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Two White Arnold & Dowd Attorneys Tapped for Leadership Roles in the Alabama State Bar’s Young Lawyers Section

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Attorneys from across Alabama take on leadership roles in state bar’s Young Lawyers Section

By Kelsey Stein

Montgomery, AL – More than a dozen young attorneys from across Alabama will take on roles as officers or members of the executive committee of the Alabama State Bar’s Young Lawyers Section for the 2013-2014 year.

The 3,500-member section elected Montgomery lawyer W. Christopher “Chris” Waller Jr. as president. Waller, who earned his degree at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, is a partner with the firm of Ball Ball Matthews & Novak PA.

Other officers for 2013-2014 hail from across the state, with two from Birmingham and two from Mobile:

  • Vice President – Brandon D. Hughey, of Mobile firm Ambrecht Jackson LLP
  • Secretary – S. Hughston Nichols, of Birmingham firm Hare Wynn Newell & Newton LLP
  • Treasurer – Charles E. (Chip) Tait, of Mobile firm Vickers Riis Murray & Curran LLC
  • Immediate Past President – Kitty Rogers Brown, of Birmingham firm White Arnold & Dowd PC

The Young Lawyers Section is composed of attorneys who are 36 and younger, or those who have been admitted to the bar for three years or less. The section conducts a continuing legal education seminar and sponsors service projects to help the public understand the law.

The section conducts community service and outreach projects, such as collaborating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide disaster relief assistance.

At FEMA’s request, the attorneys provide pro bono disaster-related legal services to low-income victims of federally declared disasters through a hotline and by working at clinics and resource centers.

Each year, section members also conduct a Minority Pre-Law Conference designed to introduce high school juniors and seniors to the American justice system. Minority lawyers work one-on-one with central Alabama teenagers, who participate in a case study, give fact scenarios and participate as jurors in a trial.

The section is governed by a 28-person executive committee, with 11 newly elected members from firms in Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile and Montgomery:

  • Evan G. Allen, of Montgomery firm Beasley Allen Crow Methvin Portis & Miles PC
  • Jesse K. Anderson, of Montgomery firm Jackson Anderson & Patty PC
  • Ashley W. Davis, of Huntsville’s LogiCore
  • Lisha Li Graham, of Birmingham firm White Arnold & Dowd PC
  • Alysia J. Harris, of Birmingham firm Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC
  • Vanesa Hernandez, of Birmingham firm Maynard Cooper & Gale PC
  • M. Lee Johnsey, Jr., of Birmingham firm Balch & Bingham LLP
  • Neah L. Mitchell, of Birmingham firm Balch & Bingham LLP
  • Dorothy “Dottie” Barker Perry, of Mobile firm Burns Cunningham & Mackey PC
  • L. Robert Shreve, of Mobile firm Luther Collier Hodges & Cash LLP
  • Amy Hill Nation, of Huntsville firm Wilmer & Lee PA