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A Farewell To Bo Alyssa Prater A Farewell To Bo It is with heartfelt gratitude and warm wishes that the Birmingham Bar Association says farewell to Executive Director John W. “Bo” Landrum, who earlier this year announced his retirement, effective December 31, 2017, as the result of a unexpected diagnosis of lung cancer. Bo has served the Bar in such a tremendous way for the past six years. His strong leadership, wise counsel, and collegiality has left an indelible mark upon our Bar Association. We wish Bo a speedy recovery, a lifetime full of love and dreams achieved, and great success in all his future endeavors. A native of South Carolina, Bo received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama. His career later took him to D.C. where he served on the Washington staff of former United States Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia. In 1988, Bo received Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Out of law school, became a member of the Maryland Bar Association, and practiced law with Tydings & Rosenberg, a well-regarded law firm in Baltimore. In 1993, Bo began a new phase of his career that would ultimately lead him to our Bar Association. Late that year he became the Staff Director for the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the American Bar Association (ABA), where he served for nearly ten years. He made a lasting impact on the YLD lawyers and staff. During his time with the YLD, Bo encouraged and helped young lawyers discover their enormous potential – not just to further their career, but to become leaders and visionaries in jurisprudence. Bo also recognized the important role the Bar Association can have on the sometimes difficult transition from law school to the actual practice of law. As a result of his caring and compassionate leadership to many young lawyers and staff, Bo cultivated many important longtime friendships with lawyers across the country that have served him and the Birmingham Bar so well during his tenure with us. Bo was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 2003. In 2011, following the retirement of former director Beth Carmichael, Bo was selected as the Executive Director of our Bar Association. He began his tenure during the presidency of Jim Lloyd, and from that time on BBA presidents have become ever more proactive and involved with the Bar, envisioning projects and initiatives to improve the Bar Center, enhance membership, and serve the community. Joseph A. Fawal, BBA President in 2012, describes Bo as “a fresh face of the Bar—he brought in a lot 28 Birmingham Bar Association


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