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Birmingham Bar Association

President’s Message Alan T. Rogers FROM THE PRESIDENT Th e year 2018 is coming quickly to a close. My time as President of this great bar association will soon end. I have been proud to represent you, the talented attorneys of Birmingham. Th ank you for the opportunity to serve you. I began my tenure as President with three themes: Inclusion and Respect, Recognition of the Changing Demographics of our Bar, and ensuring the Highest Regard for the Rule of Law. Let’s recap our Bar’s achievements in these three areas. We carried out the fi rst theme - Inclusion and Respect - through events and activities, such as: ● Together with the Magic City Bar Association and the Bessemer Bar Association, the Birmingham Bar Association hosted a free CLE and reception with Dr. Melanie Morrison, author of Murder on Shades Mountain, about the inequalities of the legal system in the Jim Crowe South. Held in early spring, this event allowed for dialogue on the improvements that have been made in race relations and legal justice. Alan with David Luker and John Lentine ● Th e MCBA and the BBA also jointly hosted a reception for judges and judicial candidates where a wide variety of the Birmingham legal community came together for food, drinks, fellowship, live music, door prizes and a good bit of rubbing shoulders after we were forced inside by a down-pouring of late spring rain. ● We were pleased that the MCBA joined us for a third event in October to welcome the new admittees of the Alabama State Bar. ● An active Diversity and Inclusion Committee, chaired by Martha Cook, featured two sessions with J. Mason Davis giving the history of the African American community in Birmingham complete with walking tours of certain key areas of the city. ● Beginning this year and in future years, the President of the Magic City Bar Association is a de facto member of the BBA’s Nominating Committee – the committee that recommends nominees for our leadership positions each year. ● Th e BBA is redoubling its focus on the members of our Bar who practice in business and transactional areas, starting with the Business Breakfast at Iron City. Incoming President Charles Fry is leading eff orts to ensure that our business and corporate lawyers are a strong part of our Bar. Our Bar’s Changing Demographic continues. Some ways in which our Bar addresses this reality are: ● Th e Future Leaders Forum, which is the Bar’s leadership development program for attorneys who have been in practice between 3 and 8 years. ● Th e New Lawyer Mentoring Program, where newly-admitted lawyers are paired with more seasoned lawyers for help in navigating the “real-world” practice of law. ● LawyerConnect, the Bar’s attorney referral service giving all of our members the chance to take on new clients. ● An active Young Lawyers Section that gives new lawyers an opportunity to take on leadership positions. 8 Birmingham Bar Association


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