Skip Finkbohner, President -----
March 2020
Volume XLIV, Issue 3

In This Issue...
Ann's Article...........................Page 2
Mentoring...............................Page 2
Law Day.................................Page 3
Juror Coffee...........................Page 4
Young Lawyers......................Page 5
VZC Bar.................................Page 5
Women Lawyers....................Page 5
SAVLP...................................Page 6
In the News...........................Page 7
Announcements....................Page 8
Mobile Bar Foundation..........Page 9
Upcoming Events..................Page 11
Birthdays...............................Page 12
    2020 OFFICERS
President - GEORGE W. (SKIP) FINKBOHNER, III
President Elect - CHARLES J. (CHARLIE) POTTS
Vice President - D. BRIAN MURPHY
Secretary - JENNIFER S. HOLIFIELD
Treasurer - J. ROBERT (ROBBIE) TURNIPSEED
Asst. Treasurer - JAMES ALEXANDER (ALEX) STEADMAN
Executive Director - ANN F. SIRMON
Editor - JULIA J. SHREVE
President's Message
Conscientiousness

An article published by Drake Baer in the May 2014 edition of Business Insider entitled, “This Personality Trait Predicts Success,” made a big impression on me, and I’ve shared it with friends and family. Conscientiousness plays a large role in the successful practice of law, so I decided to share with you some of the information in this article.  The following are quoted excerpts from that article: 

The only major personality trait that consistently leads to success is conscientiousness.  “"It's emerging as one of the primary dimensions of successful functioning across the lifespan," Paul Tough writes in "How Children Succeed."  "It really goes cradle to grave in terms of how people do."  Tough says that people who test high in conscientiousness get better grades in school and college, commit fewer crimes, and stay married longer. They live longer, too, he says. And not just because they smoke and drink less. They have fewer strokes, lower blood pressure, and a lower incidence of Alzheimer's disease.
 
There's a staggering amount of research linking conscientiousness with success. A National Institute of Mental Health study found that conscientious people earn higher salaries. The National Institute on Aging also found that conscientiousness is linked to income and job satisfaction. Other studies show that conscientiousness is the most important factor for finding and retaining employment.
 
How do you know if you're conscientious? Conscientious people tend to be super organized, responsible, and plan ahead. They work hard in the face of challenges and can control their impulses.
 
Psychologists classify conscientiousness is one of the "Big 5" personality traits, with the others being agreeableness, extroversion, neuroticism, and openness to experience. The other traits can predict certain workplace outcomes — extroversion is a great fit for highly social gigs like sales and openness to experience often leads to creativity — but conscientiousness is remarkable for the way it cuts across roles.
 
Research shows that arriving on time, doing thorough work, and being thoughtful toward your colleagues helps people regardless of their job function or workplace situation. "Being on top of deadlines is almost universally a good thing," one industrial psychologist told us.
 
Moreover, within conscientiousness are the narrower traits of self-control and "grit," which University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth has found to be more integral to children's scholarly success than IQ.
 
Why conscientious people are so successful:
"Highly conscientious employees do a series of things better than the rest of us," says University of Illinois psychologist Brent Roberts, who studies conscientiousness.         
 
To start, they're better at goals: setting them, working toward them, and persisting amid setbacks. If a super ambitious goal can't be realized, they'll switch to a more attainable one rather than getting discouraged and giving up. As a result, they tend to achieve goals that are consistent with what employers want.
 
Further, conscientious people have a tendency to organize their lives well. Conscientious, people sidestep stress they'd otherwise create for themselves. Being conscientious "is like brushing your teeth," Roberts says. "It prevents problems from arising."
 
Conscientious people also like to follow rules and norms. You can spot the conscientious kids in the classroom. They sit in their chairs, don't complain, and don't act out — which also, of course, contributes to earning good grades from teachers. While conscientiousness doesn't correlate with high SAT scores, it does predict high GPAs.
 
To spot conscientious people at work, Roberts says to look for punctuality. If someone shows up on time, that’s a great clue toward conscientiousness, since a punctual person has to be organized enough — and care enough — to arrive on time.
 
The bigger, and less visible, indicator is how people deal with setbacks. Do they give up or redouble their efforts?
 
“The conscientious person is going to have a plan," Roberts says. "Even if there is a failure, they're going to have a plan to deal with that failure.”

I don’t think it’s possible to successfully practice law without conscientiousness:  being on time, being prepared, following the rules, abiding by the rules of professional conduct, treating our clients, other lawyers, judges, and the legal process with respect, and having the grit and determination after a loss to get up off the ground, get back in the saddle, and keep fighting.
MARCH MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON

Friday, March 20 at 11:45 a.m.

NEW LOCATION!
Battle House Hotel | 26 North Royal Street

Guest Speaker - Director of the Alabama State Docks
Jimmy Lyons.

Join us! Hear how the State Docks will impact Mobile's future.
 
Our sponsors are  Call News and Sentinel Investigative Group .

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Ann's Article
Happy March! We are happy to report that despite the weather, we were able to move into our new office. We are still cleaning out a few items from the old office, unpacking boxes and organizing our new office. We look forward to announcing our Open House date soon. We have also launched our new website. Hopefully you have had an opportunity to check it out and login to the member section of the site. Through the new website, you can register for meetings and events and connect with other Mobile Bar members. Please take advantage of this resource. If you encounter any problems, please let me know. 

Premium Memberships : Don’t forget about our premium memberships. With the new website, we will offer our own version of a lawyer referral service called  Find a Lawyer . If someone in the community feels they need an attorney, they can visit our website and search for an attorney. To participate in the  Find a Lawyer  service, it is considered a Premium Membership. The cost is $100 annually to participate. For this, you will be searchable over 43 different practice areas on the public side of the website. It will include your picture, contact information, and description of your practice. If you are interested in participating in  Find a Lawyer , please include the additional $100 when paying your membership dues. Even if you have paid your membership dues and decide later that you want to participate in  Find a Lawyer , it not too late! You can sign-up anytime. Please contact Mobile Bar headquarters for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS! PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Membership Luncheon:  It will be held on Friday, March 20 starting at 11:45 AM. Don’t forget new location too. It will be held at the Battle House Hotel in the Crystal Ballroom. Our sponsors for the meeting are Call News and Sentinel. Our speaker for the meeting is the  Director of the Alabama State Docks Jimmy Lyons . The cost is $23.00. Click here to register.

Law Day:  With March comes preparations for Law Day. We are accepting nominations for the Liberty Bell Award. If you would like to nominate someone or find out more information, please click here. We will once again hold our Middle School Essay Contest. If you know a middle school student that would be interested in submitting an essay, click here for more information.

Alabama Supreme Court Oral Arguments:  We are happy to confirm that the Alabama Supreme Court will hold Oral Arguments in Mobile. There will be a Welcome Reception on Tuesday, May 5 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at the Battle House Hotel. On Wednesday, May 6, we will hold our Law Day Membership Luncheon at 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and then from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. hold Oral Arguments at the Mobile Civic Center Theatre. The Oral Arguments are open to the public and free of charge. CLE credits will be available. If you are interested in sponsoring the events, please email me at  asirmon@mobilebarassociation.com

Thanks again for all your support and feedback! We are always interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas about how to improve the Mobile Bar Association and our activities. Please feel free to contact me any time by phone at 251.433.9790 or by email at  asirmon@mobilebarassociation.com .
NOTICE
MEMBERSHIP DUES ARE DUE!
MENTORING COMMITTEE PRESENTS
COFFEE WITH THE COURT
By Winston Grow, Mentoring Committee Co-Chair
The Mentoring Committee is again offering for 2020, its program,  Coffee with the Court .  The concept is to provide a forum for our members to get to know our local judges over a cup of coffee.  At each session, two to three judges will present on the topic:  My Top 5 Practice Pointers for Newer Lawyers in my Courtroom . All participants receive one hour of CLE credit, as well as coffee and bagels.  There is no cost for Mobile Bar members with 12 years of experience or less.  We welcome all other Mobile Bar members and non-members to join us, and standard CLE rates are charged.  Space will be limited. We are asking everyone to register in advance.
 
We have programs in 2020 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Battle House Hotel .  

This year the program will be held on the following dates: March 19, June 11, August 6, and November 5. 

Again, we are asking everyone to  REGISTER IN ADVANCE . Register for Coffee with the Court through the event calendar at www.mobilebarassociation.com.
The Mentoring programs are sponsored by:
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2020 LAW DAY
By Weathers Bolt, Law Day Chair
Law Day, held annually in May, is a national time set aside to celebrate the rule of law. Law Day provides an opportunity to understand how law and the legal process protect our liberty, strive to achieve justice and contribute to the freedoms that all Americans share. This year’s Law Day theme is Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19 th Amendment at 100 .
 
Events in the community to celebrate the 100 th Anniversary of the 19 th Amendment:

Saturday, March 14, 2020 – Women’s Centennial March at 9:00 a.m. The March will begin at Bienville Square and end in Mardi Gras Park. It will be followed by a festival with food, entertainment and fun for the whole family. The March is being organized by the League of Women Voters of Mobile in celebrating the 100 th Anniversary of the passage of the 19 th Amendment.
 
The Mobile Bar Association plans, facilitates, and attends many events to commemorate Law Day. 
The events and dates are:

Accepting Nominations for the Liberty Bell Award
Wednesday, April 8, 2020  – Deadline for Liberty Bell Award Nominations
The Mobile Bar Association annually recognizes an individual in the Mobile community whose service has strengthened the American system of freedom under law. Established more than 30 years ago by the American Bar Association, the award is given to an outstanding citizen, particularly a non-lawyer, who by their service has (1) promoted a better understanding of the Constitution, (2) encouraged respect for the law and the courts, (3) stimulated a deeper sense of individual responsibility, (4) contributed to the effective functioning of our government, and/or (5) fostered a better understanding and appreciation of the rule of law.
 
Past recipients have included Mr. Joseph H. Langan, Ms. Mary S. Zoghby, Ms. Johnnie Sue Watts, Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb, Judge Michael E. Zoghby, Mr. John U. O’Brien, Dr. Yvonne Kennedy, Judge Jon F. Butler, Judge W. Brevard Hand, Mr. T. Massey Bedsole, Mr. Bob Grip, Judge Rosemary Chambers, Mr. John P. O’Brien, Mobile Sheriff Sam Cochran, Mr. James D. Sears, Judge Don Davis, Dr. William P. Taylor, Judge Henry A. Calloway, III, Mrs. Nann Worel, Dr. Bernard Eichold, Mr. Raymond O. Brazell, Ms. Casi Callaway, Mr. Patrick Guyton, Officer Steven Green, Mrs. Doris Littleton, Mr. Ken Megginson, Mr. Reggie Copeland, Corporal Michael Grandquest, Mr. Charles R. Diard, Jr., Officer Justin Billa and last year’s recipient, Officer Sean Tuder.

The Liberty Bell Award will be presented at the MBA Law Day Luncheon on Wednesday, May 6th at 1:00 p.m. at the Battle House Hotel. If you are interested in nominating someone for the award, please contact Ann Sirmon by email at asirmon@mobilebarassociation.com .
 
Middle School Essay Contest
Friday, March 27, 2020 – Deadline for middle school students to submit essay
The Mobile Bar Association is sponsoring an essay contest for Mobile County middle school students in conjunction with its 2020 Law Day events. This year’s essay theme is Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19 th Amendment at 100 . Essays should be between 600-800 words and should include a provided cover sheet. All information must be complete in order for the student to qualify. Prizes will be awarded to the top three applicants in Mobile County. If your student is interested in participating in the essay contest, please contact Ann Sirmon with the Mobile Bar Association. Her email address is asirmon@mobilebarassociation.com .

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - Welcome Reception for the Alabama Supreme Court - Battle House Hotel - 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - Law Day Luncheon - Battle House Hotel - 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - Alabama Supreme Court Oral Arguments - Mobile Civic Center Theatre - 1:30 p.m.
 
Tuesday, May 12, 2020  –  Law Day Helpline  - 6:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Local 15 TV.  
NEED: Six attorneys for the 5 time slots to answer the phone lines. Time slots are 90 minutes.
Time slots are: 6 – 7:30 a.m., 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., time slots. To sign-up, please contact John Kavanagh by email at jkavanagh@burr.com .
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DONATE TO JUROR COFFEE
13TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COURT
For many years the Mobile Bar Association has proudly sponsored free coffee and condiments for Mobile County residents called to serve as jurors in the 13th Judicial Circuit Court. Although it may seem a small gesture, if something as seemingly insignificant as a fresh cup of coffee can make the jury process more enjoyable, we believe it is a benefit to the system as a whole.

The Mobile Bar Association is currently asking MBA Members to consider donating either $50.00 or $100.00 to help us continue this tradition. If you are interested in donating to the Juror Coffee Fund, please click here . Thanks in advance for your consideration and contribution. 
CIVIL PRACTICE, FEDERAL COURT SECTION
By Lucy Tufts, Civil Practice, Federal Courts Chair
The Civil Practice Committee, Federal Court Section, along with the Judges of the United States District Court and U.S. Probation Office in the Southern District of Alabama are launching an important community project called Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions: Legal Skills As Life Skills . We will host a group of committed high school students from Youth Leadership Mobile in a 3.5-hour program designed to allow them to experience a realistic courtroom simulation with jury deliberations for the purpose of engaging them in the courtroom, improving decision-making skills, interacting with the justice system, inspiring them to pursue legal careers, and motivating them to serve on juries in the future.
 
The program will take place on Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Federal Courthouse from 8:00-11:30 am. Many thanks to Federal Court Judges and U.S. Probation Office in the Southern District of Alabama for bringing the program to the Mobile Bar Association. We also want to thank our Mobile Bar Members who are volunteering their time to the program.
2020 COMMITTEE AND SECTION CHAIRS
As a member of the Mobile Bar Association, you can join, participate and network in our different Committees and Sections of the Bar. Please find below our list of Committee and Section Chairs for 2020. To view your Committee and Section appointments, login to the new website. On your profile page, there is a listing for Groups. Click on the blue dot. It will take you to the your Groups page. The page will list the committees and sections you are a member of. If you would like to edit or join additional groups, the groups are listed for you to join.

If you are a member of a MBA Section and/or Committee, you’ll have access to the Section and Committee related information in Groups. Each Section and Committee has its own Group, which includes a Group Member Directory, and can also include files, photos, calendars, a Group Forum and other features. It is a great way to connect and network. Many thanks to our 2020 Committee and Section Chairs. We appreciate you sharing your time and talents with MBA.
Committees
Archives and History
Bar Relations
Bench and Bar
Bulletin
Continuing Legal Education
Diversity and Inclusion
Entertainment
Fee Dispute
Grievance
Law Day
Law Library
Mentoring
Nominations
Public Service/Community Outreach
Resolutions
Ad Hoc/Lawyer Assistance
Chairs
Mary Margaret Bailey
Celia Collins
Co-Chairs: John Browning & Steve Savarese
Julia Shreve
Co-Chairs: Knox Boteler & Clay Rossi
Suntrease Williams-Maynard
Garrett Zoghby
Sid Jackson
Charlie Potts
Weathers Bolt
Jack Janecky
Greg Vaughan
Mark Newell
Jeanna Chappell
Co-Chairs: Kathy Miller & Mark Newell
Ruth Lichtenfeld
Sections
Admiralty
Alternate Dispute Resolution
Bankruptcy
Civil Practice, Federal Court
Civil Practice, State & County Courts
Criminal Practice
Domestic Relations
Probate
Social Security
Worker's Compensation
Chairs
Billy Bonner
Bill Lancaster
Alexandra Garrett
Lucy Tufts
Desi Tobias
Glenn Davidson
Alison Herlihy
Greg Carwie
Gil Laden
Boyd Miller
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VERNON Z. CRAWFORD BAR ASSOCIATION
By Suntrease Williams-Maynard, President
The Vernon Z. Crawford Bay Area Bar Association had a successful 2020 Mardi Gras CLE weekend at the Battle House Renaissance Hotel! The Conference started on Friday, February 21 with a warm welcome and opening remarks by U.S. District Court Judge Terry F. Moorer followed by a lunch and learn led by Ricardo Woods. Those in attendance had a chance to explore the history of our city as part of the Dora Franklin-Finely African American Heritage Trail. The afternoon was filled with panels that explored different career paths in various settings (i.e., government, solo/small practice, big law and in-house), practical tips from the bench with representation from all three federal judicial districts in Alabama and tips on maintaining a healthy work/life balance as legal professionals.

On Saturday, February 22, the Executive Board presented a scholarship to a second-year law student in the amount of $1,000. The evening concluded with an exceptional parade viewing social.

On Sunday, February 23, 2020, a presentation was also made to Ebenezer Baptist Church.

The Executive Board expresses our sincerest gratitude to Cunningham Bounds, the Alabama Lawyers Association, Burr & Forman and Armbrecht Jackson for serving as sponsors for this year's event. It is because of each of you that we were able to have a successful event and provide a scholarship to a deserving aspiring lawyer.
YOUNG LAWYERS
By Catherine Simon Spann, President
Thank you to McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge, LLC for sponsoring the February meeting. Lots of fun was had by all.
 
The March meeting is hosted by Taylor Martino and time and location is TBD . Please look out for a later email with more information.
 
To join the e-mail list, please e-mail me, Catherine Spann ( cspann@handfirm.com ), Vice President Blake Richardson ( brichardson@burr.com ), or Treasurer Johana Gerheim ( Johanabucci@mobileda.org ). For updates and additional information, please follow us on Facebook (Mobile Bar Association Young Lawyers   https://www.facebook.com/groups/97086876767/ ) and Instagram ( @ Mobile_Young_Lawyers). 
By Christine Burns, Secretary
The MBA Women Lawyers held its first luncheon of the year on February 11, 2020. Attendees learned about the history of women’s suffrage in Alabama from presenter Margaret Enfinger Pace. The MBAWL luncheons are a great way to catch up with colleagues, learn something interesting, and earn CLE credit. So if you missed February’s luncheon, please make plans to attend in the upcoming months. 
 
Mark your calendars for two exiting upcoming events. First, the next monthly meeting will be a happy hour starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at Red or White in Mobile. Second, the Women’s Centennial March led by the League of Women Voters of Mobile will be held on March 14, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. at Mardi Gras Park. Don your whites and join the march with fellow members of MBAWL (feel free to bring friends!) in honor of the suffragists who fought for women to have the right to vote. Please visit the MBAWL Facebook page (MBA Women Lawyers) for additional details.
 
Please remember to pay your annual dues ($30) by March 20, 2020. Make checks payable to MBAWL.  MBAWL will be updating its member directory shortly thereafter.  
 
If you are interested in getting more involved in MBAWL or would like to present at a MBAWL luncheon, please contact President Tiffany Smith ( tbs@emcdonoughlaw.com ) or Secretary Christine Burns ( cburns@burr.com ).
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By Dru Lauren Bishop, Pro Bono Manager
Each year SAVLP coordinates civil legal services for Project Homeless Connect (PHC), an annual service fair for people experiencing homelessness. Housing First, Inc., stages the event at The Grounds and brings together healthcare providers, attorneys, law enforcement/court personnel, faith-based organizations, businesses, government agencies, and other nonprofits to provide necessary services for the homeless in our community, at no cost to the clients. Attendees have access to legal assistance, dental and vision screenings, housing assistance and mainstream resources (food stamps, state IDs, and more). Those who volunteer for this event make a tremendous impact on their clients’ lives. Many thanks to the attorneys and court staff who participated in this year’s PHC: Henry Brewster, Annette Carwie, Luke Coley, Alan Colvin, Lisa Deen, Sondra Dempsey, Matt Green, Scott Hawk, Laura Holland, Buzz Jordan, Colin Kemmerly, Robert H. Mudd, Mark Murphree, Caine O’Rear, Woodie Perkins, Spencer Phillips, Charlie J. Potts, Gregory Ramos, Gabby Reeves, Rachele Reis, Norman Roman, Liam Scully, Brooke Thomas, Michael Wing, Theresa Williamson, and Noëll  Black, an EDPNA with Gardberg & Kemmerly.  Special thanks to the Mobile Municipal Court and District Court for attending: Judge Carvine Adams, Judge Shelbonnie Hall, Debbie McGowin (Court Administrator), Betty Turner, Jarvis Wright (Bailiff), Mary Theall (Clerk), Nick Urbin (IT), Cherlina Monteiro (Assistant City Prosecutor), Cleveland Patterson (Assistant City Attorney), Richard Bonner (City Paralegal), Elizabeth Kennemore (City Probation), and Angela Tuberville (City Probation) (Municipal Court) and Judge George Zoghby, Chris McDonough (Assistant D.A.), and Kim Earl (District Court).  At this year’s event 143 clients signed in for legal assistance for help with 219 legal matters. 

Special thanks to January’s Attorney for the Day Volunteers: Luke Coley, Laura Holland, Bill Watts, and Hendrick Snow. 

And a very special thanks to February’s Attorney for the Day Volunteers: Donnie Friedlander, Herndon Inge, Pete Mackey, and Emily Van Haneghan. Our February attorneys saw 23 clients for limited legal advice. 

We would love for you to get involved. Look for our monthly emails or email me at  drulauren@savlp.org  to find out about upcoming volunteer opportunities. Thank you for your service!
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LAWYERS IN RECOVERY

Lawyers in Recovery (“LIR”) is a fellowship of lawyers who share their experience, strength and hope with each other to hopefully solve their common problems and help others to recover from alcoholism, addiction, depression or similar conditions. LIR meetings are designed to last one hour and start promptly at 5:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of every month at 205 Church Street in Mobile. LIR meetings are modeled on the steps and traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous and participants pledge and place substantial emphasis on anonymity. If anyone needs additional information on LIR Meetings, they can anonymously call the Mobile Bar Association office for referral to a LIR Member who will also keep all communications confidential.
DIED:   On January 26, 2020, MBA Member  Joe “Jodie” Hollis Little, Jr.  passed away.  A native Mobilian, Jodie graduated from Murphy High School, Washington and Lee University, and the University of Alabama School of Law.  He was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1968 and practiced from that time up until his death.  Jodie served on several local non-profit boards and was a trustee and board secretary of UMS-Wright Preparatory School.  He was a lifelong member of Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, an avid hunter, and loved spending time with friends and family on Ono Island.  Jodie is survived by his wife of 51 years, two sons, and four grandchildren. 

DIED: Yale Citrin, M.D. , father of MBA Member Andy Citrin   and Baldwin County lawyer Elizabeth Citrin, died on February 6, 2020 at home in Mobile.  Dr. Citrin was a board-certified gastroenterologist who practiced for 52 years in Hollywood, Florida, where he served as Chief of Medicine at Hollywood Memorial Hospital and co-founded and served as Chief of Staff at Hollywood Medical Center.  Dr. Citrin discovered a disease which was named after him: Citrin Deficiency Syndrome.  He was also a captain in the United States Army who served honorably during the Korean War.  Dr. Citrin is survived by his wife of 70 years, six children, 15 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
If anyone has knowledge of the whereabouts of an original  Will of Louvenia Agee , please contact  Michael A. Wing  at  251-433-7468 .

If anyone has knowledge of the attorney that drafted a  Will for Harry E. Newell , please contact  Dennis Knizley  at  251-432-3799 .

Effective February 29, 2020, Nancy Cowart, Court Administrator for the 13 th  Judicial Circuit, will be retiring after 39 years of service with the State of Alabama. Sharla Philips has been appointed as Court Administrator beginning March 2, 2020. Sharla can be reached by phone at 251-574-8603 or by email at  sharla.philips@alacourt.gov

Desi Tobias Jason McCormick , and  Bryan Comer  of  Tobias, McCormick & Comer, LLC , were awarded as one of the Top 50 Verdicts in the US for their plaintiff's product liability jury verdict of $8 million for the Williams v. Manitowoc Co, Inc. case in 2016.

Congratulations to  Mawiyah Duckworth , Attorney at Law and NEW Real Estate Agent, Roberts Brothers TREC location! She looks forward to serving her legal colleagues and their clients in their real estate transactions. She can be reached by email at  MawiyahDuckworth@RobertsBrothers.com  or by phone at (251) 408-1330.

Through a joint program with the American Bar Association Tax Section, the IRS, and the Armed Forces Tax Council, tax lawyers with the firm of Armbrecht Jackson recently had the opportunity to join with members of the firm of Crow, Constantine, Singleton, Morrow and Elliott, CPAs (CCSME), to assist local members of the armed forces with their training and instruction for tax preparation services. Through this Adopt-A-Base program, tax lawyers and CPAs are enlisted to “instruct the instructors”, by training military personnel to become volunteer tax return preparers for their fellow service members through what is called the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program ( VITA ). This program is used by many military installations around the country to provide free tax preparation services for members of the armed forces in the local area. The Armbrecht Jackson attorneys who participated as instructors were tax lawyers Robert Turnipseed and Steve Pearson .

DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE:  209 N. JOACHIM STREET IN HISTORIC DETONTI SQUARE.  Available: One large office upstairs, one large office downstairs, and one small office upstairs, including secretarial space.  Within walking distance of federal courts.  Amenities: Receptionist, VOIP telephone, internet, WIFI, email, fax machine, large color copier/scanner, onsite parking, lobby, conference room and kitchen. Contact  MARY MIDDLETON ( mary@evanscrowe.com ) or  EVANS CROWE ( crowe@evanscrowe.com at  431 6011. 
 
DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE:    Large beautiful offices in the Church Street East Historic District are available for rent at  501 Church St , within walking distance of state and municipal courts. Amenities: VOIP telephone, internet, WIFI, email, 3 in 1 copy, scan, fax machine both upstairs and downstairs and unlimited hours of convenient, free street parking for all, including clients, waiting area, kitchenette, plus optional space for staff. Contact  Lee Hale, Sr.  at  251-433-3671 ext 2 or 251-509-5903 or at  lee.hale1948@gmail.com .

DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE:   350 Church Street , two blocks from the courthouse. One large office downstairs and space for your secretary. Parking available. Conference room and kitchen. Within walking distance of our courthouse. Established firm. If interested, please email bmt.for.christ@gmail.com .
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A DONATION HAS BEEN MADE TO THE
MOBILE BAR FOUNDATION

In Memory of
WILLIAM H. HARDIE, JR.
By: James H. Frost
TRI THE GULF
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SAVE THE DATE
NATURALIZATION CEREMONY

Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM

U. S. District Courthouse
Judge Terry F. Moorer, Courtroom 3B

155 St. Joseph Street
Mobile, AL 36602
UPCOMING SECTION CLE OPPORTUNITY
Bankruptcy Section will host a 1.5 hour CLE on the Small Business Reorganization Act on Tuesday, March 31 at 1:00 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room of the U.S. District Courthouse, located at  155 St. Joseph St., Mobile, AL . Panelists include Bankruptcy Administrator Mark Zimlich and attorneys Danielle Mashburn-Myrick of Phelps Dunbar and Alexandra K. Garrett of Silver, Voit & Thompson. Register for the CLE through the event calendar at  www.mobilebarassociation.com.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Tuesday, March 3
Civil Practice, Federal Court Section
Civil Discourse Program Planning Meeting
Federal Courthouse

Thursday, March 5
Executive Committee Meeting
The Athelstan Club

Thursday, March 5
Lawyers Helping Lawyers
205 Church Street

Tuesday, March 12
Women Lawyers Meeting
Cafe Del Rio Restaurant

Saturday, February 15
Bulletin Deadline

Friday, March 20
Civil Practice, Federal Court Section
Civil Discourse Program
Federal Courthouse - Judge Murray's Courtroom
Friday, March 20
MBA Membership Luncheon
Battle House

Thursday, March 26
Grievance Committee Meeting
The Athelstan Club

Friday, March 27
Deadline for Middle School Students
To submit essays for the Law Day Essay Contest

Tuesday, March 31
Deadline to submit applications for
Law Day Liberty Bell Award

Tuesday, March 31
Bankruptcy Section CLE
Federal Courthouse – Jury Assembly Room
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Listed below are members that are celebrating birthdays in March:
Carvine Langham Adams
Kristopher O. Anderson
Michael David Anderson
Grover Ernst Asmus, II
Eaton G. Barnard
Paul Thomas Beckmann
Mack B. Binion
Windy Cockrell Bitzer
James W. Bodiford, Jr.
Mary Allie Elizabeth Boller
Thomas R. Boller
R. Preston Bolt, Jr.
Stephanie Lee Booth
Marc Edmund Bradley
Thomas McLean Bramlett
Douglas L. Brown
Tamra E. Bryant
Jerome Christopher Carter
Rosemary D. Chambers
I. David Cherniak
Timothy Allen Clarke
James Paul Clinton
Edwin J. Curran, Jr.
Richard E. Davis, Jr.
G. Edgar Downing
Patrick C. Finnegan
Charles Jackson Fleming
Benjamin Young Ford
Ross Alexander Frazer
Gregory M. Friedlander
George C. Gaston
Callie V.S. Granade
J. David Greene
Mildred M. Hartzog
J. Stephen Harvey
Andrew McEvilley Jones
Braxton L. Kittrell, Jr.
Banks Christian Ladd
Gilbert B. Laden
Michael L. Lapeyrouse
Goodman G. Ledyard
David J. Maloney
Anna Lundy Mangham
John P.C. McCall
John William McClurkin
Jacqueline Marie McConaha
Douglas L. McCoy
Nicole Giardina McDonough
Bert W. Milling, Jr.
Kenneth Paul Murray
Henry F. O'Connor
Mary Elizabeth Olsen
Charlie Ronald Pearman
W. Beatty Pearson
Wesley Pipes
William E. Pipkin, Jr.
Austin Smitherman Prestwood
David L. Ratcliffe
Gabrielle E. Reeves
James E. Robertson , Jr.
Ian Rosenthal
Kevin M. Ryan
Steven Paul Savarese, Jr.
Steven Douglas Sciple
Joseph Allan Shaw
Timothy M. Shepard, Jr.
L. Robert Shreve
E. Watson Smith
Michael A. Smith
Catherine Simon Spann
James Alexander Steadman
David Fitzgerald Steele
Scott David Stevens
Shane Allen Taylor
Renee' Elizabeth Thiry
Lucy Elizabeth Tufts
Tracy P. Turner
Michael E. Upchurch
Robert Sewell Walker
H. William Wasden
Jarrod Joel White
Adam Thomas Williamson
Michael P. Windom
David G. Wirtes, Jr.
Ernest Franklin Woodson , Jr.
Jessica Breanne Stanley Zarzour
Alexander Garrett Zoghby
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