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BBA 2012 Elections Robin Burrell stead for several years as counsel for the certified as a mediator by the American Legal Aid Society before joining with Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She now Judge Houston Brown and now also served as past Chair of the City of Judge Agnes Chappell, where she first Birmingham’s Domestic Violence Com- became involved in the practice of do- mittee for many years, as well as on the mestic relations. Board of Birmingham Legal Services. Robin’s Birmingham Bar service has Inclusiveness within the Bar is one been similarly substantial, having served mantra constant in her references to our as the Secretary-Treasurer, and later very active Bar Association (and Bar Foun- Chair of the Budget Committee. She dation). “In the same manner as we seek was a founding member, and served as out participation of young lawyers, getting the first Chair of the Women Lawyer’s them involved, we should work to continue Section. In addition to her service on the to attract all members of the Bar,” she pro- Executive Committee, she served previ- vides. It is that combined involvement and ously as Chair of the Family, Domestic participation of all attorneys inclusive- and Juvenile Courts Procedures Com- ness that makes for a strong bar by pro- mittee, as well as in various capacities moting beneficial and congenial contacts, for the Long Range Planning, Minor- and developing more business, among its of clients in tort litigation, workers’ com- ity Participation, Grievance and Nomi- members. As Robin puts it, “Whenever pensation, social security disability, pro- nating Committees, and for the Special you get lawyers together in that atmo- bate, domestic relations and other areas. Assignments, ADR, Mentoring, Public sphere, good things just happen.” When not in the office or teaching at Relations and Crisis Relief Committees. After graduation from the University Cumberland, Leslie enjoys spending time Robin has likewise served on the Board of Texas School of Law, having grown up with her mother and siblings in Roswell, of Trustees of the Legal Aid Society of in a small Texas town, she moved to Bir- Georgia, and with her son, Alexander, a Birmingham, and is currently on the mingham with her then-husband, who senior at the University of Alabama. Board of the Birmingham Bar Volunteer had accepted employment as an associate Our second nominee for President- Lawyers Program. with the firm of Bradley, Arant. Robin elect, Robin Burrell, began her legal ca- Robin is the past Chair of the Ala- enjoys spending time with her son, Brax- reer in 1978, with plans of practicing bama Bar’s Family Law Section, and ton, a chef in San Francisco, and with civil rights law with Oscar Adams future a Fellow in the American Academy of daughter Susan, who works with Ameri- Alabama Supreme Court Justice, U.W. Matrimonial Lawyers - having served as corps here in Birmingham. Clemon future Federal Judge and fu- President, Vice President and Secretary Both Leslie Barineau and Robin ture City Attorney Jim Baker. The core for its Alabama Chapter. In addition, Burrell, long-time friends, express confi- of that firm then becoming so disbursed, Robin is a member of the Alabama Acad- dence in each other’s abilities, as does this Robin ‘switched focus’, and worked in- emy of Attorney Mediators, having been author – without reservation. Go vote. G Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Winter 2012 35


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