MONTGOMERY, ALA. (October 17, 2011) – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange was the featured speaker at the annual Bench & Bar Conference of the Montgomery County Bar Association. The event was held Friday, October 14, at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at Capitol Hill in Prattville. Strange delivered the keynote address followed by a panel discussion on the topic “What Most Attorneys Don’t Know, But Need to Know.”

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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, center, was the keynote speaker for the Montgomery County Bar Association’s annual Bench & Bar Conference, held Oct. 14. Also pictured are MCBA President and Beasley Allen Shareholder Kendall Dunson, left, and MCBA Vice President Mike Winter, of Winter Legal Strategies.

Beasley Allen Shareholder Kendall Dunson, who is currently serving as president of MCBA, opened the Bench & Bar Conference, which is designed to allow lawyers and judges to interact. “The purpose of this meeting is to build better camaraderie between our judges and our Bar,” he said.

Underlining that mission, keynote speaker Strange emphasized the importance of developing and maintaining relationships with other lawyers, speaking on a theme of “Collegiality.” As Alabama’s Attorney General, Strange described his professional role as “the lawyer for the people of the State of Alabama,” the ultimate “people’s lawyer.” He related stories about a variety of cases he worked on in the past in his legal career, as well as cases currently by handled by the AG’s office, to illustrate the importance of collegiality.

“It is important to remember that everybody plays a role in keeping our system working,” Strange told the audience made up of lawyers and judges. “It troubles me when people misuse our system in court or to try to get leverage in their case. We owe it to ourselves to point out those wrongs, and to work within the bounds of professionalism. I’m glad the Bar has made that a priority.”

After the conference, MCBA members and guests enjoyed 18 holes on the Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill Golf Course, with proceeds from the tournament benefiting the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

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