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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin Winter 2015

BOARD OF EDITORS Jennifer W. Pickett David L. Selby, II Jacquelyn S. Shaia Kimberly R. West Miles Clayborn Williams Jessica Brown Powers Sandra B. Reiss Christen D. Butler Heather Fann Robert R. Kracke, Editor Wayne Alan Duke, Jr. Rick Fernambucq Lloyd W. Gathings, II Ivy Grimes Robert W. (Squire) Gwin, Jr. Christopher F. Heinss John Merrill Gray, III Guy C. McCombs, III  OFFICERS AND EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Steven F. Casey, President Robert P. MacKenzie, III, President-Elect Anne Lamkin Durward, Secretary/Treasurer Robin L. Burrell, Immediate Past President Angela Cameron Philip J. Carroll Kira Y. Fonteneau Honora M. Gathings Benjamin S. Goldman Wyndall A. Ivey Candis A. McGowan David P. Nomberg Maxwell H. Pulliam, Jr. Freddy Rubio Melanie Merkle Atha, ADR Section Jennifer B. Kimble, Bankruptcy/Commercial Law Section Jerry F. Perkins, Jr., Business Law Section John Matthew Hart, Criminal Justice Section Robert E. Battle, Federal Practice Section Ralph H. Yeilding, Probate Section R. Leland Lesley, Solo Practice/Small Firm Section Katherine Suttle Weinert, Women Lawyers Section Kevin Berry, Workers Compensation Section Ryan R. Robichaux, Young Lawyers Section Charles Price, II, Magic City Bar Representative Diandra Debrosse-Zimmerman, ASB Commissioner Representative John W. (Bo) Landrum, Executive Director Birmingham Bar Association  2021 2nd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203 Telephone (205) 251-8006 Fax (205) 251-7193 http://www.birminghambar.org E-mail blandrum@birminghambar.org TO ADVERTISE in the BULLETIN contact Rebecca Garner at rgarner@al.com or 205-325-3148. CLASSIFIE D POLICY RATES: $40.00 per insertion for 30 words or less. $.75 per each additional word. Extra charges apply for additional illustrations. DEADLINES: January 15 for Spring Issue, April 15 for Summer Issue, July 15 for Fall Issue, October 15 for Winter Issue. All requests for classified ads must be submitted in typewritten form. Payment must accompany any request. The editor reserves the right to reject advertising considered unsuitable for publication.   The Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin is published quarterly by the Birmingham Bar Association for distribution to its membership. It is edited for the membership of the Birmingham Bar Association. Editorial and publishing decisions are based on the editor’s judgment of the quality of the writing, the timeliness of the articles submitted, and the potential interest to the members of the Birmingham Bar Association. The Bulletin, from time to time, may publish articles dealing with controversial issues or subjects. The views expressed in the Bulletin are those of the authors and do not reflect or represent the official policy of the Birmingham Bar Association. No endorsement of those views or opinions should be inferred as the official policy of the Birmingham Bar Association, unless specifically identified as the official policy of the Executive Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association. Subscription requests may be addressed to Birmingham Bar Bulletin, 2021 2nd Avenue, North, Birmingham, AL 35203. Third Class Postage Prepaid at Birmingham, AL   © Winter 2015/BIRMINGHAM BAR MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR December is here, and so, too, is the end of another bar year. I don’t know about you, but for me, time not only flies, but perhaps travels hypersonically! It has been a great year for the Birmingham Bar Association, and President Steve Casey and our Executive Committee have done an outstanding job in keeping us on track, moving us forward, and managing the Association’s business. We expect, for the fifth year in a row, to end our fiscal year with a net operating surplus, and we have undertaken a number of programmatic and operational changes to ensure our viability as we grow and evolve. Of note is the new BBA Law Student Section, which as of this writing boasts nearly 100 members. That number will surely grow in time, as there are approximately 1,200 law students in our geographic region. Our overall membership numbers have remained steady throughout the past five years, hovering at or around 4,000. And on the operational side, Dana Thomas and Julie Smith have worked extraordinarily hard to help us identify opportunities to reduce expenses and also generate non-dues revenue. Examples include the reduction of printing/mailing costs, conversion to VOIP internet phone service, and an increase in the use of electronic communication. We will revamp our traditional lawyer referral service in 2016 and reallocate advertising dollars to better serve the public and improve the benefit to our members. As we all know, our world is rapidly changing. So, too, is our profession and the nature of local bar associations. Your participation and involvement is critical to ensure that the Birmingham Bar serves our legal community in the most efficient, constructive, and least expensive manner. I look forward to another progressive year for the BBA in 2016, and wish you all the best for the holiday season! John W. (Bo) Landrum Executive Director SAVE THE DATE! The BBA Annual Meeting is Friday, December 11, 2015, beginning at 2pm in Judge Boohaker’s Courtroom in the Jefferson County Courthouse. The annual members-only holiday party will follow at 4:30pm at Holy Trinity - Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral downtown! DON’T MISS IT! 4 Birmingham Bar Association


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