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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin | Spring 2015

President’s Message There are a number of significant opportunities that present themselves to our Association this year. First, the City of Birmingham has already made strides toward improvement of the City’s landscape by the establishment of a Land Bank. As I understand it, the idea is to put into place a legal framework by which the City can clear title to abandoned tracts of land and dilapidated buildings so that adjacent landowners or private developers can improve not only the appearance of our surrounds, but also its utility. This is all the more important with the recent news of the World Games coming to Birmingham in 2021. We have established a task force to study the Land Bank concept so that we in the legal community can support the City as it engages in this much needed effort to clean up areas in Birmingham that need it. Another thing we hope to make progress on this year is to continue to add value to Birmingham Bar Association membership. Ours is a voluntary association, and with the economic downturn, there is more and more pressure on our members to make sure that the dollars they spend on memberships in professional organizations provide a real return. We need to make sure that the membership fees we charge—which have not been increased since 2007, by the way— are worth it, so that Birmingham Bar membership is a no-brainer when folks are planning their annual office budgets. Your input here is important. With as creative a group of members as we have, I am confident we can continue to make membership in our group not only enjoyable, but also economically sensible. We will also continue to try to develop a deeper base of volunteer support for the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program. The BBVLP has established itself “...renew your commitment to honor these noble traditions ... and vow to maintain these practices of respect and gentility and collegiality toward each other.” as a powerful tool to provide access to justice for many unable to obtain it otherwise. Our members provide the volunteers who put in many hours representing folks who need a lawyer but can’t afford one. Support of this very important effort is a priority for us again this year. Those are just a few of the things your Association will be involved in this year. None of this could be done, however, without you, both as you volunteer and as you share your ideas with us. So, let us hear from you. Tell us what’s on your mind. Give us the benefit of ideas you have about what you’d like to see your Birmingham Bar doing. The BBA is blessed to have a sizable number of its members active in sections and committee work. Lots of good things are happening and this promises to be a strong year for our Association. G Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Spring 2015 9


Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin | Spring 2015
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