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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin | Spring 2015

MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR As Bar President Steve Casey notes in his President’s Message, we are continually exploring means to increase the value and relevance of Birmingham Bar Association membership. Our profession is changing, and so, too, are the needs and expectations of our members. That which is important to newer lawyers may not be of interest to seasoned practitioners. Similarly, the needs of solo and small firm lawyers will differ from in-house counsel or larger firm defense attorneys. No matter how we analyze it, input from all of you is critical in maintaining a responsive organized bar, and it serves to guide our Association as we move forward. Continuing legal education is important to all of us, and perhaps there are ways to offer more and better programming at reduced or no cost. Mentoring and career assistance are critical for younger members, and we are examining the most efficient ways to provide help in those areas. The Bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program is a growing opportunity to help increase access to justice, and the Bar Foundation always looks for new and innovative ways to provide public education and to “give back” to our community. The strength of the organized bar, and its contributions to our profession and the community, is manifested through your involvement and participation. Please reach out to the leadership of our Bar and affiliated entities with thoughts, ideas, suggestions and concerns, to the end that the Birmingham Bar continues to make a positive impact for our legal community and metropolitan area. Best wishes for an enjoyable Spring! John W. (Bo) Landrum Executive Director BOARD OF EDITORS Jennifer W. Pickett David L. Selby, II Jacquelyn S. Shaia Kimberly R. West Miles Clayborn Williams Jessica Brown Powers Sandra B. Reiss Christen D. Butler Robert R. Kracke, Editor Wayne Alan Duke, Jr. Rick Fernambucq Lloyd W. Gathings, II Ivy Grimes Robert W. (Squire) Gwin, Jr. Christopher F. Heinss John Merrill Gray, III Guy C. McCombs, III  OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Steven F. Casey, President Robert P. MacKenzie, III, President-Elect Anne Lamkin Durward, Secretary/Treasurer Robin L. Burrell, Immediate Past President Angela Cameron Philip J. Carroll Kira Y. Fonteneau Honora M. Gathings Benjamin S. Goldman Wyndall A. Ivey Candis A. McGowan David P. Nomberg Maxwell H. Pulliam, Jr. Freddy Rubio Melanie Merkle Atha, ADR Section Jennifer B. Kimble, Bankruptcy/Commercial Law Section Jerry F. Perkins, Jr., Business Law Section John Matthew Hart, Criminal Justice Section Robert E. Battle, Federal Practice Section Ralph H. Yeilding, Probate Section R. Leland Lesley, Solo Practice/Small Firm Section Katherine Suttle Weinert, Women Lawyers Section Kevin Berry, Workers Compensation Section Ryan R. Robichaux, Young Lawyers Section Charles Price, II, Magic City Bar Representative Diandra Debrosse-Zimmerman, ASB Commissioner Representative John W. (Bo) Landrum, Executive Director Birmingham Bar Association  2021 2nd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203 Telephone (205) 251-8006 Fax (205) 251-7193 http://www.birminghambar.org E-mail blandrum@birminghambar.org TO ADVERTISE in the BULLETIN contact Rebecca Garner at rgarner@al.com or 205-325-3148. CLASSIFIE D POLICY RATES: $40.00 per insertion for 30 words or less. $.75 per each additional word. Extra charges apply for additional illustrations. DEADLINES: January 15 for Spring Issue, April 15 for Summer Issue, July 15 for Fall Issue, October 15 for Winter Issue. All requests for classified ads must be submitted in typewritten form. Payment must accompany any request. The editor reserves the right to reject advertising considered unsuitable for publication.   The Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin is published quarterly by the Birmingham Bar Association for distribution to its membership. It is edited for the membership of the Birmingham Bar Association. Editorial and publishing decisions are based on the editor’s judgment of the quality of the writing, the timeliness of the articles submitted, and the potential interest to the members of the Birmingham Bar Association. The Bulletin, from time to time, may publish articles dealing with controversial issues or subjects. The views expressed in the Bulletin are those of the authors and do not reflect or represent the official policy of the Birmingham Bar Association. No endorsement of those views or opinions should be inferred as the official policy of the Birmingham Bar Association, unless specifically identified as the official policy of the Executive Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association. Subscription requests may be addressed to Birmingham Bar Bulletin, 2021 2nd Avenue, North, Birmingham, AL 35203. Third Class Postage Prepaid at Birmingham, AL   © Spring 2015/BIRMINGHAM BAR Past Presidents of the Birmingham Bar Association 4 Birmingham Bar Association


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