, may pub- lish articles dealing with controversial issues or subjects. The views expressed in the Bulletin are those of the authors and do not reflect or represent the official policy of the Birmingham Bar Association. No endorsement of those views or opinions should be inferred as the official policy of the Birmingham Bar L-R, Ophelia Battle, Allison Case, Deborah Fisher, Honora Gathings and Nick Gaede work to organize Association, unless specifically identified as the official policy of the Executive school supplies collected through the Bar’s Public Service Committee for the annual School Supplies Drive addressed to Birmingham Bar Bulletin, 2021 2nd Avenue, North, Birmingham,Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association. Subscription requests may be AL 35203. Third Class Postage Prepaid at Birmingham, AL   © Spring 2012/BIRMINGHAM BAR 4 Birmingham Bar Association


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