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Gregory H. Hawley, BBVLP Board President 2012 BBVLP - Service Answering the Call to Service Pro Bono Week 2012 “Now More Than Ever” The positive yield of another Nation- provide effective legal assistance to tornado al Pro Bono Week is already being felt. In victims, volunteer attorneys aboard the during the week of October 22-26, the Al- 2012 ant Grove Community. Later that eve-bus served over 40 members of the Pleas-,National Pro Bono Week conjunction with tion Volunteer Lawyers Program (BBVLP), BBVLP the BBVLP and the Legal Aid Society ofning, the local Bar community supported abama State Bar, Birmingham Bar Associa- like organizations from around the state Pro Bono all proceeds benefitting the organizations.Birmingham through friendly competition, and many other local bar associations and came together, bringing life to the ASB Hosted by Wiggins Childs Quinn & Pan- Award Winners motto, “Lawyers Render Service.” Special tazis, LLC, fantastic weather helped Mc- events, volunteer trainings, and legal clin- Callum Methvin & Terrell, PC, to be this •  Large Firm: Baker Donelson, ics were planned and prepared in an effort year’s Bocce Ball champions. The BBVLP et al. to involve attorneys previously giving of pro “Celebrate Pro Bono” Luncheon placed an bono services, and those who have not, all •  Medium Firm: McCallum exceptional bookend on the week’s agenda, with the goal of serving individuals living in Methvin & Terrell, PC highlighted by keynote speaker Dr. Shelley poverty within our community. Attorneys •  Small Firm: Gathings Law Stewart, founder of the Mattie C. Stewart statewide gave generously of valuable time, •  Special Project Award: Rick Foundation. Dr. Stewart’s journey from helping to make Pro Bono Week nothing Fernambucq and Heather poverty to success embodies this year’s short of successful. Fann theme “Now More Than Ever.” Dr. Stewart Efforts by lawyers within the Bir- encouraged the legal community in our ef- mingham Bar Association and the BBVLP forts to serve those in great need, explainingVolunteer of the Year Award:•  brought local accomplishment. Highlights how a single act of kindness propelled himof BradleyAnn T. Taylor from the week included the “Justice Bus” beyond seemingly impossible odds.Arant Boult & Cummings, LLP general legal clinic, a roof-top benefit Boc- All in all, Pro Bono Week served as a won- ce Ball Tournament and Fundraiser, and the *Special Recognition awarded derful reminder of the tremendous and posi- BBVLP “Celebrate Pro Bono” Luncheon. to Ramsey Duck for his integral tive effect the legal Bus,” a statewide idea designed to deliver on and within our forTaylor CrocketProgram, and toThe BBVLP loaded up the “Justiceprofessional haswork in the BBVLP Externship effective legal counsel to hard-to-reach community, andhis instrumental role in the BBVLP rural areas, and headed to Pleasant Grove, I commend all ofBankruptcy Help Desk. conducting a free legal clinic for those ad- you for your sup- versely affected by the April 2011 torna- port of the BBV- does. Adding to a larger, continual effort to LP’s work. G Contributor, Gregory H. Hawley Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Winter 2012 37


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