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New CLE Opportunities; Live and On-Demand

The Alabama State Bar is excited to offer a series of free live and on-demand CLEs to help members satisfy their annual CLE requirement by the December 31 deadline.

NEW On-Demand Courses

The courses listed below are currently available at Find step-by-step instructions for the platform here

Ethics Update with Roman Shaul (Practicing in a Virtual World)
1.0 CLE, 1.0 Ethics

Tips for Using Fastcase
1.0 CLE

Check back weekly for more!

ICYMI: Limit of On-Demand MCLE Courses Lifted through Dec. 31, 2020

The MCLE Commission has temporarily suspended MCLE Regulation 3.1, which limits attorneys to six (6) hours of on-demand credits in any single CLE year.

Live Courses

Below are live CLE events for September that the State Bar is co-sponsoring/highlighting. Each will be held via Zoom.

Sept. 17 from 12 - 1 PM - How to Get The Best Experience From Online Mediation, ASB Dispute Resolution Section and Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution: To sign up for the webinar, send an email with your name and ASB number to
Sept. 24 from 12 - 1 PM - Engaging Our Truth, Presidential Council on Unity and Diversity and Diversity and Inclusion in the Profession Committee: Register here.
Sept. 25 from 12 - 1 PM - Opposing Client Evictions, Legal Services Alabama. Register here

Economic Impact Study Surveys Going Out This Week
The Alabama State Bar has commissioned an economic impact study from the University of Alabama. This week, you may receive an email questionnaire requesting information needed to complete the study. We encourage you to take part so that the results accurately show the tremendous impact the legal profession has on the state of Alabama. The survey will also collect information about pro bono hours donated by Alabama lawyers as well as the concerns and challenges for lawyers related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The individual and financial data collected by the University of Alabama will remain confidential and will not be shared with the bar. We will receive a summarized report that will not include firm information.

Deadline to Complete the Census is Sept. 30

Please encourage your clients and community members to complete the census. The results are used to determine how much funding local communities receive for key public services and how many seats each state gets in Congress. This year, Alabama has a lot to lose without a complete Census count, including $13 billion of federal funding that support programs like public education, benefits, healthcare, roads, police, fire, and more. Additionally, Alabama could lose 1 or 2 of our 7 Congressional seats. That’s 2 voices in Washington D.C. Take the Census today at

ABA Launches Poll Worker, Esq.

Poll Worker, Esq. is a "rally cry" aimed at mobilizing lawyers, law students, and other legal professionals to become poll workers for the upcoming 2020 election. The Alabama Bar Association is partnering with the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors on this nonpartisan effort designed to help people vote and to help local officials ensure a safe and accurate election. States across the country, include Alabama, are predicting a shortage of workers to serve for the November 3rd General Election, and this is an opportunity for lawyers, soon-to-be lawyers, and bar professionals to step up and serve. Visit the Poll Worker, Esq. webpage for information on where to sign up and receive training in your jurisdiction.


Cumberland School of Law Launches Legal Clinic for Veterans

Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law has launched the first full-service law school clinic in Alabama for veterans. The Cumberland Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic (C-VETS) provides free legal assistance to veterans and their families in an eight-county area of North Central Alabama including Bibb, Blount, Chilton, Cullman, Etowah, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker counties. Read the full story here.

Appellate Court Information

  • Click here to view the Alabama Supreme Court decisions and opinions from Sept. 11

  • Click here to view the Criminal Appeals decisions and opinions from Sept. 11

  • Click here to view the Civil Appeals decisions and opinions from Sept. 11

The Supreme Court of Alabama will hold Oral Arguments on Oct. 6, 2020  beginning at 10:00 a.m. View the docket here

Jefferson County Court Notice

Effective September 4, 2020, parties or attorneys who have filed or do file unlawful detainer (eviction) actions in Jefferson County, Alabama, shall, by filing said action, certify to the Court the following:

By filing this unlawful detainer (eviction) action, Plaintiff (Landlord) or Plaintiff's attorney, if represented, certifies to the Court (1) the property at issue is not subject to a moratorium under the CARES Act, Pub. L. No. 116-136 § 4024 (2020); and (2) the Defendant (Tenant) has not executed and returned to Plaintiff a Declaration, pursuant to the Order issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 85 FR 55292, dated September 1, 2020, effective September 4, 2020, through December 31, 2020 (the "CDC Order").  If Plaintiff or Plaintiff's attorney receives a Declaration executed by Defendant pursuant to the CDC Order, Plaintiff or Plaintiff's attorney shall mail or email a copy of the Declaration to the Court to which the case is assigned within three (3) business days of Plaintiff's receipt of the Declaration. Filing the Declaration on Alacourt is not necessary and will not equate to mailing or emailing a copy of the Declaration to the Court to which the case is assigned.

The CDC Order is available here.

The Declaration Form for Tenants is available here.

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ASB Calendar

Sept. 23: State of the Bar - Houston County

Oct. 9-10: Escape to the Alabama Beaches, L&E Section 2020 Seminar on the Gulf

Oct. 9: State of the Bar - Lee County

IN MEMORIUM: Deceased Attorney

Keri Donald Simms
Died: Sept. 4, 2020
Admitted: Sept. 28, 1989

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