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A Farewell to Bo of new ideas.” For example, cognizant of the utility and connectivity of the Internet, Bo created a new, interactive site for membership that facilitates many of the Bar’s day-to-day operations. Now, members can access an online events calendar that is updated daily, register for classes and pay dues online, and access section and committee information, program applications, and a wealth of helpful legal resources, all at the click of a button. Additionally, thanks to his directive, members are kept up-to-date through emails and social media as well. The website encourages new membership by taking the full application process online, and provides a valuable resource to the public via the online referral program, Lawyer- Connect. In addition to new ideas, Bo brought with him numerous new connections. Past presidents recall the midyear ABA meeting in Chicago, where Bo had cultivated a large professional network during his time with the YDL and his legal career. “You couldn’t get though the crowd with him,” says Bob MacKenzie, BBA President in 2016, “He knows everyone.” His involvement with the ABA gave Bo a valuable perspective. Robin Burrell, 2014 BBA President, says of Bo, “While each bar has its unique issues, most issues are being or have been faced by other bar associations around the country.  He had that wealth of information available to him because he had excellent relationships with folks within the ABA and within the Metropolitan Bar Caucus of the ABA’s National Conference of Bar President which addresses issues of concern and importance to metropolitan bars nationwide. He became President of that organization during my tenure evidencing the respect he enjoyed not only from our bar association but nationwide.” Indeed, the BBA is a very unique local bar association, operating with a regular staff of three employees and serving over 3,500 members. Bo knew how to do a lot with very little, in large part due to his talent for organization and problem solving. In addition to his innate talents, Bo showed tremendous dedication during his tenure with the BBA. He went above and beyond the call of duty, arriving early and staying late for events, coming in on weekends to work on improvements to the Bar Center, and hauling cooking equipment to Old Car Heaven and the Greek Orthodox Church in his pickup truck each year in advance of the Annual Picnic and Holiday Party. He often said that taking care of the Bar Center was like being a home owner. It was usually Bo who answered the security company’s phone call late at night or on the weekends when the fire or burglar system would sound a false alarm, and it was Bo who was responsible for the small cache of tools, nails, and screws in the copier room, making small repairs when needed. Like a homeowner, he was constantly looking for ways to make our space more inviting and serviceable to the membership and the legal community at broad. In February of 2014, he welcomed the Legal Aid Society of Birmingham into our building on 2nd Avenue North following the renovation of the before unused third floor. Since then, the Association and the Birmingham Bar Foundation have partnered with the Legal Aid Society countless times in order to promote access to justice. One of Bo’s most important accomplishments was effectuating Past President Bob MacKenzie’s dreams of improving the Ronnie Noojin Courtyard and the CLE classrooms. The improvements to the Bar Center made during Bo’s time will continue to benefit the Association for decades to come. Little did Bo know that part of his job would entail acting as a “construction contractor” on these significant improvement projects and learning about how to install flags on buildings, but that is exactly what he did. Past President Bob MacKenzie says, “I will never forget Bo wiring the new speakers Continued on page 30 Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Winter 2017 29


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