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Members Who Motivate Us Tell us about your involvement with the Birmingham Bar. I’ve been on the board of the BBA, the Birmingham Bar Foundation, and the Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham, and I currently serve on the Entertainment Committee. That’s hard core love of the Bar, when you can get that nasty and sweaty with 50 people cooking and carving meat for the spring picnic. I’m also in charge of the eggnog for the annual holiday party. Henry Taliaferro, the former chair of the Entertainment Committee, taught me how to make it. My first time doing it on my own, I think I’m doing a good job, then Henry comes in to check on me. He looks at the counter and says, “What’s all this liquor doing here? “Clearly you did this wrong (pointing to the bowl): all of the liquor should be in there!” I have not made that mistake since then. When asked if she would be willing to share the eggnog recipe, Anne Alyssa Prater, Contributor What’s your dream vacation destination? Australia. After I had taken the bar exam, I was convinced I had failed. I was living at my grandmother’s house at the time. She had traveled the world, and every day she would receive travel brochures in the mail. So I had decided that if I had failed the bar, I would leave town, and I decided Australia would be an awesome place to go. (Beautiful scenery, unique wildlife.) Well, of course, after that, every day a brochure arrived saying “come visit Australia!” When I found out I had passed the bar, I had to postpone, though I couldn’t be too disappointed. But I’m finally getting to take that trip—the International Academy of Family Lawyers is having its meeting there next year, so after all these years I’ll finally get to go! What is the most pressing issue in the legal profession today? How do you make a living in a field that’s saturated? How do you distinguish yourself? When I came out of law school I worked with great lawyers and had a wonderful mentor, Gerry Durward, who really helped me develop as a lawyer, as well as many other mentors along the way. As those attorneys are retiring, I think we’re losing some of the willingness to help one another and the tradition of mentoring young attorneys. In many ways, the Bar is able to provide some of that camaraderie. Social engagements, like the Foundation’s Fellows program, gather together those who have served the Bar well in order to inspire the next generation of lawyers. The BBA mentoring program is wonderful too. I think we need to encourage young lawyers to look to older attorneys for help. Don’t think you have to go at it on your own, and don’t think you’ve ever stopped learning. I learn every day what I don’t know. What do you do to relax? I like to watch all the TV shows I don’t have time to watch during the week. And if you like adventure novels, you should also check out John Rollins. He has a great series blending everything from mythology and religion to history and science. For something light, there’s Spencer Quinn, who has a series about a detective named Bernie told through the eyes of his dog, Chet the Jet. replied: I can’t just share the recipe. We have to keep some secrets. Besides, you don’t want to know what’s in there. How about you say, “All good things that make people happy and joyful!” 18 Birmingham Bar Association


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