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Members Who Motivate Us Alyssa Prater, BBA What would the BBA be without all of you? Each quarter we sit down with two of our members to break the ice, hear their advice, and learn more about the lives of our lawyers. They are: MEMBERS WHO MOTIVATE US Alexis Steele Thomas Alexis Steele Th omas is an attorney in the Jeff erson County Public Defender’s Offi ce, defending clients on drug and theft charges. She graduated from the Birmingham School of Law in 2016 and was awarded the 2016 Trial Advocacy Team Golden Gavel Award and the 2016 Service to Women Scholarship Award presented by the BBA Women Lawyers Section. She has her Master’s of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University and has extensive experience in banking. She is a participant in the BBA mentoring program and regularly volunteers with Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham, helping indigent clients gain access to legal justice. Who is your role model? My grandmother. I lived with my grandparents and growing up she was like my best friend. She was the fi rst of her siblings to graduate from high school, and she wanted to go to college but couldn’t aff ord it. She married my grandfather, who worked at Conner Steel, and they had seven kids. She’s 94 years old now. She has always been very elegant, very thoughtful, never emotional or impulsive. When I ask her for advice, she really thinks about it, sometimes for a couple of days, before she gives her answer. She is never quick to pull the trigger. She’s always been a family person too. She would tell me all about our family history. I was very inquisitive about it, and she ended up telling me I should be an attorney! My Big Mama put the thought in my head. Have you traveled anywhere new recently? Me and my girls fl ew to Trinidad to visit family. It was our fi rst time there and we lived like locals. Th e biggest culture shock was the 16 Birmingham Bar Association


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