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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin | Winter 2014

Public Service to the 2014 Pro Bono Award Winners Congratulations Nearly 250 attorneys and judges attended the Birmingham Bar Association Fall Breakfast on October 22nd to honor those who have made signifi cant commitments to providing pro bono legal services to the most vulnerable citizens in our community. Henry C. “Corky” Strickland, III, Dean of the Cumberland School of Law, gave the keynote address and highlighted the importance of volunteer lawyers. Th e Birmingham Bar Association Young Lawyers Section sponsored the breakfast with the proceeds benefi ting the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program. Awards were given to individual attorneys, law fi rms, and students for the volunteer work they have done throughout the year. Th e Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program has closed more than 2,000 civil cases this year thanks to the work of nearly 400 attorneys who have volunteered their time with the program. To get involved, please email Executive Director Nancy Yarbrough at nyarbrough@ vlpbirmingham.org. Browne G. Linder, III Law Offi ce of Browne G. Linder, III When tornadoes hit western Jeff erson County in the spring of 2014, Browne “Bo” Linder, III, did not think twice about helping the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program assist a tornado victim whose water was wrongfully turned off by his landlord. Immediately, Mr. Linder got to work and by week’s end was able to help the client get his water turned back on. Th is was just one of the clients that Mr. Linder positively aff ected this year. Mr. Linder helps clients at both the District Court and Domestic Relations Help Desks as well as accepting clients for pro bono representation. So far this year, Mr. Linder has volunteered more than 52 hours and assisted at least 16 clients. Mr. Linder has volunteered with the Volunteer Lawyers Program since graduating from the Birmingham School of Law and passing the bar in 2010. Mr. Linder said volunteering was a win-win situation. “I get to help people who really need help while getting experience of my own in court,” Linder said. Mr. Linder became a lawyer after a successful career as a civil engineer. Helping people always was part of Mr. Linder’s life. As a volunteer attorney, he is able to assist clients who otherwise could not aff ord representation. “We have all been helped throughout our lives in one way or the other,” Mr. Linder said. “I want to ‘pay it forward’ and help someone else, like others have done for me in the past and continue to do for me today.” When not volunteering at the Volunteer Lawyers Program, Mr. Linder practices in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, insurance disputes, fraud, contract disputes, workers’ compensation, criminal law, and domestic relations. Attorneys for Maynard Cooper and Gale can be found in almost every program that the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program undertakes. Attorney Donnie Winningham is a monthly volunteer at the District Court Help Desk; Maibeth Porter regularly handles divorce cases; Kathryn Eldridge, Judson Brooks, Kara Garstecki, Lynne Hargrove, Grace Murphy, and Jim McLaughlin are happy to represent clients throughout their court proceedings in civil and domestic cases; and Andrew Nix serves on the board of directors. Th e fi rm also is a consistent fi - nancial supporter of the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Together, these attorneys and others from Maynard Cooper put in more than 130 volunteer hours this year and closed 37 cases. Th is commitment to public service is not unusual for Maynard Cooper and Gale. Th e fi rm has been recognized repeatedly as Alabama’s top fi rm in per-lawyer Pro Bono service, while also supporting a myriad of civic, charitable, religious, and social causes and organizations. 20 Birmingham Bar Association


Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin | Winter 2014
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