President ’s Page, 0719 ALBJ, 80 The Alabama Lawyer 232 (2019)

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President’s Page

Vol. 80 No. 4 Pg. 232

Alabama Bar Lawyer

July, 2019

A Year of Listening and Learning

It has been my honor to serve as the 143rd president of the Alabama state bar representing our 18,000+ members. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel throughout Alabama meeting and getting to know many fine Alabama lawyers. my favorite part of the job has been meeting all of you, the lawyers of Alabama. I have made many new friends and these friendships are very special to me.

As I noted in my may column, there are countless exceptional, talented and professional Alabama lawyers giving service to their clients, the community, our profession and the state bar. in addition, most of them regularly provide pro bono service to clients who are in need. There are few professions where you can make a difference in the lives of everyday people, truly living up to the Alabama state bar motto, “Lawyers render service.”

We are very fortunate to belong to a strong and respected bar, but we can always make it better. i encourage you to get involved. The Alabama state bar needs you and the door is always open for you to get involved. Join a committee or task force. consider running for bar commissioner or president. You will get more out of your involvement than you could ever imagine. and, your involvement will make our bar a better bar.

My main goal has been to improve the way the state bar communicates with, and provides service to, its members. This is best done by interacting with individual members and hearing what you say about how the state bar can remain relevant to you in your professional lives.

Along with other state bar leaders and staff members, we have traveled to numerous towns and cities throughout Alabama giving “state of the bar” presentations. i have spoken to many groups–marking the opening of the Alabama supreme court, welcoming newly-licensed lawyers, celebrating the mobile bar association’s 150th anniversary, visiting with many local bar associations and more. We also went out into the local communities and met with lawyers and judges in their offices, seeking their perspective about the state bar. everyone was very gracious and receptive to our visits. it is important for the state bar to listen to the concerns of our members.

Many Thanks

This has been the greatest professional experience of my life, and I have many people to thank.

Thank you to all...

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