Daphne Alabama Lawyer, Samuel N. Crosby, to Lead Alabama Bar Association

Daphne Alabama Lawyer, Samuel N. Crosby, to Lead Alabama Bar Association

Sunday, July 22, 2007

By ROBERT McCLENDON
Staff Reporter

POINT CLEAR -- For the second time in the 128 years of the Alabama Bar Association, a Baldwin County man has been elected the organization's president.

Samuel Crosby was installed Saturday at the group's annual meeting in Point Clear.

Crosby, a shareholder in the Daphne law firm of Stone Crosby, P.C., said his presidency would strive to "do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God."

One of Crosby's first moves was to select Alicia F. Bennett, a Birmingham lawyer, as his vice president. Crosby said she is the first black woman to serve as vice president in the organization's history.

He told the audience that one of his highest priorities is to foster community service by the bar association.

He said he plans to double the funding for the two primary foundations in the state that help the poor pay for legal counsel and establish a Wills for Heroes program in the state.

Wills for Heroes, a program created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, connects attorneys with first responders to help them establish wills and other legal documents.

Crosby received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his law degree from the University of Alabama.

He has also written two books. One of them, "The Sleeping Juror," recounts bizarre and humorous tales culled from the annals of Baldwin judicial history. One entry recounts the 1899 imposition of a 25-cent tax on bicycle riders.