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Birmingham Bar Association Spring 2014

Birmingham Bar Foundation Birmingham Bar Foundation Announces 2014 Oral Arguments Event The Birmingham Bar Foundation and Cumberland School of Law at Samford University will revisit history through a unique day of appellate oral arguments to educate students about the importance of the civil rights movement in appellate decisions. On Thursday, March 20, 2014, high school, college and law students from area schools will attend an event that features a mock oral argument of one of the most influential civil rights cases decided by the United States Supreme Court in the 1960s – Katzenbach v. McClung. The Katzenbach case concerned whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applied to Ollie’s Barbecue, a popular restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama. The mock argument will be presented by Kevin L. Butler, Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Alabama and Barry A. Ragsdale, an attorney with Sirote & Permutt, PC. Federal judges from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Northern District of Alabama will serve as the panel of judges for the mock oral argument. Prior to the mock oral argument, there will be an opening vignette—written especially for this event—by Mary Katherine Nagle, a New York attorney and playwright. The vignette will be produced by Samford University’s Theatre Department, and it will bring to life the reality of segregation in Birmingham. After the mock argument, a panel discussion will emphasize the significance of the Katzenbach decision and how it continues to impact current issues related to civil rights. The event is free and open to the public, and it will be held at Samford’s Wright Center. Seating will begin at 8 a.m. For more information, call the Birmingham Bar Foundation at 205.251.2231 or send an email to bbfound@bellsouth.net. Foundation Awards Grants to Support Nonprofit Organizations Thanks to the generosity of the Birmingham Bar Community, the Foundation awarded grants to the following organizations in December: ♦♦Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program ($2,500): Program runs weekly help desks and ongoing pro bono representation, as well as Domestic Relations Contested Divorce Clinics and Housing, Consumer and Public Benefits CLE Training Programs. ♦♦Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama ($5,000): Provides access to legal resources and legal education for eligible immigrants. ♦♦Jefferson County Community Law Office ($7,500): CLO Law Leadership Academy Project will promote understanding and appreciation of public interest law to 9th and 10th grade inner-city students. ♦♦Junior League of Birmingham ($1,000): Provides supportive counseling and advocacy to sexual violence victims. ♦♦Legal Aid Society of Birmingham ($2,500): Provides access to justice for the poor. ♦♦Prescott House Children’s Advocacy Center ($7,500): Assists young victims of sexual abuse as they travel through the “adult” criminal justice system. ♦♦ Tarrant High School ($5,000): Offers a conflict resolution program— Resolve to Solve (R2S)—for high school students in partnership with the BBA’s ADR Section. Volunteer attorneys will be trained by the ADR Section to instruct students about conflict resolution. ♦♦YWCA of Central Alabama ($2,500): Provides direct court advocacy services for domestic violence victims. ♦♦The Foundation also gave funds to the Nat Bryan Memorial Fund that provides internet service in the jury room at the Jefferson County Courthouse, as well as educational materials for jurors. Thanks to the Grants Committee members: Chairman Wyndall Ivey, Joe Basgier, Khristi Doss Driver, Arnita Foster and Amy Hazelton. G   Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Spring 2014 25


Birmingham Bar Association Spring 2014
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