Ala. Lawyers Hall Of Fame Inductees Include: State’s 1st Atty. Gen., Judge In Scottsboro Boys Retrial, Andalusia Country Lawyer
Montgomery, Alabama, April 25, 2011 – The judge who set aside the verdict and death sentence in the re-trial of the Scottsboro boys and a Mobile attorney who served as the state's first attorney general are two of the five lawyers who will be inducted into the Alabama Lawyers Hall of Fame.
A special ceremony will be held at the Alabama Supreme Court on May 6 at 11:30 a.m. when the state bar will unveil the plaques which will be placed in the Hall of Fame located on the lower level of the Heflin-Torbert Judicial Building.
Former State Bar President Samuel A. Rumore, Jr., of Birmingham (Miglionico & Rumore) explained, "The Hall of Fame was established eight years ago in order to spotlight significant contributions lawyers have made to the state throughout its history. These individuals have demonstrated a lifetime of achievement that exemplifies the bar's motto, 'lawyers render service'."
The 2010 honorees are:
Edgar Thomas Albritton (1875 – 1925)
Highly regarded early Alabama country lawyer; founded in 1887 the state's oldest law firm in continuous existence with a family member; elected first mayor of Andalusia; served as city attorney and judge of the city courts; progenitor of five generations of Alabama lawyers.
Henry Hitchcock (1792 – 1839)
One of the first lawyers to practice in what would become the State of Alabama; served as secretary of the Alabama territory; delegate to the state's first Constitutional Convention; Alabama's first attorney general; early U.S. Attorney Southern District appointed by President John Quincy Adams; early associate justice (1834-36) and chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court (1836-37); provided funds for Mobile's first free school, Barton Academy.
James E. Horton (1878 – 1973)
Courageous Limestone County circuit judge who set aside the verdict and death sentence in the 1933 re-trial of the Scottsboro Boys observing the principle of fair treatment and fair process for all regardless of color; lost subsequent re-election bid in 1934 and returned to private practice until his death; embodied the principle, "fiat justicia ruat coelum" – let justice be done though the heavens may fall.
Lawrence Drew Redden (1922 – 2007)
Major General U.S. Army Reserve; unmatched legal advocate and accomplished criminal defense attorney; skilled appellate advocate; elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers and International Society of Barristers; president of the Birmingham Bar Association and Alabama State Bar; strong proponent of professional ethics and legal education; noted lay speaker and Sunday School teacher.
Harry Seale (1895 – 1989)
Served in the Army Medical Corps during World War I; college and law school scholar; considered an aggressive and competitive advocate with a keen sense of fair play and justice; long time city attorney; president and long time respected member of the Mobile Bar Association; mentor to several generations of lawyers.
Rumore, who also chairs the bar's Hall of Fame selection committee, said honorees must be Alabama lawyers who have made extraordinary contributions through the law at the state, national or international level.
Nominees must meet the award criteria which includes having a breadth of achievement in their lifetime, demonstrating a profound respect for professional ethics, being recognized as a leader in their community, and leading, inspiring or mentoring others in the pursuit of justice. Only lawyers who have been deceased for a minimum of two years are considered.
This year's group of inductees will join such notable legal figures as: Judge Frank M. Johnson, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, Ala. Supreme Court Chief Justice and U.S. Sen. Howell Heflin, attorneys Arthur Davis Shores and Vernon C. Crawford, among others.
The 16,600-member Alabama State Bar is dedicated to improving the administration of justice, and increasing public understanding and respect for the law.