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Members Who Motivate Us I know you do a lot of community service working with young people. Do you have any advice for high school students interested in a legal career? First and foremost, they have to be dedicated to their studies, and they have to start focusing now, not wait until college to get serious. That being said, don’t limit your possibilities. Keep an open mind to everything. A lot of times, what you may find is that when you lock yourself into one track, things can come crashing down on you later on. You may find greater success in unexpected opportunities. The Downtown area has really changed a lot over the last few years. As it continues to develop, what would you like to see more of in downtown Birmingham? So I’ve worked in Birmingham for 23 years. Although there’s been some improvement with the revitalization project, there is still so much work to do. If you leave the heart of downtown Birmingham and go to the neighborhoods in North Birmingham, you would see where the real work needs to be done. In fact, if you left the Uptown area and walked two blocks, you might not believe you were in the same city. I think that’s where the focus of revitalization really needs to be. If you could have dinner with any celebrity, past or present, who would it be? I’m not one who gets very starstruck. I spent 18 years growing up in Cleveland, and a lot of people I knew there are involved in the music crowd, so I’ve met a few notable musicians. My mind goes to celebrity attorneys, but I don’t want to sit down and eat with any of them! I think it would have to be Will Smith. I would like to share a meal with him. He came from nothing and crossed so many lines and genres, and he never really got a big head from stardom. And he hasn’t let society dictate to him how he does anything, like in terms of how he raises his children. He is unapologetically himself— he marches to the beat of his own drum. That’s me too! G Birmingham Bar Bulletin/ Winter 2018 15


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