Awards + Recognitions

Harold Albritton Pro Bono Leadership Award

The Harold Albritton Pro Bono Leadership Award seeks to identify and honor individual lawyers who through their leadership and commitment have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving pro bono legal services to our state’s poor and disadvantaged. The award will be presented during Pro Bono Month (October).

In order to nominate an individual for this award, please submit no more than two single-spaced pages that provide specific, concrete examples of the nominee’s performance of as many of the following criteria as apply:

  1. demonstrated dedication to the development and delivery of legal services to persons of limited means or low income communities through a pro bono program;
  2. contributed significant work toward developing innovative approaches to delivery of volunteer legal services;
  3. participated in an activity that resulted in satisfying previously unmet needs or in extending services to underserved segments of the population; OR
  4. successfully achieved legislation or rule changes that contributed substantially to legal services to persons of limited means or low income communities.

To the extent appropriate, include in the award criteria narrative a description of any bar association activities applicable to the above criteria.

Nominations must be submitted by August 1, to ASB Volunteer Lawyers Program Director Linda Lund via email at linda.lund@alabar.org.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

2011
Judge Harold Albritton

2012
Sam Crosby

2013
Alyce Spruell

2014
Tom Methvin

The William D.”Bill” Scruggs, Jr. Service to the Bar Award

The Board of Bar Commissioners of the Alabama State Bar will receive nominations for the William D.”Bill” Scruggs, Jr. Service to the Bar Award through April 15. Nominations should be prepared using this form and mailed to:

Alabama State Bar
P.O. Box 671
Montgomery, AL 36101

The William D. “Bill” Scruggs, Jr. Service to the Bar Award is given to those members of the Alabama State Bar that have made significant contribution(s) and outstanding, long-term service to the bar.

The Bill Scruggs Service to the Bar Award was established in 2002 to honor the memory of and accomplishments on behalf of the bar of former state bar President Bill Scruggs. The award is not necessarily an annual award. It must be presented in recognition of outstanding and long-term service by living members of the bar of this state to the Alabama State Bar as an organization. Nominations are considered by a five-member committee which makes a recommendation to the Board of Bar Commissioners with respect to a nominee or whether the award should be presented in any given year. The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Annual Meeting of the Alabama State Bar.


PAST RECIPIENTS:

E. T. Brown, Jr.
Birmingham
2003

David R. Boyd
Montgomery
2006

Ben H. Harris, Jr.
Mobile
2010

Robert A. Huffaker
Montgomery
2010

David M. Wooldridge
Birmingham
2013

Billy C. Bedsole
Mobile
2015

Richard H. Gill
Montgomery
2015

James S. Ward
Birmingham
2015

W. N. “Rocky” Watson
Fort Payne
2016

Alyce Manley Spruell
Tuscaloosa
2017

Hon. Michael F. Bolin
Birmingham
2018

J. Mark White
Birmingham
2019

Local Bar Award of Achievement

The Local Bar Award of Achievement recognizes local bar associations for their outstanding contributions to their communities. Awards will be presented during the Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting. Local bar associations compete for these awards based on their size – large, medium or small.

The following criteria will be used to judge the contestants for each category:

  • The degree of participation by the individual bar in advancing programs to benefit the community;
  • The quality and extent of the impact of the bar’s participation on the citizens in that community; and
  • The degree of enhancements to the bar’s image in the community.

To be considered for this award, local bar associations must complete and submit an award application by June 1.

Click here to download the application

 

J. Anthony “Tony” McLain Professionalism Award

The Board of Bar Commissioners of the Alabama State Bar will receive nominations for the J. Anthony “Tony” McLain Professionalism Award through April 15. Nominations should be prepared using this form and mailed to:

Alabama State Bar
P. O. Box 671
Montgomery, AL 36101-0671

The purpose of the J. Anthony “Tony” McLain Professionalism Award is to honor the leadership of Tony McLain and to encourage the emulation of his deep devotion to professionalism and service to the Alabama State Bar by recognizing outstanding, long-term and distinguished service in the advancement of professionalism by living members of the Alabama State Bar.

Nominations are considered by a five member committee which makes a recommendation to the Board of Bar Commissioners with respect to a nominee or whether the award should be presented in any given year. The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Annual Meeting of the Alabama State Bar.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

J. Anthony McLain
2014

Charles W. Gamble
2016

Samuel N. Crosby
2017

Billy C. Bedsole
2018

W. Percy Badham, III
2019

J. Douglas McElvy
2019

Judicial Award of Merit

The Alabama State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners will receive nominations for the state bar’s Judicial Award of Merit through March 15. Nominations should be mailed to:

Board of Bar Commissioners
P.O. Box 671
Montgomery, AL 36101-0671

The Judicial Award of Merit was established in 1987. The award is not necessarily an annual award. It must be presented to a judge who is not retired, whether state or federal court, trial or appellate, who is determined to have contributed significantly to the administration of justice in Alabama. The recipient is presented with a crystal gavel bearing the state bar seal and the year of presentation at the Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting.

Nominations are considered by a three-member committee appointed by the president of the state bar, which then makes a recommendation to the board of bar commissioners with respect to a nominee or whether the award should be presented in any given year.

Nominations should include a detailed biographical profile of the nominee and a narrative outlining the significant contribution(s) the nominee has made to the administration of justice. Nominations may be supported with letters of endorsement.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

Seybourn H. Lynne
Senior United States District Judge
Northern District of Alabama
1989

James O. Haley
Circuit Judge
Tenth Judicial Circuit
1989

Joseph D. Phelps
Circuit Judge
Fifteenth Judicial Circuit
1990

David A. Rains
Circuit Judge
Ninth Judicial Circuit
1991

Sam C. Pointer, Jr.
United States District Judge
Northern District of Alabama
1993

William R. Gordon
Circuit Judge
Fifteenth Judicial Circuit
1994

Ralph D. Cook
Associate Justice
Supreme Court of Alabama
1996

Alva Hugh Maddox
Associate Justice
Supreme Court of Alabama
1997

Ira DeMent
United States District Judge
Middle District of Alabama
1998

Sandra Hendrickson Storm
Circuit Judge
Tenth Judicial Circuit
2001

Jerry L. Fielding
Circuit Judge
Twenty-ninth Judicial Circuit
2002

Charles R. Butler, Jr.
United States District Judge
Southern District of Alabama
2003

Pete Johnson
District Judge
Tenth Judicial Circuit
2004

J. Scott Vowell
Circuit Judge
Tenth Judicial Circuit
2005

U.W. Clemon
United States District Judge
Northern District of Alabama
2006

Randall L. Cole
Circuit Judge
Ninth Judicial Circuit
2007

Champ Lyons, Jr.
Associate Justice
Supreme Court of Alabama
2009

Sue Bell Cobb
Chief Justice
Supreme Court of Alabama
2010

Joel F. Dubina
United States Court of Appeals
Eleventh Circuit
2011

Philip Ben McLauchlin, Jr.
Circuit Judge
Thirty-third Judicial Circuit
2012

Eugene R. Verin
Circuit Judge
10th Judicial Circuit, Domestic Relations, Bessemer Division
2013

Edward E. Carnes
United States Court of Appeals
Eleventh Circuit
2014

J. Langford Floyd
Circuit Judge
28th Judicial Circuit
2015

Burt Smithart
Circuit Judge
3rd Judicial Circuit
2016

John E. Ott
Chief Magistrate
United States District Court
Northern District of Alabama
2017

Harold V. Hughston, Jr.
Circuit Judge
31st Judicial Circuit
2018

Elisabeth A. French
Circuit Judge
10th Judicial Circuit, Civil Division
2019

Pro Bono Awards

The Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Awards recognize the outstanding pro bono efforts of attorneys, mediators, law firms and law students in the state. The award criteria includes but is not limited to the following: the total number of pro bono hours or complexity of cases handled, impact of the pro bono work and benefit for the poor, particular expertise provided or the particular need satisfied, successful recruitment of other attorneys for pro bono representation, and proven commitment to delivery of quality legal services to the poor and to providing equal access to legal services. Awards are presented at the Annual Meeting of the Alabama State Bar.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

1996
Pamela H. Bucy, Tuscaloosa
Luke Coley, Mobile
Al L. Vreeland, Tuscaloosa

1997
Anne Mitchell, Birmingham
Donna W. Smalley, Tuscaloosa
Baldwin County Bar Association

1998
Hugh M. Lee, Tuscaloosa
Nancy Stuart, Montgomery
Phillip D. Mitchell, II, Decatur

1999
James R. Seale, Montgomery
Melinda M. Waters, Montgomery
Victor H. Lott, Mobile
Kim Oliver Ward, Montgomery
Kenneth C. Randall, Tuscaloosa

2000
Kelli Hogue-Mauro, Birmingham, (Individual Attorney Award)
Alabama and the Mobile County Pro Bono Program Founders, Mobile, Alabama (Law Firm/Group Award)
C. Robin Kelley, Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama (Law Student Award)

2001
William H. Roe, Oneonta (Individual Attorney Award)
Berkowitz, Lefkovits, Isom & Kushner, Birmingham (Law Firm/Group Award)
University of Alabama School of Law Public Interest Institute, Tuscaloosa (Law Student Award)

2002
J. Timothy Smith, Hoover (Individual Attorney Award)
Hand Arendall, Mobile (Law Firm/Group Award)
Melissa Briggs Hutchens, University of Alabama (Law Student Award)

2003
E. Patrick Hill, Huntsville (Individual Attorney Award)
Cunningham, Bounds, Yance, Crowder & Brown, Mobile (Law firm/Group Award)
William J. N. Coxwell, University of Alabama (Law Student Award)

2004
Allison L. Alford, Montgomery (Individual Attorney Award)
Maynard Cooper & Gale (Law Firm/Group Award)

2005
Franklin Louis Shuford, Jr, Mobile (Individual Attorney Award)
Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak, Montgomery (Law Firm/Group Award)
Lindsay Stengle, Cumberland School of Law (Law Student Award)

2006
Henry H. Caddell, Mobile (Individual Attorney Award)
Disaster Relief Committee  Young Lawyers Section (Law Firm/Group Award)
Tamara J. Watson, University of Alabama School of Law (Law Student Award)

2007
Gilbert B. Laden, Mobile (Albert L. Vreeland Award)
Maynard, Cooper & Gale (Law Firm/Group Award)
Eddie L. Koen, Jr., Cumberland School of Law (Law Student Award)
Louis C. Colley, Prattville (Mediator Award)

2008
Sister Lynn Marie McKenzie, Cullman (Albert L. Vreeland Award)
Alford, Clausen & McDonald, LLC, Mobile (Firm/Group Award
Sigfredo Rubio, Cumberland School of Law(Law Student Award)
Douglas L. Key, Birmingham (Mediator Award)

2009
Christopher J. Williams, Birmingham (Albert L. Vreeland Award)
The Birmingham Homeless Experience Legal Protection (HELP) program, Birmingham (Firm or Group Award)
Alyson Hood, Cumberland School of Law, (Law Student Award)
Charles H. Booth, Birmingham (Mediator Award)

2010
Henry Callaway, Mobile (Albert Vreeland Award)
Robert Creveling, Birmingham – (Mediator Award)
Adams & Reese, LLP (Law Firm/Group Category)
Clayton R. Tartt, Jones School of Law – (Law Student Category)

2011
Edward A. Hosp, Montgomery (Albert Vreeland Award)
Clarence A. Giles, Mobile (Mediator Award)
McCallum, Methvin & Terrell, P. C, Birmingham (Law Firm/Group Award)
Stephen K. Hudgens, Cumberland School of Law (Law Student Award)

2012
Gregory H. Hawley & Hon. J. Scott Vowell (Albert Vreeland Award)
D. Robert Stankoski (Mediator Award)
Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles (Law Firm Award)
Students of the University of Alabama Clinical Programs (Law Student Award)

2013
Royal Dumas (Albert Vreeland Award)
Jefferson County District Court Mediation Project (Mediator Award)
Warren & Simpson (Law Firm Award)
Virginia Lemon, Jones School of Law (Law Student Award)

2014
Jeffery C. Smith (Albert Vreeland Award)
James N. Walter, Jr. (Mediator Award)
Siniard, Timberlake & League, PC (Law Firm Award)
Matthew Ward, Jones School of Law (Law Student Award)

2015
Amy S. Creech (Albert Vreeland Award)
Jana Russell Garner (Mediator Award)
Cumberland Public Interest and Community Service Organization (Firm/Group Award)
Bradley C. Hargett, University of Alabama School of Law (Law Student Award)

2016
Jeanne Dowdle Rasco (Albert Vreeland Award)
Cassandra W. Adams (Mediator Award)
Baker Donnelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz (Firm/Group Award)
Carly Calhoun, University of Alabama School of Law (Law Student Award)

2017
Richard P. Carmody (Albert Vreeland Award)
Sarah C. Bowers (Mediator Award)
NXTSTEP Family Law, P.C.( Firm/Group Award)
Jessica Chang (Law Student Award)

2018
Jana Russell Garner (Albert Vreeland Award)
Faith Whidden-Buster (Mediator Award)
Balch & Bingham, LLP (Firm/Group Award)
Lea Luterstein (Law Student Award)

2019
Tazewell Shepard (Albert Vreeland Award)
Robin Burrell (Mediator Award)
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP (Firm/Group Award)
Lauren A. James (Law Student Award)

Maud McLure Kelly Award

The Women’s Section of the Alabama State Bar is currently seeking nominations for the Maud McLure Kelly Award.

The award, named for the first woman admitted to practice law in Alabama, is presented each year by the Women’s Section to a female attorney who has made a lasting impact on the legal profession and has been a pioneer and leader within the state. The Women’s Section is honored to present this award named after a woman whose commitment to women’s rights was and continues to be an inspiration for all women in Alabama. Previous recipients include the Hon. Janie L. Shores, Alice Lee, Nina Miglionico, Sara Dominick Clark, Frankie Fields Smith, Marjorie Fine Knowles, Mary Lee Stapp and Ernestine S. Sapp.

Nominations should include the name of the nominee, nominee’s career background and any information/documentation that demonstrates the manner in which the nominee has been a pioneer and has made a lasting impact on the Alabama legal profession. Please send nominations to Women’s Section Chair Allison Skinner via email at askinner@acesin.com.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

Janie Ledlow Shores
2002

Alice F. Lee
2003

Nina Miglionico
2004

Phyllis S. Nesbitt
2005

Mahala Ashley Dickerson
2006

Camille W. Cook
2007

Jane Kimbrough Dishuck
2008

Louise Ingram Turner
2008

Frankie Fields Smith
2009

Sara Dominick Clark
2010

Carol Jean Smith
2011

Marjorie Fine Knowles
2012

Mary Lee Stapp
2013

Ernestine S. Sapp
2014

Caryl P. Privett
2015

Sharon G. Yates
2016

Martha Jane Patton
2017

Alyce Manley Spruell
2018

Merceria L. Ludgood
2019

Susan Bevill Livingston Award

This award is presented by the Women’s Section in memory of Susan Bevill Livingston who practiced law at Balch & Bingham. The recipient of this award must demonstrate a continual commitment to those around her as a mentor, a sustained level of leadership throughout her career and a commitment to her community in which she practices, such as, but not limited to, bar related activities, community service and/or activities which benefit women in the legal field and/or in her community. The candidate must be or have been in good standing with the Alabama State Bar and have at least ten (10) years of cumulative practice in the field of law. This award may be given posthumously. This award will be presented at a special reception.

Please send nominations to Women’s Section Chair Allison Skinner via email at askinner@acesin.com.

PAST RECIPIENTS:

Judge Tammy Montgomery
2016

Maibeth Porter
2017

Kathy Miller
2018

Allison Skinner
2019