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BOARD OF EDITORS L. F. Hilbers Guy C. McCombs Jennifer W. Pickett Barry A. Ragsdale Elizabeth Smith Ritter William H. (Billy) Weems Miles Clayborn Williams Robert R. Kracke, Editor Erica Williamson Barnes James Tinsley Birchall J. Ronald Boyd Gregory Carl Cook Rick Fernambucq Robert W. (Squire) Gwin OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Robert R. Baugh, President Robin L. Burrell, President-elect Michael D. Freeman, Secretary-Treasurer Joseph A. Fawal, Immediate Past President Leslie R. Barineau LaVeeda M. Battle Philip J. Carroll William S. (Buddy) Cox, III Kira Y. Fonteneau T. Charles Fry, Jr. John A. Lentine Barry A. Ragsdale Freddy Rubio William B. Wahlheim, Jr. Jeffrey Shawn Allen, Criminal Justice Section Christina A. Graham, Women Lawyers Section Stephen K. Greene, Business Law Section John C. Hall, III, ADR Section Jenny Henderson, Bankruptcy/Commercial Law Section Elizabeth McElroy, Probate Law Section Carol Sue Nelson, Federal Practice Section J. Timothy Smith, Solo/Small Firm Section John V. Swiney, II, Workers Compensation Section Katherine L. (Katie) Taylor, Young Lawyers Section Wyndall A. Ivey, Magic City Bar Representative Rebecca G. DePalma, 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 Joanna Park at Alabama Media Group: JPark@al.com – 205.325.2497 CLASSIFIED 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 classifi ed 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 refl ect or represent the offi cial policy of the Birmingham Bar Association. No endorsement of those views or opinions should be inferred as the offi cial policy of the Birmingham Bar Association, unless specifi cally identifi ed as the offi cial 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 © Summer 2013/BIRMINGHAM BAR MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Congratulations to our co-sponsors of the Journey for Justice Gala recognition dinner last month, our own Birmingham Bar Foundation and the Magic City Bar Association!  e Foundation’s Executive Director, Nikki Tucker  omas, together with dedicated volunteers from the Birmingham legal community did an outstanding job in organizing an important and memorable event. Recognition of many of the civil rights lawyers who contributed so much in 1963 was long overdue, and the event helped to bring many of them, or their representatives, back to Birmingham for the ‹ rst time since the early 1960s. One of the honorees remarked that it felt like “coming home,” and that the positive evolution of our community over the years was nothing short of inspirational.  e ‹ lm documentary, “Preserving Justice,” premiered at the event and is a testament to the commitment of lawyers and our legal system in moving Birmingham forward and beyond those tenuous times. I was proud to be a part of Birmingham’s legal community that night, and for those of you who were unable to join us, I assure that you would have been, too. Bar President Robert Baugh has worked to ensure the Bar’s continued involvement in acknowledging and celebrating this important anniversary, and we will continue those e• orts throughout the year, to include educational presentations to area high school and college students. Many bar associations nationwide are recognizing the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement this year, but few are in the unique position of the Birmingham Bar to recognize it as we did last month. Again, congratulations to all who worked so hard to unfold an exceptional event! John W. (Bo) Landrum Executive Director Cahaba Grand Conference Center set up for the Journey for Justice gala. See pages 36 and 37 for more photos of this great event! 4 Birmingham Bar Association


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