Board of Bar Commissioners to Meet This Week

The BBC will meet Friday at the bar building in Montgomery. Stay informed on what's being discussed and what action items are up for a vote by reading the meeting agenda here. President Crow will share a Facebook Live update immediately after the meeting on the bar's Facebook page, and we'll share minutes from the meeting in next Monday's Scoop

Beware of Fraud Targeting Attorneys

The Alabama State Bar has recently received multiple calls from lawyers targeted in collection/settlement fraud scams. If you receive communications that you suspect could be fraudulent, you can always refer to the AvoidAClaim blog, which serves as a clearing house for information on scams targeting lawyers and law firms. If you think you may have been targeted, let us know so we can help protect your fellow lawyers from these unscrupulous predators.

Public Notice for Appointment of United States Magistrate Judge

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama in Montgomery. This position will be available to be filled on Aug. 1, 2020. Magistrate Judge Application forms may be obtained on the U.S. District Court's website.  

Reminder: Leadership Forum Applications Due Friday

The deadline to submit Leadership Forum applications is this Friday, Nov. 1, by 5 p.m.

31st Annual Mobile-Baldwin Bench and Bar Conference

The Mobile Bar Association and Baldwin County Bar Association are partnering together to host the annual Bench and Bar Conference on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear. The conference offers 4.0 hours of MCLE credit and 1.0 hour of ethics, networking opportunities and a chance to spend one-on-one time with justices and judges from throughout the state. New this year are breakout sessions focusing on civil law and criminal law. Award-winning humorist and political satirist P.J. O'Rourke will close out the event. For more information and to register, please click here.

Open Enrollment for the HMCBA BCBS Health Insurance

For the second year in a row, the Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association's insurance premiums have not increased, and its plan is beating the Blue Cross Blue Shield benchmark.  The current rates and deductibles are $672.53 per month with a $500 deductible for single coverage and $1,57.99 per month with a $1,00 deductible for family coverage. You can compare your current plan to the HMCBA's plan at or contact Director Cindy Seeley. Membership in the HMCBA is open to all members of the Alabama State Bar in good standing for an annual fee of $150.

Last Call for Submissions to Our "Salute to Veterans" Feature

Veterans Day is fast approaching, and the Alabama State Bar wants to celebrate members who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. If you'd like to be considered for our feature, email us a short description of your service and a picture.

December Oral Arguments

The Supreme Court of Alabama will hold oral arguments Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. View the docket here.

Decisions and Opinions

  • Click here to view the most recent Alabama Supreme Court decisions and opinions.

  • Click here to view the most recent decisions from the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

  • Click here to view the most recent decisions from the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals.

ASB Calendar

Tuesday, Oct. 29: State of the Bar Limestone County

Wednesday, Oct. 30: Mediation Perspectives Roundtable Discussion Free CLE and Lunch

Thursday, Oct. 31: Free Webinar - Avoiding the Top 10 Year-End Accounting Pitfalls

Friday, Nov. 1: Leadership Forum Applications Due 5 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 1: Board of Bar Commissioners Meeting in Montgomery

Thursday, Nov. 7: Pro Hops Vino in Birmingham

Wednesday, Jan. 22 - Thursday, Jan 23: SAVE THE DATE for our Mid-Year Meeting at The Lodge at Gulf State Park. Registration info and agenda coming soon!

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This Week at the Bar

State of the Bar: Chambers County Bar Association

Thanks to the Chambers County Bar Association for having us in Lanett for a State of the Bar update! We enjoyed seeing our Alabama Lawyer Editor Greg Ward in the audience!

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Featured Article: Discussing Diversity in Your Law Firm

This ABA Journal article offers guidance on how to talk about diversity within law firms. The article includes a helpful list of “dos and don’ts” to help guide the discussion.

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Featured Member Benefit: 
Accounting Pitfalls Webinar

With year-end around the corner, you’re probably already dreading closing the books. This webinar gives you a step-by-step checklist of the accounting obstacles to be aware of and how to avoid them.

Learn More »

Featured Video: Pro Bono
Month Impact Story

Each week of Pro Bono Month, we're sharing video stories of Alabama's pro bono attorneys. This week, hear from Laurel Crawford, executive director of the Montgomery Volunteer Lawyers Program.

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IN MEMORIAM: Deceased Attorneys

James Michael Crouch
Died: Oct. 16, 2019
Admitted: Nov. 15, 1974

William Jackson (Jack) Edwards, III
Died: Sept. 27, 2019
Admitted: June 1, 1954

William Hayes Mills
Died: Oct. 17, 2019
Admitted: Jan. 1, 1956

Mark Benjamin Reed
Died: Sept. 30, 2019
Admitted: Apr. 8, 1976

Charles Eugene Sharp
Died: Oct. 11, 2019
Admitted: Jan. 1, 1956

Thomas McRae Taul, III
Died: Oct. 17, 2019
Admitted: Sept. 22, 1977

Hon. William (Nick) Sidney Underwood, Jr.
Died: Sept. 22, 2019
Admitted: Apr. 28, 1987

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