(BIRMINGHAM) The Birmingham Bar Association received the 2014 LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Award at the American Bar Association annual meeting on August 7, in Boston, Massachusetts. The Award honors outstanding bar public service and law-related education programs, and was presented to the Birmingham Bar in recognition of its Journey for Justice Project co-sponsored by the Magic City Bar Association and the Birmingham Bar Foundation.
The Journey for Justice Project is a multi-dimensional initiative that combines the Emmy-nominated documentary, “Preserving Justice,” with a teaching toolkit for presentation in high schools and colleges nationwide. Since October 2013, volunteer attorneys have made presentations to more than 1,000 high school, college and law school students in Alabama alone. “The documentary tells the story of courageous attorneys and judges who challenged discriminatory laws and practices in Birmingham in 1963, and is presented not only as a record of those historic events, but also as inspiration to continue the important work of advancing access to justice,” said Robin Burrell, President of the Birmingham Bar Association.
Contact Nikki Tucker Thomas, Executive Director of the Birmingham Bar Foundation, at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to obtain the documentary and teaching toolkit.
Founded in 1885, the Birmingham Bar Association is one of the oldest local bar associations in the United States, with membership of approximately 4,000 lawyers and judges.