Birmingham Bar Association

L. Burton Barnes, III, Public Service Award 


2013 Recipient, John C. Hall, III, with the Honorable Tom King
Below, Jane Hall, John C. Hall, III, and Judge Tom King

In 1994, the Birmingham Bar Association established the L. Burton Barnes III Public Service Award to recognize one or more members of the Birmingham Bar Association who have given freely of their time and energy in public service for the benefit and betterment of the general public. Any member of the Alabama State Bar may nominate a member of the Birmingham Bar Association for the award.

Former recipients of this annual award are Frank Dominick, Tim Smith, Duncan Blair, Nina Miglionico, Tom Carruthers, Frank M. Young III, John L. Cole, Carol H. Stewart, Georgia Sullivan Roberson, Martha Jane Patton, Judge Orson L. (Pete) Johnson, Kirby Sevier, James Rotch, Cathy Wright, Richard Carmody, John T. (Jack) Carney, Jr., William N. (Bill) Clark, Drayton Nabers, Jr., Frances King Quick, and John C. Hall, III.

The Public Service Award honors the memory of L. Burton Barnes, III, a distinguished member of the Birmingham Bar Association until his untimely death on April 30, 1994. Burton was a true champion of public service, serving his community freely and quietly. Burton’s commitment to public service establishes a lofty standard of public service and serves as an inspiration for other members of the Birmingham Bar Association. 

The criteria for evaluating the nominees for the award are as follows: 

1. Nominee must be a member of the Birmingham Bar Association.
2. Exemplary public service to the community through participation in charitable and service organizations;
3. Demonstrated dedication and sacrifice of time and effort for public service for the betterment of others which is in no way related to personal or professional gain;
4. Excellent reputation in the community for honesty and integrity in public and private matters; and,
5. Demonstrated public service without direct or indirect efforts to obtain personal publicity or individual recognition.

The Award is presented at each Annual Meeting of the Association.  Print a nomination form here. 

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