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fourteen (14%) percent in other miscella- While the BBVLP directs its efforts are living in poverty, the continuing need neous matters such as licenses, torts, and toward pro bono representation, the Bir- will only grow in the future. The goal of immigration. The growth of the program mingham Bar Foundation encourages and the campaign is to raise $500,000 in com- has been the direct result of the work of unifies the philanthropic and educational mitments from Birmingham attorneys, Judge Vowell and Greg Hawley as well as efforts of the Birmingham Bar Associa- firms and other resources. It is the intent many others, but the work of Kelli Mauro tion for the betterment of our community that this fund provide a basis for stability and her staff has been the driving force. and for the promotion of justice.  Con- in the program to assure its future viability. As a result of the tremendous effort put sistent with this recently refined mission My comments in my last President’s out by these individuals, Judge Vowell statement, over the past several years, the Page dealing with the image that lawyers and Greg Hawley were both recognized Foundation has provided annual financial have in the general population and with at this past summer’s Alabama State Bar support to both the BBVLP and the Le- the definition of professionalism can both Annual Meeting with the Al Vreeland gal Aid Society of Birmingham through a be dramatically impacted by our efforts in Pro Bono Award for 2012. sharing of the net proceeds from its annual providing our services to those who can The Birmingham Bar Associa- Bocce Ball Tournament, which is sched- least afford it, but may most need it. I urge tion considered a change in the name of uled to take place this year on Thursday, all of you to contribute to the extent pos- what was then known as the Birming- October 25, 2012.  The Foundation also sible, both of your time and your money, ham Volunteer Lawyers Program during has periodically awarded grants to the to this very valuable program. Remem- 2011. The program is now officially the BBVLP and the Legal Aid Society.  Fi- ber, we as lawyers and as professionals Birmingham Bar Association Volunteer nally, the Foundation facilitates charitable not only practice law to earn a living, but Lawyers Program. This resulted from the giving by sections of the Bar Association also to provide a service to the general continuing commitment of the Birming- and other entities (at no administrative community.G ham Bar Association to pro bono rep- cost to the donor or the recipient), such as resentation for needy citizens within its the United States District Court for the territory and the recognition of the ba- Northern District of Alabama’s donation sic need of the program for lawyers who of $50,000 made last year to the BBVLP would volunteer their services. for legal assistance related to tornado re- While the program has grown, the The BBAlief.  These are just a few examples of how cost of operating the program has also congratulatesthe Foundation collaborates with Bar-re-lated affiliates in a manner that positively grown. Although it continues to receive Phillip W. McCallumimpacts our community. support from Alabama Legal Services, the Alabama Law Foundation, and the In recent months, the BBVLP has and Birmingham Bar Foundation, the current commenced a capital campaign. The Anthony A. Joseph economic conditions and the reduction in purpose of the campaign is to increase on their elections interest rates and donations which affect funding and to provide stability for the as President and each of these contributors results in un- future operations of the program. As I certainty as to their ability to continue to stated above, primary sources of funding President-elect, fund the program at current levels and to are beginning to dry up. The decline in respectively, the extent required for staffing and con- IOLTA revenues because of dramatically of the tinual growth. reduced interest rates is a major concern. The campaign seeks to provide a basis not Alabama State Bar It should be noted that the Birming- only for continuing the program, but to Association! ham Bar Association consists of what I provide for expansion as our community would term “three arms.” Clearly the Bar faces unprecedented unemployment and is the main arm, but the Birmingham Bar increasing levels of poverty. Considering, Foundation and the BVLP are the ad- for example, that 18.6% of the population junct entities. Both are charitable organi- of Jefferson County live at or below the zations and enable the public service and federal poverty level and that almost 20% charitable work of the Birmingham Bar of the children living in Jefferson County Association. Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Fall 2012 9


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