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President’s Message Bar Legislative Counsel; Clay Hornsby of the Alabama Law Institute; Judge Joseph Boohaker who has been instrumental in working with the Legislature; and Mike Ermert who is Chairman of our Task Force. The meeting provided a better understanding of the legislative process and the prospects for upcoming discussions on funding. The Judicial Task Force will remain in effect and continue to be a helpful resource for the Jefferson County Delegation and Bench as any proposed legislative changes are introduced. Thanks to Mike, along with Task Force members Courtney French, David Faulkner, Diandra Debrosse-Zimmermann, Jim Pratt, Phillip McCallum, Anthony Joseph, Lloyd Gathings, Leila Watson, Greg Butrus and Lee Thuston for their efforts this year. I am also pleased to advise that we are proceeding with additional renovations to the Bar Center. Given the success of the Noojin Courtyard upgrade, we are now focusing on improvements to the Continuing Legal Education rooms on the Bar Center’s 2nd floor. Our CLE program is vital to our Bar. In addition to providing excellent seminars, the program generates net positive income for the Bar. The rooms, as many of you with the Building Task Force led by Bruce Rogers and consisting of Judge John Ott, Leon Ashford, Kimberly Perkins, Robert Baugh, Debbie Smith, Al Vance, and Charles Fry, have all been instrumental in moving this project forward. We are very appreciative of Blair Trotter with Trotter Technologies for the valuable insight regarding our technology needs. The plan and budget are available for review, plus you are always welcome to walk the area. I should note that due to the sound financial strategy which our Bar has traditionally followed, the cost is being paid from existing reserves and without the need to know, are outdated and as most have experienced, could stand to be reconfigured. After consulting with an architect and reviewing multiple proposed plans over the last six months, a contractor has been selected and work will begin in January. The result will be a reconfiguration of the rooms so as to allow seating for up to 150 people. The ceilings will be raised, and we will add new audio visual technology and furnishings. The result will be a state-of-the-art facility for the Bar to enjoy for years to come. We will also be able to market the space for outside vendors to generate non-dues revenue. Bo, along What we do have in common is a devoted interest to help others and make their lives better. 10 Birmingham Bar Association


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