Birmingham lawyer Anthony Joseph leads state bar

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Anthony A. Joseph of the Birmingham law firm of Maynard Cooper & Gale is the new present of the Alabama State Bar.

Joseph assumed his office Saturday following the conclusion of the state bar’s annual meeting.

Joseph said he will use his one-year term to try to expand access to justice for Alabamians who can’t afford legal assistance, addressing policy changes that support quality indigent defense, and continuing the state bar’s initiative to ensure adequate funding for the courts.

Huntsville lawyer Richard J.R. Raleigh Jr. was named president-elect. He will assume the presidency in July 2014.

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