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State Bar Selects Tuscaloosa Lawyer as First Woman President; Assumes Office in 2010

Brad Carr
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Montgomery, Ala., July 17, 2009 – Alyce Manley Spruell, a managing member of the law firm of Spruell & Powell, L.L.C., has been chosen president-elect designee of the 16,000-member Alabama State Bar.

She will assume the office of president at the July, 2010 meeting of the state bar. Officially elected in April by the Board of Bar Commissioners, the state bar's decision and policymaking body, Spruell becomes the first woman to hold that office. She will be the eighth lawyer from Tuscaloosa to head the 86-year-old organization.

State Bar Past President J. Mark White of Birmingham (White Arnold & Dowd PC) said, "Alyce brings to our Association experience, wisdom and magnificent leadership skills. President Tom Methvin and I welcome her to the leadership team. She has already been a great resource for us both during our terms. When she becomes the first woman to be President of our Association in 2010 we will lead the celebration together with every other lawyer in Alabama."

A graduate of the Univ. of Alabama School of Law in 1983, her firm's practice centers on small business representation as well as civil trial representation, with an emphasis in business, employment and real estate matters. She began practicing law in Tuscaloosa with the firm of Phelps, Owens, Jenkins, Gibson & Fowler, and also has served as an assistant dean and director of law development at the University's law school for six years before starting her own practice in 1996.

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