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Lifetime Achievement Award

The BBA Lifetime Achievement Award Committee was created in 1972 to recognize outstanding and distinguished member(s) of the Bar.  Then-President Stan Starnes established the Committee, which recommends proposed recipient(s) to the BBA Executive Committee for approval.  The criteria for evaluating nominees, in order of priority, is:

1) Service to the Birmingham Bar Association;

2) Service to the community, state and nation; and

3) Professional achievement as a practicing attorney.

 Past Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award (f/k/a Outstanding Lawyer of the Year):

1964 RODERICK BEDDOW, SR.*
1973 FRANK E. SPAIN *
1974 LEIGH M. CLARK*
1975 SHUFORD B. SMYER *
1976 DOUGLAS ARANT *
1978 FRANK BAINBRIDGE, SR.*
1979 LUCIEN D. GARDNER, JR.*
1980 FRANCIS H. HARE *
1981 BRYANT WHITMIRE, SR.*
1982 WALTER L. MIMS *
1983 JOHN W. GILLON *
1984 HERBERT W. PETERSON*
1985 ABE BERKOWTIZ *
1986 JAMES O. HALEY *
1987 ORMOND SOMERVILLE *

1988 DOUGLAS P. CORRETTI*
1989 ARTHUR D. SHORES *
1990 E. M. FRIEND, JR. *
1991 RODERICK BEDDOW, JR.*
1992 BIBB ALLEN *
1993 JOHN N. BRYAN, JR.
1994 JEROME A. COOPER *
1995 J. MASON DAVIS
1996 FRANK DOMINICK *
1997 JAMES K. BAKER *
1998 L. DREW REDDEN *
1999 NEAL C. NEWELL *
2000 E. RAY LARGE *
2001 THOMAS N. CARRUTHERS
2002 JAMES C. BARTON, SR.*
2003 FRANK M. BAINBRIDGE
2004 WILLIAM B. HAIRSTON, JR.*

2005 H. HOBART GROOMS, JR.
2005 WILLIAM S. PRITCHARD, JR.
2007 ALEX W. NEWTON*
2008 J. N. HOLT*
2009 JACK B. PORTERFIELD, JR.
2010 JAMES L. NORTH
2011 CHARLES DENABURG
2012 HON. J. SCOTT VOWELL
2013 WILLIAM M. (BILL) DAWSON
2014 MICHAEL D. FREEMAN*
2015 WILLIAM N. (BILL) CLARK


*DECEASED

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