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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin Fall 2018

Members Who Motivate Us Alyssa Prater, BBA What would the BBA be without all of you? Each quarter we sit down with two of our members to break the ice, hear their advice, and learn more about the lives of our lawyers. They are: MEMBERS WHO MOTIVATE US Ross Kinder Ross Kinder is a solo practitioner in the Birmingham area with a general practice in criminal defense, family law and probate law. He serves on the board of the Jefferson County Office of Indigent Defense Advisory Council, the board of the Birmingham Bar Foundation and the BBA Entertainment Committee. Ross is also the Chair-Elect of the BBA Solo/Small Firm Section. If you could pursue a different career, what would it be? Probably something in the music industry--something in booking or artist representation. When I started out I was originally interested in entertainment law, and I still do some bookings. I play guitar and harmonica, and in the past few years I’ve been able to give my time to Bar events and play with other attorneys. What does service mean to you? I guess it means a lot of things to me. In college my major was actually hospitality and restaurant management. I was in “service” a lot of my life, working at concession stands, restaurants and bars, literally serving people. I think everyone should be required to do something in the service industry so they understand what really goes on and gain some empathy. It translates to the practice of law because you are serving clients at some of the biggest moments in their lives. So really, attorneys only exist to serve. What is the most pressing issue in the legal profession today? I can only speak as a solo practitioner, and when you do that you are your business. You have to do management, accounting, maintaining relationships and find cases to work. I don’t have a staff, so when I’m out of the office there’s no work being done. It creates a lot of pressure to be a 24/7 lawyer--and that’s necessary for a solo attorney. Especially in family and criminal matters, things are going to happen that are not 9-5, Monday through Friday that need to be dealt with, and you have to be on call for clients who need real time advice for moving forward. The stakes are simply higher in law, and that comes with challenges. 14 Birmingham Bar Association


Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin Fall 2018
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