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Thanks for Attending Our First-Ever Virtual Annual Meeting

Last week, we made history with the first-ever Virtual Annual Meeting of the Alabama State Bar. Although we would have liked to have been able to meet together in-person, we enjoyed the chance to gather virtually.

We had such high participation rates, with nearly 500 attendees! We hope you can join us again next year. Please email if you did not receive an email on Friday afternoon with a link to your MCLE attendance form.

Bob Methvin Begins Term as 145th Alabama State Bar President

Congratulations to Bob Methvin who begins his term as President as well as Taze Shephard, our new President-Elect! Look for full articles about their plans for their term in next week's Scoop.

We also congratulate these members who received awards during Friday's Grand Convocation:

Allison Skinner, Award of Merit
Judge Madeline Haikala, Judicial Award of Merit
Tom Heflin, William D. "Bill" Scruggs, Jr. Service to the Bar Award
Michael Upchurch, J. Anthony "Tony" McLain Professionalism Award
Harlen Prater, J. Anthony "Tony" McLain Professionalism Award
Judge John Graham, Commissioner's Award

Also, congratulations to this year's President's Award recipients:

Marcus Maples
Judge Kelly Pate
Robert Shreve
Ryan Duplechin
Linda Lund
Brannon Buck
Susan Han
Emily Hornsby
Manesh Patel
Brian Murphy

Davis Smith
Jimbo Terrell
George Parker
Gibson Vance
Kitty Brown
Morris Lilienthal
Ralph Holt
Jeff Bowling
Greg Ward

Even if you didn't register to attend the Grand Convocation, you can watch it here. Please note that MCLE credit will only be given to registered attendees, though.

Sign Up to Serve on a Task Force or Committee

The Alabama State Bar is a member-driven organization that relies on the participation of volunteer attorneys to lead its committees and task forces. This year, President Bob Methvin is focused on unity and collaboration within the Bar, along with a continuance of the Bar’s outreach efforts. With this in mind, he is looking for service-minded volunteers to continue to propel our organization to new heights. If you would like to serve our profession in a volunteer capacity, please click here to select the committee and/or task force that most interests you. "Please remember, this is Your Bar, and I look forward to working for you this year," said President Methvin.

Join Us for A Facebook Live about ASB's Association Health Plan

Join us Thursday, July 2 at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live for a Q&A about the Alabama State Bar's Association Health Plan! We'll explain how it works and answer all your questions! Click here for details on the plans that will be available beginning Aug. 1, 2020!

Appellate Court Decisions and Opinions from Friday, June 26

  • 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.

Featured Member Benefit

UPS Printing Discounts

As a member, you receive up to 25% off every day online print orders. The UPS Store provides you with a broad portfolio of print products such as copies, flyers, brochures, reports, newsletters, and finishing services.

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In collaboration with the Alabama Society of CPAs and Alabama Bankers Association, the Alabama State Bar will host Dr. Scott Harris, Matt McDonald and Stan Sterna for a free 1-hour webinar on how to help Alabama get safely back to work.

Scott Harris, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA (pictured left) is the State Health Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). He will present on the Latest News on COVID-19 in Alabama during the webinar.

In 1996, Dr. Harris began his practice in general infectious diseases and HIV medicine in Decatur, Alabama, and began serving as tuberculosis consultant with ADPH. He left his practice in 2015 to join APDH as North Alabama's Area Health Officer. In 2018, he was appointed State Health Officer.

Matthew McDonald (center) is a law partner at Jones Walker in Mobile in the Litigation and Government Relations practice groups. He advises publicly held clients in civil litigation and government affairs. He will discuss Governor Ivey's Executive Order for Employer Immunity during the webinar.

For more than 30 years, Matt has served as general counsel of Alabama's statewide tort reform effort, the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee, which is made up of premiere business associations and corporate interests in the state. Matt also represents businesses, public officials, and governmental entities with regard to ethics and campaign finance compliance issues.

Stan Sterna, Esq., (right) is Vice President and Risk Control Lead for Aon, the broker and national administrator for the AICPA Member Insurance Programs. He will discuss General Risk Mitigation for Re-Opening Alabama Businesses to the Public during the webinar.

Stan has specialized in the defense of professionals for almost 30 years by providing strategic quality control, coverage advocacy, claim/litigation management services and risk control advice. Stan is also a member of the Aon Global COVID-19 Infectious Disease Task Force.

Webinar Zoom Link: Tuesday, July 7
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