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Board of Bar Commissioners Meeting Recap 

The Board of Bar Commissioners met virtually this past Friday. You can watch a video recap from President Christy Crow here, or view the discussion and action items here.

Congratulations to Holly Sawyer, who was elected to serve as an At-Large Commissioner as well as currently-serving At-Large Commissoners Kira Fonteneau and John Stamps, who were re-elected to another term.

The Board also voted to approve the following award winners:

Award of Merit – Allison Skinner
Judicial Award of Merit – Judge Madeline Haikala
Bill Scruggs Award – Tom Heflin
Tony McLain Award – Michael Upchurch and Harlan Prater
Maud McLure Kelly Award – Augusta Dowd
Susan Bevill Livingston Award – Christy Crow
Commissioners Award – Judge John Graham
Jeanne Marie Leslie Award – Robert Thornhill

You can read more about the awards listed above here. Formal celebrations will take place when the awards are presented to each of the recipients. 

Alabama Legal Food Frenzy Kicks-Off Today!

The 5th Annual Alabama Legal Food Frenzy starts today and runs through Friday, May 15. If your firm still hasn't signed up, it's not too late! Contact the Alabama Food Bank Association here to sign up. Several firms are already off to a geart start! Thank you to all who are participating. The challenges presented by the Coronavirus pandemic have only served to underscore why this fundraiser matters now more than ever. Click here to donate or to learn more!

Wellness Month is Here!

All month long, the Alabama State Bar will focus on providing tools to create healthy habits and environments, which are critical for lawyer wellness. This week’s wellness tips, compiled by the Quality of Life, Health and Wellness Task Force, provide advice for dealing with the new challenges associated with the Coronavirus. Fears about COVID-19 can take an emotional toll, but you’re not powerless. These tips can help you get through this stressful time.

Register for a Free, Online Wellness CLE

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 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.

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, May 5 at 3 p.m.

Lawyers typically score lower in resilience (90% score below 30%). Tune in to hear Dr. Rachel Fry discuss the pandemic as an opportunity to become more resilient and provide tools to use now and later once we have returned to some normalcy.

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

Online District Court Practice CLE Offerings

You can get up to six CLE hours of District Court Practice through three two-hour Zoom sessions. The local bars will provide local speakers, and you will be able to see them and their PowerPoint presentations on your computer screen or similar device.
You can choose one, two or all three of the two-hour online CLE sessions. Thus, you can get yourself six hours of credit if you watch all three sessions. It is suggested, but not required, that you pick sessions for the location nearest you so that you will hear comments from speakers and judges nearest you.

  • Session 1 (Birmingham-based) Judgments, Garnishments and Attachments: Landlord Tenant Law and Procedure
    Register here $10 per person

  • Session 2  (Mobile-based) Misdemeanors and Traffic Offenses Ethics and Courtroom Decorum: What Judges Wish You Knew Register here $10 per person

  • Session 3 (Montgomery-based) Guardians Ad Litem: Specialty Courts and Rules of  Juvenile Procedure
    Register here $10 per person

ICYMI: Supreme Court Extends Suspension of In-Person Proceedings Until May 15

Last week, the Supreme Court of Alabama issued an order extending all its orders and deadlines concerning the suspension of in-person proceedings through May 15. The order also authorized non-vulnerable courts employees to come to work to prepare for in-person proceedings. Judges are still encouraged to use virtual hearings to limit in-person contact. Jury trials also remain suspended, and no jury summons should be issued until July 1, 2020. View the order here.

ICYMI: Alabama State Bar Law Day Virtual Celebration

The Alabama State Bar's Lawyers in the Classroom Committee originally planned for lawyers to teach a class in our public schools on Law Day, but were not able to move forward with those plans due to COVID-19. However, the Alabama State Bar, Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Institute, and Alabama Department of Archives assembled some online resources for members of our community to learn more about this year’s Law Day theme: The 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Please view this flyer and help us distribute it to your local bars, teachers, parents and students. 

Member Benefit Resources

Identillect extends product promotion through May

To receive the promotional price, which has been extended until May 31, members should call (888) 781-4080, email, or complete the online form

A Member Benefit Offering from UPS

Take advantage of special offers and savings on shipping and other products and services—with exclusive member-only pricing.

Member Benefit exclusive offer from LawPay

ASB members who pen a new LawPay account by May 29 will receive 3 months with no monthly fee and a $100 credit towards processing! Learn more>> explores law firm intake

Join Maddy Martin of and family law attorney Regina Edwards May 13 at 2 p.m. CST for a deep dive into law firm intake. Bring your questions -- this is a live video chat, not a formal webinar! Register today!

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