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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin Fall 2016

President’s Message cal students. Finally, Susan Han and the Women Lawyers Section have continued to set a strong pace and arrange meaningful programs. Th eir Section has been especially helpful to law students. We remain committed to fi nding ways to increase the value of our membership. Over the last several months, Bo Landrum, our Executive Director, and Charles Fry, Treasurer, have been working closely with the Membership Committee chaired by Tamara Erskine. We have been able to identify a group of retail vendors who are willing to off er our members a discount. Th ere are two components to the program. Th e fi rst is with National Purchasing Partners, an organization which allows members to make purchases from national “Big Box” stores. Th e second component is to work with local retailers. Th e participants and directions to obtain these discounts are described on the Birmingham Bar web site and also, listed in this Bulletin. Th anks to all of those who worked on the project. We continually need to supplement the list. Please let us know of any local retailer who may be interested. Looking forward, we have an ambitious and fun schedule for the Fall. In addition to the work on the building, we are going to position ourselves to offer input when the Alabama Legislature goes into session in February 2017. Th e Task Force for Judicial Reallocation under Mike Ermert will continue to meet, and we plan to reach out to the members of the local Jeff erson County Delegation and also to representatives from the State Bar. Everyone should be reminded of the interest that the Birmingham Bar has in making sure we receive our fair share of state judicial funding. We have also planned a number of social events. Th e Coff ees with the Judges have been tremendous thanks to Leila Watson’s hard work. Th e success of the Coff ees and the improvement to the Courtyard will allow us to hold several evening events. Th e fi rst of these will be a Sports Law seminar set on September 8th which will focus on college athletics. Under the leadership of Sarah Th omson and Allen Baker, the panel includes Russ Campbell, Jay Ezelle, Williams Brooks, and William King, Associate General Counsel for the Southeastern Conference. We are also pleased to welcome Mark Ingram, Athletic Director for UAB. Following the CLE, we will gather from 5:00- 7:00 at the Noojin Courtyard. While the space is limited for the CLE program, all are welcome to the gathering. Pro Hops Vino is set for September 22nd. Nancy Yarbrough and her staff should be congratulated for this creative and successful idea. On October 13th, we are very pleased that the Diversity and Inclusivity Committee chaired by Hope Marshall has partnered with the Magic City Bar to present a program featuring Professor Bryan Fair from the University of Alabama School of Law. Following the program, there will be a Judicial Reception co-sponsored with the Magic City Bar. Th is event will be held at the Noojin Courtyard with cocktails and a jazz band. We will welcome all judges and judicial candidates. October remains a busy month with the Attorney Transitions Committee led by Elizabeth Kohn and Keith Lee organizing a seminar for the Law Student Section to be held on October 20th. Following that program, we will all attend the annual Bocce Ball Tournament. Th e month ends on Th ursday, October 27th, with a reception for new members of the Bar at the Noojin Courtyard. Th is will be the fi rst time we have held such a party, and all will be welcome. Finally, I am pleased to report that as I write, Jeff erson County is automating the parking lot directly across from the Jeff erson County Courthouse so that credit/debit cards will be accepted. If you have ever tried exiting that lot without exact cash payment, you will join me in thanking our colleague and Jeff erson County Commissioner Joe Knight for his work in getting this done! We are still planning other events for the remainder of the year. Please check the Bar web site at www.birminghambar. org. You are welcome and encouraged to attend all of the events. Th e Executive Committee remains focused on trying to make your membership worthwhile and to expand your practice. Please let me know what the Bar can do to make your practice better. G 10 Birmingham Bar Association


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