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2017 Roast & Toast Gala
Honoring William "Bill" Baxley, II

The 2017 ACJF Roast & Toast Gala brought into one beautiful room 380 of Bill Baxley’s friends and colleagues all dedicated to “roasting” and “toasting” him to the fullest. And the spectacular evening did just that. It also raised over $160,000 to help some of the finest nonprofits in our state to reach out to families and children in need through the support of the many sponsors,

The program included Master of Ceremonies Barry Ragsdale and speakers, George Beck, Judge Charles Price and Julian Butler, who all did a masterful job of roasting and toasting our honoree. 

The evening’s program was recorded through pictures and a video of the program. The pictures are available here,  The video will be on the ACJF website soon. Whether you were able to attend or not, we hope you will enjoy viewing these reminders of what an outstanding event it was.


   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
Hon. John L. Carroll,
Susan Carroll (wife) & Sue McInnish
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. (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!