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This Wednesday is Deadline to Complete Census

Only two days remain to be counted in the 2020 Census. The window is closing for us to make a positive impact on the next 10 years in our state. Alabama's response rate is sobering low, and a reduction in Alabama’s census could have adverse impacts to federally funded public service programs that affect every single resident. If you've already participated, encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do so as well. Visit or call 844-330-2020 to get counted!

Volunteer Lawyers Program Awarded Disaster Expense Grant

The Alabama State Bar's Volunteer Lawyers Program was awarded an Emergency Relief Grant from the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation! The grant was specifically related to COVID-19, and monies will be used to better serve clients through virtual assistance and programming, as well as personal protective equipment needed for in-person clinics. Congratulations to VLP Director Linda Lund on her hard work, and thank you to the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation!

Pro Bono Month Starts This Week!

This October will mark the 12th annual Pro Bono Month Celebration in Alabama. While this year’s celebration will look different than years past, what has not changed is our commitment to showcase the important work done by pro bono attorneys throughout the state. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for pro bono assistance, and we’re counting on you to rise to the challenge to respond to the growing demand for access to justice. If you are not already, consider joining a volunteer lawyer program in your area, or providing financial support.  You can also sign up to be a part of – which is an easy way to volunteer your time online. We will highlight pro bono stories each Monday in October here in the Scoop as well as a series of free CLEs planned for Pro Bono Month!

Montgomery County Bar to Host Election Legal Issues CLE

This virtual, 2-hour (1.0 MCLE and 1.0 Ethics credit) CLE will cover the Alabama Fair Campaign Practices Act and professional ethical issues related to the November election, election workers and election location laws. 

Wednesday, Sept. 30
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Click here to register for the Zoom!

Presenters: Attorney Al Agricola and ASB General Counsel Roman Shaul

Birmingham Bar to Host Free Voting Rights CLE

Join the BBA for an important discussion about Voting Rights with a panel of activists and academics.

Wednesday, October 7
12:00 - 1:15 PM.

Those who attend this free CLE will receive 1.25 credit.

Click here to register for the Zoom!


Other Upcoming Live CLE Courses on Zoom

Oct. 6 from 12 - 1 PM - The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Workers’ Compensation Claims
Register here.
Oct. 7 from 12 - 1 PM - Garnishment Update with Hilaire Armstrong, Alabama Bankruptcy Assistance Project Coordinator Register here

Don't forget, we have more than a dozen free, on-demand courses available at Find step-by-step instructions for the platform here

Enhanced Online Service Available for Attorneys in Medicaid Benefit Recovery and Subrogation Claims

The Alabama Medicaid Agency’s Third Party Liability Unit now has an enhanced web portal available to Alabama attorneys called Subrogation On-Line Attorney Referral Information Service Plus, or “SOLARISPlus.” It allows Alabama attorneys and/or paralegals to create and manage their subrogation cases from start to finish.  Attorneys and paralegals are also able to upload, generate, and submit requests and relevant case documentation, including HIPAA-compliant medical authorizations and lien documents, all through a single intuitive platform.  Read more here.

Judge French Releases Video on Safety Precautions for Jurors

Kudos to President Judge Elisabeth French in the Tenth Judicial Circuit on her video promoting the COVID-19 protocols the courts are putting in place to protect the safety of jurors. 

Presiding Judge Elisabeth French, Tenth Judicial Circuit

ICYMI: Cumberland School of Law Partners with Tuskegee University for Accelerated Program

Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and Tuskegee University have partnered to offer Tuskegee undergraduate students an accelerated bachelor’s to Juris Doctor program. This partnership, more commonly known as a 3+3 partnership, creates a pathway for students to receive a bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee and a law degree from Cumberland in six years of study, rather than the traditional seven. Read more here.

Appellate Court Information

  • Click here to view the Alabama Supreme Court decisions and opinions from Sept. 25

  • Click here to view the Criminal Appeals decisions and opinions from Sept. 25

  • Click here to view the Civil Appeals decisions and opinions from Sept. 25

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

Economic Impact Study Underway
The Alabama State Bar has commissioned an economic impact study from the University of Alabama. One person at your first may have received 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.

Featured Member Benefit

Hyundai Discount

Alabama State Bar members are eligible to receive the Hyundai Circle supplier discount, an exclusive program that provides you with the opportunity to purchase or lease a new Hyundai vehicle at a special discounted price. Learn more about this discount!

ASB Calendar

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

Alyson Marie Webb
Died: Aug. 31, 2020
Admitted: Apr. 27, 2011

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