News and Updates

As we begin a new week, President Bob Methvin updates members about the latest news discussed at the most recent Board of Bar Commissioners Meeting.

Click the play button above to watch the video.

Salute to Veterans: Highlighting Service Members

In honor of Veterans Day, we asked our members who have served and continue to serve in the military to share photos and stories. Thank you for your service and dedication to protecting the law and the country! You can view the submissions and feature stories here.

We put out a call for these photos and service descriptions to all members in last week's Scoop. If you would like to be included on our website, please email our Director of Communications, and we’ll add you!

Sara Clark, Oldest Member of Alabama State Bar, Passes Away

Sara Dominick Clark, the oldest member of the Alabama State Bar, passed away Sunday, Nov. 8, at age 102. Clark, who was admitted to the Bar in 1941, was a much-loved, retired professor at Cumberland School of Law and the 2010 recipient of the Maud McLure Kelly Award.  We send our condolences to her family and are thankful for her contributions to the practice of law in the state of Alabama. Read more here.

Free Fastcase COVID 19 Case Alerts now available

Last week Fastcase launched COVID-19 Case Alerts, and all ASB members are now able to sign up to receive these alerts for free. This daily digest of new civil opinions, selected pleadings, breaking news, and analyses of legal issues will go directly to your email once signed up. For more information on how to sign up, visit the Fastcase blog.

Appellate Court Information

  • Click here to view the Alabama Supreme Court decisions and opinions from Nov. 13

  • Click here to view the Criminal Appeals decisions and opinions from Nov. 13

  • Click here to view the Civil Appeals decisions and opinions from Nov. 5 (none available for Nov. 13)

December Oral Arguments

The Supreme Court of Alabama will hold Oral Arguments on Dec. 2, beginning at 10:00 a.m. View the docket here.

ADLA Wellness Webinar

Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., join ADLA to learn how to prioritize yourself and wellbeing with Laura Winston, attorney and owner of Law Wellness, and Robbie McGiboney, LMT, MMY Wellness. During this one hour webinar, Laura and Robbie will discuss the real definition of self-care and will identify how you can take inventory of your own wellbeing everyday to maximize your performance both in and out of the office. Register and find more details herePlease note that it is FREE for ADLA members and $25 for non-ADLA members.

Supreme Court Amends Rules For Paperless Filings in Criminal Appeals Court 

The Alabama Supreme Court amended the Alabama Rules of Appellate Procedure to reflect the transition by the Court of Criminal Appeal to paperless. The new Rule 57(h)(2) Ala. R. App. P. states that no hard copies of e-documents are required to be filed with the Court of Criminal Appeals. If file under Rule 31(b), those documents filed in person or by mail, and only one copy is required. Read the full order here.

ASB Calendar

Nov. 18: Mindfulness In Law Society Meeting

Nov. 19: What is ransomware and how to prevent an attack? (Non-credit CLE)

Nov. 20: Racial Bias in Worker's Compensation

Dec. 2: Improve Your Firm's Responsiveness: How to Capture, Screen and Win Potential Clients

Dec. 8: Medicare CLE: More details to come!

Dec. 15: Lawyer Succession Planning CLE

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Features from the Bar

Voluntary Health Benefits

After an accident, critical illness or hospitalization, unexpected costs can soon add up. Your medical and disability insurance may not be enough to cover all these extra expenses. ISI offers some easy and reassuring ways to protect your finances while complementing your existing benefits. Learn more about this member benefit here

Send Us Your Stories!

The #MoreThanALawyer series highlights attorneys' volunteer and community service. We’d like to share your stories on our website and social media pages. Email us a photo depicting how you’re #MoreThanALawyer, or nominate a fellow attorney to be featured.

Spotlight on Veterans Court

Judge Brian Howell, a staff judge advocate in the Alabama Army Guard and presiding circuit judge in the seventh circuit, runs the local Veterans Treatment Court program. It is a diversion program with mentors for honorably discharged veterans. Read the full story.

Free On-Demand CLE Courses

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

IN MEMORIUM: Deceased Attorneys 

Timothy Bledsoe Davis

Alex City
Died: Apr. 26, 2020
Admitted: Apr. 25, 1986

Thomas Anderson Mears, II
Died: Oct. 28, 2020
Admitted: Sept. 28, 2012

Schuyler ‘Allen’ Bradley Baker, Jr.
Died: Oct. 28, 2020
Admitted: Sept. 24, 1973

Conrad Murphree Fowler, Jr.
Died: Nov. 2, 2020
Admitted: Sept. 1, 1972

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