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Law & History Meet In Historic Setting Of Huntsville’s Constitution Hall Village;
Ala. State Bar Board Meets There For The First Time

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Montgomery, Alabama, February 3, 2011 – The historic setting of Constitution Hall Village will serve as a backdrop this week as the Alabama State Bar's decision and policy-making body, its 72-member Board of Bar Commissioners, will meet February 3 and hold a reception at the Hall. On February 4, they will convene at the Embassy Suites Hotel to debate and vote on issues of professional and public importance.

This venue is also appropriate for the first Huntsville meeting of the Board because it dovetails with the signature initiative of civics education being promoted by Alabama State Bar President Alyce M. Spruell of Northport (Spruell & Powell LLC). Following the vision of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the idea is to help to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy.

"The state bar is concerned that Alabama students are not getting the information and tools they need to become responsible citizens. Our goal is to promote greater access to these tools through resources like icivics.org. This highly accessible and interactive website features gaming and other tools for teachers and students to learn more about our courts, what lawyers do and about the importance of the rights guaranteed by our Constitution," Spruell said.

There are many historic ties between the state bar and Huntsville. The 1819 Alabama Constitutional Convention took place from July 5 – August 2, 1819. J.W. Walker was the president of the Convention, and he was a representative from Madison County, as was Clement C. Clay, a distinguished Alabama lawyer, who became governor of Alabama and later a U.S. Senator from Alabama. Recently, Governor Clay was inducted into the Alabama Lawyers Hall of Fame which is housed at the Alabama Supreme Court. Spruell herself made history as the first woman president of the state bar.

Robert C. Lockwood (Wilmer & Lee, PA), president of the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association said, "Approximately 600 attorneys are members of our local bar association, and throughout our history, we have been committed to the concepts of civic participation and civics education that are being advanced by the bar. We hope that the presence of the Board of Bar Commissioners at Constitution Hall Village will emphasize the importance of these matters to citizens of Madison County and Alabama."