Page 9

Birmingham Bar Association Summer 2016

President’s Message of the Magic City Bar, for all of his help. We look forward to co-hosting other events and strengthening this important relationship with the Magic City Bar. We are also excited about Rock the Bar which has just concluded. Th is is the major fundraiser for our Bar Foundation. Under the leadership of Nikki Th omas and Debbie Smith, the Bar Foundation provides a tremendous service to the community. Credit is also due to Nancy Yarbrough and Angie Cameron for their leadership with the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program. Th e multiple Help Desks each week are helping to solve problems for people who otherwise would not have the representation they deserve. Looking ahead, our annual (and legendary) membership picnic is set for Friday, June 10, beginning at 11am at Old Car Heaven on First Avenue South. If you have attended in the past, you know that Nick Callahan and the Entertainment Committee go above and beyond to provide a wealth of delicious food and beverage. Th is is one event not to miss, and I encourage you to mark your calendars and take the afternoon of Friday, June 10th to see old friends, make new ones, and fi ll up on the best steaks, chicken, bar-b-que and fi xings around! Bringing value to our membership remains a priority. Our Treasurer, Charles Fry, along with Bo Landrum, our Executive Director, are leading the eff ort to increase the actual dollar value of membership. As part of this model, our Membership Committee, chaired by Tamera Erskine, is identifying discount opportunities with retailers. Of signifi - cance is the Bar’s new partnership with National Purchasing Partners (NPP), a “strength in numbers” national platform that enables signifi cant discounts on a variety of products and services, including Staples, Verizon, Offi ce Depot, Expedia, and more. It is simple for members and fi rms to use these discounts, and details are available under the “Member Benefi ts” section on the Bar’s home page. In addition, the Committee is exploring discount opportunities for Bar members lawyers attended. Our Diversity Committee, chaired by Hope Marshall, was instrumental in organizing the Night at the Barons Baseball game. Th e Public Service Committee, led by Jequette Edmonson and Susan Silvernail, coordinated a book drive that collected more than 800 books and nearly $1,000 for “Birmingham Reads.” And our Community Education Committee, chaired by Alicia Jett, produced an outstanding Law Day program in May. We are appreciative of their work and all the eff orts of all the committees and sections. Our BBA History Day will be Friday, June 17th, from 9:30-11:30am at the Bar Center, and everyone is welcome. Th e History & Archives Committee, under the leadership of Bill Mills, will collect memorabilia and determine how best to display it at the Bar Center, or perhaps online. All are requested to bring photographs, correspondence, documents, articles, press clippings, or other items that you may have which refl ect on the long and storied history of the Birmingham Bar. Finally, we have introduced a new Birmingham Bar baseball cap. Th ese can be purchased at the Bar headquarters for $20. All profi ts will be divided between the Bar Foundation and the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Please buy a hat and support these good causes. Our Executive Committee is committed to make sure our Birmingham Bar membership is a valuable asset for your practice, and I hope you take advantage of the many off erings. Input from each of you is critical to make sure we move the BBA in the most relevant and appropriate direction, so please share your thoughts and ideas with us. Best wishes for a great summer! G The new Birmingham Bar baseball caps are available for purchase at the Bar Center and at various BBA events. among local vendors and retailers. Our Sections and Committees continue to make a tremendous impact. Among many highlights, the CLE Committee, under the leadership of Sarah Th omson and Allen Baker, worked with the Civil Courts Procedures Committee led by Greg Cook and Stephen Bumgarner, and the Federal Practice Committee, chaired by Richard Davis, to organize a CLE on the New Federal Rules. Th e program presented a panel with Judges Karon O. Bowdre, Madeline H. Haikala, David Proctor, and John Ott. Over 180 Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Summer 2016 9


Birmingham Bar Association Summer 2016
To see the actual publication please follow the link above