Page 31

Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin | Winter 2014

Judicial Elections clusion. In 2000, candidates for the Alabama Supreme Court spent 12 million dollars. In 2006, 8.2 million dollars were spent by the candidates for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Th e total expenditure that year for candidates for the high court was 13.5 million dollars. Millions of dollars were spent by the candidates for Chief Justice as recently as 2012. Having just fi nished the November 2014 judicial elections, it is interesting to note that probably a large percentage of the lawyers in Jeff erson County have never met and do not know the qualifi cations of many of the judicial candidates that just ran for election in the county. Th at is no surprise considering the current size of the Birmingham Bar Association. Yes, the Bar tries to remedy this with the Bar polling, but that really does not replace knowing the candidate and his or her qualifi cations. Further, the general public has apparently paid less attention to these polls in recent years. A few last questions to ponder: If a large percentage of lawyers have not met and do not know the qualifi cations of the judicial candidates, what is the knowledge base of the general population? How do they select who they are going to vote for? Some answers that come to mind are readily apparent and readily disturbing. Whether right or wrong, I have been a strong opponent in years past against changing the partisan election of our judges. Th is article’s purpose is to provoke thought, not assert a position. Th at being said, it is hard for me not to point out that we have tweaked our cars considerably since 1901. G 1901 Ford BIRMINGHAM BAR ASSOCIATION 2021 Second Avenue North, Birmingham, Alabama, 35203-3703 Telephone (205) 251-8006 – Fax (205) 251-7193 www.birminghambar.org TO: ALL MEMBERS OF THE BIRMINGHAM BAR ASSOCIATION FROM: ROBIN L. BURRELL, PRESIDENT DATE: NOVEMBER 2014 RE: BIRMINGHAM BAR ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING The Annual Meeting of the Birmingham Bar Association will be held on Friday, December 12, 2014, in the courtroom of the Presiding Judge, 370 Jefferson County Courthouse, beginning at 2:00pm. Annual reports of activities of the association will be presented, along with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2014 Burton Barnes Public Service Award. A brief meeting of the Legal Aid Society of Birmingham will be conducted during the BBA annual meeting. ELECTION OF OFFICERS: Candidates for 2015 BBA Offi ce are as follows: President: Steven F. Casey President-Elect: Samuel F. Franklin & Robert P. MacKenzie, III Secretary-Treasurer: Martha R. Cook & Anne L. Durward Executive Committee Place No. 1: Benjamin S. Goldman & Jonathan E. Raulston Place No. 2: Diandra Debrosse-Zimmerman & Wyndall A. Ivey Place No. 3: Angela Cameron & Amy M. Hazelton Legal Aid Trustees (Two to be elected): James S. (Chris) Christie, Jr., & A. H. (Nick) Gaede, Jr. Article 3 of the Association by-laws provides that 25 active members, in good standing, may make other nominations by preparing, signing and fi ling with the Secretary of the Association a list of signatures at least ten days prior to the Annual Meeting. VOTING ONLINE VOTING: ONLY MEMBERS CLASSIFIED BY THE BIRMINGHAM BAR AS “ACTIVE” WHO HAVE PAID THEIR 2014 MEMBERSHIP DUES ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE. Instructions to vote online will be posted at www.birminghambar.org not later than Monday, December 1, 2014, at 12pm. Any member who votes online may not cast a paper ballot. Members may vote only once. No list of votes cast, or voters participating in the election, will be made available to anyone under any circumstances except those persons charged with election oversight and tabulation of votes. Online voting begins Monday, December 8 at 5:00pm and closes Thursday, December 11 at 5:00pm. IN PERSON VOTING: Voting on Friday, December 12, must be conducted in person at the Birmingham Bar Center. Voting in person begins at 9:00am on Friday, December 12, at the Birmingham Bar Center, and the polls close promptly at 12:00pm. Election results will be announced during the Annual Meeting. ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY 4:30 pm, Friday, December 12, 2014 Holy Trinity Holy Cross Cathedral Details on page 6 Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Winter 2014 31


Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin | Winter 2014
To see the actual publication please follow the link above