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Lawrence Drew Redden (1922 – 2007)
Lawrence Drew Redden (1922 – 2007)
Lawrence Drew Redden was born in Tallassee, Alabama on December 16, 1922. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Alabama and an outstanding student at the U of A Law School, serving as the first Editor-in-Chief of the Alabama Law Review.

Redden began his law career in 1949 and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Birmingham. He entered private practice in 1952 and continued until his death in 2007. His law practice was wide-ranging and varied, both civil and criminal. He represented all clients with energy, zeal, and devotion as a lawyer.

During his years of practice Drew Redden was considered one of the premier criminal defense lawyers in Alabama. He participated in many highly publicized criminal trials in both State and Federal courts. He was widely recognized as an unexcelled trial advocate and a superb appellate advocate.

Redden was also a fine exemplar of the present State Bar Motto that “Lawyers Render Service”. He was President of both the Birmingham Bar and the Alabama State Bar. He was a supporter of the American Bar, the Alabama Bar, and the University of Alabama Law School foundations. He served on the Alabama Law Institute and was on the Alabama Lawyers Hall of Fame selection committee. And he was active as a Sunday school teacher at the Dawson Memorial Baptist Church.

In addition, Drew Redden was a citizen-soldier. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant and served in World War II in both the European and Pacific theaters. He remained a member of the United States Army Reserve and retired in 1979 with the rank of Major General, serving as the commander of Army Reserve units in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He concluded his service to the armed forces as the Alabama State Chairman of the Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Drew Redden had a lifetime of achievements in service to his country and the legal profession. The lawyers of Alabama are proud to add his name to the roster of the Alabama Lawyers Hall of Fame.

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