In memory of
Beverly Poole Baker
In memory of
Beverly Poole Baker
Birmingham attorney, mediator and arbitrator, lost her courageous battle against decades-long health issues on July 20, 2020. The widow of Birmingham's first African-American City Attorney, James K. Baker, and the niece of Alabama's first African-American Associate Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Oscar W. Adams, Ms. Baker practiced law in Birmingham for 35 years. Born January 14, 1944, in Fairfield, Alabama, Beverly was the daughter of Minda Ingersoll Poole and the late Grafton Poole. Raised in Los Angeles, California, Beverly returned to Birmingham in 1967, and went to work for her uncle in the firm of Adams, Baker and Clemon, where she met her husband Jim. She was predeceased by Jim and by her granddaughter, Rowan Elizabeth Ingersoll Carroll. She is survived by her mother, Minda, her daughters, Paige Baker Davis of Quitman, Mississippi, Paula Baker Carroll of Helena, Alabama, and Leslie Baker Housman (Kevin) of Dallas, Texas. She is also survived by her grandsons James Keaton "Jack" Carroll and Linus Ian Everett Carroll of Helena, and Brian Davis Housman, Henry Crawford Ingersoll Housman and Samuel Charles Housman of Dallas, Texas, and a number of cousins. While her daughters were still in school, Beverly decided to return to college and then law school. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Urban Studies/Affairs in 1982 where she was a Presidential Scholar and received the Dean's Award and the Outstanding Student Award and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She obtained her law degree in 1985 from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law where she was Associate Editor of the Cumberland Law Review. Beverly began her legal career at the law firm of Haskell Slaughter as a public finance lawyer where she worked on public and private offerings as bond counsel, underwriters' counsel and issuers' counsel. In 1990, she founded and chaired Haskell Slaughter's employment law practice group, representing national, regional and local employers in all aspects of employment matters. Beverly represented plaintiffs in novel issues including the first plaintiff verdict in Alabama for same sex harassment prior to the U. S. Supreme Court's decision that such conduct violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, memorialized in "Stopping the Train." She also represented the first class of African-American women certified in a federal case against a post-secondary school system. Beverly led all members of her employment law practice group to Ogletree Deakins, a national employment law boutique firm where she served as a Shareholder and later as the firm's first Chief Diversity Officer. For the last six years, Beverly has been a nationally recognized Alternative Resolution Dispute professional, arbitrating and mediating employment and other complex commercial and financial disputes. Beverly was a member of the Magic City Bar Association, Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar, the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association, and was admitted to practice before the United States District Court of the Northern District of Alabama. Beverly was a Fellow of the following: Birmingham Bar Association, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Alabama Law Foundation, Litigation Counsel of America, American Association of University Women, American Association of Women Lawyers. She was recognized in Best Lawyers of America, Best Lawyers of Alabama, Super Lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution and with an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbard. Community involvement was central to Beverly's life. She was a council member and chair of the Diversity EEO Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation, a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, a council member of the Dean's Leadership Council of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a member of the Dean's Advisory Board of Cumberland Law School. Beverly served as a Board Member of the Meyer Foundation, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Alabama Ballet and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She was a member and board member of Leadership Birmingham, Leadership Alabama, and the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Board. She was on the Executive Committee and Board Member of Operation New Birmingham and was a founding board member of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama. Beverly was a member of the Cathedral Church of the Advent. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Beverly's interment in the columbarium of the Cathedral Church of the Advent will be private. A celebration of her life will take place when gathering together can be done safely. The family wishes to thank Yuriana Miranda and Jody Patterson for their many years of dedicated, loving service. Memorial gifts can be made to the American Lung Association. No Public Viewing. Arrington Funeral Home Directing.
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In memory of
Beverly Poole Baker
Birmingham attorney, mediator and arbitrator, lost her courageous battle against decades-long health issues on July 20, 2020. The widow of Birmingham's first African-American City Attorney, James K. Baker, and the niece of Alabama's first African-American Associate Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Oscar W. Adams, Ms. Baker practiced law in Birmingham for 35 years. Born January 14, 1944, in Fairfield, Alabama, Beverly was the daughter of Minda Ingersoll Poole and the late Grafton Poole. Raised in Los Angeles, California, Beverly returned to Birmingham in 1967, and went to work for her uncle in the firm of Adams, Baker and Clemon, where she met her husband Jim. She was predeceased by Jim and by her granddaughter, Rowan Elizabeth Ingersoll Carroll. She is survived by her mother, Minda, her daughters, Paige Baker Davis of Quitman, Mississippi, Paula Baker Carroll of Helena, Alabama, and Leslie Baker Housman (Kevin) of Dallas, Texas. She is also survived by her grandsons James Keaton "Jack" Carroll and Linus Ian Everett Carroll of Helena, and Brian Davis Housman, Henry Crawford Ingersoll Housman and Samuel Charles Housman of Dallas, Texas, and a number of cousins. While her daughters were still in school, Beverly decided to return to college and then law school. She graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Urban Studies/Affairs in 1982 where she was a Presidential Scholar and received the Dean's Award and the Outstanding Student Award and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She obtained her law degree in 1985 from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law where she was Associate Editor of the Cumberland Law Review. Beverly began her legal career at the law firm of Haskell Slaughter as a public finance lawyer where she worked on public and private offerings as bond counsel, underwriters' counsel and issuers' counsel. In 1990, she founded and chaired Haskell Slaughter's employment law practice group, representing national, regional and local employers in all aspects of employment matters. Beverly represented plaintiffs in novel issues including the first plaintiff verdict in Alabama for same sex harassment prior to the U. S. Supreme Court's decision that such conduct violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, memorialized in "Stopping the Train." She also represented the first class of African-American women certified in a federal case against a post-secondary school system. Beverly led all members of her employment law practice group to Ogletree Deakins, a national employment law boutique firm where she served as a Shareholder and later as the firm's first Chief Diversity Officer. For the last six years, Beverly has been a nationally recognized Alternative Resolution Dispute professional, arbitrating and mediating employment and other complex commercial and financial disputes. Beverly was a member of the Magic City Bar Association, Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar, the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association, and was admitted to practice before the United States District Court of the Northern District of Alabama. Beverly was a Fellow of the following: Birmingham Bar Association, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Alabama Law Foundation, Litigation Counsel of America, American Association of University Women, American Association of Women Lawyers. She was recognized in Best Lawyers of America, Best Lawyers of Alabama, Super Lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution and with an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbard. Community involvement was central to Beverly's life. She was a council member and chair of the Diversity EEO Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation, a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, a council member of the Dean's Leadership Council of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a member of the Dean's Advisory Board of Cumberland Law School. Beverly served as a Board Member of the Meyer Foundation, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Alabama Ballet and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She was a member and board member of Leadership Birmingham, Leadership Alabama, and the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Board. She was on the Executive Committee and Board Member of Operation New Birmingham and was a founding board member of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama. Beverly was a member of the Cathedral Church of the Advent. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Beverly's interment in the columbarium of the Cathedral Church of the Advent will be private. A celebration of her life will take place when gathering together can be done safely. The family wishes to thank Yuriana Miranda and Jody Patterson for their many years of dedicated, loving service. Memorial gifts can be made to the American Lung Association. No Public Viewing. Arrington Funeral Home Directing.
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