(1904 - 1983)
Throughout a 57-year legal career from which he never fully retired, Francis Hare's unique approach to his profession left a permanent impact on the system of justice he so faithfully served. Mr. Hare was born in Lower Peach Tree, a small town in Wilcox County on the Alabama River. At the age of twelve, he lost both parents within the same year and was moved to Monroeville, where he lived with his uncle, Judge Francis Hare (for whom he was named). An honors student at both Auburn University and the Naval Academy, he worked his way, virtually unsupported, through the University of Alabama Law School. Francis Hare was one of the first attorneys in the United States to commit his practice to representing the rights of injured individuals. Behind his commitment was a genuine sensitivity for each client's personal loss, coupled with a unique ability to present his or her cause with clarity and force. The impact of Mr. Hare's life was not limited to the law. For nearly six decades, he served the Birmingham community through numerous charitable and civic pursuits. Of those endeavors, he took the greatest pride in the Sunday School class he taught for some forty years. In 1982, Francis Hare was officially recognized for his lifetime achievements by the Alabama Association for Justice, during a ceremony held in his honor. His memory still stands as an inspiration to those of us who share his vision of the law as a higher calling and justice as a system that serves to protect all people equally.