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Members Who Motivate Us Alyssa Prater, BBA What would the BBA be without all of you? MEMBERS WHO Each quarter we sit down with two of our members to break the ice, hear their advice, and learn more about the lives of our lawyers. They are: MOTIVATE US Alaric May Who is your role model and why? My mother is my role model. Growing up in Ohio, my father was a blue-collar mechanic and my mother was a public school teacher, and she worked amazingly hard on a teacher’s salary to keep me and my siblings from ever knowing that we were poor. I knew we weren’t rich, but you could not have convinced me at the time that we weren’t middle class. It wasn’t until I became an adult and learned what a dollar was that I understood how much she did for us. I remember that my father made $5 an hour, and even on a school teacher’s salary my mother was the primary breadwinner. Still, she sent three children to private school, made sure we had what we needed, and ensured that, though things were diffi cult, our childhoods were very happy. What does service mean to you? Service to me is the opportunity to give a portion back to the community that I’ve been blessed with throughout my career. A model that I’ve lived by is “to who much is given, much is required.” For me it’s not a choice, it’s just deciding how I’m going to give back, whether it’s in time or talent – my passion is working with the youth – or whether its fi nancially – building the community and giving to charities. Th at’s something else that I have to attribute to my mother. We may have had meager means, but we knew it was not a choice, and she expected us to give back “to the least of them.” For us it was never a big deal to feed people on a Sunday or do a cleanup in the community because we were a part of that community. Th at’s something I try to teach to my children too. 14 Birmingham Bar Association


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