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Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin Winter 2015

Steven F. Casey From the President President’s Message It is difficult for me to believe that we are at that time of year when I am writing my last President’s column and that, very soon, I will be handing over the reins of your Association to Bob MacKenzie. The year has flown by. Of the several notes of congratulation and advice I received a year ago from experienced past presidents was one from Bill Clark, who advised me to write down my goals for the year, promising that it would pass by so quickly that I wouldn’t accomplish a thing if not intentional about it. He was right. And, although I haven’t accomplished much, the Birmingham Bar Association has, and I know you are all proud of that. We have made headway, under the leadership of Debbie Smith of the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program and Mike Ermert of the Birmingham Bar Foundation, in seeing our three organizations develop a much closer and cooperative working relationship, calculated to serve the needs of all three, plus each group’s membership and the public that we serve. The BBVLP has been recognized nationally for its superb programs, volunteers and results. Nancy Yarbrough and her staff have presided over a maturing process that has provided other volunteer groups across the U. S. with a model that will be emulated by many. Our Land Bank Task Force has supported and encouraged the City of Birmingham’s Land Bank efforts, which will see the first round of title-clearing suits filed shortly. This program will have significant, visible results over the next decade or so. Debbie Smith’s leadership has been critical to this success for our Association. Our very first group of law student members recently participated in a seminar offering designed just for them, followed by our 7th Annual Bocce Ball Tournament, which they were able to attend for the very first time, to see the heated battle for the coveted Michael D. Freeman Cup. Their participation injected some needed vitality into the event and is part of our plan to make sure that our Association continues to develop ways to add value to the professional lives of members, new and old. Section participation in Association activities continues to grow, providing new and more opportunities for members to participate in meaningful ways. And, of course, the Birmingham Bar’s regular social outings continue on, as fun and memorable as ever. None of these and other accomplishments are possible without your participation. Year in and year out, the common theme of the Birmingham Bar is its network of volunteers who spend many hours planning and implementing events and seminars and volunteer efforts. I have always known this, but have been amazed this year to see how many folks give of their time and talent to keep this Association running. And to see it done with “WE HAVE TACKLED SOME TOUGH ISSUES, BUT HAVE DEALT WITH THEM WITH WISDOM AND SINCERITY...” 8 Birmingham Bar Association


Birmingham Bar Association Bulletin Winter 2015
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