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President’s Message borrow. Th is will be a very wise investment. In addition to examining the best use of our Bar building, we continue to look for ways to maximize the services our Bar can provide. We are fortunate to have a thriving BBVLP and Bar Foundation. Our members are extremely generous in supporting the programs presented by the BBVLP and Bar Foundation which include our VLP pro bono program, annual Oral Arguments presentation, dispute resolution programming in high schools, book drives, and various other fundraisers.  In order to maintain and increase our contributions, we must maintain a Bar structure within which we do not compete with ourselves for time and money from our members. Th e leadership of the BBA, the BBVLP, and the Bar Foundation want to ensure coordination, optimal use of resources and effi ciency in conducting the work of the Bar.  To achieve this goal, our affi liated groups have enlisted the help of the American Bar Association Division for Bar Services (DBS) to review our collective organizational and operational structure.  Review of current structure, by-laws, and other information has begun, and site visits by DBS consultants will occur in late winter/early spring.  We hope this exercise will ensure best practices as we continue our contributions to the community and facilitation of access to justice. Th is process will be deliberate, open to input from the entire Bar, and will place us in a position to make modifi cations, if appropriate, in a thoughtful manner. Th e leadership of the BBVLP and Foundation are to be congratulated for their vision and willingness to consider an outside review which will allow the Bar to increase organizational effi ciencies and maintain the excellence of our many programs. At the end of the day, however, our eff orts, achievements and initiatives would not move forward without the support and guidance of our exceptional bar staff . Along with Bo, our CLE administrator Dana Th omas and our LawyerConnect and front offi ce manager Alyssa Prater make sure that things run smoothly, and off er suggestions and alternatives while moving our projects forward. Because we are a “working” bar, meaning that our members undertake much of the work needed to accomplish our goals, we enjoy the smallest bar staff of any similarly-situated local bar. We are grateful to them for collectively steering the ship from one year to the next. In closing, I want to speak to the pride we should all share in being a member of the Birmingham Bar. We do not all have the same law practices, interests outside of work, or cheer for the same teams on Saturdays. What we do have in common is a devoted interest to help others and make their lives better. Th ere is not a higher calling. Th is commitment is recognized across the country as we are known among other Bar organizations for producing strong leaders and good results. Within the past year, the BBVLP received the ABA Harrison Tweed Award, and Lisa Borden was the recipient of the ABA John Minor Wisdom Public Service Award. Richard Davis was honored by the American Lawyer for the most inspiring pro bono win of 2015. Sam Franklin was named the President-Elect of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Leslie Barineau was chosen to be the President-Elect of the American Bar Foundation. Bo Landrum is the immediate Past-President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents’ Metropolitan Bar Caucus, whose members consist of metropolitan bars nationwide. Th ere is likely no other Bar organization in the country that has made such an impact at the national level. Equally important is how our members contribute on the local level by volunteering to be a strong voice for the underserved. We should all be proud of the work performed this year. As a result, we can look back on this year as among the best of the 131 years that the Birmingham Bar has been in existence. In closing, I want to thank all the members of the Bar for allowing me to serve as President. Th e opportunity has been a privilege and an honor. I join you in fully supporting the Bar in the years to come.G Every child matters, every gift matters THE POWER OF A CHILD It was apparent early on that Tucker was going to need the help of the entire team at the Pediatric & Congenital Heart Center of Alabama if he were to have any hope for survival. Through the power of highly skilled pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons and all that modern medicine has to offer, Tucker is now a healthy little boy with a bright future ahead. You know your clients have the power to help a child through their philanthropy. A gift of insurance, stock or a portion of an estate to Children’s of Alabama ensures that world-class medical care continues to be available for the next generation and for those to come. Planned giving director Chris Theriot is ready to answer your questions regarding planned gifts to Children’s and how they can have the most impact for our patients and your clients. For information, contact: Chris Theriot Director of Development Grants and Planned Giving 205.638.6241 chris.theriot@childrensal.org Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Winter 2016 11


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