The Jacksonville Exchange Club honored attorney Joe Maloney at the Book of Golden Deeds Banquet on Thursday night.
“He gives whatever time it takes to make things work,” member Red Etheredge said. “If he asks you to do something, you might as well do it.”
Etheredge outlined reasons for the presentation. Maloney has practiced law in Jacksonville since 1981 and once served as a judge for the City of Jacksonville. He has been recognized by the Alabama Municipal Judges Association for his work in the city. For example, he established an expedited youthful offender procedure to protect the rights of first-time youth offenders under age 21. He recruited volunteers from Our Father’s Arms program to assist those charged with offenses in completing forms at court sessions. Also, he has made referrals to Calhoun County non-profit organizations to provide community service for those on probation.
Maloney is past director and secretary of the Calhoun County Bar Association. He has served on the Medical Clinic Board and the Water, Gas and, Sewer Board. He served as a Jacksonville High School Band Boosters volunteer for six years.
Maloney has been a major organizer and participant in the Cemetery Walks program that allows residents to know more about historical people who contributed to the community and beyond. He has contributed his time on community projects, such as the Dr. Frances Museum restoration.
Other contributions include coaching soccer, baseball, and basketball with the Parks and Recreation Department and working with young people in the YMCA Youth Judicial Competition on a state and national level. He directed the John C. Pelham Sesquicentennial Commemoration in 2013, has been a member of the Jacksonville Exchange Club for 35 years, and is past president.
“It is a tremendous thing to have people to give of their time and energy,” Etheredge said.
After accepting the award, Maloney said he was honored to be a member of the Jacksonville Exchange Club, a “group of wonderful people.”
Maloney is married to the former Joy White, and they have three children, James, Jeremy and Julia. James resides in California and was unable to attend the ceremony.
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