MONTGOMERY, AL - The Alabama Law Foundation proudly announces that David R. Boyd is the new president for 2008-2009.
David Boyd is a partner in Balch & Bingham LLC practicing in the firm's Montgomery office. Boyd has served as chair of the Alabama Board of Bar Examiners, a member of the State Bar's Board of Bar Commissioners, State Bar vice-president, and chair of the State Bar's Disciplinary Commission. He is a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Boyd is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA: American's Leading Lawyers for Business, and Alabama Super Lawyers. Acknowledging his long record of service, he was awarded the William D. "Bill" Scruggs Service to the Bar Award from the Alabama State Bar in 2006.
President Boyd's main goal for his tenure as Alabama Law Foundation president is to take a "wellness check up" of the foundation's resources and goals to identify "strengths and weaknesses and plan for the future."
In addition to the new president, the Alabama Law Foundation proudly welcomes three new board members and two members appointed to serve another term. New board member Thomas N. Carruthers, Jr., a partner in Bradley Arant's Birmingham office, specializes in corporate law. Listed in "Best Lawyers in America," Carruthers is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel, and the Alabama Law Foundation where his service is further recognized by being a charter member of the Alabama Law Foundation's Atticus Finch Society. The Birmingham Bar Association named Carruthers the "Outstanding Lawyer of the Year" in 2001, and "Outstanding Member of the Bar in 2008.
Joseph A. Fawal joins the board for the first time. Fawal's law firm, Fawal & Spina, is located in Birmingham; Fawal specializes in meeting the legal needs of small businesses. From 1977-1978 he was a member of the Law Review of the Supreme Court. Joseph Fawal is a charter member of the Alabama Law Foundation's Atticus Finch Society.
New board member Alyce Manley Spruell is Managing Member of Spruell & Powell, LLC in Tuscaloosa. Spruell's practice focuses on employment and corporate law-primarily for small businesses. Spruell is a charter member of the Alabama Law Foundation's Atticus Finch Society, the Alabama Academy of Attorney Mediators, and the Supreme Court Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Patrick C. Davidson, of Adams, Umbach, Davidson & White LLC in Opelika, is appointed to serve another term. Davidson, an active member of the Alabama Law Foundation, has served as grant committee chairman, and is a charter member of the foundation's Atticus Finch Society.
Also serving a second term, Walter E. McGowan of Gray, Longford, Sapp, McGowan, Gray & Nathanson is located in Tuskegee. McGowan is a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation.