Attorney Samuel N. Crosby Elected President Of State Bar;
Agenda Emphasizes Lawyers Rendering Service In Their Communities
Daphne, Ala., July 20, 2007 - Samuel N. Crosby, a shareholder in the law firm of Stone, Granade & Crosby, P.C. was installed as the 129th president of the Alabama State Bar for the bar year 2007-08 at the bar's annual meeting this weekend in Point Clear.
As President, Crosby will serve as head of the 15,500 member organization. The theme of Crosby's presidency is, "do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God."
Key projects for the year include:
* Wills for heroes -becoming the fourth state bar in the country to provide free simple wills and healthcare directives to Alabama firefighters, emergency medical personnel, law enforcement personnel, search and rescue squad members, and other first responders statewide through the bar's Volunteer Lawyers Program.
* Improving access to justice - for lower income citizens by increased funding for the Alabama Law Foundation.
* Promoting legislation - to improve the administration of justice in Alabama, and to create a new constitution.
He is the second Baldwin County lawyer in 128 years to serve as president; the first was Norborne C. Stone, Jr., of Bay Minette. Crosby's first act as president was selecting Shelby County lawyer, Alicia F. Bennett, as the first African-American woman to serve as vice-president in the organization's history.
Crosby received his undergraduate degree with academic distinction from the University of Virginia (1973) and earned his law degree from the University of Alabama (1978) where he was a member of the Bench and Bar Honor Society, Honor Court, and the Moot Court Board. He currently serves as a trustee of the law school's foundation and is a member of the law school's executive committee. He previously served in the JAG Corps of the U.S. Naval Reserve.
As the first state bar president from southwest Alabama in nearly a decade, his law practice includes representing both plaintiffs and defendants and emphasizes the areas of civil trial work, real estate law and estate planning.
An active member of Alabama's legal profession, he has served on the state bar's executive council, long range planning task force and as a member of the editorial board of the Alabama Lawyer magazine.
He is a past president of the Baldwin County Bar Association. In 2005, he was one of five practicing attorneys in the state appointed to serve as a member-at-large of the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism. He is a Life Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation, a charitable, tax-exempt organization affiliated with the state bar that provides ways for lawyers to better the world around them. Membership in the fellows is limited to one percent of all state bar members.
Crosby has written numerous articles and columns, and has authored two books. One of them, “The Sleeping Juror," is filled with humorous court stories and provides an invaluable historical record of the courts of Baldwin County. Proceeds from the sale of this book, published by the Alabama Law Foundation, have raised nearly $35,000 for scholarships presented to Alabama students and to provide legal services to indigent Alabama citizens.
In the community, he has served as a local municipal judge and has taught business law as an adjunct professor at the University of South Alabama. He has been active in various civic organizations including Ecumenical Ministries, Inc., an organization that aids the poor in Baldwin County, Boy Scouts of America, and the American Red Cross. He has served as an arbitrator and mediator and maintains membership in the Alabama Academy of Attorney Mediators.
Members of the executive council serving with Crosby are: President-elect J. Mark White, Birmingham (White Arnold Andrews & Dowd P.C.); Vice President, Alicia F. Bennett, Chelsea (Boardman, Carr & Hutcheson, P.C.); Immediate Past President Fournier J. "Boots" Gale, III, Birmingham (Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C.); Keith B. Norman, Montgomery, secretary; and council members: Billy C. Bedsole of Mobile (Stockman & Bedsole); Alyce Spruell, Tuscaloosa (Spruell & Powell LLC); and Phillip McCallum, Birmingham (McCallum, Methvin & Terrell, P.C.).
The 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.