Judicial Award of Merit
Anthony “Tony” McLain Professionalism Award
Maibeth J. Porter graduated from Vanderbilt Law School in 1980.She clerked for The Honorable Seybourn H. Lynne in the Northern District of Alabama. Maibeth then joined what is now Maynard Nexsen, where she continues to practice. Maibeth is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association, where she served as President and on the Executive Committee. With Labella McCallum, she successfully lobbied Ed Elliott, then BBA President, to create the Women Lawyers’ Section and has served as a director. Maibeth has participated in the State Bar on numerous committees and as a Bar Commissioner for nine years, during which she came to know Tony and Leah McLain. Maibeth is humbled to receive this award. Maibeth is one of the State Bar’s appointees to the Judicial Inquiry Commission.The State Bar Women Lawyers’ Section previously awarded her its Susan Bevill Livingston Award. Maibeth is also Chair of the Alabama Supreme Court’s Standing Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure and a member of the American Law Institute and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Maibeth has been active in the Episcopal Church on the local, state, and national levels. She served two terms as Chancellor of the Diocese of Alabama and is a member of its Standing Committee and a lay reader at Cathedral Church of the Advent. Maibeth and her husband, Robert Eckinger, are the parents of three adult daughters—Helen, a lawyer; Virginia, a landscape architect; and Sarah, a photography editor for the New York Times.
PRO BONO AWARDS
Hugh Nickson received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Birmingham-Southern College. He attended the University of Alabama School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1995. He is a founder and managing member of Nickson Law LLC. He is member of the ALAP committee, and member of 5 sections of the Alabama State Bar. He is married to Christine Nickson, and they have two children, Isabel (19) and Hugh (18).
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