I am pleased to report that two Beasley Allen lawyers are now leading state legal associations. Frank Woodson, who practices in the firm’s Mass Torts Section, was inducted as President of the Alabama Association for Justice (ALAJ) at the organization’s annual meeting on June 16. Cole Portis, who heads the firm’s Personal Injury and Products Liability Section, is completing his term as President of the Alabama State Bar (ASB). Cole will pass the gavel to Augusta S. Dowd of White Arnold & Dowd, PC, in Birmingham, at the ASB annual meeting, set for July 12-15.
It is the mission of ALAJ to make sure any person injured through another’s misconduct or negligence can get justice in the courtroom. ALAJ works to eliminate civil justice restrictions and to strengthen the civil justice system so that everyone can have their day in court and equal access to justice.
Frank says, “As a 33-year member and now in my sixth year as an officer of the Alabama Association for Justice, I know firsthand the importance of the work we as trial lawyers do, not only for members, but for the citizens of the State of Alabama. As President, I will work closely with our staff, lobby team, officers and board of directors to keep the doors of the Courthouse open for our clients, educate and assist our members and fight to uphold the 7th amendment rights of the Citizens of our State.”
Among Cole’s major platforms as President of the ASB was a commitment to enhancing the Bar’s engagement with lawyers to ensure that they have resources available to help them in their practice. Cole developed Lawyer University, which provided educational information, seminars and hands-on training to help lawyers better understand how to use technology to enhance their practice, to develop foundational business principles for running their practice as a successful business, and to be on the forefront to identify emerging areas of law.
Cole also worked to bring the Bar into closer collaboration with the courts to ensure that the rule of law is enforced, and that the Bar is dedicated to serving the public through pro bono work, charitable stewardship and involvement in everyday affairs that impact the communities where we practice law.
Cole says, “I have been honored to represent all Alabama lawyers this year. We have emphasized the importance of lawyers to love their neighbors well by serving others. Lawyers in Alabama are gifted to serve. They serve their families, their clients and the public through the legal work they perform, and through their involvement in local communities.”
Cole did an outstanding job as bar president and I am confident that Frank will also do an outstanding job as he takes over the reins at ALAJ. We are blessed to have these two lawyers in our firm.
Many of Beasley Allen’s lawyers are in leadership roles in legal and community organizations locally, statewide, and at the national level. We are proud to be able to have lawyers willing to serve in this capacity. Their efforts will continue to ensure a strong network of resources for our colleagues in the legal profession, as well as for our community and state and actually for our nation.
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