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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin Fall 2018

Members Who Motivate Us State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners. I have worked in my community, serving as chair of the Jefferson County Economic and Industrial Development Authority and my church, as a two term chair of the 6th Avenue Baptist Church Board of Trustees. I have also served as president of the Links, Incorporated Magic City Chapter, which is an organization of professional business women whose basic focus centers around service and friendship. Top tip for courtroom conduct? Just keep it simple. But! You must always be prepared by knowing your client’s disposition, the facts and the law surrounding the issue at hand and always conduct yourself in a professional manner even if others do not. Advice to high school students wanting to become attorneys? I would advise high school students, whether they are interested in the legal profession or any other profession, nothing takes the place of hard, consistent work and perseverance. I would suggest that they always have a plan and goal in mind with a reasonable timetable. They should stay focused and diligent, but learn how to be flexible when necessary. G Alyssa Prater, Contributor Who is your role model and why? My role model is my mother. She has guided me through every step of my life. After my father, who worked for Tennessee Coal and Iron, passed away from black lung disease when I was in grade school, she raised five children to be productive, self-supporting citizens with respectable careers. My mom taught kindergarten in our neighborhood, served as president of our neighborhood civic league, was deaconess in our local church, and formed our community’s first girls’ softball team. She was always there for me: providing prayer, advice, support and guidance to prepare me for college, marriage and raising my children. She taught me how to relate to people and develop my thirty three year law practice for success while facing all of life’s challenges and opportunities. She has now left this earth; however, I feel she will always be with me in my heart and spirit as my guardian angel. What does service mean to you? Service means, in my opinion, being able to give back to the community. With that in mind I have approached my service in the form of accepting leadership roles. The cornerstone of servant leadership is grounded in Scripture that reflects “to whom much is given, much is required.” With that as one of my primary tenets, I have served as a president of the Magic City Bar Association and the Alabama Lawyers Association, regional director of the National Bar Association, and for two terms as a commissioner on the Alabama 16 Birmingham Bar Association


Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin Fall 2018
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