Martin Luther King, Jr. American Dream Award

posted on:
May 5, 2003

author:
Staff

Jere Beasley had distinguished himself as one of this nation’s top trial lawyers. Although he served as Lieutenant Governor of Alabama for two terms (1971-1978), and run unsuccessfully for Governor once in 1978, his reputation today hinges largely on his formidable legal career and advocacy, where he’s respected as a “heavyweight” champion for the rights of ordinary citizens being protected, especially the poor, the uneducated, and the elderly … to ensure that they are not defrauded, taken advantage of, abused or injured by insurance companies, nursing homes, or faulty products.

Beasley’s passion for this work and his commitment to fairness and justice issues are evidence in the outstanding Jere Beasley Report that he publishes monthly. The Report runs the gamut, covering everything from consumer issues, corporate crime, environmental concerns, big business, to state and national politics. Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC) State Field Director Jerome Gray describes the Jere Beasley Report as “the kind of substantive publication that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would enjoy reading.”

Beasley’s commitment to racial fairness is also evidence in the diverse make-up of his law firm. Blacks and women are major players in the firm. Moreover, Beasley is the kind of lawyer who encourages the members of his firm to devote a consideration amount of their time to public education and service. He sets the tone by the countless interviews and commentaries he gives to the media, and as a lecturer at numerous legal seminars throughout the nation.

Beasley takes pride in being a country boy from Clayton, Alabama in Barbour County, who went on to graduate from Auburn University with a degree in Economics in 1959, before earning a law degree at the University of Alabama in 1962, where he finished first in his class. As a senior member in the firm of Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., Jere Beasley continues to take pride in building his practice for greater service. He is not ashamed or afraid to be identified as a trial lawyer. He holds membership in the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, The Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Bar Association. He is also active in the Public Citizen, and Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.

Beasley is married to the former Sara Baker of Adamsville. They are the parents of three children and five grandchildren. What’s more, Jere is an avid Auburn University sports fan and of the Boston Red Sox baseball team.

About the Awards

In establishing these awards, the ADC felt that those officials or persons who did the extraordinary in carrying out their duties or who otherwise made significant contributions toward improving the plight of all the people, should, from time to time, be honored in hopes that other public officials and civic leaders will emulate them.

A.G. Gaston Black Enterprise Award is presented to a person who has demonstrated excellence and success in pursuant of economic security and quality service for his community and fellowman.

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Political Freedom Award is presented to a person who has demonstrated his or her commitment to ensure that all people reap maximum benefits of the franchise by encouraging participation in political affairs, holding public office, effecting political change, and also enjoying the benefits associated with the American political process.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. American Dream Award is presented to a person who, through his or her individual acts, has contributed beyond the call of duty to the furtherance of the American Dream of Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness for all people through civil rights and voting, contributed to providing greater access to legal, social, civic, and economic process, and whose contribution has resulted in positive change for the betterment of mankind.

The John F. Kennedy Personal Courage Award is presented to the public official who has exhibited courageous action in the pursuit of his or her duties without fear of, or favor to, public passion or personal consequences.

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