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Proposed Changes to Rule 7 Series (Lawyer Advertising)

The Disciplinary Rules and Enforcement Committee has developed recommended changes to Rules 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3 of the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct which outline lawyer advertising rules. Alabama State Bar members are invited to view and submit comments through June 30, 2020, on the proposed changes before they're submitted to the Supreme Court of Alabama. Click here to view and submit your comment.

Alabama State Bar Offers Cyber Liability Insurance Discounts 

Alabama State Bar members now have access to cyber liability insurance from Insurance Specialists, Inc. (ISI). Bar members are able to apply for coverage by completing a simple application. 

  • Limit of Liability per business options: $1,000,000 (annual aggregate)

  • No aggregate limit on master policy

  • Coverage territory is worldwide

  • Eligibility: U.S. businesses with less than $50,000,000 in annual revenue

  • Enroll online in less than 5 minutes 

For further information or to apply, click here, or call ISI ALABAMA at 1-888-474-1959.

Legislature Submits Budgets to Gov.; Moves Toward Finish Line

After leaving for Spring Break in the wake of COVID-19, the Alabama Legislature reconvened on May 4 to pass the budgets and handle other essential items. Much was left on the table, and a special session will most likely be required to finish addressing some pressing matters such as prison reform.

Click here to read this week's Legislature Update.

July 2020 Alabama Bar Exam Update

On Friday, the Supreme Court of Alabama entered an Order that the Alabama State Bar follow public health restrictions and take necessary precautions during the administration of the July 2020 Alabama Bar Exam on July 28-29, 2020. The Order also grants certain exceptions to the Rules Governing Admission to the Alabama State Bar and the Alabama Rule for Legal Internship by Law Students. These exceptions are available only to those individuals who applied for the July 2020 Alabama bar exam by the deadlines set forth in the Rules.

Last Week to Donate to Alabama Legal Food Frenzy!

The 5th Annual Alabama Legal Food Frenzy runs through Friday, May 15. 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! 

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, and there are two more remaining!

Another facet of Wellness Month is a Wellness Challenge between individual attorneys, firms and local bars. View the wellness challenge calendar here to 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 12 at 3 p.m.

Young Lawyers’ Section President Robert Shreve and Member Ryan Duplechin will join Bar President Christy Crow and Volunteer Lawyers Program Director Linda Lund to talk about the Disaster Assistance Line.

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

IN MEMORIAM: Deceased Attorneys

Marc Edmund Bradley
Died: Mar. 15, 2020
Admitted: Apr. 18, 1977

Daniel Talmadge (Ted) Hull, Jr.
Died: Mar. 15, 2020
Admitted: Apr. 23, 1973

Mayer (Mike) William Perloff
Died: Apr. 5, 2020
Admitted: Jan. 1, 1957

Holly Lee Wiseman
Died: Apr. 17, 2020
Admitted: Sept. 28, 1979

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