Birmingham Bar Association

The Nina Miglionico
"Paving the Way" Leadership Award


Nina Miglionico

Award Purpose

The Women Lawyers Section of the Birmingham Bar Association established the Nina Miglionico "Paving the Way" Leadership Award to recognize and honor lawyers who have actively paved the way to success and advancement for women lawyers.

Who is Nina Miglionico?

"Miss Nina," as she is affectionately remembered in the Birmingham community, exemplifies a life devoted to the public good, as one of the state's first women lawyers to engage in private practice in 1936, as the first female elected to the Birmingham City Council in 1963, and as an altruistic supporter of her church, community, and nation throughout her decades of service.  From her beginning in a family of Italian immigrants, her short stature belies her tall standing as a role model and mentor to women lawyers in Alabama and the United States.


  • 1.  The nominee is an individual lawyer who has achieved professional excellence, and

  • 2.  Assisted women lawyers to achieve their potential through mentoring, or

  • 3. Inspired women lawyers to achieve their potential by providing a professional role model, or

  • 4. Provided opportunities that paved the way for advancement of the status of women lawyers.

Judge Caryl P. Privett


1. Judge Inge Prytz Johnson - 2006
2. Ann Huckstep - 2007
3. Edgar M. Elliott, III - 2008
4. Professor Pamela H. Bucy - 2009
5. Carol Ann Smith - 2010
6. Judge Caryl Privett - 2011



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