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William Ogletree Honored with Jeanne Marie Leslie Service Award

Hon. William B. Ogletree Honored with Jeanne Marie Leslie Service Award

MIRIMAR BEACH, Fla. and MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Alabama Lawyer Assistance Program has awarded William B. Ogletree with the 2022 Jeanne Marie Leslie Service Award.

Ogletree was presented with the award at the 145th Annual Meeting of the Alabama State Bar on June 25, 2022, at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Miramar Beach, Fla. Ogletree was celebrated for the many ways he impacted his community and profession.

Ogletree was a 1987 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law. He currently serves the 16th Circuit, covering Etowah County, where he presides over criminal, civil and domestic/family law cases.

Alabama Lawyer Assistance Program Director, Jeremy Rakes, said, “The Alabama State Bar is proud to award Judge Ogletree with the Judicial Award of Merit. He exemplifies a dedication to the rule of law, and we are grateful for the wisdom, fairness and passion he brings to the bench.”

Judge Ogletree is a member of the Alabama State Bar, serving on the Alabama Lawyers Assistance Program (ALAP) Committee. He is also in the Circuit Judges Association, where he is a former member of the Sentencing Reform and Impact on the Community Committee. Civically, he is a board member for Coosa Valley Youth Services, a member of the Gadsden Kiwanis Club, and a former board member for the Boys & Girls Club of Gadsden/Etowah County.

“Judge Ogletree is very deserving of this award,” Alabama State Bar Executive Director, Terri Lovell, said. “We have all benefited from his contributions to the administration of justice in Alabama”


The Alabama State Bar (ASB) is the official licensing and regulatory organization of lawyers in Alabama. Created in 1879, the Alabama State Bar became an integrated bar in 1923 by an act of the legislature. Since then, ASB programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system. It is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility and competence of its members, improving the administration of justice and increasing the public understanding of and respect for the law.


Melissa Warnke
Director of Communications
Alabama State Bar
(334) 517-2218