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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin

Spare Office Sessions Getting To Know Our BBA Members Spare Off ice Sessions with Alyssa Prater of the BBA What would the Birmingham Bar Association be without our members? Th e attorneys and judges that make up our association are an exceptional and inclusive group that refl ects the diversity and vibrancy of our city. In the Spare Offi ce Sessions we celebrate our members by learning more about the individuals that make our Bar great. For this issue, I sat down with the Honorable Ralph Cook and attorney Squire Gwin, recipients of the BBA Lifetime Achievement Award and the L. Burton Barnes, III Public Service Award, respectively, to get to know each more personally and to hear accounts of their experiences in the legal profession. The Honorable Ralph Cook seat in 1994, serving on Alabama’s Supreme Court until January of 2001. His role as a Supreme Court Justice was to review appeals raised in all areas of the law. Justice Cook was Of Counsel with Hare Wynn from 2001 to 2013, and after a short stint as the city attorney for Birmingham, rejoined the team at Hare Wynn where he continues to practice law, representing individuals and businesses in cases large and small. Justice Cook kindly agreed to squeeze me into his busy schedule, as he was leaving for a well-deserved cruise the next day. He tells me he loves to travel, having been to thirty countries on fi ve continents, locales including South Africa, Japan, and Hong Kong. I assure him the interview won’t take long, but he tells me he is happy to talk with me. What book have you read recently that you particularly enjoyed? “I like to read histories and biographies. I recently completed a book by S. Jonathan Bass, a professor at Samford University, about the capital murder trials of Caliph Washington…I had gone to school with Caliph—he was a few years older than me—and I had heard about the case at the time. It was being tried in Bessemer.” He Calls Me by Lightning is the story of Caliph Washington, a young black man living in the Jim Crow South who, when confronted with the barrel of a gun while Th e Honorable Ralph Cook, currently of Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton LLP, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the BBA at the 2017 Annual Meeting. Th e BBA Lifetime Achievement Award Committee was created in 1972 to recognize outstanding and distinguished member(s) of the Bar. Th e criteria for evaluating nominees includes service to the Bar, service to the community, state and nation and professional achievement as a practicing attorney.  Justice Cook has been practicing law for nearly 50 years. For 24 he years served as a trial judge, district court judge, circuit court judge, and as a family court judge. He was appointed an associate justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama in 1993, and won a state-wide election for the 20 Birmingham Bar Association


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