Ben Harris, Jr., receives Alabama State Bar’s Bill Scruggs Award


The purpose of this award is to honor the memory and accomplishments of William D. “Bill” Scruggs, Jr. and to encourage the emulation of his deep devotion and service to the Alabama State Bar by recognizing outstanding, long-term service by living members of the bar of this state to the Alabama State Bar as an organization. Ben H. Harris, Jr. of Johnstone Adams, Mobile, is this year’s recipient. He was president of the Alabama State Bar (1987-1988) and, during his tenure, led the ASB to create Attorneys Insurance Mutual, a captive insurance company. He was also responsible for the establishment of the Capital Representation Resource Center – an organization which provides competent and effective counsel for those persons facing capital punishment. The IOLTA program was created during his term as president. In 1990, he was elected to represent Alabama in the ABA House of Delegates and, in 1992, he served as a member of the ABA Board of Governors. Today, he serves as president of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Historical Society. In his first “President’s Page” in The Alabama Lawyer, he wrote: “I can think of no better goal for this bar in this bicentennial year of the Constitution, than to remember the honor the law has bestowed upon each of us, and in so doing, recommit ourselves to bringing honor to the law.” As former ASB Executive Director Reginald T. Hamner noted, “Ben Harris is the complete package.”

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