that civil justice embodies the opportunity for all citizens to have adequate food and shelter, good health care, a safe environment in which to live and work, a sense of well-being, a quality education, and the chance to work and earn a living.
2017 Beach Party a Great Success at the Marina!!
This year’s beach party was at a new place and for the first time there was music, ice cream, wine and birds to pet in addition to the familiar drinks, kids games and great conversation. The Saturday afternoon party following ALAJ’s annual conference was described by several attorneys and their family members as spectacular, perfect, great fun, and relaxing. Check out the pictures taken at the Sandestin Marina and pay particular attention to our many sponsors that made this event both fun and meaningful. Proceeds from the event will be used to enhance ACJF’s grantmaking to support nonprofits across the state providing support and services for disadvantages families and children.
ACJF Board Member honored for Public Service
The 2017 recipient of the Brewer/Torbert Public Service Award is John L. Carroll, former Dean of the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and member of the ACJF Board of Directors. The award is given annually by Alabama Appleseed Center of Law and Justice to recognize an individual who continues to make significant contributions to the state of Alabama through their civic and public service.
John is one of the most highly respected lawyers in the state whose distinguished legal career includes serve as a civil rights attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center (1975-1984), law school professor (Mercer University 1985-1986), U.S. Magistrate Judge (1986-2001), Dean of the Cumberland School of Law (2001-2014), Acting Director of the State Ethics Commission (2015-2016), and leader and pro bono participant in numerous local, state and national bar association service and research activities. In 1996 he was selected as a Community Hero Olympic Torchbearer, and in 2001 he was selected to become a member of Leadership Alabama, Class XI. John is currently a professor of law at the Cumberland School of Law, from which he received his J.D. Degree in 1974. He also received an LL.M. Degree from Harvard University in 1975. Prior to his legal career, John served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps. (Read more)
Sight Savers Alabama Health & Vision Screenings
Students at Stemley Road Elementary School (Talladega County School System) were provided health and vision screenings this week by Sight Savers Alabama. Visiting during these screening were ACJF Board Member Darla Hall and Executive Director Sue McInnish. ACJF provided a $25,000 grant to Sight Savers in 2016 to support the expansion of their KidCheck Plus screen in schools where there is an average free and reduced lunch rate of 75% in the 37 Northern most Alabama counties. The ACJF grant also served as a match for an Appalachian Regional Commission grant doubling the amount available and enabling an additional 70 screening events. (Read more)
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (RE4ES)
ACJF’s Executive Director was among the 28 philanthropic and racial justice advocates invited to be a part of the first Alabama event sponsored by the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (RE4ES). This initiative was established recently with the mission of increasing the amount and effectiveness of resources aimed at combating institutional and structural racism. The day-long event, held in Birmingham on February 17, focused on Racial Equity for Economic Security. RE4ES is working with grantmakers and nonprofit partners to identify what it takes to advance racial equity strategies to increase economic security in the South. (Read more)
"Miss Nina" Miglionico has been named ACJF's new Pioneers of Justice Society Honoree!