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 Sullivan Roberson, 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.