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State Bar Selects 30 Lawyers To Participate In
Annual Leadership Forum; Will Be Trained As Future Leaders

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Montgomery, Alabama, January 9, 2013 – The Alabama State Bar has announced the 30 lawyers selected for Class IX of its Leadership Forum who will be trained as future leaders.
State Bar President Phillip W. McCallum of Birmingham (McCallum Methvin & Terrell, PC) said, “The Leadership Forum is an innovative leadership-training program providing participants with a rigorous education and training that includes leadership, ethics, and career development. It includes sessions that prepare participants for interaction and relationship building with members of the legal, judicial, and legislative sectors as well as diverse organizations and communities in the state.”
This year, the state bar received 58 applications from private practitioners, government and corporate lawyers throughout the state. These applicants included practitioners in small, medium and large-size firms as well as sole practitioners.
After a detailed selection process, nine women and 21 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 outstanding leadership qualities and service to their communities.
McCallum noted that lawyers naturally gravitate toward positions of leadership because those positions call into play their creativity and critical thinking skills. “Leaders need to have good problem-solving skills and be able to think critically. As opposed to the traditional law practice setting, which fosters competition, leadership is a collaborative process,” he said.
Many of the 232 previous forum graduates have gone on to hold leadership positions in the state Legislature, within their firms, in the state Bar and other statewide service organizations.

In order to graduate from the Leadership Forum, participants are required to attend five separate training sessions including a three-day orientation program. They will spend approximately 60 hours in meetings and workshops learning from professional facilitators and prominent speakers from various disciplines who inform participants about leadership principles and techniques, instill the importance of effective leadership in organizations in order to maximize efficiency, and demonstrate the challenges and rewards of leadership in action.
Birmingham attorney Andrew Nix (Maynard Cooper & Gale PC) chaired this year’s Leadership Forum Planning Committee.
The 17,300-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 and respect for the law.


Members of the Leadership Forum Class of 2013

Name Firm or Organization City
Gray Michael Borden U.S. Attorney’s Office Montgomery
John Allen Brinkley, Jr. Brinkley & Chestnut


Ryan Karim Buchanan U.S. Attorney’s Office Montgomery
Pamela Lynn Casey 41st Jud. Circuit, District Atty’s Office Oneonta
John William Clark, IV Bainbridge Mims Rogers & Smith LLP Birmingham
Diandra S. DeBrosse Gentle Turner Sexton Debrosse & Harbison  Hoover
Mary Margaret Williams Fiedler Supreme Court of Alabama Montgomery
William Mellor Bains Fleming, III Norman Wood Kendrick & Turner Birmingham
Benjamin Young Ford Ambrecht Jackson LLP Mobile
Rachel Abigail Herrin Law Office of Abby Herrin Birmingham
Jeremiah Michael Hodges Hodges Trial Lawyers PC Huntsville
Brett Andrew Ialacci Badham & Buck LLC Birmingham
Frank Leslie Lambert The Lambert Law Office Camden
Jonathan William Macklem Christian & Small LLP Birmingham
Joseph Brannon Maner Gordon Dana Knight & Gilmore LLC Birmingham
Ronald Clifford Mendheim Prim & Mendheim LLC


Mark Bradley Moody Alabama State Bar, Off. of General Counsel Montgomery
Abigail Lounsbury Morrow Cadence Bank NA Birmingham
Christopher Joseph Nicholson White Arnold & Dowd PC


Roben Hunt Nutter East Alabama Medical Center Opelika
Jaffe Silcott Pickett Legal Services Alabama Montgomery
Holly Lynn Sawyer Lewis Bracken Flowers & Johnson  Dothan
Scott M. Speagle Webster Henry Lyons White Bradwell & Black Montgomery
Patrick Henry Strong Balch & Bingham LLC Birmingham
Michael Francis Walker Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP Birmingham
Stephen Cochran Wallace 10th Jud.Circuit, Criminal Division Birmingham
Joshua Byron White Stephens Millirons PC Huntsville
Melissa Maran White Auburn University, General Counsel’s Office Auburn
Justin Glyien Williams Tanner Guin & Crowell LLC Tuscaloosa
Nathan Philip Wilson Administrative Office of Courts Montgomery

The 17,000-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 and respect for the law.