James Little North

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James Little North passed away on September 7, 2014. Jim was born in Anniston, Alabama on October 10, 1936. He grew up in Talladega, Alabama and graduated from Talladega High School. Jim graduated from the University of Alabama, where he was a member of PiKA and very involved in campus life. He served as president of the School of Commerce and Business Administration and was a member of Jasons, ODK, and Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. After service in the Army, where he earned the Army Commendation Award, he attended law school at the University of Virginia. Jim was president of all his law school classes, an editor of the Virginia Law Review, and a member of Order of the Coif. He served as a law clerk to the late Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Hugo L. Black, in 1964-1965. Jim was an associate and partner at Bradley, Arant, Rose & White from 1965 to 1973 and a founding partner of North, Haskell, Slaughter, Young & Lewis from 1973 to 1985. He founded James L. North & Associates in 1985. Jim served as General Counsel and was a member of the Board of Directors of ADTRAN, Inc., a publicly traded telecommunications company. In his legal career, Jim served as bond counsel on numerous bond issues, including some of the most significant in the history of the State of Alabama, where he represented the State of Alabama, Jefferson County, the City of Birmingham, and many of their respective agencies. As a young lawyer, Jim also worked with Alfred Rose on the financing for the construction of the Talladega Superspeedway. Jim was a former president of the Alabama State Bar and a former Judge on the Alabama Court of the Judiciary. He was a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a founding Fellow of the Alabama Bar Foundation, Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and a former member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. In 2010, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Birmingham bar Association, an honor given to one Birmingham lawyer each year in honor of his or her many years of distinguished service. He was a Director of the public Affairs Research Council, the Council of the Alabama Law Institute, a Trustee of the Eleventh Circuit Historical Society and a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Presbyterian Home for Children. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law and the Best Lawyers in America. Jim was a supporter of the Democratic Party and was regularly involved in the party's election and fundraising efforts. In addition to aiding state and local democratic officeholders and candidates, Jim hosted fundraisers for President Carter and President Clinton and for presidential candidates Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, and John Kerry. Jim was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Downtown Democratic Club, The Monday Morning Quarterback Club, and the Country Club of Birmingham. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Pelham North, Sr. and Winnie Little North. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lettie Lane North; son, James L. North, Jr.; brothers, John P. North, Jr. (Diane), William A. North (Meg) and Robert H. North; sister-in-law, Jean H. Strang. He is also survived by nephew John P. North, III (Lynn) and niece, Elizabeth (Betsy) Grinstead; nephews, Shorter Strang, Jr. (Marcia), James Daniel Strang, and Fred Foy Strang (Cecily). Other survivors include J. Timothy Francis; his law partner for the last 27 years. The family also expresses their great appreciation to Shelley Kelley-Liveoak and Bernard Ndaba for their love and support. He was predeceased by Doris H. Williford, his legal assistant and associate for 36 years. A memorial service will be held at Independent Presbyterian Church at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, followed by a reception in the parlor. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to James L. and Lettie Lane North Scholarship Fund at the University of Alabama School of Law, Box 870382, 101 Paul Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487, the James L. and Lettie Lane North Scholarship Fund at the University of Virginia School of Law, 580 Massie Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903, the Presbyterian Home for Children, PO Box 577, Talladega, AL 35161, Independent Presbyterian Church, 3100 Highland Avenue S. Birmingham, AL 35205, or a . John Ridout's Southside Chapel Funeral Home will direct.
Published in The Daily Home on Sept. 10, 2014
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