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lawyers. He revived a tradition of lawyers getting together at the courthouse, lawyers gathering at the Bar Center, lawyers meeting in a relaxed environment to get to know each other, and working together to reach solutions. We like each other. When we get together, we collaborate and we become engaged. I encourage everyone to come to Coffees With The Judges, Cocktails In The Courtyard, the Bench-Bar Retreat, Bocce Ball, Rock The Bar, Pro Hops Vino, and everything in between. We will continue to gather for good and better. This is not your father’s bar any more. I mean this in the most positive way. Your father’s bar was not presided over by a Japanese-American female lawyer. Today, your mother could be a committee chair, a member of the Executive Committee and a leader of our bar. And, Jefferson County citizens just elected nine African-American women to the bench. Although we see these visible signs of increasing diversity in the Birmingham Bar, the most recent U.S. census statistics show that the law continues as one of the least diverse professions. We should all praise and encourage our efforts, but we should still ask: While the BBA has advanced, have we succeeded in achieving diverse inclusivity? Last year, Hope Marshall and Chris Nicholson, the co-chairs of the Diversity/ Inclusivity Committee, led us in an open discussion of “inclusive diversity.” The starting point was data gathered from the ABA and the Alabama State Bar showing that the relatively strong numbers of female (47.8% in 2014) and minority (28.5% in 2014) law students are not maintained in the population of employed lawyers. Of in-state members of the Alabama State Bar, women comprise 31.1% of the population and minorities are only 7.2% of lawyer members. (The BBA does not keep similar statistics.) The focus of the first symposium was diverse law students and how we can meet expectations as they enter the profession. One of the best recommendations was also the easiest, because each of us can do this: become a sponsor. This is more than being a mentor. It means adopting Continued on page 10 Protect Your Company & Your Employees From CYBER ATTACKS Over 90% of all enterprise cyber breaches occur from employees being unprepared in the basic steps of cybersecurity. We can train your employees to be prepared. They will learn how to protect themselves and your company from phishing and other cyberattacks. You Need Cyber Protection if Your Company... 850 Corporate Pkwy Suite 110 - A Birmingham, Al, 35242 205-739-2265 www.threatadvice.com Contact Us for a Free Demo of ThreatAdvice A8018143-01 • UsesMobile Technology •Has Employees •Works with External Partners or Vendors • Accepts Credit Cards orOnline Payments Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Spring 2017 9


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