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Jeffco Judges Seek Assistance From State Bar To Keep Courthouse Open

Brad Carr
Alabama State Bar
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Montgomery, Ala., July 10, 2009 – Jefferson County Presiding Judge Scott Vowell has asked the Alabama State Bar to assist him in seeking to devise a solution that would keep the courts open.
According to state bar President-elect Thomas J. Methvin, Montgomery (Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C.), the four representatives, who are well-known and highly respected for their political, legal and judicial acumen are:

  • Former Gov. Albert Brewer;
  • Former Federal Judge U.W. Clemon;
  • Former state Supreme Court Justice Ralph Cook, and
  • Former Mayor Scotty McCallum

A state bar task force co-chaired by Birmingham attorney James Pratt (Hare Wynn Newell & Newton
LLP) had successfully used the panel of neutrals concept during the last legislative session to seek consensus; work through discord; and resolve barriers to progress.

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