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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin - Fall 2013

Birmingham Bar FOUNDATION Birmingham Bar Foundation Welcomes New Crowder Memorial Fellow Cory, Watson, Crowder & DeGaris and the Birmingham Bar Foundation are proud to announce the recipient of the Charles R. Crowder Memorial Fellowship, Joi L. Travis, a second-year law student at Miles Law School. In 2010, Cory Watson provided the lead gift to establish a fund at the Foundation in memory of the Honorable Charles R. Crowder, retired Jefferson County Circuit Judge, whose legal career spanned 48 years. In addition to the initial donation to create the Charles R. Crowder Memorial Fund, other donors made generous contributions to demonstrate their admiration of Judge Crowder. Through the fellowship program, students will have an opportunity to learn about law, nonprofit management, philanthropy, effective grant making, event planning, public relations, marketing and strategic planning. Joi is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Alabama State University as well as a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Auburn University in Montgomery. She is committed to the community and was recognized in 2006 by the Montgomery Advertiser with the King Spirit Award that is given to those who continue to carry out the mission of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She has worked with elected and appointed officials from across the country and has collaborated on programs and initiatives that promote civic participation and equality among all. A few of the organizations Joi has worked with include the NAACP, The Alabama Trial Lawyers L-R, Arnita B. Foster, Joi L. Travis, Annesley H. DeGaris & Leila H. Watson Association, The Karlos Dansby Foundation, Future Business Leaders of America, Rock the Vote, The Girl Scouts of the USA, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and The Ray Miller Institute for Change and Leadership. “The Crowder Fellowship recognizes leadership and academic excellence as well as community service. Joi has been diligent and enthusiastic about Foundation projects from the moment I met her and I am confident she will be a great Fellow,” Leila H. Watson, Cory Watson Crowder & DeGaris shareholder, said. In her position with the Foundation, Joi will work on the educational aspect of the Journey for Justice Project to help develop teaching materials that will accompany the original documentary, Preserving Justice. The documentary and the teaching materials will be distributed to national, state and local bar associations as well as to schools, universities and civic organizations. “We are so excited to work with Joi on this project, and I am confident she will be a valuable asset to the Foundation,” Nikki Tucker Thomas, Foundation Executive Director, said. For more information about the Charles R. Crowder Memorial Fellowship Program or to make contributions to the Crowder Memorial Fund, contact the Foundation at 205.251.2231 or at bbfound@bellsouth.net. Established in 1994, the Birmingham Bar Foundation encourages and unifies the philanthropic and educational efforts of the Birmingham Bar Association for the betterment of our community and for the promotion of justice. G 38 Birmingham Bar Association


Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin - Fall 2013
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