Sign up to join us virtually on February 26 for our annual Alabama Law Alumni Society Banquet. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. CT, with the award ceremony to follow 7 p.m. CT. Two new awards —the Alabama Law Hall of Honor and the Rising Young Attorney Award—will be presented at this year’s ceremony alongside the annual Sam W. Pipes Distinguished Alumnus Award.
The Sam W. Pipes Award is the highest honor bestowed by the School of Law, and it is given to an outstanding alumnus or alumna who has distinguished himself or herself through service to the Bar, The University of Alabama, and the School of Law. This year, the Managing Committee of the Board of Governors of the Law School Foundation is proud to announce Mr. Frank M. Bainbridge as the 2021 Sam W. Pipes Distinguished Alumnus Award Winner.
Frank M. Bainbridge took his LL.B. (now known as a J.D.) from The University of Alabama School of Law in 1956. He is a partner with Bainbridge, Mims, Rogers & Smith in Birmingham, Alabama, and he has practiced law for more than fifty years—representing individuals, small businesses, and closely held corporations. Bainbridge is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a charter member of the Atticus Finch Society of the Alabama State Bar, a recipient of the Lawyer of the Year Award from the Birmingham Bar Association, and a recipient of the Lawyer of the Year Award from the Black Law Students Association (BLSA). He has also been repeatedly listed in Best Lawyers in America.
Alabama Law Hall of Honor Inductees
The Alabama Law Hall of Honor is an award established by the Board of Governors of the Law School Foundation that recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the legal profession and to the Law school over an extended period of time. In this inaugural year, the Board of Governors of the Law School Foundation is proud to announce the 2021 inductees:
Sharonda Childs Fancher took her J.D. from The University of Alabama School of Law, and she is an associate with Baker Donelson where she has built a thriving legal practice advising clients on a variety of employment matters. Previously, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Inge P. Johnson, Senior United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama. Fancher has been listed among the Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch,” was named the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2015 Birmingham Woman of the Year, and has provided pro bono legal assistance to the United States Conference of Mayors and other organizations seeking to add the ERA as the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.