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Pro Bono Month Is Underway in Alabama

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Parker issued an order designating October 2020 as Pro Bono Month in the Alabama Judiciary. His order recognizes the valuable contributions made by attorneys offering pro bono services throughout the year and encourages pro bono participation across the state to address the legal needs of low-income Alabamians. 

Alabama State Bar President Bob Methvin said, “We send our humble thanks to Chief Justice Parker for recognizing all of the amazing work members of the Alabama State Bar do. While it feels strange to call it a celebration in these difficult times, it is even more important to showcase the pro bono attorneys, organizations and law students who have worked tirelessly to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Together we will make a difference and celebrate the power of pro bono programs and attorneys across our state.”

Read more here.

Pro Bono Celebration Free CLE Series

This year’s Pro Bono Month Celebration will look different than in years past because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In place of in-person events, the Alabama State Bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program is planning a series of free, online CLE programs for Bar members as well as a video contest for law students.

Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 12 - 1 PM - Pro Bono Celebration CLE Series: Garnishments Update Register here.

Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 12 - 1 PM - Pro Bono Celebration CLE Series: Debt Collection Defense Register here.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 12 - 1 PM - Pro Bono Celebration CLE Series: Disability Benefits and Special Needs Trusts Register here.

Thursday, Oct. 29 from 12 - 3 PM - Pro Bono Celebration CLE Series: The Intersection of Poverty and the Law Register here.

Pro Bono Snapshots

Each week of Pro Bono Month, we're sharing video stories of Alabama's pro bono attorneys. This week’s Pro Bono Snapshot features Susan Donovan, Director of the Mediation Law Clinic at the University of Alabama School of Law.

Susan Donovan
Director of the Mediation Law Clinic, University of Alabama School of Law

Labor & Employment Law Fall 2020 CLE

Despite Hurricane Sally's impact on the Gulf, the Labor & Employment Law Section's Annual Seminar on the Gulf at The Lodge at Gulf State Park will proceed as scheduled. The Lodge at Gulf State Park in Orange Beach, Alabama had minimal damage from the storm and has confirmed it will be open and ready for us.

The deadline to book a room at the discounted rate was extended but is about to expire, so register and book your room at The Lodge today! For full details and to register, please click here

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.

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

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!


Women’s Wealth Connection of Warren Averett To Host Free CLE
Join the Women's Wealth Connection on Friday, Oct. 23 from 12:00-1:00pm. This virtual, free 1-hour CLE will cover the Basics of Financial Planning for Lawyers. Register here.

Appellate Court Information

  • Click here to view the Alabama Supreme Court decisions and opinions from Sept. 25 (none posted for Oct. 2)

  • Click here to view the Criminal Appeals decisions and opinions from Oct. 2

  • Click here to view the Civil Appeals decisions and opinions from Oct. 2

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

LawPay, a payment solutions provider for Alabama State Bar members, was developed specifically for lawyers and is designed to ensure all payments are processed in compliance with trust accounting rules. Learn more about this member benefit!

ASB Calendar

Oct. 6: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Workers’ Compensation Claims

Oct. 7: Pro Bono Month CLE: Garnishments Update

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

Oct. 9: State of the Bar - Lee County


Oct. 14:  Pro Bono Month CLE: Debt Collection Defense

Oct. 21: Pro Bono Month CLE: Disability Benefits and Special Needs Trusts

Oct. 29: Pro Bono Month CLE: The Intersection of Poverty and the Law

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