Former chief justice to speak in Jasper
by Daniel Gaddy
Apr 21, 2011 | 3022 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A former Alabama chief justice will be visiting several local civic groups and Maddox Middle School Tuesday in Jasper.

Drayton Nabers Jr., who was appointed as chief justice in 2003 by Gov. Bob Riley, said he will not focus the lectures on his law or political career, but will emphasize the importance of character development and ethics.

“That’s a subject I love to talk about,” Nabers said, referring to his 2006 book, “The Case for Character.”

He later added, “Character applies to every aspect of a person’s life ... That’s what I’m interested in. I’ll concentrate on why character is essential to the quality of life of every person on earth.”

Nabers said he does not profess to be an exceptionally moral person, but only to have studied strong character a great deal.

Riley appointed Nabers to fill the unexpired term of Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was removed from office after a controversy regarding his refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument as ordered by a federal U.S. district judge. The judge ruled that the statue Moore had installed in the central rotunda of a state judicial building in Montgomery was unconstitutional.

Nabers, 70, was also appointed by Riley to oversee the administration of federal stimulus funds to state agencies in early 2009.

Linda Lewis, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, said Nabers’ visit was a joint effort by her and Jasper Rotary Club members, Jerry Lovett and Holly Trawick.

Lovett said the officials from each organization were delighted to hear Nabers would speak to the groups.

Lovett said Nabers has a stellar reputation of moral fortitude among lawmakers and business leaders throughout Alabama.

“It’s dynamic when you have someone in public office that speaks to character like he does,” Lovett said.

Nabers will meet with the Chamber of Commerce at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday during the group’s annual “Donuts and Discussion” breakfast that will be held at the Community Health Systems Activities Center in downtown Jasper.

Lewis said the “Donuts and Discussion” event is a yearly meet-and-greet that has been hosted by the chamber for at least four years. She said the breakfast is open to the public, but attendants should RSVP for the meeting by calling the chamber office at 384-4571.

Nabers will also speak with the seventh-graders of Maddox Middle School at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, and he will address the Jasper Rotary Club and the Kiwanis Club of Jasper at noon in the Bevill State Community College cafeteria.