Alabama Power forms partnership with Magic City Bar Association

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Alabama Power has formed an alliance with the Magic City Bar Association (MCBA) that will diversify the pool of attorneys who provide legal services to the company while creating opportunities for internships, continuing legal education credits, and social and social gatherings. of networking.

“It’s truly groundbreaking,” said Sidney Jackson, former president and current board member of the MCBA. “The Magic City Bar has never had a formal partnership with Alabama Power.”

Jackson said combining the resources of Alabama Power with the talents and resources of MCBA will be mutually beneficial, while the two organizations can also combine to benefit each other.

“It’s not just about building businesses, it’s about giving back to the community,” he said. “I think it’s going to be great and I can’t wait to see what we can do in the future.”

Tony Smoke, senior vice president of marketing and economic development at Alabama Power, said the company is looking to diversify the pool of attorneys it uses for the company’s business.

“For our business, we use legal services for a lot of different things,” he said. “This partnership with the Magic City Bar Association allows us to do a really good job of diversifying our spend with those here looking to provide service.”

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Alabama Power and the MCBA launched their alliance at an event earlier in May. A panel of attorneys who hold leadership positions at Alabama Power shared how their legal backgrounds have served them in their current roles.

In addition to Smoke, the panel included Myla Calhoun, vice president of Alabama Power’s Birmingham Division; Houston Smith, vice president of government affairs for Alabama Power; and Alexia Borden, general counsel for Alabama Power.

“Magic City Bar Association is a great organization in this city and to be able to partner with them and learn from them and them learn from us and be able to expand our presence within the legal community as a corporate partner is just incredibly important,” Borden said.

Smith said his department relies heavily on the legal profession.

“Our engagement in public policy would not be effective without the support of our legal team,” he said. “In addition to helping us navigate the matrix of campaign finance and ethics laws, our attorneys help us think through the implications of proposed legislation so that we understand how it could affect our clients and our business.”

Calhoun said she’s excited about what the partnership will mean for future generations.

“I have been involved remotely with the Magic City Bar Association for several years,” she said. “The work that the Magic City Bar Association does with students – both those in law school and those who aspire to – and these young lawyers who are just coming out, really to nurture them and make sure that they have the resources they need is important. . I think it’s particularly important in Birmingham.

Ruby Jackson is an attorney at Alabama Power and a member of the MCBA Board of Directors. She was a supporter of the covenant.

“I think this partnership will not only benefit practicing lawyers and looking for opportunities to partner with the company, but also law students and creating that talent pool in the energy sector of those who have law degrees and legal careers and backgrounds. . I think that’s an area where minorities don’t necessarily focus and so the exposure to that side of the business, I think, is fantastic,” she said. “To me, that was a no-brainer. We’re here in the city, we have people who are inside Alabama Power who are already members of the organization and, so, a real partnership, that was just something easy that we could do and facilitate. I’m just excited about what’s to come with this partnership and all the opportunities that come with it.

Sidney Jackson shared the excitement.

“If you think about it, the law is involved in just about everything,” he said. “So when you bring those two organizations together, Alabama Power — not just the lawyers of Alabama Power, but everything Alabama Power does — in conjunction with what the Magic City Bar Association does and all of the lawyers who are part of that organization, combine the two and the possibilities are endless.

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