American Bar Association President H. Thomas Wells, Jr. delivered the keynote address at an awards banquet held as part of Legal Services Alabama's annual staff training conference in November 2008. An Alabama resident, Wells is a partner and founding member of a Birmingham law firm that focuses on environmental, tort, and product liability law. He is also dedicated to increasing access to justice for low-income Americans. He recently sent a letter to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation urging it to insure Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts, which provide a major source of funding for legal aid programs nationwide. He also blogs on the topic for the bar association's Web site. The awards banquet provided the legal aid program with an opportunity to recognize three of its employees for their outstanding contributions over the past year. Alabama State Bar president J. Mark White and Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb also spoke at the event.
In photo: Wells, left, stands with Legal Services Alabama Employee of the Year Jaffe Pickett and state bar president Mark White.
- From the LSC Updates December 5, 2008