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COVID-19 Updates

Travel Authorization for Attorneys and Staff Members

Supreme Court of Alabama Chief Justice Tom Parker on Friday issued a travel authorization document for attorneys and employees of the judicial branch. We've gotten many questions about whether that applies to non-attorney staff members and legal secretaries. The Alabama State Bar has developed a document you can provide your employees, as well as a sample letter, should you rather personalize it for your own law firm, that states the sections of the Governor's Stay-at-Home Order that allows for employees of "essential services" to engage in travel.

COVID-19 Webpage Updates: Interactive State Map Completed

Every county in Alabama is now up-to-date on our interactive state map. You can click on your individual county to view local court orders and other information provided.Your circuit can email any updates or new information to our Communications staff.

ASB Webinars This Week

The Alabama State Bar has put together a series of Facebook LIVE webinars to help you navigate through this unprecedented time. You can watch these webinars on the Bar's Facebook page.

Tuesday, April 7 at 3 p.m.

Topic: SBA Loans and the Economic Stimulus Plans
Presenters: Frederic Smith, Ryan Robichaux, and Will Thistle

From Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Tuesday's presenters will cover SBA Loans and the Economic Stimulus Plans. They will touch on the basics about what you and your clients need to know about loans, tax implications, and what the future may hold for these programs. 

Thursday, April 9 at 3 p.m.

Topic: Wellness in The Face of a Worldwide Pandemic
Presenter: Jeremy Rakes, Director of ALAP

Prior to joining ASB as director of the Alabama Lawyer Assistance Program (ALAP), Rakes held numerous roles including primary counselor, interventionist and family program director with Bradford Health Services in Birmingham. He'll be discussing keeping wellness a priority during these unprecedented times.

In case you missed last week's webinars, find them linked below:

Other News & Announcements

Qualification Open for 2020 Board of Bar Commissioners Election

This is a reminder that Friday, April 24 is the deadline to qualify as a candidate for election to the Board of Bar Commissioners (BBC) of the Alabama State Bar. You can click here to view information on the election, including the BBC seats that are up for election this year. The online election will be held May 18-22, 2020.

Online CLE Courses Available!

Attorneys who hold an occupational license are required to complete 12 CLE hours, including 1 ethics hour, by December 31, 2020. A searchable database of approved CLE courses is available at Approved courses are designated as Live OnsiteLive TeleConference/WebCast, or On Demand. Attorneys are limited to 6 hours of On Demand courses per year; that limit does not apply to Live Teleconference/WebCast courses, which may be helpful to know during this time of social distancing. For more information on CLE requirements, email our CLE staff at

May's Wellness Month More Important Than Ever

As you may be aware, the state bar has a task force that seeks to promote attorney wellness and quality of life. President Christy Crow created the task force to address the growing incidences of depression, substance abuse, and physical and mental health problems among attorneys in Alabama and across the nation. The goal is to raise awareness of these problems and encourage both dialogue and action to promote better wellness among attorneys. The new challenges associated with the Coronavirus make the work of this task force all the more important.

In addition to a number of other initiatives this year, the Wellness Task Force is organizing an Attorney Wellness Month for the month of May. There are plans for a free, online wellness CLE, a wellness challenge calendar promoting daily wellness activities among attorneys, and the dissemination of wellness tips and other quality of life literature to members of the state bar. Stay tuned for more details soon!

Appellate Court Decisions and Opinions from Friday, April 3

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

  • Click here to view the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals decisions and opinions.

  • Click here to view the the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals decisions and opinions.

Tips for Mediating Online

The American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section has gathered resources to help our to help mediators learn new technologies and techniques to mediate online. On this page you will find recorded programs on the basics of online mediation practice, online dispute resolution, and teaching and training in virtual formats.

Jefferson Co. Judicial Commission Comment Period Now Open

The Jefferson County Judicial Commission is now seeking comments on the applicants to fill a judicial seat: Circuit Court, Domestic Relations Division, Place 1.Comments must be emailed to by 5:00 pm on April 8, 2020. View the Public Notice with the candidate names here.

Food Frenzy Goes Online-Only

The 5th Annual Alabama Legal Food Frenzy will be held May 4 - 15. This year, the competition will be entirely online, through a “virtual food drive.” The challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic have only served to underscore why this fundraiser matters now more than ever. Please join with us today! Read the full letter from President Christy Crow here.

Provide Online Pro Bono Help

Join Alabama Free Legal Answers and sign up to provide pro bono civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Alabama. Click here to sign up, click “Volunteer Attorney Registration” at the top of the page and register! Watch for a verification email from after you sign up. If you don’t get it, check your spam filter.

Tips for Securing Your Zoom Video Conference

We know that many of our members are using Zoom for the first time. This article, while meant for those hosting virtual classrooms, has great tips for securing your meetings and the tools available to allow in only those meant for the meeting.

Member Benefit Resources

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