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L. Burton Barnes, III, Public Service Award
NOTE:  The nomination period for the 2016 L. Burton Barnes, III, Public Service Award is now open.  Nominations will be accepted through Friday, October 28, 2016.  All nominations and supporting materials must be scanned and e-mailed to Alyssa Prater at not later than October 28, 2016.

Please access and download a nomination form here.

Established in 1994, the Birmingham Bar Association L. Burton Barnes III Public Service Award recognizes one or more members of the Birmingham Bar Association who have given freely of their time and energy in public service for the benefit and betterment of the general public. Any member of the Alabama State Bar may nominate a member of the Birmingham Bar Association for the award, and the award is presented at the Birmingham Bar Association's annual meeting each year.

Former recipients of this annual award are Frank Dominick, Tim Smith, Duncan Blair, Nina Miglionico, Tom Carruthers, Frank M. Young III, John L. Cole, Carol H. Stewart, Georgia Haggerty, Martha Jane Patton, Judge Orson L. (Pete) Johnson, Kirby Sevier, James Rotch, Cathy Wright, Richard Carmody, John T. (Jack) Carney, Jr., William N. (Bill) Clark, Drayton Nabers, Jr., Frances King Quick, John C. Hall, III, Lisa W. Borden, and Elena Lovoy.

The Public Service Award honors the memory of L. Burton Barnes, III, a distinguished member of the Birmingham Bar Association until his untimely death on April 30, 1994. Burton was a true champion of public service, serving his community freely and quietly. Burton’s commitment to public service establishes a lofty standard of public service and serves as an inspiration for other members of the Birmingham Bar Association.


 The criteria for evaluating the nominees for the award are as follows:
1. Nominee must be a member of the Birmingham Bar Association.
2. Exemplary public service to the community through participation in charitable and service organizations;
3. Demonstrated dedication and sacrifice of time and effort for public service for the betterment of others which is in no way related to personal or professional gain;
4. Excellent reputation in the community for honesty and integrity in public and private matters; and,
5. Demonstrated public service without direct or indirect efforts to obtain personal publicity or individual recognition.

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