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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin

President’s Message Alan T. Rogers FROM THE PRESIDENT We kicked off 2018 with a good bit of activity and are headed into the summer with more events and ways to engage with our members. Th e BBA Annual Picnic is Friday, June 8 at the Cedars Club starting at 11:30 am. Our Entertainment Committee (the best in the country), chaired by Nick Callahan, will again work long hours to give us great food, spirits and service. Th e members of that Committee deserve a lot of credit for both this event and our annual Holiday Party in December. I hope to see you at the Picnic. In the Spring issue of the Bulletin, we described three initiatives for the Bar - Inclusion and Respect, the Changing Demographics of our Bar, and the Rule of Law. Here’s an update: Inclusion and Respect: Our Bar will continue to promote and stand for respect among all people and inclusion as bedrocks for any enlightened community. Our Bar welcomes all attorneys in the greater Birmingham area to join, and we now have a greater number of membership category options to recognize the varying stages and types of attorneys we represent. Once you join the Bar, we off er a variety of ways for you to get involved and be included, and we always invite members to help us design new ways for greater outreach and inclusion. For example, our Diversity Committee, chaired by Martha Cook organizes events that keep us alert and informed as we emphasize inclusion and respect. Changing Demographics: Our Bar is an active and dynamic place for new lawyers to take on leadership roles and engage in professional development. From the Young Lawyers Section to programs like the Future Leaders Forum, LawyerConnect and the Mentoring Program, we off er ways for attorneys to connect with each other, learn new skills and develop their practices. The Rule of Law: At this year’s membership retreat, we held a dialogue session focused on the Rule of Law. U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade described the timeline of events that surrounded her decision in Searcy v. Strange. Dean John Carroll discussed the investigation of former Chief Justice Roy Moore that the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission asked Dean Carroll to lead. Jack Sharman explained his investigation of former Governor Robert Bentley at the request of the Alabama House of Representatives Judiciary Com- 8 Birmingham Bar Association


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