News and Updates

Executive Director Application Deadline this Friday

The Alabama State Bar Executive Director job announcement is posted online, and the application deadline is this Friday, Jan. 15. Please continue to share with those in your circles.

As you know, the Alabama State Bar has retained Birmingham-based OnBoard Search to handle the administrative work of the permanent executive director search.  After screening and interviewing candidates, the Executive Director 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.

Update on Interim Executive Director Plans

Thursday, the decision was made to delay seeking legislative approval of the interim contract for Ellen Brooks due to a new concern being raised regarding her supernumerary status as a district attorney. President Methvin is conducting additional research and considering the best course of action. For now, our four person Management Team will remain in place until a decision is made about how to move forward.  We will keep you updated as things progress. 

Start Your Year with Free CLE Credits

The Alabama State Bar's ProLearn platform, which offers free, on-demand CLE courses for Alabama lawyers went live in late August 2020. Through Dec. 31, 2020, we had 2,987 attorneys who accessed the platform and completed a total of 20,270 courses. The 27 courses that we ended up with in 2020 have been reset for 2021, and we will be adding new courses soon. We appreciate the vision of President Methvin to make these courses available, and to President-Elect Taze Shepard for his work to secure many of these courses for our members. You can access this important member benefit at Find step-by-step instructions for the platform here

Magic City Bar Association Establishes New Award

The Magic City Bar established the "Eugene R. Verin - Deborah Byrd Walker President's Award for Service." The Award honors Judge Eugene Verin - a founding member of the MCBA, a past president and the first Board Chairman, and Deborah Byrd Walker, the inaugural Annual Banquet Chair and the first female MCBA president. Both individuals have served the MCBA for more than 30 years! The award will be given to a member(s) who demonstrates outstanding service to the Association.  

Appellate Court Information

  • Click here to view the Alabama Supreme Court decisions and opinions from Jan. 8

  • Click here to view the Criminal Appeals decisions and opinions
    from Jan. 8

  • Click here to view the Civil Appeals decisions and opinions 
    from Jan. 8 

Features from the Bar

Featured Member Benefit: Corporate Shopping 

Check out this online source with hundreds of discounts offered in one convenient place!

ASB members have access to valuable educational programs and select discounts on products and services to benefit both your practice and work-life balance. As your partner in the profession, the Alabama State Bar encourages its members to take advantage of these benefits.

Zoom Virtual Hearing Handbook

The COVID-19 Civil Bench and Bar Task Force has developed a Zoom Virtual Hearing Handbook for Alabama Lawyers, designed to provide lawyers with the basic tools and best practices for participating in zoom hearings and proceedings. Download a copy here: 

Cumberland School of Law and Austin Peay State University Formalize 3+3 Partnership

A new partnership will allow Austin Peay undergraduate students an accelerated bachelor’s to J.D. program. 
Learn more about this partnership here.

#MoreThanALawyer feature: 
Lisha Graham, a partner at White Arnold & Dowd in Birmingham

Our last #MoreThanALawyer Lisha Graham. Outside of work as a partner at White Arnold & Dowd P.C., Lisha spends her time on 2 things: her family and music. Share your story or nominate a fellow attorney today!

View Lisha's Feature »

Historic AfricaTown and the Role of Legal Services: A Panel Discussion and CLE Sponsored by LSA's John Lewis Speaker Series

Please join Legal Services Alabama next Friday, Jan 22, from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM for a panel highlighting the role of legal services in historic Africatown. The panel will be a joint presentation of LSA's John Lewis Fellowship Speaker Series and our monthly CLE webinar. LSA Managing Attorney Ann Brown of Mobile will moderate the Panel, which includes Judge Karlos Finley, City of Mobile Municipal Judge; Anderson Flen, founder of the AfricaTown Heritage & Preservation Foundation and past president of the Mobile County Training School Alumni Association; and LSA Staff Attorney Valynda Jerome-Williams, whose work in AfricaTown focuses on heir property, probate matters and estate planning. Register here

Member Benefit Extra: Competitive Life Insurance Rates from ISI

Help ensure your family can meet all their short- and long-term financial obligations in case of the unexpected. Insurance Specialists, Inc, an ASB member benefit provider, offers several term life insurance plans to fit your needs. 
Learn more here.

IN MEMORIUM: Deceased Attorneys

Edwin Lipscomb Brobston

Died: Nov. 12, 2019
Admitted: Feb. 10, 1954

Henry Winston Pirtle, Sr.
Died: Feb. 25, 2020
Admitted: Apr. 30, 1999

MacKenzie Paul Parris
Died: Jul. 10, 2020
Admitted: Apr. 13, 1993

Shannon Eugene Price
Died: Oct. 27, 2020
Admitted: Sept. 30, 1999

Jimmy Gaines Kilpatric
Sleepy Hollow, NY
Died: Nov. 6, 2020
Admitted: Apr. 22, 1968

Joel Wardlaw Ramsey
Died: Nov. 20, 2020
Admitted: Apr. 23, 1973

Lanny Sterling Vines
Died: Dec. 9, 2020
Admitted: Sept. 7, 1966

Ben Louis Zarzaur
Died: Dec. 22, 2020
Admitted: Sept. 1, 1972

Tyrone Quarles
Died: Dec. 23, 2020
Admitted: Sept. 29, 1998

James Stanley Witcher, Jr.
Died: Dec. 24, 2020
Admitted: Sept. 7, 1966

Hon. Archie Ted Bozeman
Died: Dec. 26, 2020
Admitted: Sept. 8, 1967

Paul Charles Wesch
Died: Dec. 27, 2020
Admitted: Dec. 26, 1980

Hon. Frank Hampton McFadden
Died: Dec. 28, 2020
Admitted: Apr. 9, 1959

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