Bob Esdale was honored on June 18th as he prepared to retire from his position as Clerk of the Alabama Supreme Court. Bob has served with distinction in that position for the past 30 years. His retirement was effective on June 30th. A ceremony recognizing Bob’s long and distinguished career was held in the rotunda of the State Judicial Building on Dexter Avenue. It was attended by present and former Supreme Court justices, including current state Chief Justice Roy Moore. Many past Presidents of the Alabama State Bar were in attendance. Among many tributes, a portrait of the retiring clerk was presented to the court by Montgomery lawyer Walter Byars, a past Bar president, on behalf of a group of Alabama lawyers. The portrait will hang in the judicial building.
As clerk of the court, Bob was responsible for filing and maintaining court records, financial files, employee records and copies of legal documents. But beyond the basics, he was responsible for coordinating the many activities of the justices and their staffs. That’s a job that requires a great deal of finesse, organization and people skills. Perhaps, Bob’s greatest asset may be his ability to get along with lawyers on both sides of the litigation bar. He has had the unique ability to keep all of these lawyers “reasonably happy!”
During the course of his career, Bob served with eight chief justices and 30 associate justices. He watched the judicial system move from paper to electronic systems of record keeping. The ability to work well with courts made up of majority Democrats and majority Republicans served Bob and the people of Alabama well.
Bob is a member of the Saint Mary’s on the Highlands. He is married to the former Susanne Sageser Flack, and they have six children: Graham, James, and Phillip Esdale, Mary Masoner, Wesley Winebrenner, and Hunter Flack. We are pleased to have one of Bob’s sons, Graham, in our firm. Graham is a shareholder in our Personal Injury / Product Liability section. Bob Esdale, a good man, has had a tremendously successful career. He will be missed at the Supreme Court. We wish him the very best in his retirement.
Source: The Montgomery Independent
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