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 The Alabama Law Foundation Welcomes New President and Board Members – July 28, 2017

The Alabama Law Foundation announces that Anthony A. “AJ” Joseph is the  new board of trustees president for 2017-2018.  President Joseph states, “It is an honor and a privilege for me to serve the Alabama Law Foundation in this capacity. I consider it such a blessing to have the opportunity to participate in an organization with a fundamental purpose of supporting charitable law-related projects. ”

AJ Joseph, Alabama Law Foundation President

A.J., is a shareholder in in Maynard, Cooper & Gale’s Birmingham office where he specializes in white collar criminal defense and general civil litigation. His talents are recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers which included him on the 2016 list of “Top 50 Super Lawyers in Alabama.” He has served as president of the Alabama State Bar and as chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Alabama Law Foundation, and the Birmingham Bar Foundation.

In addition to the new president, the Alabama Law Foundation proudly welcomes Vice President Mary Margaret Bailey, of Frazer, Greene, Upchurch & Baker in Mobile; Treasurer Laura Crum, of Hill, Hill & Carter in Montgomery; and Secretary Judge Jimmy B. Poole. Other new board members are James S. Ward of Ward & Wilson in Birmingham, and Sam Irby of Irby and Heard in Fairhope. Returning trustees are Christina D. Crow of Jinks, Crow & Dickson in Union Springs, and Patrick C. Davidson of  Davidson, Davidson & Umbach in Auburn.

The Alabama Law Foundation Board Trustees assume the responsibility of advancing the foundation’s mission of making access to justice a reality for all Alabama citizens. President Joseph explains “there are many needs within our state. This year the foundation’s goal is to expand our reach and touch as many lives as possible. It is gratifying to be part of this mission.” The Alabama Law Foundation expresses appreciation to the new officers, the new board members, and the returning board members.

 

2017 RECIPIENT OF JUSTICE JANIE L. SHORES SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED – July 17, 2017

The Women’s Section of the Alabama State Bar, along with the Alabama Law Foundation, proudly announces that Krystina T. Jackson has been awarded $6,000 as the 2017 winner of the Justice Janie L. Shores Scholarship.

The Janie L. Shores scholarship, created in 2006, supports a female Alabama resident attending an Alabama law school. As Christina Crow, chair of the scholarship committee, explains, “The Women’s Section of the Alabama Bar is proud to honor the hard work and dedication of female attorneys past and present through the presentation of the Janie L. Shores Scholarship to Krystina Jackson.” The Justice Janie L. Shores scholarship is named in honor of the first female Alabama Supreme Court Justice, who was elected in 1974.

Krystina is a law student at the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her many extracurricular activities include placing runner-up in Case Classic Trail Advocacy Competition, and membership in Student Bar Association and the Criminal Law Society. She was recognized by the National Society for Collegiate Scholars, and is a member of Lambda Pi Eta Honors Association. Krystina has worked as a legal assistant and served a legal internship for the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office. Krystina has varied volunteer experience with children with special needs. As Krystina explains, those experiences led her to aspire to “be a voice for those who need someone to speak for them.” To achieve that objective, Krystina‘s career goal is to work in criminal law as a prosecutor. Her focus is not so much punishing, as “making sure the victim’s voice is heard–standing up for them.” In addition, she wants to return to her rural hometown area of Stevenson, Alabama.

Krystina says growing up in a small rural town presented some challenges when she decided to attend college and law school; most of her fellow high school students were not interested in continuing their education. She says she appreciates the Women’s Section and the Janie L. Shores scholarship as much for the sense of professional support as the financial support.

Krystina was recognized at the Maude McLure Kelly Award Luncheon held Friday, July 14, 2017 during the Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting. The luncheon is named in honor of Alabama’s first woman lawyer, who continued blazing pathways by becoming the first woman lawyer in the United States to plead a case before the U.S Supreme Court. A silent auction, held the evening after the luncheon, raised money for the scholarship. Christina Crow states, “Janie Shores paved the way for many young lawyers, male and female, and we are proud to follow her example of hard work and dedication to the profession by raising the funds for this scholarship with our annual silent auction. We also thank our donors who make the silent auction possible.”

 

The Alabama Law Foundation Announces New Fellows – January 27, 2017

At the start of every year, the Alabama Law Foundation selects Alabama Bar members who have shown outstanding dedication to their profession and their community by inviting them to become “Fellows.” The Fellows banquet, scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery, Alabama, is held in their honor. Plans include a cocktail hour at 5:45 followed by dinner at 7:00. During the event, those Fellows elevated to “Life Fellows” status are also recognized.

The Fellows program was established in 1995 to honor Alabama Bar members for outstanding service and commitment. Since no more than 1% of bar members are invited into fellowship, the selection committee chooses new members from an exceptional group of lawyers. President Board of Trustees of the Alabama Law Foundation Joe Fawal explains, “The Fellows of the Alabama Law Foundation are selected from the ranks of the Alabama State Bar and represent our brightest and best. The fact that they are selected is in and of itself an honor. But the contribution that they make in defense of the poor in civil matters in Alabama is a much greater honor.” Fellows are given the opportunity, as leaders in the legal community, to provide financial and personal support for the Alabama Law Foundation, the charitable arm of the Alabama State Bar.

Fellows accepted into membership for 2016 are the following:

Cassandra W. Adams, HooverFisk University, B.A. University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D. Director of Community Mediation Center for Samford University, Cumberland School of Law.

John E. Burbach, HuntsvilleAuburn University, B.A. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Partner in Sirote & Permutt.

Michael G. Graffeo, BirminghamUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham, B.S. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Circuit Judge, 10th Judicial Circuit.

Shelbonnie Coleman Hall, MobileFlorida A&M University, B.S. University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D. City of Mobile Municipal Court Judge.

Austin Huffaker, Jr., MontgomeryVanderbilt University, B.E. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Shareholder in Rushton Stakely Johnston & Garrett.

George R. Irvine, III, Daphne  – Washington & Lee University, B.A. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Partner in Stone Granade & Crosby.

Lynn W. Jinks, III, Union Springs – University of Alabama, B.A. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D.  Partner in Jinks, Crow & Dickinson.

David Johnston, DothanBirmingham Southern College, B.A. Cumberland School of Law, J.D. Partner in Johnston, Hinesley, Flowers, Clenney & Turner.

William H. King, III, BirminghamWashington & Lee University, B.A. Vanderbilt University, J.D. Associate in the Southeastern Conference.

Forrest S. Latta, MobileTroy University, B.S. Cumberland School of Law, J.D. Partner in Burr & Forman.

Steven T. Marshall, GuntersvilleUniversity of North Carolina, B.A. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. District Attorney of Marshall County – 27th Judicial Circuit.

Charles A. McCallum, III, VestaviaUniversity of Alabama, B.A. Cumberland School of Law, J.D. Partner in McCallum Hoaglund Cook & Irby.

Apsilah O. Millsaps, TuscaloosaDartmouth College, B.A. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Partner in Owens & Millsaps.

Phillip D. Mitchell, II, DecaturJacksonville State University, B.S. University of Alabama School of Law Partner in Harris, Caddell & Shanks.

James L. Noles, Jr., Birmingham United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, B.S. University of Texas School of Law, J.D. Partner in Balch & Bingham.

Jeanne Dowdle Rasco, HuntsvilleAuburn University, B.S. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Assistant City Attorney, City of Huntsville.

Allison O. Skinner, BirminghamUniversity of Alabama, B.A. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Founding partner in Skinner Neutral Services.

Elizabeth C. Smithart, Union SpringsHuntingdon College, B.A. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Sole practitioner. Ms. Smithart is married to Burt.

Will Hill Tankersley, Jr., BirminghamWashington & Lee University, B.A. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. New York University School of Law, LL.M.  Partner in Balch & Bingham.

Albert J. Trousdale, II, FlorenceBirmingham Southern College, B.S. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Partner in Trousdale Ryan.

Gibson Vance, MontgomeryTroy University, B.A. Jones School of Law, J.D. Partner in Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles. Mr. Vance is married to Kate.

Lawrence B. Voit, MobileUniversity of Alabama, B.A. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Partner in Silver, Voit & Thompson.

James N. Walter, Jr., MontgomeryWashington & Lee University, B.S. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Shareholder in Capell & Howard.

Alabama Law Foundation Receives Funds Targeted For Foreclosure Prevention and Community Re-Development Legal Assistance – August 18, 2016

The Alabama Law Foundation has received $3.3 million in funds from the Bank of America’s August 20, 2014 mortgage settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. The settlement requires funds to be allotted to IOLTA (Interest On Lawyers Trust Accounts) foundations based on Federal poverty censes data. The settlement reads as follows: “For the sole purpose of providing funds to legal aid organizations in the state of Alabama for foreclosure prevention legal assistance and/or community redevelopment legal assistance.” Professor Eric Green is the independent Monitor to oversee the Bank of America’s compliance with its ongoing consumer-relief obligations under the settlement.

In March of 2016, the Alabama Law Foundation awarded $266,000 in grants from funds received in a 2015 disbursement by the monitor. The organizations listed below received grants to provide foreclosure prevention legal assistance.  Homeowners with incomes of up to 250% of the federal poverty level are eligible for free assistance.  The additional funding will allow continuation of the project.

Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution $60,000
Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program $32,500
Birmingham Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program $42,500
Legal Services Alabama $65,000
Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program $20,000
Montgomery County Bar Foundation Volunteer Lawyers Program $25,500
South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program $20,500

 

Recipient of the 2016 Justice Janie L. Shores Scholarship AnnouncedJune 27, 2016

The Women’s Section of the Alabama State Bar, along with the Alabama Law Foundation, established the Janie L. Shores Scholarship to support a female Alabama resident attending an Alabama law school in 2006. The Alabama Law Foundation proudly announces that Morgan Means has been awarded $5,100 as the 2016 winner of the Justice Janie L. Shores Scholarship. As Christina Crow, chair of the scholarship committee, explains, “The Women’s Section of the Alabama Bar is proud to honor the hard work and dedication of female attorneys past and present through the presentation of the Janie L. Shores Scholarship to Morgan Means.” The Justice Janie L. Shores scholarship is named in honor of the first female Alabama Supreme Court Justice, who was elected in 1974.

Morgan Means was born in Gadsden, Alabama and plans to return to her hometown after graduation to “make a difference in my community.” She graduated from Jacksonville State College in 2016 with a BA in Political Science. Her academic awards include President’s and Dean’s list; she was the recipient of the Judge H. Dean Buttram Scholarship 2015-2016. Morgan is married to Jordan Means; Morgan says she could not continue to pursue her goals without his support. The ambitious young couple has two boys: Milo 3 and Linus 2. Morgan has worked as a legal assistant since 2004; she currently works for Jared D. Vaughn, Attorney at Law. Morgan plans to remain employed as she begins law school at the University of Alabama in the fall. Clearly, she is the epitome of young women lawyers who are hard-working and dedicated.

Morgan is planning to specialize in family law which she says she is “passionate about.” She just finished work on a case involving adoption. She is also interested in helping children and women in neglected or abusive situations. Morgan says she is honored to be chosen for the scholarship and appreciative to the Women’s Section for their support.

Morgan was recognized at the Maude McLure Kelly Award Luncheon held Friday, June 23, 2016 during the Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting. The luncheon is named in honor of Alabama’s first woman lawyer, who continued blazing pathways by  becoming the first woman lawyer in the United States to plead a case before the U.S Supreme Court. A silent auction, held the evening after the luncheon, raised money for the scholarship. Christina Crow states, “Janie Shores paved the way for many young lawyers, male and female, and we are proud to follow her example of hard work and dedication to the profession by raising the funds for this scholarship with our annual silent auction. We also thank our donors who make the silent auction possible.”

The Alabama Law Foundation Announces New Fellows – January 30, 2016

The Alabama Law Foundation begins each year by recognizing the Alabama Bar members who have demonstrated outstanding dedication to their profession and their community by inviting them to become “Fellows.” The Fellows banquet, scheduled for Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery, Alabama, is held in their honor; at that time, those Fellows elevated to “Life Fellows” status are also recognized.

The Fellows program was established in 1995 to honor Alabama Bar members for outstanding service and commitment. Since no more than 1% of bar members are invited into fellowship, the selection committee chooses new members from an exceptional group of lawyers. President Board of Trustees of the Alabama Law Foundation Joe Fawal explains, “The Fellows of the Alabama Law Foundation are selected from the ranks of the Alabama State Bar and represent our brightest and best. The fact that they are selected is in and of itself an honor. But the contribution that they make in defense of the poor in civil matters in Alabama is a much greater honor.” Fellows are given the opportunity, as leaders in the legal community, to provide financial and personal support for the Alabama Law Foundation, the charitable arm of the Alabama State Bar.

Fellows accepted into membership for 2015 are the following:

Lindsey J. Allison, Birmingham – Auburn University, B.S. Cumberland School of Law, J.D. Partner in Allison & May.

Russell Q. Allison, Birmingham – University of Alabama, B.S. Cumberland School of Law, J.D. Shareholder in Carr Allison.

Lee R. Benton, Birmingham – Auburn University, B.S. Cumberland School of Law, J.D. Partner in Benton & Centeno.

Mack B. Binion, III, Mobile – Spring Hill College, B.A. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Partner in Briskman & Binion.

Karon Bowdre, Birmingham – Samford University, Bachelor’s degree. Cumberland School of Law, J.D. United States District Judge, Northern District of Alabama.

Mark E. Brandon, Tuscaloosa – University of Montevallo, B.A. University of Michigan, M.A. Princeton University, Ph. D. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Dean of The University of Alabama School of Law.

Kevin E. Clark, Birmingham – University of Tennessee, B.S. Vanderbilt Law School, J.D. Partner in Lightfoot, Franklin & White.

Ronald G. Davenport, Montgomery – Huntingdon College, B.A. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Shareholder in Rushton, Stakely, Johnson & Garrett.

Michael S. Denniston, Birmingham – University of Virginia, B.A. University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. Partner in Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.

Thomas F. Garth, Mobile – University of Virginia, B.A. Cumberland School of Law, J.D. New York University, LL.M. Partner in Phelps Dunbar.

Warren C. Herlong, Jr., Mobile – University of Alabama, B.A. University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. Shareholder in Helmsing, Leach, Herlong, Newman & Rouse.

Mays R. Jemison, Montgomery – Auburn University, B.S. Jones School of Law, J.D. Partner in Jemison & Mendelsohn. Mr. Jamison is invited posthumously.

Abdul Kallon, Birmingham – Dartmouth College, A.B. University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. United States District Judge, Northern District of Alabama.

Alan L. King, Birmingham – University of Alabama, B.S. Birmingham Southern College, M.A. Cumberland School of Law, J.D. Jefferson County Probate Judge, Place 1, Presiding Judge.

Alan C. Livingston, Dothan – Birmingham Southern College, B.A. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Partner in Lee, Livingston, Lee & Nichols.

Troy Massey, Montgomery – Alabama A&M University, B.S. Cornell University Law School, J.D. District Judge, 15th Judicial Circuit.

Jessica M. McDill, Bay Minette – University of West Florida, B.A. Cumberland School of Law, J.D. Partner in Chason & Chason.

Delaine Mountain, Tuscaloosa – University of Alabama, Bachelor’s. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Partner in Mountain & Mountain.

Steven L. Nicholas, Mobile – University of Georgia, B.B.A. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Partner in Cunningham Bounds.

Dennis G. Pantazis, Birmingham – Jacksonville State University, B.A. Mississippi College School of Law, J.D. Partner in Wiggins Childs Pantazis Fischer Goldfarb.

Jimmy B. Pool, Montgomery – Auburn University, B.S. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. District Judge, 15th Judicial Circuit.

Grey Redditt, Jr., Mobile – University of Alabama, B.S. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Shareholder in Maynard Cooper & Gale.

James H. Reid, Montrose – University of South Alabama, Bachelor’s degree. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Circuit Judge, 28th Judicial Circuit, Retired.

Beth McFadden Rouse, Mobile – Agnes Scott College, B.A. University of Alabama School of Law, J.D. Member in McFadden, Lyon & Rouse.

Alexander M. Smith, Oneonta – University of Alabama, B.S. Cumberland School of Law, J.D. Sole Practitioner.

Recipient of the 2015 Justice Janie L. Shores Scholarship Announced

The Alabama Law Foundation proudly announces that Amber Busby has been awarded $4,750 as the 2015 winner of the Justice Janie L. Shores Scholarship. As Allison Skinner, chair of the scholarship committee, explains, “In 2006, the Women’s Section of the Alabama State Bar, along with the Alabama Law Foundation, established The Janie L. Shores Scholarship to support a female Alabama resident attending an Alabama law school.” The Justice Janie L. Shores Scholarship is named in honor of the first female Alabama Supreme Court Justice, who was elected in 1974.

Amber, a Homewood, Alabama native, graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences and a double major in Spanish and History. At the University of Alabama she was a member of the University Honors and International Honors College. Other notable achievements include being named an Honors College Innovator, serving as Vice President of Alpha Gamma Delta, Student Government Association Senate Assistant, a member of Order of Omega leadership honor society and Phi Alpha Theta history honor society. Amber has continuously worked to assist in financing her college and law school career and gained knowledge of government functions as a professional staff member on the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations and staff assistant with Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. She has used her fluency in Spanish as an English tutor in Spain and as a Spanish tutor in Tuscaloosa, AL and Washington, D.C. Amber plans to continue working as a law clerk between law school terms. With a passion for underserved women and children, Amber volunteers as a tutor and mentor, is a member of the Dorbin Association and has raised money for Turning Point of West Alabama. Amber has the unique honor of being the first scholarship recipient whose mother, Ginger Busby, is an attorney. Amber expressed her respect of women in law and her appreciation of the scholarship, “With my mother as an attorney, I am even more appreciative of women in the practice of law. I am honored to be the recipient of this prestigious scholarship that recognizes the contribution of women in the profession, particularly Justice Shores. I am so grateful for this financial assistance, and with it, I will do my best to make the members of this profession proud.”

Amber was recognized at the Maude McLure Kelly Award luncheon held Friday, July 17, 2015, during the Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting. The luncheon is named in honor of Alabama’s first woman lawyer, who continued blazing pathways by becoming the first woman lawyer in the United States to plead a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. A silent auction, held the evening after the luncheon, raised money for the scholarship. Allison Skinner states, “We appreciate all the donors and supporters of the Women’s Section’s Silent Auction at the Annual State Bar Meeting every year since its inception. Their support of our silent auction over the past seven years has allowed us to provide a very meaningful scholarship to fine recipients like this year’s scholarship recipient, Amber Busby. We recognize the rising cost of tuition and hope this financial support to such a deserving law student encourages female participation in the legal profession while honoring a terrific role model and jurist.”

 

 

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