The Business Council of Alabama (BCA) received the 2011 Outstanding Organization Award at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit for its continuing contributions to the legal reform movement in Alabama.
BCA was recognized for playing an integral role in galvanizing the support of the business community, which resulted in the passage of legislation on expert evidence, venue reform, post-judgment interest, and products liability.
“We’re thrilled to honor the Business Council of Alabama with our Outstanding Organization Award,” said Lisa Rickard, President of ILR. “The BCA has been a partner to ILR in our legal reform efforts for many years, and its work this year was instrumental to passage of important legislation that will make Alabama more competitive for businesses and job growth.”
BCA Chairman William Brooke, Managing Partner for Harbert Management Corporation, was on hand to accept the award. “The legal reform movement in Alabama has been a decades long quest to strengthen the economy and help create jobs,” Brooke said following the award presentation. “This recognition is due to the support of the entire business community and most importantly those elected officials in Alabama who had the courage to support legal reform.”
Those principally responsible for the passage of the legal reform bills in Alabama were: Gov. Robert Bentley who signed the bills into law; Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard and Senate President Pro-Tempore Del Marsh; Judiciary Committee Chairs Sen. Cam Ward, Sen. Ben Brooks and Rep. Paul Demarco; and bill sponsors Sen. Clay Scofield, Rep. Wes Long, Rep. Greg Canfield, Rep. Ron Johnson, and Rep. Steve McMillan.
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