Clemon picked for lifetime achievement award

Former federal Judge U.W. Clemon has been honored by B-Metro magazine. {}The magazine chose him as one of the recipients of a lifetime achievement award. {}B-Metro has honored achievements of people in Birmingham's law community for the last four-years. {}This year, the "top Lawyers" issue included more areas of recognition. {}This is the first time the lifetime award has been given.Clemon was born in Fairfield and attended Miles College. {}He went to Columbia Law School in New York while working part-time for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. {}After graduating, he practiced at the Adams, Baker, and Clemon firm. {}In 1969 when he filed a lawsuit against University of Alabama football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant to desegregate the football. {}In 1974, he became one of the first two blacks elected to the Alabama State Senate since Reconstruction. President Jimmy Carter appointed Clemon to the bench in the Northern District of Alabama in 1980. {}He was the first black federal judge in the state of Alabama. {}The Senate unanimously confirmed him. {}He retired after 30-years and began practicing law full-time once again. {}He's won numerous awards and received many honors.B-Metro magazine conducted a survey of more than 1000 local attorneys.{}"As part of that survey we asked for nominations for a lifetime achievement award," says B-Metro Editor Joe O'Donnell. "As a result, we selected former federal judge U.W. Clemon of White Arnold and Dowd as one of the honorees for this attorney-generated recognition. An article about our award winners will appear in the March issue, and they will be honored at our Top Flight event at the Birmingham International Airport on March 13," says O'Donnell.