Former U.S. Vice Pres. Among Four New Members
To Be Inducted Into Alabama Lawyers Hall Of Fame
Montgomery, Ala., June 8, 2007 - A vice president of the U.S., a state supreme court chief justice, a
U.S. senator, and a federal judge - all with Alabama roots - are among the newest members of the Alabama
Lawyers Hall of Fame who will be inducted by the Alabama State Bar on June 8 at 11:30 a.m. in a special
ceremony to be held at the Alabama Supreme Court.
Former state bar President Samuel A. Rumore, Jr., of Birmingham, said, "The Hall of Fame was
established four 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 honorees for 2007 are:
William Rufus King (1776-1853)
Co-drafter of the 1819 state Constitution. A force in national politics, diplomat, U.S. Senator (1819-1844, 1848-1852),
President Pro Tempore of the U.S. Senate, ambassador to France (1844-1846), Vice president of the U.S. (1853).
Thomas Minott Peters (1810-1888)
Served in the Alabama House and Senate (1845-1849). Was Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice (1868-1872) and Chief Justice (1872-1874). He was an early proponent of equal rights for blacks and women.
John J. Sparkman (1899-1985)
Member of Congress (1937-1948), U.S. Senator (1949-1979) and statesman, authored many important pieces of federal legislation including the G.I. Bill of Rights.
Robert S. Vance (1931-1989)
Accomplished lawyer, national and state political leader. He was an early opponent of segregation and an advocate
for equal voting rights. U.S. Circuit Judge for the 11th Circuit.
Rumore, who also chairs the bar's Hall of Fame selection committee, noted 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.
The 15,500-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.