Mark A. Newell, President -----
October 2019
Volume XLVIII, Issue 10

 In This Issue...
Ann's Article...........................Page 2
CLE Opportunities.................Page 3
Women Lawyers....................Page 4
Young Lawyers......................Page 4
Vernon Z Crawford................Page 4
Significant Decisions.............Page 5
SAVLP...................................Page 6
Lawyers Helping Lawyers......Page 7
Archives & History..................Page 8
In the News............................Page 9
Announcements.....................Page 10
TrI the Gulf.............................Page 11
Mobile Bar Foundation...........Page 12
Upcoming Events...................Page 13
Birthdays................................Page 14
    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
------------------------------------------ “Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this
------------------------------------------ world and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on earth.” 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Roberto Clemente 

October is “Celebrate Pro Bono” month nationally. It’s an opportunity for all of us to honor our responsibility to our profession and our community by voluntarily providing legal services to those who cannot afford it. 
To refresh your memory (in case it needs refreshing), Rule 6.1 of the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct states that a lawyer “should render public interest service. A lawyer may discharge this responsibility by providing professional services at no fee or a reduced fee to persons of limited means or to public service or charitable groups or organizations, by service in activities in improving the law, the legal system, or the legal profession, and by financial support for organizations that provide legal services to persons of limited means.” 
Now would be a great time to review your commitment to pro bono requirements. We encourage all MBA members to participate in this celebration by providing counsel, advice, and representation to low income individuals and organizations that serve them. 
In Mobile, we formalized our pro bono program by incorporating the Mobile Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program in 2003. The name changed in 2012 when the program became the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program. They have many needs right now. You are eligible to receive one hour of CLE for every six pro bono hours credited through approved pro bono providers, for a maximum of three hours of CLE credits per year. 
While you are at it, please also consider making a donation to the charitable arm of our Bar, the Mobile Bar Foundation. Any donation you make stays right here in our community, and supports organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Child Advocacy Center, Legal Services Alabama, the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission, and others. 
This month, legal organizations across the country are commemorating the vitally important contributions of American lawyers. Thank you for participating and helping alleviate the growing demand for free or reduced fee legal services.

Friday, October 18th at 11:45 a.m.

The Admiral Hotel
251 Government Street

Guest speakers are Alabama State Bar President Christy Crow and Executive Director Phillip McCallum
They will bring us up to date on the State of the Bar and answer your questions. You will receive one hour of MCLE credit for attending the luncheon. 

Please make your reservation in advance.

Our sponsor for the meeting is:
Ann's Article
Wow! It’s been one year serving as your Executive Director. The time has gone by so fast. What a great year it has been. We have accomplished so much in the last year. I’ve said this before, but the one thing I continue to enjoy about this job is meeting and working with a great group of people. Your passion for your profession is inspiring.

October will be a busy month for the Mobile Bar Association. Be sure to join us at our membership luncheon where Alabama State Bar President Christy Crow and Executive Director Phillip McCallum will discuss the State of the Bar. For attending the meeting, you will receive one hour of CLE credit. Please register in advance so that we will be prepared for you. Click here to register .

The month of October is recognized as Pro Bono month. The Alabama State Bar recently issued an article that states Alabama leads the nation in its pro bono work. Pro bono attorneys in this state have closed nearly three times the numbers of cases as pro bono attorneys in other states. In addition, Alabama has one of the highest lawyer enrollment rates in pro bono programs in the country, and the highest per capita rate of pro bono assistance by private lawyers. Kudos, and thank you for volunteering with our South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program (SAVLP). Your work is making a difference.

Immediately following our October Membership Luncheon, we will partner with SAVLP and offer a free CLE to those that volunteer with the SAVLP program. Our Mentoring Committee will also be a part of the program, which will focus on the topic of mediation. If you are interested in attending the seminar, please click here .

Speaking of CLE opportunities, we will also have our New Lawyer Orientation on Tuesday, October 29, and the Mentoring Committee will hold their all-day Fundamental with a Mock Trial on Friday, October 25. Finally, the Bench and Bar committee has been busy all summer preparing for the conference. They are very close to announcing the full schedule for the conference. Continue to check your emails! Registration for all events will be emailed out very soon.

Mobile Bar Foundation is also hard at work preparing for Tri the Gulf triathlon. It will be held on Saturday, October 19 on Dauphin Island. It is the only triathlon held in Mobile County and has a lot of support in the swim, bike and run community. Registration from participants is going great! It takes a lot of moving parts to make it happen. This means we are still in need volunteers and we need YOU. Grab your friends and family and volunteer. It is an excellent way to support and give back to the community. To volunteer, click here and register .

Also, the Foundation is accepting grant applications for the 2019 year. The deadline to submit your application is Thursday, October 31, 2019. Last year, the Foundation awarded grants to 10 non-profit agencies that aligned their programs and service with the mission of the Foundation. For more information on the application process, please click here .

The Executive Committee recently approved a new website for the Mobile Bar Association. The website will provide you direct access to the Association. You will be able to log in, pay your dues, register for upcoming events and sign up to serve on committees and sections with just a click of a button. Additionally, we will implement several new programs/benefits with the new website. The website is projected to go live on December 30, 2019. Tammy and I are in the process of being trained on the different programs. We will continue to communicate and even offer informational meetings as we approach the launch date.

I close with one of my favorite quotes by Sir Isaac Newton… “ If I have seen further than others it was only by standing on the shoulders of giants. ” Thank you again for being a member of the Mobile Bar Association and giving back to our community. Your hard work and dedication has built a strong foundation and gained respect in the community. Many thanks to Jean Powers and Mark Newell. Your help and support over the last year are immeasurable. Also, many thanks to Tammy. We have completed and implemented a lot of new items over the year. Now… let’s get busy and make the Mobile Bar Association the best in the country.
Please mark your calendars for our upcoming 2019 CLE schedule.

October 2019 ----- Topic -------------------------------- Time ------------------------- Location
October 18 ---------- SAVLP -------------------------------1:30 PM - 4:45 PM ------The Admiral Hotel
October 25 -----------Mentoring Committee ------------8:00 AM - 5:00 PM ------Federal Courthouse
--------------------------Fundamentals - Mock Trial
October 29 -----------New Lawyer Orientation -------10:30 AM - 4:30 PM ----- Regions RSA Board Rm.

November 15 ----- --Federal Law Update -------------1:30 PM - 4:45 PM -------Federal Courthouse
November 18 --------Workmen's Comp Section ----12:00 PM --------------------The Athelstan Club
--------------------------Lunch and Learn
November 22 --------CLE by the Hour ------------------8:00 AM - 5:00 PM ------The Admiral Hotel

December 6 ----------Bench and Bar -------------------12:30 PM - 5:30 PM ----- Marriott's Grand Hotel
December 13 --------Civil Law Update ------------------1:30 PM - 4:45 PM ------The Admiral Hotel

January 2020
January 17 -----------Criminal Law Update -------------1:30 PM - 4:45 PM ------TBD

  • December 6 - BENCH AND BAR

By Kasee S. Heisterhagen, Secretary
The MBA Women Lawyers will hold their October meeting at  Red or White (1104 Dauphin Street) at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, October 8 . Thank you to everyone who attended our September meeting and enjoyed the 2019-2020 Supreme Court term preview.  
If you have any questions or would like to join the MBA Women Lawyers, please email Laura Coker at  or Kasee Heisterhagen at .  
By Jean M. Powers, Chair  
The Nominating Committee of the Mobile Bar Association recently met and selected the following members as the slate of officers for the 2020 year. All positions are one-year term. The slate will be presented at the October Membership Meeting and then voted on at the November Membership Meeting. They are: 
President Elect – Charles J. Potts 
Vice President – D. Brian Murphy 
Secretary – Jennifer S. Holifield 
Assistant Treasurer – James Alexander Steadman 
By Weathers Bolt, President

The Young Lawyers would like to thank Cunningham Bounds for hosting a great September meeting at Ruth’s Chris. We certainly appreciate their continued support.

The October meeting will be hosted by The Citrin Firm on October 17th at Five Rivers Delta Center on the Causeway, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
The Young Lawyers invite you to our First Annual Trivia Fundraiser on November 1, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at Moe’s Original BBQ! Test your knowledge of the trivial and challenge your peers for honor, pride, and prizes! The Fundraiser will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of South Alabama to help it open five new learning centers at local elementary schools.

Please enter your team of up to six people by e-mailing our Vice President, Catherine Spann ( ) or me ( ) before October 29th. The fundraiser is open to all members of the bar and related professions. Prosecutors v. defense attorneys? Plaintiff bar v. defense bar? State judges v. federal judges? Enter if you want a chance to be crowned the “Smartest Lawyer in Mobile.” Entry fees are $250 per team.

We are also accepting sponsorships at the following levels:

Event/Food Sponsor - $3,000 (exclusive)
  • Your business will be featured at the Trivia Event.
  • The Master of Ceremonies will make a special mention of your company and an opportunity to have a representative from your company speak at the event.
  • Prominent logo position on promotional items and support acknowledged in emails and social media promotions
  • Free team and table for your guests at the Trivia Event.

Drink Sponsor - $1,000 (exclusive)
  • Your business will receive promotion as the drink sponsor for the event.
  • The Master of Ceremonies will make a special mention of your company.

Gold Sponsors - $200
  • Your business will be acknowledged in emails and social media promotions.
  • Public acknowledgement at the event.

Prize Sponsors – donate in-kind prizes to be awarded at the event
  • Your business will receive benefits and recognition on a case-by-case basis – please contact for further detail.

Please make checks payable to “Mobile Young Lawyers” and send them to our Treasurer, Blake Richardson, at the following address:

Blake Richardson
Burr & Foreman, LLP
11 North Water Street, Suite 22200
Mobile, Alabama 36602

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 ( ). 
By Suntrease Williams-Maynard, President

Meet and Greet: U. S. District Court Judge Terry F. Moorer 
Thursday, October 10, 2019 
Location: Mobile History Museum | 111 South Royal Street 
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM  

On Tuesday, September 24th, the Vernon Z Crawford Bar  hosted their National Voters Registration project in conjunction with students from W.P. Davidson High School. As a result, 153 students were registered to vote!!  
Should you wish to be added directly to the mailing list for the VZC Bar, please email President Suntrease Williams-Maynard at  to stay abreast of upcoming events! 

The Mobile Bar Association is to select two lawyers, who live and work in Mobile County, to serve on the Mobile County Judicial Nominating Commission. This is a six-year term. Last year, you voted Pete Mackey to fill Place One. Now, it is now time to vote and fill Place Two. Warren Butler currently serves in Place Two and will complete his six-year term on January 15, 2020.  
The Mobile Bar Association Executive Committee is to select two candidates for the position.  
The two candidates selected are Charles J. Potts and Arthur T. Powell, III.  
The two candidate names were presented to you in mid-September. At that time, a Mobile County practicing attorney could submit their name as an additional candidate by nominating themselves in writing and have supporting signatures from 10 Mobile County practicing attorneys. The timeline to submit the names is September 30, 2019. We did not receive any additional Mobile County practicing attorneys to submit their names to be considered as candidate on the ballot.  
Now it is time to vote. Later today, you will receive a ballot to cast your vote on one of the two candidates. You will have until Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. to cast your ballot. Once all ballots have been received and qualified, we will notify you of the results.
      The Supreme Court in Ex parte Weeks , No. 2180658 (Ala., August 30, 2019), held that the concept of jurisdictional “standing” was limited to case involving “public-law” issues and not to cases involving “private-law” issues. Accordingly, because the mandamus petition was based solely on whether the plaintiff had “standing” and because the cause involved only a “private-law” matter, the Court denied the writ of mandamus. In effect, the Court held that the “private-law” equivalent to the alleged lack of standing was a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim on which relief could be granted.

           In a case of first impression, the Supreme Court in Ex parte Trinity Property Consultants, LLC , No. 1180642 (Ala., August 30, 2019), reversed a Court of Civil Appeals’ opinion to the contrary and held that a process server’s single attempt at service, consisting of a knock at the door, constituted sufficient effort to serve a tenant under the Alabama Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.

Interested in volunteering with the MBA? Your membership in the MBA can provide you meaningful and valuable contributions to the legal profession in Mobile County. Membership connects lawyers with each other, judges and the community. Membership also brings you the opportunity to volunteer in one or more of the MBA's committees and sections. It's now time to start considering how you would like to make an impact in the legal community for the 2020 year. Soon, you will receive a Committee and Section Interest Form. Please consider serving on a committee and/or section.

Get involved! Make an impact! Volunteer with the Mobile Bar Association!
By Dru Lauren Bishop, Pro Bono Manager   
It’s time to celebrate pro bono! Every October the Alabama State Bar sponsors a coordinated statewide effort to showcase the contributions that pro bono lawyers make to the State, the justice system, and to the clients they serve. Thanks to the Mobile Bar Association and the Mobile area attorneys who have participated in Celebrate Pro Bono events over the last 11 years and to all who have taken (and continue to take) pro bono cases. Your clients, your community, and the SAVLP staff appreciate all that you do. 
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:   
  • October 10, 2019: Monthly Mobile Legal Advice Clinic (1-3 pm) 
  • October 15, 2019: Bi-Monthly Prodisee Pantry Clinic (1-3 pm) 
  • October 18, 2019: SAVLP Annual CLE (1:30- 4:45 pm) 
  • October 21, 2019: Guardianship Clinic for Augusta Evans School 
  • November 7, 2019: Wills for Heroes Clinic at the Alabama EMS Conference in Orange Beach 
Many thanks to the attorneys who volunteered for the September Attorney for the Day Clinic: Tom Boller, Jason Crane, Kip Sharpe, Hendrik Snow, and Bill Watts. We had a huge turnout and could not have seen so many clients without all of you! 
If you are interested in volunteering at a clinic, email  for more information on clinic opportunities. You also can sign up for our monthly volunteer opportunity email.  
If you have not made a contribution to SAVLP this year, please consider doing so. Your contributions allow us to serve neighbors in need. Contributions can be made via check or on our website at
By Ruth Lichtenfeld, Chair

Attention to the well-being of lawyers is not optional. A recent survey reported that more than 250,000 lawyers in the United States are afflicted by substance abuse related to alcohol and/or drugs. Depression typically accompanies substance abuse; however, it is not always discernable whether the depression leads to substance abuse or arises because of substance abuse. Lawyers who are battling substance abuse may fly under the radar for a time period. Even if it is not apparent initially, those who are battling substance abuse are typically unable to give full attention to the demands of their jobs, which leads to decreased productivity, and ultimately may expose the firm to risk of claims of legal malpractice.  
Many firms recognize the need to support the well-being of lawyers and staff but may need some help to get started. The American Bar Association (“ABA”) created the ABA Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession (“ABA Working Group”), which targets substance abuse disorders as well as mental health issues among lawyers. The ABA initiative calls for law firms to sign a pledge that recognized there exists high levels of substance abuse and mental health issues and acknowledges that more “can and should be done” to improve the health and well-being of lawyers. The pledge also includes an agreement that the firm will work to adopt and prioritize the seven-point framework created by the ABA Working Group. Even if your firm is not ready to or interested in signing the pledge, the seven-point framework can serve as a roadmap toward supporting the overall well-being of the firm’s lawyers and staff. 

The seven points are: 
  1. Provide enhanced and robust education to attorneys and staff on topics related to well-being, mental health, and substance use disorders. 
  2. Disrupt the status quo of drinking-based events: challenge the expectation that all events include alcohol; seek creative alternatives; ensure there are always appealing non-alcoholic alternatives when alcohol is served. 
  3. Develop visible partnerships with outside resources committed to reducing substance use disorders and mental health distress in the profession: healthcare insurers, lawyer assistance programs, Employee Assistance Programs, and experts in the field. 
  4. Provide confidential access to addiction and mental health experts and resources, including free, in-house, self-assessment tools.  
  5. Develop proactive policies and protocols to support assessment and treatment of substance use and mental health problems, including a defined back-to-work policy following treatment. 
  6. Actively and consistently demonstrated that help-seeking and self-care are core cultural values, by regularly supporting programs to improve physical, mental and emotional well-being. 
  7. Highlight the adoption of this well-being framework to attract and retain the best lawyers and staff.  (  
The ABA has a multitude of resources aimed toward fostering the well-being of lawyers and staff in the workplace. The resources are found at .  

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.
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 that the MBA Executive Committee has placed on a special YouTube playlist accessible on its website.

In 2018, the Archives and History Committee interviewed Barbara Rhodes, who served as Executive Director of the Mobile Bar Association for a period of 38 years from 1980 until her retirement in November 2018. The interview was conducted on August 16, 2018, by Sandy Robinson. Unlike the video interviews we performed of many of the senior MBA attorneys which dealt with the life and activities of the individual interviewee, the interview of Barbara Rhodes represents a recitation of her interactions with the leaders of the MBA, many of whom are now deceased, for the many years she served as Executive Director. In my opinion it constitutes a 38-year irreplaceable history of this bar association.

Barbara Rhodes stated that she returned to Mobile with her family in 1970. Her father, mother, brother and his family all resided here. Her initial employment was with the South Alabama Medical Services. She did not know any Mobile attorneys at that time but was friends with Ruth Norris, the first Mobile Bar Association Executive Director. Ruth Norris, after serving two years as MBA Executive Director, was moving out of town with her husband, and contacted Barbara Rhodes to assess her interest in applying for the position. Barbara said she would like to apply and did so. The Mobile Bar Association arranged for an interview with her which was conducted by Boyd Reeves and Mylan Engel. She met with them for about an hour and half and says she enjoyed her meeting with them. They recommended Barbara’s employment for the position to the MBA Executive Committee and she was employed as Executive Director.

Among the interesting attorneys she met on her new job was J. Ed Thornton who was the founding editor of the MBA Bulletin. As part of her duties, Barbara submitted an article to Mr. Thornton about MBA Activities each month for publication in the Bulletin. She recites in her testimony about an anecdote she heard when a young attorney employed by Tom Johnston went down from his office to the street for some errand without wearing a coat. When Mr. Thornton saw the young attorney, he reprimanded him, and informed the young attorney that he should not be in public without his coat. Mr. Thornton was well-known for always wearing a coat, tie, and hat, and being very formally dressed on all occasions. Barbara had many interesting stories about her encounters with the leaders of the MBA, and I think that all attorneys would enjoy her presentation of interesting events that took place during her tenure as Executive Director.
DIED:  On August 21, 2019, Peggy S. Fuquay, mother of MBA member  Richard Fuquay , passed away. Mrs. Fuquay was a resident of Fairhope, a member of the Fairhope Christian Church, and a member of the Nix Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene W. Fuquay. She is survived by her three sons, eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. 
DIED:  On August 22, 2019, Marjorie Tanner Chavers, mother of MBA member  Stoney Chavers  and wife of retired bailiff William S.  “Mr. Bill” Chavers , passed away peacefully at home. For over 35 years Mrs. Chavers taught children at Wilmer Elementary and Wilmer United Methodist Church. She enjoyed travel, antiquing, reading, and an occasional penny wage in Mississippi. Mrs. Chavers was predeceased by her husband and is survived by her two sons and three grandchildren. 
DIED:  On September 11, 2019, Josephine Koury Zoghby, mother of MBA Member  Alex Zoghby  and grandmother of MBA members  Judge George Zoghby  and  Garrett Zoghby , died peacefully while surrounded by her family. Mrs. Zoghby was an active volunteer raising funds for the Mobile Opera Guild and had a great love for cooking delectable Lebanese cuisine and fine pastries. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 66 years, Emile Joseph Zoghby. Mrs. Zoghby is survived by her two sons, four daughters, fifteen grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. 
KUDOS:  MBA member  Bill McCranie , a 4th degree black belt, won American Taekwondo Association World Titles in Combat Weapons Sparring, Creative Forms, and Extreme Martial Arts forms in his age division during the World Championship Expo Competition held in July 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas. 
The St. Thomas More Society will be sponsoring the Celebration of the Red Mass on October 4, 2019, with Archbishop Rodi being Celebrant at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, beginning at noon. This Special Mass asks for God’s blessings on our Judicial System and elected officials. If you would like to join the St. Thomas More Society, or participate more fully in the Red Mass Celebration, please contact Brenda Hetrick at 251-341-0405. 
The Indigent Defense Advisory Board for the 13th Judicial Circuit of Alabama is now accepting applications from anyone interested for the newly formed position of Director of Mobile County Public Defender's Office . Applications must be submitted and received by the Indigent Defense Advisory Board by the close of business on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.The applications along with five additional copies, should be submitted to:Judge John R. Lockett, Chairman, Indigent Defense Advisory Board, 205 Government Street, Courtroom 8600, Mobile, Alabama 36644.
Prominent downtown firm seeking a litigation attorney with 2 to 4 years of experience to join our team. Must be licensed to practice in Alabama (Mississippi and/or Florida would be a plus) with experience in state and federal court litigation, motion practice, deposition and court appearances. Attributes should be well organized, dependable and a team player. Mail your resume to Post Office Box 2047, Mobile, Alabama, 36652. 
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 FOR LEASE: Beautiful, spacious office in an historic home in the beautiful DeTonti Square neighborhood. Ample onsite parking with EV charging station, conference room, waiting area, kitchenette, plus optional space for staff. Receptionist onsite. Internet provided. A block from the Federal and Bankruptcy Courthouses. Perfect for a solo, or out of town firm desiring Mobile presence. 205 N. Conception St. Contact  HENRY BREWSTER at 251-338-0630 or
DOWNTOWN OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE:  After Greg Hughes has retired, three 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. 251-433-3671 ext 2 or 251-509-5903 or at  
Maury Friedlander, who passed away in 2014, served as an attorney in Mobile for over 50 years.  Maury was a dedicated public servant and philanthropist throughout his life, with emphasis on assisting special needs children and adults.  His passion for helping others can be attested to by all who knew him. His special-needs daughter, Harryl Amy Friedlander (Amy), was his inspiration. Amy had lived at Mulherin for over 4 decades. Amy has recently passed away. The Maury Friedlander Endowment Fund has been established, in memory of Amy, for the benefit of the Mulherin Custodial Home.  Mulherin is home to more than 30 special-needs children and adults, some of whom have no remaining family and/or financial support. We are asking for those who wish to honor Maury to please donate to Mulherin or to the Maury Friedlander Endowment Fund. You can donate directly to Mulherin through their website,  or to the Endowment by mailing a check to The Mulherin Custodial Home, 2469 Halls Mill Road, Mobile, AL 36606. 

TO: ------Members of the Mobile Bar Association

FROM: John R. Lockett, Presiding Circuit Court Judge
-----------JoJo Schwarzauer, Circuit Clerk 13th Judicial Circuit

Thanks to the financial support pledged to the 13th Judicial Circuit by the Mobile County Commission and the City of Mobile, we will be restoring some of the services previously lost due to prior financial shortfalls. Because we are able to fill some of the positions lost to inadequate funding, and maintain several of those threatened by layoff, the following changes will be implemented:

  1. Effective October 1, 2019, the clerk's office will no longer be closed from noon until 1 :00 p.m on business days. It will again be open for all normal business hours. Also, effective on October 1st, the clerk's office will be restoring full telephone service, and begin answering their telephones during all normal business hours.
  2. After last years budget shortfalls, jury trial weeks were initially reduced from 32 to 24. We will be adding 3 additional weeks of jury trials during the last quarter of this year. During calendar year 2020, we will return to 30 weeks of jury trials.

Thank you in advance for your patience as we begin to ramp up the activities as the support staff is slowly increased.
Sign-up and volunteer for Tri the Gulf. It is NOW OPEN!

The Mobile Bar Foundation is asking all Mobile Bar Association members, co-workers, family and friends to get involved and support Tri the Gulf triathlon. 

Tri the Gulf is the largest fundraiser for the Mobile Bar Foundation. This event allows the Foundation to fulfill its mission to support programs and services that improve the legal system, promote justice and betterment of the legal profession, which is our community. 

Ways YOU can get involved: 
  • Volunteer
  • Make a tax deductible donation
  • Share Tri the Gulf social media posts about the triathlon to your contacts

We can not make this happen without YOUR help and support. Get out and volunteer in YOUR community. Make a true difference. To volunteer, please click the link down below. If you have any additional questions about volunteering, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Mark Erwin by phone at 251.574.6115 or by email at .

In memory of Jerry McDowell
By: McDowell Knight Roedder & Sledge

In memory of Don Brutkiewicz and Jerry McDowell
By: Irvin Grodsky

In memory of Jerry McDowell
By: Kathy Miller and Charles Fleming

In memory of Jerry McDowell
By: Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sims
The Mobile Bar Foundation is now accepting grant applications for the 2019 year. On an annual basis, The Mobile Bar Foundation awards grants to area non-profit agencies that align their programs and services with the mission of the Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to support programs and services that improve the legal system, the administration of justice and promote the betterment of the legal profession and Mobile community.

Applications are due by Thursday, October 31, 2019. For more information on the eligibility requirements and the application process, please click here.
Please consider making a tax deductible donation to the Mobile Bar Foundation:

Name: ____________________________________________________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________________________________
Phone: _______________________________________ E-Mail: _____________________________________
YES, I want to make a donation to the Mobile Bar Foundation -
In honor/memory of: ______________________________________________________________________
Acknowledgement sent to:

Name ____________________________________________________________________________________
Address: __________________________________________________________________________________
YES, I want to become a member of the Mobile Bar Foundation -

__ Life member ($5000, can be paid in up to 5 annual installments
__ Sustaining Member ($100 or more annually)
__ Regular Member ($50 - $99 annually)
__ Member of MBA practicing 5 years or less ($25 - $99)
__ I would like more information on including the Foundation in my estate planning

I donate my gift of: $__________

Check: __________ (Please make checks payable to the Mobile Bar Foundation)
*Credit Card: Visa/Mastercard# ____________________________________________________________
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Mail to: Mobile Bar Foundation, P.O. Drawer 2005, Mobile, AL 36652

* All credit card transactions will incur a $2.00 processing fee.
Andy Citrin's CLE & Delta Party
Date: Thursday, October 17th
Location: Five Rivers Delta Center
CLE Credits: 4 hours with 1 hour of ethics
For more information or to register, call 251.888.8999.

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 
Thursday, October 3
Lawyers Helping Lawyers Meeting
205 Church Street

Friday, October 4
Celebration of the Red Mass
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Tuesday, October 8
Women Lawyers Meeting
Red or White

Thursday, October 10
Executive Committee Meeting
The Athelstan Club

Thursday, October 10
Vernon Z Crawford Bar Meet and Greet
Mobile History Museum

Tuesday, October 15
MBA Bulletin Articles Due

Thursday, October 17
Lawyers Helping Lawyers Meeting
205 Church Street

Thursday, October 17
Young Lawyers Section Meeting
Five Rivers Delta Center
Friday, October 18
Membership Luncheon
The Admiral Hotel

Friday, October 18
SAVLP and Mentoring - MCLE opportunity
The Admiral Hotel

Saturday, October 19
Tri the Gulf
Dauphin Island, AL

Thursday, October 24
Grievance Committee Meeting
The Athelstan Club

Friday, October 25
Mentoring Committee's Fundamental Mock Trial - MCLE opportunity
Federal Courthouse

Tuesday, October 29
New Lawyer Orientation
Regions Bank RSA Tower Board Room
Listed below are members that are celebrating birthdays in October:
Kelly Janene Adams 
Donna Smith Ames 
J. Donald Banks 
Robert A. Beckerle 
Patricia Nicole Beyer 
John Philip Browning 
Donald A. Burton, Jr. 
Annette McDermott Carwie 
John Gregory Carwie 
Walter G. (Stoney) Chavers 
Dru Lauren Clark 
Christine A. Clolinger 
Reed M. Coleman 
Terri C. Cordova 
Aurelius Evans Crowe 
Jason Bradley Darley 
Brian A. Dasinger 
Vedran Dedic 
Jarrett Joseph Dixon 
John W. Donald, Jr. 
James Brian Duncan, Jr. 
A. Patrick Dungan 
Jonathan Blake Friedlander 
Thomas O. Gaillard, III 
Ian F. Gaston 
John D. Gibbons 
Christopher Morris Gill 
Walter T. Gilmer, Jr. 
Lars Thomas Granade 
James P. Green 
Paula A. Griffith 
Edward Barrett Hails 
Kelley Joiner Hails 
Patricia Winston Hall 
Matthew Hilton Hambrick 
Charles Andrew Harrell, Jr. 
Mark E. Harris 
Joseph Walton Jackson 
David L. Kane 
Florence A. Kessler 
John Harman Leech, Jr. 
Ruth Roberts Lichtenfeld 
Leigh C. Lods 
Charles Bennett Long 
Rachel Emfinger Mahoney 
Chad Christopher Marchand 
Douglas R. Martin 
Steven Anthony Martino 
Kevin Francis Masterson 
Matthew C. McDonald 
Leslie Winn McElderry 
Joseph Frederick McGowin 
William A. Menas, II 
L. Daniel Mims 
Mark A. Newell 
Kenneth Allen Nixon 
Rebecca Donelson Parks 
Nicki E. Patterson 
David R. Peeler 
Jessica Pilgrim 
Charles J. Potts 
Susan Lloyd Potts 
John Ritchie Macpherson Prince 
Caroline T. Pryor 
Samuel Fraser Reid, III 
Robert Joseph Riccio 
Edward Luckett Robinson, II 
Jannea Suzanne Rogers 
Daniel Thornton Seawell 
Clifford C. (Kip) Sharpe 
Tammy Lynn Shaw 
William E. Shreve, Jr. 
Donna Wesson Smalley 
Tiffany Bock Smith 
Joseph David Steadman 
Bryan Anthony Thames 
Joseph D. Thetford 
Robert Scott Traweek 
David Christopher Tufts 
Thomas Brian Walsh 
R. Gregory Watts 
Kimberly Bell Whidden 
Aaron Mathew Wiley 
Theresa N. Williamson 
Jamie Alisa Wilson 
Mark C. Wolfe
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