Chief Justice to speak to Kiwanis

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Next Tuesday, August 16, the Kiwanis Club will have a special guest speaker.

Chief Justice Drayton Nabers Jr., will address the group at the noon meeting which will be held at the Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

Justice Nabers was appointed to fill the position of Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court in June 2004 by Governor Bob Riley.

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He was born in Birmingham, to Drayton and Jane Porter Nabers. In 1962, he received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and in 1965, he obtained his law degree from Yale School of Law.

After graduating from Yale, Justice Nabers served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black.

In 1967, he became associated with the law firm of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas, and O’Neal, and he became a partner in the firm in 1971.

In 1979, Justice Nabers joined Protective Life Corporation, rising to the position of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

He retired from that position in 2002.

Gov. Riley then appointed him Finance Director for the State of Alabama in January 2003, where he remained until his appointment to the Alabama Supreme Court.

Justice Nabers is a member of the Alabama Academy of Honor and has served as chairman of Leadership Birmingham, United Way of Central Alabama, the American Council of Life Insurers and Cornerstone Schools of Alabama.

He has also served as director of Energen Corporation, Alabama National BanCorporation, National Bank of Commerce, and Pro Assurance Corporation.

Justice Nabers is married to the former Fairfax Virginia Smathers.

They have three children: Drayton Nabers III, Mary James Nabers Doyle, and Fairfax Virginia Nabers Blount.

They have two grandchildren.

If you are not a member of the Kiwanis Club and would like to attend the August 16th meeting, please call the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce at 382-3251.

Lunch reservations will be $7.