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MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BOARD OF EDITORS Robert R. Kracke, Editor Guy C. McCombs, III Our forthcoming elections for Bar leaders and officers John Richard Bowles Jennifer W. Pickett signal the end of the 2012 Bar year, and I am pleased to Rick Fernambucq Douglas N. RobertsonBarry A. RagsdaleRobert Stephen Elliott report that the Bar has progressed on several fronts under Stephen N. Fitts Jack P. Russell Lloyd W. Gathings John W. Scott President Joe Fawal’s leadership: membership numbers are Debra H. Goldstein Heather S. Travar on the rise, facilitating an increase in dues revenue; our ex- Robert W. Gwin, Jr. William H.(Billy) Weems Sammye Oden Kok Miles Clayborn Williams pected bylaws changes will provide for a law student membership category, among  OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE other things; the Bar and legal community received positive press through the Joseph A. Fawal, President Birmingham News and was recognized by the Alabama State Bar for public ser- Robert R. Baugh, President-Elect Deborah Alley Smith, Secretary-Treasurer vice contributions and initiatives; and importantly, our Secretary-Treasurer, Deb- James S. Lloyd, Immediate Past President Leslie R. Barineau bie Smith, ensured that the Bar is on sound and solid fiscal footing. Laveeda M. Battle John N. Bolus As a membership organization, we naturally evolve and change to respond to William S. (Buddy) Cox, III our members’ needs and requirements. This fluidity enables the Bar’s leadership to T. Charles Fry, Jr. John A. Lentine continue its search for opportunity to benefit our members. 2013 promises many Robert P. MacKenzie, III James L. O’Kelley opportunities for the BBA, especially as it recognizes the 50th anniversary of the Barry A. Ragsdale epic events that transpired in our community in 1963. William B. Wahlheim, Jr. Emily Sides Bonds, ADR Section We thank Joe Fawal for his time, talent, commitment, and dedication to help- Amy M. Hazelton, Bankruptcy/Commercial Law Section Edward R. Christian, Business Law Section ing to improve the legal profession and Birmingham’s legal community. We also Maria Fortune, Criminal Justice Section congratulate Robert Baugh, as he leads us into next year, with complete confidence Sidney C. Summey, Jr., Probate SectionCarol Sue Nelson, Federal Practice Section that he will serve our members and our Association well. May you and yours enjoy Andrew R. Salser, Solo Practice/Small Firms Section Teresa G. Minor, Women Lawyers Section a safe and happy holiday season! John C. Webb, V, Workers Compensation Section J. Houston Smith, III, Young Lawyers Section Wyndall A. Ivey, Magic City Bar Representative John W. (Bo) Landrum George M. (Jack) Neal, Jr., ASB CommissionerRepresentative Executive Director John W. (Bo) Landrum, Executive Director Birmingham Bar Association  2021 2nd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203 Telephone (205) 251-8006 Fax (205) 251-7193 New Director for the Alabama State Bar’s E-mail blandrum@birminghambar.orghttp://www.birminghambar.org Alabama Lawyer Assistance Program TO ADVERTISE in the BULLETIN contact Ronni Roye at TheBirmingham News: rroye@bhamnews.com – 205.325.2263   CLASSIFIED POLICY The Alabama State Bar Association announces that Mr. Robert Thornhill RATES: $40.00 per insertion for 30 words or less. $.75 per each additional word. Extra charges apply for additional illustrations. has been selected as the new Executive Director of the Alabama Lawyer As- DEADLINES: January 15 for Spring Issue, April 15 for Summer sistance Program effective October 1, 2012. 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