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Birmingham Bar Associations Bulletin Summer 2015

MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR My term as President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents’ Metropolitan Bar Caucus (MBC) concludes this summer in July, and it has been a great opportunity for our Bar Association. The MBC is comprised of some 50 metropolitan bar associations nationwide, each with memberships greater than 1,000 lawyers. This year, we focused on programming in the areas of new lawyer mentoring, the public perception of lawyers, best practices in working with affinity bar associations, and non-dues revenue generation. We also hosted several brainstorming sessions at which local bar leaders identified current and future challenges for local bars, and proposed thoughtful ideas on how best to approach them. I am always proud to share information with colleagues about how the Birmingham Bar operates and the many contributions it makes to our legal community and community at large. As an example, we recently learned that the Birmingham Bar will receive the national Harrison Tweed award on behalf of our Volunteer Lawyers Program at the ABA’s annual meeting in July. This prestigious award will recognize the VLP’s extraordinary contribution to increasing access to justice for low-income and indigent citizens in Jefferson County. Our Bar has also received the Award of Achievement from the Alabama State Bar each year since 2011, and last year received the 2014 national LexisNexis Community Outreach Award for its Journey to Justice project in 2013. This recognition is an important testament to the meaningful contributions made by the Birmingham Bar, but more important, to the collective strength and commitment of our volunteers. I hope you are proud, as am I, to be part of an organization that works hard, gives back, and truly makes a difference in our community. 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 Don’t miss the Birmingham Bar’s legendary membership picnic! Friday, June 12, 2015, 11:30am Old Car Heaven 3501 1st Avenue South (Shuttle service available from Damsky Paper Company at 3501 1st Avenue North) 4 Birmingham Bar Association


Birmingham Bar Associations Bulletin Summer 2015
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