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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin - Winter 2013

Birmingham Bar FOUNDATION Birmingham Bar Foundation: Our Community. In 2014, the Birmingham Bar Foundation will mark its 20th Anniversary of charitable giving and community service. Established in 1994, the Foundation provides a vehicle for legal professionals, law firms and other donors to support law related initiatives, programs and services. The Foundation accomplishes its philanthropic efforts through grants, scholarships and support of programs that offer access to legal services for the poor. The Foundation also engages in charitable activities including projects that advocate and advance jury service, combat domestic violence and promote public awareness about the judicial system and the role of lawyers. Additionally, through partnerships with the various sections and committees of the Birmingham Bar Association, the Foundation furthers its mission to help others. “Our Foundation allows the legal community an opportunity to collectively invest in our community. Our success would not have been possible without the individuals, law firms, donors and the Birmingham Bar Association—all of whom have seen and continue to see the value of our work,” Nikki Tucker Thomas, Birmingham Bar Foundation Executive Di- Our Mission: The Birmingham Bar Foundation encourages and unifies the philanthropic and educational efforts of the Birmingham Bar Association for the betterment of our community and for the promotion of justice. rector, said. While looking forward to next year’s anniversary, Thomas states the Foundation is reflecting on its many accomplishments in 2013. “This has been a tremendous year for the Foundation—from the induction of the second class of the Fellows of the Birmingham Bar Foundation to our 5th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament,” she said. This year saw the Foundation embark on a major collaborative project with the Birmingham Bar Association and the Magic City Bar Association to honor courageous attorneys and judges who worked for justice during the Civil Rights Movement. The Journey for Justice Project, which included the Journey for Justice Gala, focused on the legal accomplishments of the period and the role lawyers shouldered in the Movement as it unfolded and advanced. “Our joint project was an inspirational opportunity to pay tribute to those who worked for justice because of their commitment to equality,” Arnita Brown Foster, Birmingham Bar Foundation President, said. The Journey for Justice Project included the development of an original film, 40 Birmingham Bar Association


Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin - Winter 2013
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