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Sign Up Now: Alabama Legal Food Frenzy Starts Monday!

The 5th Annual Alabama Legal Food Frenzy will start next Monday and run through May 15. Because this year’s competition is entirely online, you will need to register your firm before the May 4 if you are planning to compete. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up as soon as you can at
Many of us recognize the inconveniences imposed by cancellations and quarantining, but for those who struggle with food insecurity, the impacts of the virus represent real economic hardship. With schools closing, many children lose a prime source of daily meals. Low-wage and seasonal workers who already depend on food banks are finding their wages further trimmed by reduced hours.  For so many Alabamians, this outbreak presents a seemingly insurmountable challenge.
The Legal Food Frenzy is a tangible example of the power lawyers have when we work together toward a common service goal: providing support for our fellow Alabamians in need of food assistance. Please join with me today to help end child hunger! Read more here.

ASB Facebook Live Webinar 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 28 at 3 p.m.
Don't miss Tuesday's webinar with Judges Phil Seay and Brian Howell as they discuss criminal courts’ operations during COVID-19.

In case you missed last week's webinar, find it linked below:

BBC to Meet Virtually on Friday

Our BBC meeting on May 1 will be done in a virtual format using Zoom. Gov. Ivey’s March 18 proclamation allows for virtual meetings for governmental operations for COVID-19 and/or essential minimal functions of the organization. President Christy Crow will host a Facebook Live on the Alabama State Bar's Facebook page immediately following the meeting to give you a recap, and look for more in next week's Scoop.

Attend a Free, Online CLE During Wellness Month

As part of May's Wellness Month offerings, a free, online CLE course will be offered three different days and times through Zoom. Attendees will receive one hour of CLE credit, including 1.0 hour of ethics. The presentation on Attorney Wellness and Professional Responsibility will be given by Christy Coan, Susan Han and Emily Hornsby. You should only register for one!

Another facet of Wellness Month is a Wellness Challenge between individual attorneys, firms and local bars. View the wellness challenge calendar here, and start planning how you can take part in the small, daily wellness activities.

Reminder: Each Monday in April and May, Emily Hornsby, Co-Chair of the Task Force and the Chair of the Alabama Chapter of the Mindfulness in Law Society, will be leading a free 30-minute meditation on Zoom from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. If you would like the Zoom information to join, click here.

Women's Suffrage Video Premier Scheduled for Friday

This Friday, Alabama State Bar members will have the chance to view a virtual video premier of "The Fight for the Noblest Democracy: Women’s Suffrage in Alabama." This short film by attorney Jenna M. Bedsole briefly reviews the national suffrage movement and then turns its focus to the suffrage movement in Alabama. It features the leaders who advocated for women’s right to vote – their triumphs and their disappointments. The film also includes those who opposed the expansion of women’s right to vote, why they fought against it, and their tactics to stop the effort. Be looking for details on the Alabama State Bar's Facebook page and website for details on the premier times!

ADLA Cancels 2020 Annual Meeting

As the COVID-19 virus continues to affect our daily lives, coupled with the uncertainty of when we can all safely return back to our regular routine, ADLA and TDLA have decided to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting in Sandestin, Florida scheduled to take place in June.  We waited for as much information as possible before making our decision, but it is just not feasible at this time.  Alternate plans are underway for an August program in Birmingham.

Zoom Hearings: What Not to Wear

What is appropriate virtual courtroom attire? Understanding that much of communication is not so much what you say but your body language and appearance when saying it, communications expert Bruce Hennes offers some tips for lawyers finding themselves in online hearing rooms, conference rooms, and courtrooms. Bruce's thoughts about why dress codes still matter can be read here.

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