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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin | Spring 2015

Birmingham Bar Foundation Birmingham Bar Foundation: News & Events New Officers Take the Helm at the Birmingham Bar Foundation The Birmingham Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of its 2015 Board of Directors and officers. The Foundation’s newly elected officers are: President, Michael D. Ermert, partner at Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton; Vice President, Deborah Alley Smith, managing partner at Christian & Small; Treasurer, Hon. John E. Ott, Chief Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama; and Secretary, Hon. Teresa T. Pulliam, Circuit Judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama. The Foundation looks forward to a successful and exciting year with these new officers! Alabama Non-profits Receive Grant Funds from the Birmingham Bar Foundation In December 2014, the Board of Directors awarded grants to assist programs and services that offer access to justice for indigent clients and provide civic education to students. The Legal Aid Society of Birmingham, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Alabama, and the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama are among the groups that received grants from the Foundation this year. Grants were also awarded to the Alabama Center for Law & Civic Education for their We the People program, which seeks to promote civic competence and responsibility among students; the Birmingham Bar Association Attorney Mentoring Program, matching new lawyers with practicing lawyers to provide meaningful advice, guidance, and counsel; The Dannon Project, for developing the Law Leadership Academy Project that promotes understanding and appreciation of public interest law in 9th and 10th grade inner city high school students; and Stand Up; Speak Out, a documentary that will offer a portrait of one of the first female lawyers in Alabama, Nina Miglionico, who fought tirelessly for equal rights in the face of adversity in the 1930s and beyond. The Foundation also awarded proceeds from its 6th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament to the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program and Legal Aid Society of Birmingham. Save the Date & Rock the Bar! Thursday June 4, 2015—Come out and Rock the Bar! Enjoy an exciting night of music and fun! More information coming soon! Birmingham Attorneys Volunteer to Teach At-Risk Youth The Birmingham Bar Foundation has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Alabama (BGCCA) to develop curriculum and activities for the BGCCA’s Keystone Club. As part of this program, volunteer attorneys will teach high school students about topics related to law and the legal system, offering both practical guidance and mentorship to these students. The Keystone Club will meet monthly, and the materials and lesson plans will be provided by the Foundation. If you are interested in volunteering to assist with this program by teaching a class, please contact the Bar Foundation at bbfound@bellsouth.net or 205-251-2231. Memorials The Memorial Scholarship Fund, administered by the Birmingham Bar Foundation, commemorates the lives of individuals and offers scholarships to law students. Through the fund, donors may make an enduring tribute in memory of a loved one—an attorney, spouse, parent or child. These gifts provide funding for two scholarships in the amount of $2,500 that are awarded annually by the Birmingham Bar Association to second or third year law students from either Cumberland School of Law, The University of Alabama School of Law, Birmingham School of Law, or Miles Law School. The scholarships are based upon several factors, including financial need. Thank you to the following donors who help the Birmingham Bar Foundation and the Birmingham Bar Association continue an important legacy of assisting future attorneys: 32 Birmingham Bar Association


Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin | Spring 2015
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