The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Foundation, whose president she was, reported last weekend’s untimely death of a Jefferson County judge who ruled over cases in the domestic relations division.
The cause of Anne Lamkin Durward’s death remains unknown, according to the organization. She passed away on May 27. 54 years old. Durward worked for the foundation and the courts, but she also coached Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law students in moot court competitions.
Durward was appointed as Jefferson County’s domestic relations judge by Governor Kay Ivey in 2020. According to a biography on the website of her old law practice, she was born and raised in Birmingham and went to Washington and Lee University in Virginia for her undergraduate studies. She went back to Alabama to enroll in Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law.
Durward died while at home with her spouse, according to a statement from the AAML Foundation.
“Anne was a brilliant ray of sunshine who was loved and respected by everyone she met,” according to the Facebook post. “I honestly can’t remember when a frown or a crossword ever passed her lips. She earned the title ‘The Honorable’ in a landslide election a few years ago, and no one was more deserving. Anne was the benchmark of professionalism, enthusiasm, grace, and charm. She had a knack for putting others at ease.”