Birmingham attorney Bill Clark has taken over as the new president of the Alabama State Bar. Clark, a retired major general in the U.S. Army Reserve, took over the presidency of the state bar last weekend during the organization's annual meeting in Mobile. Stepping down was outgoing president Fred Gray Sr. of Tuskegee, the first black president of the bar association.
Clark is a member of the Birmingham law firm of Redden, Mills and Clark and is known for representing defendants in high profile criminal cases. In his induction remarks, Clark recognized Alabama lawyers currently serving in the military. He said the bar's theme during his presidency would be the same as during Gray's tenure -- "lawyers rendering service." During the annual meeting, bar members elected Montgomery attorney J. Douglas McElvy to be president-elect. McElvy will become president when Clark's term ends in 2004.