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Special Interest Frances Quick awarded 2012 L. Burton Barnes, III, Public Service Award At its 2012 annual meeting, the BBA presented its L. Burton Barnes, III, Public Service Award to Frances King Quick, an attorney with the firm of Maynard, Cooper & Gale. The award was established in honor of L. Burton Barnes, III, a distinguished member of the Birmingham Bar who served his community freely and quietly until his untimely death in 1994. Since then, the award has been presented each year to a Birmingham Bar member who exemplifies the commitment to public service embodied by Burton Barnes. “Frances was selected for the award because of her notable and long-standing record of community and public service,” said Honora Gathings, Chair of the Bar’s Public Service Committee which recommends recipients to the Bar’s Executive Committee. In addition to her work with the Birmingham Bar Association, Ms. Quick is Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Nominating Committee and a member of the Executive Committee for Junior Achievement of Greater Birmingham. She also served as President of The Women’s Network in 2009, and has served on United Way Visiting Allocation Teams, the Metro Birmingham Heart Association Board of Directors, and co-chaired the Giving Circle for Voices Against Violence, a campaign by women lawyers and the Birmingham Community Foundation to reduce the incidence of domestic violence in Jefferson County. She is an alumnus of Project Corporate Leadership, a program designed to increase diversity awareness in Birmingham. Presently, Ms. Quick chairs the BBA’s long range planning committee, but has previously served as a member of the Executive Committee, and as Chair of the Women Lawyers’ Section, Community Education Committee and Public Service Committee. G GAVELS beat SHARKS… Continued from page 30 at first, Jennifer Whitworth (Judge Graffeo’s Judicial Assistant, who, unknown to the SHARKS, went to college on a girl’s softball scholarship) at second, Casey Atchison (Judge Petelos’ Court Reporter) at short, and Adam Mestre (Judge Vowell’s former and Judge Hughey’s present Law Clerk) at third. Judge Tom King anchored a stingy outfield that let only one or two hits go for extra bases. Also in the outfield were: Danielle Hines (Judge Lee’s former Law Clerk playing softball for the first time); Tatum Davis (Judge King’s Law Clerk); Joe Snider (Judge Petelos’ Bailiff); and, Judges Bill Cole, Clyde Jones, and Nikki Still. Judges Cole and Jones delivered good fielding and solid hitting. But Judge Still’s clutch hitting in the bottom of the fourth sent two GAVELS RBI’s across the plate for go ahead runs. In the top of the fifth the home team GAVELS shut the SHARKS down to preserve the victory. The GAVELS were cheered on by fans enjoying the Rickwood box seats, including Judges Petelos and Pulliam. Guy Chappell was event chairman for the Solo/Small Firm Section. At the end of the game, he presented the GAVELS with the “Judge Tenant M. Smallwood, Jr., Memorial Trophy.” Negotiations are underway to determine where the GAVELS will display the trophy. All GAVELS team members signed the ball in play at the end of the game and it will be displayed with the Smallwood Trophy. As the picnic wound down with some GAVELS departing, a few SHARKS offered the usual “wait until next year!” This May, the GAVELS and SHARKS meet again, hopefully on the second Tuesday in May (TBA). Predictions are that the GAVELS will again win, helped by new team members acquired during the off season after exhaustive campaigning and negotiating for their skills. G 32 Birmingham Bar Association


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