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President Bob Methvin Begins Term as President

This week on the Alabama State Bar website, we are highlighting President Bob Methvin. “I am humbled and honored to be the 145th President of the Alabama State Bar. I am also grateful for the trust that the 18,000+ members of our Bar have placed in me,” Methvin said.

Methvin will focus this year on unity and diversity, helping the legal profession adapt to its new norm caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and lawyer public service with an emphasis on pro bono services.

You can read more about Bob and his goals for the year here.

Learn More About Your President-Elect Taze Shepard

We also spotlighted President-Elect Taze Shepard, who will become President in July 2021. “Serving in various leadership roles with the Alabama State Bar and my local bar, I have always found that I got a lot of satisfaction from helping people and being involved in something outside myself,” Shepard said.

Read the full article on Taze here

Send Us Your Stories!

We are excited to bring back the #MoreThanALawyer series! Lawyers are service-minded, and we want to show how you give back to our communities and our state. One of President Methvin's goals is to highlight the public service of attorneys in Alabama, through their volunteer work on corporate and charitable boards, youth sports and religious organizations. 

Email us a photo depicting how you’re #MoreThanALawyer, and include information about what the photo shows. We’d like to share your stories on our website and social media pages. You can also nominate a fellow attorney to be featured.

Don't Forget to Submit Your Virtual Annual Meeting MCLE Attendance

If you attended the Virtual Annual Meeting on June 25-26, 2020, don't forget to submit your MCLE Certificate of Attendance in order to receive MCLE credit. As we explained in the post-conference email, attendance forms are due back within 30 days. Click here to make your online submission.

ICYMI: Supreme Court Order Offers Alternative Test Date for July 2020 Bar Exam

All those registered to take the July 2020 Alabama Bar Exam next week have alternative options. A July 12 Order from the Supreme Court of Alabama, which promulgates the rules governing admission to the Alabama State Bar, gave applicants for the July exam the options, without penalty, of continuing to sit for the July exam with protocols in place, sitting for an alternate September exam, or postponing to the February 2021 exam. Click here to read more, including the email sent to all those registered to take the July 2020 bar exam.

Call for Nominations: Harold Albritton Pro Bono Leadership Award

The Harold Albritton Pro Bono Leadership Award seeks to identify and honor individual lawyers who through their leadership and commitment have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving pro bono legal services to our state’s poor and disadvantaged. The Award will be presented during Pro Bono Month 2018. To be considered for the award nominations must be submitted by August 1, 2020

For more information about the nomination process please visit our website, or contact Linda Lund at (334) 517-2246 or  

ASB Solo & Small Firm (SSF) Section and Local Bar Associations Make Charitable Donations

Thanks to all those who attended the SSF's District Court Practice Online CLE series in May. The net proceeds were donated as follows:

Local Partner & Food Bank

Birmingham Bar Association:
Community Food Bank of Central Alabama

Montgomery County Bar Association:
Food Bank of East Alabama

Mobile Bar Association:
Feeding the Gulf Coast 

Donation Amount




Appellate Court Decisions and Opinions

  • Click here to view the Alabama Supreme Court decisions and opinions (from July 10)

  • Click here to view the Criminal Appeals decisions and opinions (from July 17)

  • Click here to view the Civil Appeals decisions and opinions (from July 17)

Oral Arguments
The Supreme Court of Alabama will hold oral arguments Wednesday, Aug. 5. View the docket here.

ADLA to Host "Associate to Partner: Marketing Yourself"

The Alabama Defense Lawyers Association's Young Lawyers Section is hosting a continuing CLE series Associate to Partner: Marketing Yourself.  Learn how to effectively market yourself to clients, potential clients, potential referrals, and your firm from our esteemed panel which includes: Lisha Graham of White Arnold & Dowd P.C., Jack Gray of Smith, Spires, Peddy, Hamilton & Coleman, P.C., Marcus Maples of Baker Donelson, and Katie Powell of Butler Snow. The CLE event will be presented via live Zoom Videoconference on July 22, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. It is free for ADLA members, and $25 for non-members. Registration and event details can be found here

ASB Calendar

Thursday, Jul. 30: CosmoLex Webinar: Adjusting to the new normal

Thursday, Jul. 30: MyCase Webinar: How to Safeguard Your Law Firm Against Future Disruption

IN MEMORIUM: Deceased Attorney

Judith Albright Jones

Died: Jun. 22, 2020
Admitted: Apr. 10, 1975

William Taylor Denson

Died: Jun. 23, 2020
Admitted: Sept.16, 1968

Robert Gordon Pate
Died: Jun. 27, 2020
Admitted: Nov. 15, 1974

Neal Presley Conner

Died: Jul. 3, 2020
Admitted: Apr. 28, 1987

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