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State Bar Selects 26 Lawyers To Participate In Annual Leadership Forum;
Will Be Trained As Future Leaders

Brad Carr
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Montgomery, Alabama, January 2, 2014 – The Alabama State Bar has announced the 26 lawyers selected for Class X of its Leadership Forum professionalism program who will be trained as future leaders.

State Bar President Anthony A. Joseph of Birmingham (Maynard Cooper & Gale PC) said, “The lawyers selected to participate in this program represent the future face of Alabama’s legal profession. This program has received critical acclaim from the American Bar Association for its innovative, thoughtful and exceptional content, for its powerful and continuing impact on emerging leaders in the bar community and for the extraordinary example it has established.”

After a detailed selection process, 11 women and 15 men were selected. While there is no age requirement, participants must have practiced law for not less than five nor more than 15 years. Candidates are selected based on demonstrated leadership qualities and service to their communities.

In order to graduate from the program, participants will be required to attend five separate sessions including a three-day orientation program. Candidates will undergo a rigorous education and training process focusing on servant leadership, ethics and career development.

The 17,600-member Alabama State Bar is dedicated to promoting the professional
responsibility, competence and satisfaction of its members, improving the administration of justice and increasing public understanding of and respect for the law.

Members of the Leadership Forum Class of 2014
Name  Firm or Organization  City
Lewis Conrad Anderson, IV Balch & Bingham LLP Birmingham
Emily Leigh Baggett  City Attorney’s Office  Decatur
John Evans Bailey  Rushton Stakely Johnston & Garrett PA  Montgomery
Damon Jay Boiles, III Drummond Company, Inc. Birmingham
Bonnie Lee Branum  Protective Life Corporation  Birmingham
John Philip Browning Burr & Forman LLP  Mobile
Craig Allen Cargile Cargile & Hodnett LLC  Centreville
Jaime Webb Conger Smith & Staggs LLP Tuscaloosa
Bess M. Parrish Creswell Burr & Forman LLP  Mobile
Nathan Andrew Dickson, II Jinks Crow & Dickson PC Union Springs
Anita Kay Head  University of Alabama School of Law Tuscaloosa
Brandon Douglas Hughey Ambrecht Jackson LLP Mobile
Stephanie Houston Mays Maynard Cooper & Gale PC Birmingham
Latasha Lanette McCrary Law Office of Latasha McCrary Huntsville
Jeremy Wilson McIntire Alabama State Bar, Office of General Counsel Montgomery
Heath Edward Meherg Cullman County Commission Cullman
Charles Randall Minor Maynard Cooper & Gale PC Birmingham
Steven Hughston Nichols Hare Wynn Newell & Newton LLP Birmingham
Kathleen Megan Shuey O’Connell HealthSouth Corporation Birmingham
Zachary Joseph Peagler Lakeman Peagler Hollett & Alsobrook LLC Birmingham`
Katherine Taylor Powell Butler Snow O’Mara Stevens & Cannada PLLC Birmingham
Oscar Monfort Price, IV Christian & Small LLP Birmingham
Michael Anthony Vercher Christian & Small LLP Birmingham
John Ellison Vickers, III Alabama State Bar, Office of General Counsel Montgomery
Denise Gandy Welch Legal Services Alabama Montgomery
Ellenann Benefield Yelverton Raycom Media, Inc. Montgomery