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Samuel W. Pipes, III (1916 – 1982)
Samuel W. Pipes, III (1916 – 1982)
Samuel W. Pipes, III was born in Mobile on February 28, 1916.  He was educated in the public schools of Mobile and he graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1938.  He then began his law practice in Mobile with the firm of Gordon, Edington, Leighs, and Gordon.  He next became an associate in the firm of Lyons and Thomas.  He practiced law continuously with that firm and its successors, the firm name becoming Lyons, Pipes & Cook by the time of his death on October 28, 1982.

Mr. Pipes was a tireless worker for the legal profession.  He became President of the Mobile Bar Association.  He served the Alabama State Bar as a Chairman of four committees including the Grievance Committee during the time of the Quickie Divorce Scandal, the Committee on Congestion in Appellate Courts, the Committee on Location of the Clerk’s Office in Alabama for the New Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Building Fund Drive of the Alabama Bar Foundation. It was in this important leadership position that Sam Pipes led the campaign to build and pay for the first incarnation of the Bar Association Building on Dexter Avenue in Montgomery.

His skill as an organizer and fundraiser was next applied to his alma mater, the University of Alabama School of Law.  He was a Director and then President of the Law School Foundation Board.  He became Chairman of the statewide fundraising campaign which laid the groundwork for establishing the Farrah Law Society at Alabama, named for Dean Albert Farrah, a 2004 inductee of our Hall of Fame, and which ultimately culminated in the new law school at Tuscaloosa.  The lawyers of the state honored him by selecting him as President of our association for the 1968-69 term of office.

He continued to serve the Bar in many other capacities over the years.  He authored publications in the field of Oil and Gas Law.  He volunteered to serve on Supreme Court committees and even had the honor of serving as a Special Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

In civic and business affairs, Sam Pipes served as Treasurer of Mobile’s All Saints Episcopal Church, General Counsel of the Mobile Area Boy Scouts, Director of the Commercial Guaranty Bank of Mobile, and Director of the Title Insurance Company of Mobile.

In appreciation for his tireless efforts at fundraising for the University of Alabama Law School, the school established an annual award for its outstanding alumnus of the year.  It is the most prestigious award bestowed by the Law School to a graduate and this ceremony is the highlight of the annual Farrah Law Society banquet.  The award is named the Sam W. Pipes Distinguished Alumnus Award. Sam Pipes was an outstanding lawyer and leader.  We honor him today with induction into the Alabama Lawyers Hall of Fame

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