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In Leadership Forum; Will Be Trained As Future Leaders

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Montgomery, Ala., February 1, 2008 - Recognizing that young attorneys have a vital stake in the future of the state's communities, both as policymakers and in their profession, the Alabama State Bar has announced the 30 lawyers selected for Class IV of its Leadership Forum.

State Bar President Samuel N. Crosby (Stone, Granade & Crosby, P.C., Daphne) said, "This program was created to identify and train outstanding lawyers to be leaders in our state. Throughout Alabama, lawyers serve on non-profit boards, political organizations and community groups. Lawyers have an obligation to render service to others, and we want to further the leadership skills lawyers use and need to fulfill their ethical duties and responsibilities. We are making the state and the profession stronger by encouraging the development of these leaders."

This year, as the fourth class of potential leaders was being identified, more than 75 applications were received from private practitioners, government and corporate lawyers throughout the state. The law firms represented in the applications included small, medium and large-size firms as well as sole practitioners.

A rigorous selection process resulted in 30 lawyers being chosen for this year's class consisting of 20 men and 10 women. While there is no age requirement, participants must have practiced law for not less than five years nor more than 15 years.

The forum is designed to ensure committed and involved lawyers willing and able to fill significant leadership roles in the state bar and local bar associations, in community and in state organizations, and to serve as role models in matters of ethics and professionalism.

Crosby noted lawyers are moved naturally toward positions of leadership because it calls into play their creativity and critical thinking skills. "Leaders need to have good problem-solving skills and be able to think critically. As a collaborative process, leadership also involves working well with others," he said.

LEADERSHIP FORUM CLASS IV

In order to graduate, forum participants are required to attend five separate training sessions after which there is an induction ceremony. They will spend approximately 60 hours in meetings and workshops learning from prominent leaders such as Millard Fuller, founder and former president of Habitat for Humanity International; Dr. Wayne Flint, Auburn University; former Gov. Albert Brewer; Morris Dees, co-founder of The Southern Poverty Law Center; state Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb; and, Leadership Forum alums, developing insight into local organizations, and inspiring their peers to become more active in the civic arena.

Topics for the sessions include: Principles of Leadership; Leadership Through Service; Access to
Justice; Civil Rights, and; Justice, Values and Professionalism.

Birmingham attorneys Keith Jackson (Jackson & Riley) and Kimberly Till Powell (Balch & Bingham, L.L.P.) chaired the Leadership Forum Selection Committee.

The 15,700-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.

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NOTE: Below is a list of the Leadership Forum Class of 2008 organized by city.

Last Name

First Name

Middle Name

Firm/Company

City

Brennan

Anna

Kelly

Balch & Bingham L.L.P.

Birmingham

Clancy

Jequette

Harris

Legal Aid Society of Birmingham

Birmingham

Cross

Jonathan

Samuel

White Arnold Andrews & Dowd PC

Birmingham

Durward

Anne

Lamkin

Massey, Stotser & Nichols, P.C.

Birmingham

England

John

Henry

U. S. Attorney's Office

Birmingham

Gregory

Sandra

Eubank

Marcus A. Jones, III & Assoc. P.C.

Birmingham

Heninger

Erik

Stephen

Heninger, Garrison & Davis, L.L.C.

Birmingham

Knight

Samuel

David

Gordon, Dana, Still, Knight & Gilmore, L.L.C.

Birmingham

Ransburg-Brown

Cynthia

 

Sirote & Permutt, P.C.

Birmingham

Ryan

Clayton

Michael

Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.

Birmingham

Terrell

James

Michael

McCallum, Methvin & Terrell, P.C.

Birmingham

Warburton

Reed

Thomas

Bradley Arant Rose & White L.L.P.

Birmingham

Webb

John

Cox

Lloyd, Gray & Whitehead, P.C.

Birmingham

 

 

 

 

 

Hill

Dana

Bolden

Boardman, Carr & Hutcheson, P.C.

Chelsea

 

 

 

 

 

Baxley

Mark

Hampton

Ramsey, Baxley & McDougle

Dothan

 

 

 

 

 

Stewart

Chad

Edward

Marsh, Cotter & Stewart, L.L.P.

Enterprise

 

 

 

 

 

Cornett

Bradley

Williams

Ford, Howard & Cornett, P.C.

Gadsden

 

 

 

 

 

Lowe

Jonathan

Blake

Lowe, Mobley & Lowe

Haleyville

 

 

 

 

 

Lockwood

Robert

Carter

Wilmer & Lee, P.A.

Huntsville

Swink

Ashley

Elizabeth

Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C.

Huntsville

 

 

 

 

 

Alves

Margaret

Holladay

T. Leavell & Associates, Inc.

Mobile

Buffkin

Russell

Crandle

Helmsing, Leach, Herlong, Newman & Rouse

Mobile

 

 

 

 

 

Johnson

Adrian

Daniel

Parnell & Crum, P.A.

Montgomery

Martin

James

David

Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill, P.A.

Montgomery

Mozingo

James

Flynn

Melton, Espy & Williams, P.C.

Montgomery

Perrine

James

Bruce

U. S. Attorney's Office

Montgomery

Smith

Christopher

Nathan

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC

Montgomery

 

 

 

 

 

Lauderdale

Kent

Michael

Lauderdale & Lauderdale, P.C.

Opelika

 

 

 

 

 

Chittom

Valerie

Kisor

Law Offices of Valerie K. Chottom

Selma

 

 

 

 

 

Williams

Tari

DeVon

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa