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Birmingham, AL 35203
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Jonathan “Jon” graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2005 and was among the top 25% in his class. Jonathan received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science degree in 2002. He is an associate attorney with Christian & Small where he primarily practices in areas of commercial and business litigation including franchise and antitrust matters, labor & employment, and some basic business planning. Before graduation, he interned for U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions in Washington D.C. and The Honorable Judge Karon Bowdre, U.S. District Courts, Northern District of Alabama.
During his undergraduate years at Alabama, Jon was president of Student Government Association and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. His community involvement consists of Rotaract Club of Birmingham (two time board member); Birmingham Young Lawyers, Executive Committee Member; Birmingham Bar Association, Computer and Technology Committee Chairman; Birmingham Bar Association, Public Service Committee, which helped in planning and executing the first Service-Juris event; VLP, Divorce Law Clinic; Jefferson County Republican Party Executive Committee Member; Greater Birmingham Young Republicans, Vice-Chair; American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section; American Bar Association Antitrust Committee, Franchise and Distributorship Law Committee Member; and Multiple-Sclerosis Leadership Class.
The Circuit Judge who recommended Jon says, “I serve as co-chair for the Birmingham Bar’s Future Leaders Forum and have served on this committee since it was started. I whole heartedly recommend Jon Macklem as a member of the State Bar’s new class for future leaders. You could not ask for a more qualified member of the group. I have known Jon since he passed the Bar and went to work at Christian & Small. I have known him personally as well as professionally. He is a leader in all respects and extremely conscientious in all of his affairs. He is polite, well-liked by his peers and the bench and a respected lawyer in his field. He is the consummate gentleman and a true professional.”
In his own words Jon says, “Getting involved and taking an active role in bettering the community has always been a guiding principle of mine. From growing up in Mobile where I served as my high school’s student council president to my current professional and civic involvement in Birmingham, my commitment in getting involved has, in many respects, defined who I am as a person. I have been blessed with opportunities to effectuate change and to render service in a multitude of ways in nearly every stage of my life. While the leadership program only lasts a year, I plan on utilizing the knowledge and relationships gained through the program throughout the rest of my career. In other words, being accepted into the program would not be some superficial notch in a checklist. Rather, it would serve as a real platform to enable me to help improve the profession and the community for which I live. My most important contribution to the legal profession is closely tied to our duty, as lawyers, to render service. I served on both the Alabama Young Lawyers’ Public Service Committee and the Birmingham Bar Association’s Public Service Committee. From our first meeting, the two committees undertook to create an ambitious service project whereby lawyers from throughout the state would join in giving back through a day of community service. I was actively involved in devising and organizing the event, which resulted in having over a hundred lawyers from Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham, and Huntsville devote a Saturday in June to go out in their respective communities to render public service. Lawyers painted houses, cleaned schools, and helped those less fortunate in an effort to show our communities and the state as a while that lawyers are committed to serving the public. I have remained active in the Birmingham Bar Association’s efforts to have a yearly event where lawyers go out unto the community and perform different service projects. The event, now known as Service Juris, is part of, and in many ways the culmination of, the Birmingham Bar Association’s Law Week in June. We have developed strong partnerships in the community that will help sustain this event in the future. Ever since the first Service Juris event, we elicited the support of Hands-On Birmingham, a non-profit that engages members in the area to help in public service projects. Hands-On Birmingham has helped the bar association identify needs in the community that lawyers can help in alleviating. Our partnership with Hands-On Birmingham has helped the Service Juris event make a meaningful impact in our community. In 2007, I joined The Rotaract Club of Birmingham. This organization consists of young professionals who are committed in taking leadership roles in effort to better the community. Rotaract is a group sponsored by Rotary International, and the Rotaract Club of Birmingham is the largest Club of its kind in the world. A Rotaract Club has been formed in Huntsville and a similar club is forming in Mobile. Approximately three months after I joined, I was nominated and appointed to serve on the Board of Directors. As a member of the Board, I helped organize and put into action the club’s signature service project, Ready 2 Read. Through deliberative analysis, we determined that there was a need in the Birmingham City School System to help elementary school students with literacy. In an effort to alleviate this need, the Birmingham Rotaract Club put a library in every second grade classroom in the school system. Rotaract, through its partnership with Better Basics, has provided over ten thousand books to second graders. I was fortunate to help in this project in a number of ways, including fund-raising. We were successful in raising over $200,000.00, a majority of which has been put in a trust that will enable the project to continue in the future. Much of our team’s success came from seeking contributions from area law firms. In addition to providing books for students, the Ready 2 Read program also contains a ‘reading buddy’ element, where members of Rotaract sponsor a second grade classroom and read to the students on a monthly basis. This is one of the most beneficial aspects to the program, for both the students and our members, and we will continue to partner with the schools in the future. Overall, I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to serve on a team that has worked so tirelessly in making a positive impact in the community. From reviewing the names of those attorneys who have been a part of the previous leadership forum classes, it is clear that being a member of the 2012 class will provide an incredible opportunity to interact with attorneys from across the state who have dedicated themselves to taking an active role in the betterment of our profession and the state. Being a member of this group would provide a chance to engage in thoughtful dialogue, not only to address the problems facing our profession and our state, but to also analyze and to act upon remedies needed to address those issues. I hope to learn a great deal from those who practice outside the Birmingham area, and I hope to share their experiences with the communities and organizations for which I am involved.”