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Birmingham Bar Association Spring 2014

Mr. Shores and Ms. Miglionico each persevered on the path upon which they had embarked. Despite their diminutive appearances, they represent the many courageous members of our Bar who served both their profession and society leaving behind very large shoes to fi ll. Today, our Association is increasingly diverse and inclusive. It holds its doors open to all who practice law and desire to join. If you are willing to be involved, you can be. Th is past year, I spent considerable time working with Bo Landrum, our Executive Director since 2010. He certainly helps to keep my feet on the right path, and we are fortunate to have a dedicated staff with Dana Th omas and Julie Smith. Collectively, they work to keep the Birmingham Bar running smoothly and to facilitate our organizational mission and goals. Whenever you think they may be of help or assistance to you, please let them know. As my message today has recalled the signifi cant footprints of many who have contributed so much to build our Bar association, I would be remiss not to acknowledge the recent passing of one of our exceptional Bar leaders, Mike Freeman. Mike served as the Bar’s Secretary Treasurer last year, and previously served as President of the Birmingham Bar Foundation, and on the boards of the Legal Aid Society and numerous other community organizations. For those of you who may not have known Mike, he was optimistic, forthright, and committed, and he brightened a room with an engaging smile and hearty laugh. He genuinely loved all of the organizations in which he was involved, and while his physical presence is missed, Mike’s footprints remain, and the Birmingham Bar, for one, is a fortunate benefi ciary of his exceptional skill and talent. Mike’s fi rm, Balch & Bingham, is preparing a tribute to Mike that will appear in the next issue of the Bulletin in June 2014. In the meantime, I invite you to join me during our Bar’s one hundred twentyninth year in the celebration of the current diversity within our profession. If you see a challenge to be addressed, or an opportunity to be advanced, I hope that you will share it with me. It is my honor to serve as your Bar President in 2014, and please let me know if my small feet take me off of the proper path. G Upchurch Watson White & Max THE FACE OF MEDIATION Guided by Rodney A. Max, our experienced Birmingham team of Michael B. Walls, Brad Wash and Arthur J. Hanes Jr. (from right) assists law firms and their clients in every phase of dispute resolution, settling major litigation in Alabama and nationwide. 2000A Southbridge Parkway, Suite 400 Birmingham, AL 35209 205.933.9033 WWW.UWW-ADR.COM 10 Birmingham Bar Association


Birmingham Bar Association Spring 2014
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