Mark A. Newell, President -----
November 2019
Volume XLVIII, Issue 11

 In This Issue...
Ann's Article...........................Page 2
CLE Opportunities.................Page 3
Vernon Z Crawford................Page 7
Women Lawyers...................Page 8
Young Lawyers......................Page 8
SAVLP...................................Page 9
Archives & History.................Page 10
In the News...........................Page 11
Announcements....................Page 12
Mobile Bar Foundation..........Page 13
Upcoming Events..................Page 14
Birthdays...............................Page 15
    2019 OFFICERS
President - MARK A. NEWELL
Secretary - MARY STONE
Treasurer - CHARLES E. “CHIP” TAIT
Assistant Treasurer - J. ROBERT "ROBBIE" TURNIPSEED
Executive Director - ANN F. SIRMON
President's Message

I’ll make this short. Emily Dickinson said, “Sunsets are sterner in November” and I believe it. 2019 is down to the lick log. Things are getting serious. If you haven’t gotten in your billable hours, met your professional goals, or collected your quota in fees, you better get on it. Time is running out. CLE deadlines are upon us, too. The stakes have been raised in conference football games, as well. We will know very soon who’s in, and who’s out. In November, things get real. 
On the other hand, avid outdoorsman and English professor Havilah Babcock wrote a book titled, “My Health Gets Better in November” and because he loved to hunt and fish and enjoy the countryside. November is a great time to get outdoors with friends and family, enjoy what God has given us, and be thankful for all of it. Even though the year is winding down, don’t forget why we do what we do, give thanks, and reflect on our many opportunities to serve and enjoy the fruits of our labor. 
Happy Thanksgiving!  -------

Friday, November 15th at 11:45 a.m.

The Admiral Hotel
251 Government Street

We will recognize the following deceased members and the contributions they made to our profession.  They are: Donald E. Brutkiewicz, Arthur P. Clarke, William Huger Hardie, Jr., Thomas M. Marr, Sr., Jerry A. McDowell, J. R. Meriwether, Jack Wayne Morgan, Thomas Potter Ollinger, Jr. and James V. Roberts, Jr. 

We will also vote on the Nominating Committee's presented 2020 slate of officers.

Please make your reservation in advance.

Our sponsor for the meeting is:
Ann's Article
Did you know that November 1 is Love Your Lawyer Day? Well…. It is. The day was created in 2001 by attorney Nader Anise. It is set aside to celebrate the valuable contributions made by attorneys in their communities. It is often forgotten the good that lawyers do on a daily basis. Thank you for all the long hours and dedication you put in to help your clients and our community to ensure justice prevails. We love our lawyers with Mobile Bar Association. 

Here are a couple of items to make note of for the month of November: If you haven’t already, please complete and send in your 2020 Committee and Section Interest Form. There are a variety of ways to get involved and share your time and talents with us. The form also includes a survey. Let us hear from you! We want to know how we can better serve you. Click here and get your Interest Form completed today.

We have three CLE opportunities available during the month of November. 

  • On Thursday, November 7, the Mentoring Committee will host their last Coffee with Court. The topic of discussion is Top 5 practice pointers for newer lawyers in our courtroom. We hear from Judge Henry Callaway, Judge Jerry Oldshue, Jr., and Judge Joe Basenburg. You will receive one hour of credit for attending. For more information or to register, click here.

  • On Friday, November 15, the Civil Law/Federal Section will host our Federal Law Update CLE at the Federal Courthouse. We will have a panel of judges discuss briefings, legal writing in federal court, and a primer on Section 1983 cases. You will receive three hours of credit for attending. For more information or to register, click here.

  • On Friday, November 22, we will have our CLE By-the-Hour. Our Coordinator and Moderator Clay Rossi has put together and excellent schedule for the day. You can receive up to eight hours of credit, plus one hour of ethics. For more information or to register, click here.

  • Last but not least, registration is now open for Bench and Bar. The conference will take place on Friday, December 6. The committee has worked very hard in providing you an excellent seminar. We will have opportunities to network with Justices & Judges from across the state, a break session focusing on Civil law and Criminal law and end with Guest Speaker PJ O’Rourke, award-winning humorist & political satrist. Please come and enjoy Table Vendors, a Cocktail Reception, and much more. You will receive four MCLE credit hours, including one hour of ethics. For more information or to register, click here.

Make plans to join us for our November Membership Luncheon. We will recognize Mobile Bar members that have passed away within the last year. We will highlight Donald E. Brutkiewicz, Arthur P. Clarke, William Huger Hardie, Jr., Thomas M. Marr, Sr., Jerry A. McDowell, J. R. Meriwether, Jack Wayne Morgan, Thomas Potter Ollinger, Jr. and James V. Roberts, Jr. We will also vote on the 2020 slate of officers for the Mobile Bar Association. For more information or to register, click here .

Thanks again for all you do! #LoveYourLawyerDay.
By Greg Vaughan, Chair
The Mentoring Committee is offering a program for 2019 called  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 and bagels.  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.  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 have two more programs in 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at The Admiral Hotel in the Cove Room. It is a small meeting room on the first floor near the restaurant. We are asking everyone to  REGISTER IN ADVANCE

Here is the last date for 2019:
  • Thursday, November 7 – United States Bankruptcy Judge Jerry Oldshue, United States Bankruptcy Judge Henry Callaway and Mobile County District Court Judge Joe Basenburg

Mobile Bar Social Security Section
Lunch and Learn
Monday, November 4, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | 1.0 CLE available credits
The Athelstan Club
170 St. Francis Street | Mobile, AL 36602

Mobile Bar Bankruptcy Section
Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | 1.0 CLE available credits
U.S. Probation Office
2nd Floor Meeting Room | 201 St. Michael Street | Mobile, AL 3660
To make your lunch reservation, please contact U.S. Bankruptcy Court at 251-436-5447.

Mobile Bar Workman’s Comp Section
Lunch and Learn
Monday, November 18, 2019
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | 1.0 CLE available credits
The Athelstan Club
170 St. Francis Street | Mobile, AL 36602
By Suntrease Williams-Maynard, Presiden
The Vernon Z. Crawford Bar Association hosted its annual Meet and Greet on October 10, 2019. During this event, U.S. District Court Judge Terry F. Moorer was presented with the Association’s Living Legend Award. Colin Al-Greene was also recognized as a new member to the Association. The executive board extends its sincerest gratitude to all those that supported the event by attendance, phone calls and/or emails. 
All members are encouraged to attend the upcoming November CLE as sponsored and presented by Cunningham Bounds. This meeting will take place on November 13th at noon at Dauphin’s. Join us as Cunningham Bounds discusses ways of “Expanding Your Practice.” We hope to see you there! 


It's now time to start considering how you would like to volunteer in one or more of the MBA's Committees and Sections for the year 2020.

Please click the link below and complete your interest form. Once the form is complete, print the form and either e-mail it to or mail to the Bar Office at P. O. Drawer 2005, Mobile, AL 36652.

Deadline to submit is Monday, November 4, 2019. 

By Kasee S. Heisterhagen, Secretary
The Mobile Bar Association Women Lawyers (MBAWL) will hold its November meeting at Café Del Rio on the Causeway at 11:45am on Tuesday, November 12. The cost of lunch is $18 for dues-paid members and $21 for guests. Checks may be made payable to MBAWL.  
Thank you to everyone who attended MBAWL’s October “happy hour” meeting at Red or White. It was a great turnout!  
If you have any questions or would like to join MBAWL, please email Laura Coker at  or Kasee Heisterhagen at .
By Weathers Bolt, President
The Young Lawyers would like to thank The Citrin Firm for hosting a great October meeting on a beautiful evening at Five Rivers. We certainly appreciate their continued support. 
The November meeting will be hosted by Hand Arendall Harrison Sale, LLC on November 21st at a location to be determined. We will not have a meeting in December, so this will be our last of the year. We look forward to seeing everyone there. 
Also, if you have not already, please register for the Young Lawyers & Judges Luncheon at the annual Bench & Bar Conference on December 6, 2019. This event is always well attended by our judges and is a rare opportunity to get to know them in a more casual setting. As a bonus, registration fees for the conference are significantly reduced for lawyers who have been practicing 10 years or less. 
For updates and additional information, please follow us on Facebook (Mobile Bar Association Young Lawyers ) and Instagram (@Mobile_Young_Lawyers). We will also continue to send e-mails. If you are not receiving Young Lawyers e-mails and would like to, please e-mail me (< >), Vice-President Catherine Spann (< >), or Treasurer Blake Richardson (< >). 


The Executive Committee of the Mobile Bar Association has verified the ballots submitted for the election of Place 2 on the Mobile County Judicial Nominating Commission. We are happy to announce that Charles J. Potts was the winner. His term commences January 16, 2020 and end January 15, 2026.
By Mitchell Lattof, Sr., Chair

This is a continuing discussion of the video interviews the Archives & History Committee has done over the past five years available on a YouTube playlist which can accessed on the MBA website. In 2018, our Committee had the privilege of interviewing Broox Holmes, Esq., who was 85 years old at the time of the interview and was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1960. The interview was conducted by Chris Hume, III, Esq., a member of the MBA Archives & History Committee.  

Between college and law school, Broox Holmes served three years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps including service in Okinawa, Japan as a rifle platoon leader and Company Executive Officer. After he received his law degree, he became a member of the Armbrecht Jackson law firm in Mobile, Alabama, and remains of counsel with the Firm to this day. He has served as lead trial counsel in products liability, business disputes, death and personal injury cases, including lead trial counsel for the defendants in the Amtrak Sunset Limited lawsuits (47 deaths) following one of the worst disasters in U.S. rail history. Broox Holmes served as a member of the Alabama State Bar Board of Commissioners from 1987 to 1993 and the Executive Committee in 1990-1991. He served on the Alabama State Bar Grievance Committee from 1974 to 1978 and as its Chairman in 1978 for which he received the Bar’s Award of Merit. He was elected and served as President of the Alabama State Bar for 1994-1995. 

Broox Holmes served on the Board of Trustees of St. Paul’s Episcopal School from 1965 to 1985, and then again from 1992 to 2000. He was married to Laura Claire Holmes for 45 years until her death in 2000. He has been married since 2004 to Elsie Lyons Holmes. 

I believe the interview of Broox Holmes by our Committee will be of great interest to the members of the Mobile Bar Association. 

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 September 30, 2019, MBA Member  Mark B. Reed  passed away. A native of Mobile, Mark attended and played baseball at Samford University and graduated from Cumberland School of Law. He was a partner in the law firm of McDermott, Slepain, Windom & Reed. Mark was co-founder of Checkers Drive-Thru restaurant and also enjoyed many real estate ventures, especially in Baldwin County. He is survived by his wife, three children, and two granddaughters. 

DIED:  On September 27, 2019, MBA Member  William Jackson “Jack” Edwards, III  died. Edwards served in Congress from 1965-1985. Afterwards, he joined the law firm of Hand Arendall. Edwards had a distinguished career in public life. He served under five presidents from Lyndon Johnson to Ronald Reagan. As a leader in the U.S. House, he met with Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan on a weekly basis. Returning to Mobile, Edwards continued his public service as Chairman of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and on many other boards. He is survived by his wife, two children, two grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. 
KUDOS:  MBA member  J. Robert Turnipseed  was recently elected as a Fellow to the American College of Tax Counsel (“ACTC”) and elected as Council Director of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association (“ABA”). ACTC is a national association of tax lawyers who have been recognized by their peers as making exceptional contributions to the tax profession. As director of the governing body of the ABA Tax Section, Turnipseed will provide comments to the Internal Revenue Service. 
MARRIED:  On June 8, 2019, MBA member  Andy Freeman  married Jack McCown at the Dunmore Resort in the Bahamas. Their chic destination wedding was featured in the October issue of Mobile Bay Magazine. The stylish couple recently acquired the Atchison Home store on Dauphin Street. 
KUDOS:  MBA member  Ricardo Woods  was recently appointed to serve as the national diversity chairman for the Defense Research Institute (DRI). Woods assumes the role after serving as chair of the DRI’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In his new position, Woods will help lead the DRI in its diversity initiatives and efforts and help the DRI continue its thought leadership on the issue of diversity in the legal profession. 
The following lawyers were admitted to the Mobile Bar Association, Friday, October 18, 2019.
Active Members

CALEB WILLIAM DIAZ, graduated from Cumberland School Law School in 2019; admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 2019; employed with Scott, Sullivan, Streetman & Fox.

JENNIFER BELLE JAYJOHN, graduated from Cumberland School of Law in 2019; admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 2019; employed with Cunningham Bounds, LLC.

AARON NICHOLAS MAPLES, graduated from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2013; admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in 2013; the Alabama State Bar in 2015; employed with Cunningham Bounds, LLC.

BLAKE TUCKER RICHARDSON, graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2014; admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 2014; employed with Burr & Forman, L.L.P.

LINDSEY O’DELL SIMMONS, graduated from Cumberland School of Law in 2004; admitted to Alabama State Bar in 2005; employed with King Simmons Ford & Spree, PC.

Associate Member

AARON HUGH SCHNEIDER graduated from Tulane University in 2008; admitted to the New York State Bar in 2008; employed with New York Life.
Immediate opening for Full-time or Part-time Attorney with good law school record and at least several years of experience in law practice, in established AV rated transactional law firm to do Probate and transactional work. Some flexibility in hours, competitive pay, excellent benefits and opportunity and great working environment. Litigation experience would be a plus as would being licensed in Mississippi. Please email resume with cover letter to Cassie Crowley at
DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE: 209 N. JOACHIM STREET IN HISTORIC DETONTI SQUARE.  Available: One large office upstairs, one large office downstairs, 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  ( ) or  EVANS CROWE ( at 431 6011.  
DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE: 456 Conti St Mobile AL 36602. Available: Two office Rooms. Within walking distance of federal courts. Amenities: Receptionist, Polycom telephone, Internet, WIFI, Email, large color copier/scanner, street parking, lobby, and kitchen. Contact:  James M. Byrd via phone   251-438-2973
DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE:   Three large beautiful offices in the Church Street East Historic District are available for rent at 501 Church Street , 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. 251-433-3671, ext 2 or 251-509-5903 or at .
Cunningham Bounds, LLC are pleased to announce Jennifer B. Jayjohn  has joined the firm as an Associate. Ms. Jayjohn’s practice focuses on automobile and trucking accidents, premises liability, products liability, industrial accidents, medical malpractice and fraud.  
Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C. is pleased to announce that Allison W. Smalley has joined its Mobile office. Allison’s practice focuses on corporate transactions, commercial lending, and real estate matters. 
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Construction Law Section of the Alabama State Bar
6th Annual Construction Law Summit
Thursday, December 5, 2019
6.8 hours of MCLE available credits, including one hour of ethics
Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel
Birmingham, AL
For more information or to register contact:

Mobile Bar Association has on file the  2019 Survey of Florida Law CDs . If you are interested in checking them out to get MCLE credit, please contact Tammy Anderson at Mobile Bar Headquarters by phone at 251.433.9790 or by email at 




MOBILE, AL 36602
Friday, November 1
Young Lawyer Section Trivia Contest
Moe's Bar-B-Que - Downtown

Monday, November 4
Social Security Section Lunch and Learn
The Athelstan Club
Thursday, November 7
Coffee with the Court
The Admiral Hotel

Thursday, November 7
Executive Committee Meeting
The Athelstan Club

Thursday, November 7
Lawyers Helping Lawyers
205 Church Street

Monday, November 11
Mobile Bar Closed
In observance of Veterans Day 

Tuesday, November 12
Women Lawyers Meeting
Cafe Del Rio Restaurant
Tuesday, November 12
Bankruptcy Section Lunch and Learn
U.S. Probation Office
2nd Floor Meeting Room

Wednesday, November 13
Vernon Z. Crawford Bay Area Bar Assoc. Meeting
Dauphin's Restaurant
Friday, November 15
Bulletin Due  

Friday, November 15
Membership Luncheon
The Admiral Hotel
Friday, November 15
Federal Law Update CLE
Federal Courthouse 

Monday, November 18
Workmen’s Comp Section Lunch & Learn
The Athelstan Club
Thursday, November 21
Grievance Committee Meeting
The Athelstan Club
Thursday, November 21
Lawyers Helping Lawyers
Thursday, November 21
Young Lawyers Section Meeting
Location to be Determined

Friday, November 22
CLE By-The-Hour
The Admiral Hotel
November 28 – 29
MBA Closed
In observance of Thanksgiving
Listed below are members that are celebrating birthdays in November:
Kelly  Robert 
Charles Alexander 
 Ronnie Allen Andress, Jr. 
Mary Margaret Bailey 
 Joe E. Basenberg 
 Jeffrey Uhlman Beaverstock 
 Lucas Christopher Bedia 
 John T. Bender 
 Adam Lynn Bourne 
 James Darnell Brandyburg 
 Nathan L. Burrow 
 Lewis Wellington Carter, III 
Shelbonnie L. Coleman-Hall 
 Stephen Marc Collins, Jr. 
R. Jason Crane 
 Frank D. Cunningham 
 Daniel S. Cushing 
 Gena Hightower Daniels 
 Donna Barrow Dobbins 
 Bryan G. Duhe' 
 Cullan Brunson Duke 
 George (Skip) W. Finkbohner, III 
Pelham Gray Finney, III 
John E. Fountain 
 Carl Everett Freman 
 Ginger Pierce Gaddy 
 Thomas F. Garth 
 Winston Raul Grow 
 Mary Ann Hampton 
 Ben H. Harris, III 
Edward G. Hawkins 
 Frederick George Helmsing, Jr. 
Ronald A. Herrington, Jr. 
Randall Scott Hetrick 
 Michael Ralph Holberg 
 Frances Hoit Hollinger 
 J. Gordon House, Jr. 
J. F. (Jack) Janecky 
 James David Jeffries, Jr. 
Pamela Gyen Johnston 
 Tara Waller Lockett 
 Paul Bradley Murray 
 Steven Andre Murray 
 Vincent Edward Odom 
 Steven C. Pearson 
 Cody Shea Poe 
 William C. Poole 
 Dorothy A. Powell 
 Mark Brannon Roberts 
Ursula Shakespeare 
 Kathy Parden Sherman 
 Colin Armstrong Sigler 
 C. Michael Smith 
 Caitlin E.M. Smitherman 
 Jason Kyle Steele 
 Dragan Stojanovic 
 Paul C. Wesch 
 Greer Minic Wilhelm 
 Christopher Scott Williams 
 Derrick Vincent Williams 
 Edward Burns Harrison Willis 
 Norman Staples Wood 
 Jay A. York
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