News and Updates

Executive Director Search Update

The Alabama State Bar Executive Director job announcement is now posted. Please share with those in your circles.

The Alabama State Bar has retained Birmingham-based OnBoard Search to handle the administrative work of the permanent executive director search. OnBoard Search will post the job later this month on a nationwide scale and will then receive resumes which will be sent to the Executive Director Search Task Force

You can see all 26 members of the Executive Director Search Task Force here.

After screening and interviewing candidates, the Task Force hopes to select a candidate or candidates by Apr. 2, 2021. Such candidate(s) will then be presented to the Board of Bar Commissioners for vote at a special-called April meeting or at the already scheduled May meeting

Last week, we announced that former Montgomery County District Attorney Ellen Brooks was hired as Interim Executive Director. If you missed that story, you can read it here.

Crow Pens Reflection of Leadership During Pandemic

Christy Crow, Alabama State Bar Immediate Past President, recently partnered with three other state bar past presidents from across the country to reflect on their time in leadership, but with a twist. (Hint: Pandemic.)

Read their collaborative article, "Bar Leadership During A Time Of Crisis," here

Retired Alabama Supreme Court Justice Hugh Maddox Dies

Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Alva Hugh Maddox died at his home in Montgomery on Friday. He was 90.

“For more than thirty years, Hugh Maddox provided his wisdom and good judgment to the people of Alabama as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Alabama,” said Associate Justice Will Sellers (R). “Justice Maddox’s legacy of service and leadership impacted generations of young Alabamians who participated in the Youth Judicial Program he founded at the Montgomery YMCA. He was a powerful example of living his faith by helping his community. The impact of his dedication to Alabama can never be diminished.”

Read more here, from the Alabama Political Reporter.

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Appellate Court Information

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

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

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

Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution Approves Order for Mediation 

The Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution (which is made up of justices, judges, practitioners, and mediators) approved on December 11, 2020 a recommended Order for Mediation for trial judges to consider using when ordering cases to mediation.   The recommended order has been circulated to circuit and district court judges.  You may find a copy of the order here.

Pilot Program for In-House Specialization Certification

The Alabama Board of Legal Specialization is conducting a pilot-program to gauge interest and commitment to possible in-house certification by the Alabama State Bar.  The Bar currently only recognizes specialties as certified via pre-approved third-party certification.  
The pilot program will be conducted through these groups:
Workers' Compensation Specialty Board
Linda Pope, Wainwright, Pope & McMeekin, P.C.  / William Powell, Powell & Denny, P.C. Co-chairs

Leslie Barineau, Barineau & Barineau
Michael Bernauer, Michael Bernauer, Attorney at Law
Ed Berry, Servant Law, LLC
Carin Burford, Ogletree Deakins
Tracy Cary, Morris, Cary, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC
Amanda Cutshall, Carr Allison
Tara Lockett, Carr Allison
Sia Newman, Lloyd, Gray, Whitehead & Monroe 
Charley Drummond, Fish Nelson & Holden, LLC as section head and Greg Denny, Powell & Denny, P.C. as chair of the Board of Specialization will serve as  ex- officio members . 
 Examination Committee
John Civils, Civils Mediation, LLC  (Chair)
Carin Burford, Ogletree Deakins (Alabama Comp Instructor),
Leslie Barineau, Barineau & Barineau  (Cumberland Comp Instructor)
Traci Lockett, Carr Allison (Bar Examiner)
Lindsey Simmons, King Simmons Ford & Spree
This group is already working aggressively on this, Mr. Civils has assembled questions/ some exams from other states in order to prepare for potential ASB certification. 
If you would like more information on this project please contact Gregory Denny at or 205-978-2051 

University of Alabama Mock Trial Judges Needed

The University of Alabama is hosting the 5th Annual Crimson Classic Mock Trial Tournament Jan. 16-17 and is in need of judges! If you are interested complete this interest form or email questions here. Thank you to all volunteers for your time and support! 

Features from the Bar

Featured Member Benefit: ALAP

The Alabama Lawyer Assistance Program provides immediate and continuing confidential help to lawyers, judges and law students who suffer from addictions and other types of mental health disorders. Learn more about how to deal with holiday stress here.

#MoreThanALawyer: Attorney Laura T. Lloyd of Gadsden

Last week, we shared Gadsden attorney Laura Lloyd's story about her dedication to her family and community. Share your story or nominate a fellow attorney today!

View Laura's Feature »

Happy Birthday, Alabama!

Formed as a territory on March 3, 1817, Alabama became the nation’s twenty-second state on this date, Dec. 14, in 1819. 

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IN MEMORIUM: Deceased Attorneys

Bailey Kincey Green, Jr.
Died: Sept. 1, 2020
Admitted: Apr. 28, 1978

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