Montgomery, July 25, 2005 - Montgomery attorney Robert D. "Bobby" Segall became the 128th president of the Alabama State Bar at the bar's annual meeting in Point Clear this weekend. The 2004-05 ASB president, J. Douglas McElvy, of Montgomery, passed the gavel to McElvy at the meeting's Grand Convocation on Saturday, July 23. Segall succeeds McElvy as head of the 14,600-member state bar organization. Outgoing president McElvy says "Bobby Segall has been a leader in his community and in the State Bar. His motivation for wanting to be president was to seek still another way to serve. He exemplifies our state bar motto, Lawyers Render Service. I look forward to his leadership."
Segall says "My hope and plan is to continue the really great work of the last several presidents, including Fred Gray, Bill Clark and Doug McElvy. All of them have emphasized the importance of Service and Professionalism. We will continue our emphasis in those areas. I also hope to devote considerable energy to improving the regard in which our judiciary is held by considering possible changes in the way our appellate judges are selected. Other areas of focus will be trying to solve what has become a crisis in the provision of indigent criminal defense and to improving access by the poor to legal representation in civil cases." Keith Norman, executive director of the Alabama State Bar, states "These new leaders are personally committed to public service and improving the legal profession."
Members of the executive council serving with Segall will be: Boots Gale, Birmingham, president-elect; Tom Methvin, Montgomery, vice-president; Keith B. Norman, Montgomery, secretary and council members: Merceria L. Ludgood, Mobile; Alyce M. Spruell, Tuscaloosa; and Carol Stewart, Birmingham.
Bobby attended public schools from kindergarten through high school in Montgomery. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt and his law degree from the University of Alabama, where he finished first in his class, was student work editor of the Law Review, and became a member of the Order of the Coif. He also received an LL.M degree from Harvard. One of his great experiences was clerking for Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr.
In private practice, Bobby has been with Copeland, Franco for over 30 years. His professional activities have focused on trying to provide legal services to the poor. He served on the Board of Legal Services Corporation of Alabama for 27 years, and was president of the Board for 6 years. He now serves on the Board of the newly formed program that encompasses the entire State, Legal Services Alabama. He also presently serves on the Executive Committee of the Access to Justice Commission, which is the State Planning entity for all access to justice type organizations in the State.
Bobby has been active in bar activities at the local and state levels. He has served as president of the Montgomery County Bar Association. He has been a State Bar Commissioner for 9 years, and for 3 of those years, has served on the Executive Council of the State Bar. He also has served on numerous State Bar committees and task forces, including the Bar=s Task Force on Diversity. He has chaired the Task Force on the Organization and Operation of Bar Sections. He also presently writes a humor column for the Montgomery County Bar's publication, The Docket.
Other law related activities include serving as president of the Hugh Maddox Chapter of Inn of Court; member of the Board of the University of Alabama Law School Foundation; president of the Montgomery County Trial Lawyers Association; and he serves on the Historical Committee of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. He has spoken at numerous CLE seminars.
With respect to legal honors, Bobby has been selected as a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, is a Life Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation, and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for many years.
Bobby also has been active in a leadership capacity in many religious, charitable and community organizations and is a member of Leadership Alabama.
Bobby's law practice has been very varied. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of litigation, including personal injury and wrongful death cases, business and other complex litigation cases, employment cases and civil rights and constitutional cases. He has represented approximately 75 lawyers on personal matters over the years and has also represented numerous judges.
Bobby has been married to Sandy Segall for 30 years, and they have two sons, Joshua, who is in 3rd year of law school, and Jacob, who is beginning his junior year at Tulane.