Leadership Forum Alumni

Mission

The Leadership Forum Alumni Section will promote the objectives of the Alabama State Bar within the field of leadership. Specifically, it will provide a community of lawyers within the state bar committed to the ideals of servant leadership; promote communications among Section members on matters pertaining to development of leadership skills and professionalism; provide continued leadership training and education for section members; assist in the education of general practitioners and other attorneys with respect to leadership; and provide an interface between lawyers and community leaders for on-going discussions relating to the challenges facing our State.

This section is open to all members in good standing of the Alabama State Bar who are graduates of the Leadership Forum which began in 2005. Section dues are $30.

Leadership

Chair
John W. Clark, IV
2100 First Avenue, North, Suite 600
Birmingham, AL  35203-4272
Phone: (205) 506-0075
Email: jclark@clarkfirmal.com

 

Vice Chair
Janine L. Smith
3648 Village Center Lane
Hoover, AL  35226-6338
Phone: (205) 515-2242
Email: janine.smith@regions.com

 

Director of Communications
Mary Margaret Carroll
Fine Geddie & Associates
PO Box 138
Montgomery, AL  36101-0138
Phone: (334) 262-2577
Email: mmcarroll@finegeddie.com

 

Director of Programming & Events
Jennifer H. Clark
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
1819 5th Ave North
Birmingham, AL  35203-2120
Phone: (205) 521-8020
Email: jclark@bradley.com

 

Assistant Director of Programming & Events
W. M. Bains Fleming, III
Norman Wood Kendrick & Turner
1130 22nd Street South, Suite 3000
Birmingham, AL  35205-2883
Phone: (205) 328-6643
Email: bfleming@nwkt.com

 

Director of Service
J.  Parker Miller
Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles, PC
P.O. Box 4160
Montgomery, AL 36103-4160
Phone: (334) 269-2343
Email: parker.miller@beasleyallen.com

 

Assistant Director of Service
Jaime W. Conger
Smith & Staggs, LLP
701 22nd Avenue, Suite 1
Tuscaloosa, AL  35401-1857
Phone: (205) 409-3140
Email: jconger@smithstaggs.com

 

Executive Council and Immediate Past Chair
Ashley Swink Fincher
Comerica Bank
P.O. Box 650282
Dallas, TX 75265-0282
Phone: (214) 462-4315
Email: asfincher@comerica.com

 

Executive Council
Katherine Rogers (Kitty) Brown (expires 2018)
White Arnold & Dowd P.C.
2025 Third Ave., North Suite 500
Birmingham, AL 35203-3331
Phone: (205) 323-1888
Email: kbrown@whitearnolddowd.com 

 

Diandra S. (Fu) Debrosse (expires 2019)
Zarzaur Mujumdar & Debrosse, LLC
2332 Second Avenue, North
Birmingham, AL  35203-3808
Business Phone: (205) 983-7985
Email: fuli@zarzaur.com

 

R. Brent Irby (expires 2020)
McCallum Hoaglund Cook & Irby, LLP
905 Montgomery Highway, Suite 201
Vestavia, AL  35216-2867
Phone: (205) 824-7767
Email: birby@mhcilaw.com

 

Class Advisory Board & Liaisons
David E. Rains (Class I)
Rosen Harwood, PA
P.O. Box 2727
Tuscaloosa, AL  35403-2727
Phone:  (205) 344-5000
Email: drains@rosenharwood.com

 

Kim B. Martin (Class II)
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
200 Clinton Ave., West   Suite 900
Huntsville, AL  35801-4933
Phone: (256) 517-5155
Email: kmartin@bradley.com

 

Christina D. Crow (Class III)
Jinks Crow & Dickson, PC
P.O. Box 350
Union Springs, AL 36089-0350
Phone: (334) 738-4225
Email: ccrow@jinkslaw.com

 

Anne L. Durward (Class IV)
Massey Stotser & Nichols, PC
1780 Gadsden Hwy.
Birmingham, AL  35235-3106
Phone: (205) 838-9005
Email: adurward@msnattorneys.com

 

Othni J. Lathram (Class V)
Alabama Law Institute
Alabama State House, Suite 207
11 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130-2102
Phone: (334) 242-7950
Email: olathram@ali.state.al.us 

 

Todd B. Watson (Class VI)
35th Judicial Circuit, District Attorneys Office
111 Court Street, Suite 207
Evergreen, AL  36401-2854
Phone: (251) 578-4977
Email: tbwatsonada@bellsouth.net

 

Kira Y. Fonteneau (Class VII)
2151 Highland Avenue South, Suite 110
Birmingham, AL  35205-4008
Phone: (205) 252-1550
Email: kira@5pointslaw.com

 

Kelly F. Pate (Class VIII)
Balch & Bingham, LLP
P.O. Box 78
Montgomery, AL  36101-0078
Phone: (334) 269-3130
Email: kpate@balch.com

 

R. Cliff Mendheim (Class IX)
Prim & Mendheim, LLC
P.O. Box 2147
Dothan, AL  36302-2147
Phone: (334) 671-9555
Email: cliff@pm-firm.com

 

Craig A. Cargile (Class X)
Cargile & Hodnett, LLC
1144 Walnut Street
Centreville, AL  35042-2811
Phone: (205) 926-4416
Email: craig@cargilehodnett.com

 

Scott B. Holmes (Class XI)
City Attorneys Office
P.O. Box 2089
Tuscaloosa, AL  35403-2089
Phone: (205) 248-5140
Email: sholmes@tuscaloosa.com 

 

Adam K. Israel (Class XII)
Balch & Bingham, LLP
P.O. Box 306
Birmingham, AL 35201-0306
Phone: (205) 226-3495
Email: aisrael@balch.com

 

Cassandra W. Adams (Class XIII)
Cumberland School of Law
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL  35229-0001
Phone: (205) 726-4342
Email: ceadams@samford.edu

Governance

Article I: Name and Jurisdiction

Section 1. Name.

The name of this section shall be the Section of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum Alumni Section.

Section 2. Purpose.

The purpose of this Section shall be to promote the objects of the Alabama State Bar within the field of leadership.

 

Article II: Membership and Dues

Section 1. Membership.

All active member of the Alabama State Bar Association who are in good standing and are graduates of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum shall be enrolled as members of this Section upon graduation.

Section 2. Dues.

Dues shall not be assessed until July 2012, and at that time, and each year following, any member may opt out of this Section. The amount of the dues shall be fixed by the membership at a regular annual meeting.

 

Article III: Officers

Section 1. Officers.

The minimum officers of this Section shall be a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, a Director of Communications, a Director of Programming & Events and a Director of Service.

Section 2. Council.

There shall be a council, which shall consist of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, the Director of Communications, the Director of Programming & Events and the Director of Service, the last retiring Chairperson, together with three other members to be elected by the Section, one for a term of one year, one for a term of two years, and one for a term of three years.  Hereafter the terms of members of the Council shall be for three years.

Section 3. Term of Office.

The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and the Directors of Communications, Programming & Events and Service shall be nominated and elected in the manner hereinafter provided at each annual meeting of this Section, to hold office for a term beginning at the close of the annual meeting at which they shall have been elected and ending at the close of the next succeeding annual meeting of the Section, or until their successors shall have been elected and qualified.  The members of the Council shall be nominated and elected in the manner hereinafter provided at each annual meeting of this Section, and after the first year, to hold office for a term beginning at the close of the annual meeting at which they are elected and ending at the close of the third succeeding annual meeting of the Section, or until their successor shall been elected and qualified.

 

Article IV: Nomination, Election and Removal of Officers

Section 1. Nominations.

Not less than sixty days before the annual meeting, the Chairperson shall appoint a Nomination Committee of at least three members of the Section of whom not more than one may be a member of the Council.  The nominating committee shall make and report to the Section nominations for any offices and places on the Council held by members whose terms expire with said annual meeting, or for any offices which are then vacant.  Other nominations may be made from the floor of the Section meeting.

Section 2. Elections.

All elections shall be by written ballot unless otherwise ordered by resolution duly adopted by the Section at the annual meeting at which the election is held.

Section 3. Removal.

The Section may remove any officer, with or without cause, at any time by an affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Section.  If any elected member of the Council shall fail to attend two successive meetings of the Council, the office held by such member shall be automatically vacated, and the Council shall fill the vacancy for the unexpired term, unless the Council affirmatively votes otherwise.

Section 4. Term of Office.

The Officers shall be nominated and elected in the manner hereinafter provided at each annual meeting of this Section, to hold office for a term beginning at the close of the annual meeting at which they shall have been elected and ending at the close of the next succeeding annual meeting of the Section, or until their successors shall have been elected and qualified.

 

Article V: Duties of Officers

Section 1. Chairperson.

The Chairperson shall be the chief executive officer of the Section and shall have charge of the general direction and promotion of its affairs, with authority to do such acts as are necessary or proper to carry on the business of the Section, including without limitation:

  1. presiding at all meetings of the Section;
  2. formulating and presenting at each annual meeting of the Alabama State Bar a report of the work of the Section for the then past year if requested to do so by the President of the Bar;
  3. appointing such committees as are required or otherwise permitted by these By-laws;
  4. appointing members of the Section to act as liaison to groups and organizations as appropriate; and
  5. performing such other duties as are delegated by the Executive Council.

Section 2. Vice-Chairperson.

Upon the death, resignation, or during the disability of the Chairperson, or upon the Chairperson’s refusal to act, the Vice­ Chairperson shall perform the duties of the Chairperson for the remainder of the Chairperson’s term except in the case of the Chairperson’s disability and then only during so much of the term as the disability continues.   In order to assure the greater continuity of the functioning of the Section, it shall be the duty of the Vice-Chairperson to collect and organize all available information essential and important to the appointment of committees.

The Vice­ Chairperson shall be the custodian of all books, papers, documents, and other property of the Section, except funds and membership records.  The Vice­ Chairperson shall keep a true record of the proceedings of all meetings of the Section and of the Council, whether assembled or acting under submission. The Vice­ Chairperson, in conjunction with the Chairperson, as authorized by the Council, shall attend generally to the business of the Section and shall perform other such duties as are incidental to the Vice­ Chairperson’s office or as delegated to the Vice­ Chairperson by the Chairperson.

Section 3. Director of Communications.

The Director of Communications shall direct, compile and/or contribute to the creation of communications to and concerning the Section, including, but not limited to, periodic bulletins to Section members, digital communications and social media, annual publication of contact information of Section members, articles regarding Section activities provided for publication in The Alabama Lawyer, and communications to Section members about upcoming Section events.   The Director of Communications shall report to the Section at each annual meeting all matters concerning the communications of this Section. The Director of Communications shall perform such other duties as are delegated by the Council.

Section 4. Director of Programming and Events.

The Director of Programming & Events shall serve as the chairperson for the Events Committee, and shall plan and organize all non-service related events for the Section, including, but not limited to, retreats, CLE seminars, and the Leadership Forum Breakfast at the Annual Meeting of the Alabama State Bar.  The Director of Programming & Events shall report to the Section at each annual meeting all matters concerning the events of this Section. The Director of Programming & Events shall perform such other duties as are delegated by the Council.

Section 5. Director of Service.

The Director of Service shall serve as the chairperson for the Service Committee, and shall plan and organize all philanthropic, volunteer and pro bono events for the Section.  The Director of Service shall report to the Section at each annual meeting all matters concerning the efforts and achievements of the Service Committee.  The Director of Service shall perform such other duties as are delegated by the Council.

 

Article VI: Duties and Powers of the Council

Section 1. General Duties and Powers.

The Council shall have general supervision and control of the affairs of the Section, subject to the direction of the Board of Commissioners of the State Bar, and these By-Laws.  During the interval between meetings of the Section, the Council shall have full authority to act for the Section in any way in which the Section itself would be authorized to act, and any such action taken by the Council pursuant to this provision shall be reported to the members of the Section at the next meeting of the Section.   The Council shall authorize all commitments or contracts which shall entail the payment of money, and shall authorize the expenditures of all moneys appropriated for the use of benefit of the Section.  It shall not, however, authorize commitments or contracts which shall entail the payment of more money during any fiscal year that the amount which shall have been previously received or appropriated to the Section for such fiscal year.

Section 2. Appointment of Committees.

The Council may authorize the Chairperson to appoint committees from the Section members to perform such duties and exercise such powers as the Council may direct, subject to the limitations of these By-Laws and the direction of the Board of Commissioners of the Alabama State Bar.

Section 3. Filling of Vacancies.

The Council, during the interim between annual meetings of the Section, may fill vacancies in its own membership or in the offices of the Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, or Secretary-Treasurer.  In the event of a vacancy in both the offices of Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson, the Council may fill the vacancy in the office of Chairperson. Members of the Council and officers, so elected shall serve until the close of the next annual meeting of the Section.

Section 4. Quorum and Voting.

Members of the Council may participate in Counsel meetings either in person or by telephone.  A majority of the Counsel shall constitute a quorum.  The Council may take binding action by a majority vote of those participating in a meeting during which a quorum of the Council is participating.

Section 5. Informal Action.

The Chairperson of the Section may, or upon the request of any member of the Council shall, submit or cause to be submitted in writing, to each of the members of the Council, any proposition upon which the Council may be authorized to act. The members of the Council may vote upon such proposition so submitted by communicating their vote thereon in writing, by facsimile, or by electronic mail to the Secretary, who shall record upon the minutes each proposition so submitted, when, how, at whose request same was submitted, and the vote of each member of the Council thereon, and keep on file such written and signed votes.  In such event, a majority vote of the Council shall constitute the binding action of the Council.

 

Article VII: Committees

Section 1. Eligibility, Appointment and Meetings.

All members appointed to Committees shall be members in good standing of the Section. The chair of each committee will be appointed by the Chairperson of the Section, with the advice and consent of the Council.   The chair of each committee shall decide the appropriate number of members to serve on his or her committee and shall appoint such members with the advice and consent of the Council. Meetings shall be at such time and place as designated by the chair.

Section 2. Council Approval.

No recommendation of any committee may be adopted by this Section without the prior approval of the Council.

Section 3. Programming and Events Committee.

There shall be a standing committee designated as the Programming and Events Committee of this Section.  It shall consist of the Director of Programming & Events, who shall serve as the chairperson of the Committee, and such other officers and as many members with terms as fixed by the Council at the annual meeting.  The chair and members of this committee shall be appointed by the Chairperson of the Section, with the advice and consent of the Council.  This committee shall administer and participate in all non-service related events for the Section, including, but not limited to, retreats, CLE seminars, volunteer projects, and the Leadership Forum Breakfast at the Annual Meeting of the Alabama State Bar.  This Committee shall report to the Section at each annual meeting all matters concerning the non-service related events of this Section. The Committee shall perform such other duties as are delegated to it by the Council.

Section 4. Service Committee.

There shall be a standing committee designated as the Service Committee of this Section.  It shall consist of the Director of Service, who shall serve as the chairperson of the Committee, and such other officers and as many members with terms as fixed by the Council at the annual meeting.  The chair and members of this committee shall be appointed by the Chairperson of the Section, with the advice and consent of the Council.  This Committee shall administer and participate in all philanthropic, volunteer and pro bono events for the Section.  This Committee shall report to the Section at each annual meeting all matters concerning the servant leadership efforts and accomplishments of this Section.  The Committee shall perform such other duties as are delegated to it by the Council.

 

Article VIII: Meetings

Section 1. Annual Meeting.

The annual meeting of the Section shall be held at the time and place of the annual convention of the Alabama State Bar or at such other time and place as the Council may determine, upon such written notice as prescribed by the Council.

Section 2. Special Meetings.

A special meeting of the Section may be called by the Chairperson upon approval of a majority of the Council, at such time and place as the Council may determine, upon such written notice as prescribed by the Council.

Section 3. Quorum.

The members of the Section present at any meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

Section 4. Voting.

All binding action of the Section shall be by a majority vote of the members present.

 

Article IX: Miscellaneous Provisions

Section 1. Fiscal Year.

The fiscal year of the Section shall be July 1 through June 30.

Section 2. Approval of Section Liabilities.

All bills incurred by the Section, before being paid by the Treasurer or the Alabama State Bar, shall be approved by the Chairperson or such other person as the Council or the Alabama State Bar may direct.

Section 3. Compensation.

No salary or compensation shall be paid to any officer or member of the Council.

Section 4. Section Action Effective as Bar Action.

Any action of the Section must be approved by the Board of Bar Commissioners of the State Bar before the same becomes effective as the action of the Alabama State Bar.  Any resolution adopted or action taken by this Section may, on request of the Section, be reported by the Chairperson of the Section to any meeting of the Board of Bar Commissioners for its action thereon.

Section 5. Effective Date of Bylaws.

These Bylaws shall become effective upon approval by the Board of Bar Commissioners.

 

Article X: Amendments

Section 1. Amendments.

These By-Laws may be amended at any annual meeting of the Section by a majority vote of the Section present and voting, provided such proposed amendment shall first have been approved by a majority of the Council and provided, further, that no amendment so adopted shall become effective until approved by the Board of Commissioners of the Alabama State Bar.