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reminded the Commissioners: “You asked for my best and I sent him to you.” Three months passed, then five, and then six months, and the Commissioners did not send Mr. Price back to Montgomery. (Bill heard he was doing a spectacular job in Escambia County.) So Bill called and asked when he could have Mr. Price back in the AG’s office, and was threatened by the Commissioners for a second time: “If you take Mr. Price away from us, you will never get another vote from Escambia County.” This is what I am talking about! Bill Baxley’s personal decision to take a stance against racial discrimination, and to actively integrate the AG’s office, made an impact far beyond the careers of these two judges, and all the voters in Escambia County. Given the opportunity, each of us can do what Baxley did. The diploma and license that hang in his office are the same ones that hang in my office and your office. It is the calling of the profession for us to do what the law demands. This is lawyers at our best. This is how we make our brand. This is the highest and best use of our special license. This October I also chaired the Memorial Tribute to Justice Janie L. Shores, and the eulogies were remarkable for listing one accomplishment after another that she achieved in her lifetime, beginning in law school. While not all of us can, or want to be Supreme Court justices, we can all dedicate our careers to upholding the law, to challenging that which we see is oppressive, to standing for what is right, and being servant leaders in our profession and our communities. She was brilliant and loved the law and what it was capable of doing, and was unwilling to quit just because no one would hire a woman lawyer in 1959. President’s Message And I spoke at the reception to honor Jenna Bedsole for receiving the “Nina Miglionico Paving The Way Leadership Award.” Jenna earned the Award by using her knowledge and stature to mentor and be a role model for hundreds of other young women and men attorneys to be their personal best. She also produced a documentary, “Stand Up, Speak Out - The Nina Miglionico Story” to ensure that Miss Nina’s legacy and the work she did as a lawyer to transform Birmingham and Alabama can be an inspiration to future generations. Jenna advocates and sponsors the advancement of women and minorities; she picked up the mantel of Miss Nina and carries it on, and passes it forward. My greatest accomplishment this year was standing next to these lawyers. Thank you for a great year! G Fastest smartest malpractice insurance. Period. 800.906.9654 GilsbarPRO.com A7949415-04 Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Winter 2017 9


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