President Methvin Calls for Food Frenzy Task Force Members
The 6th annual Alabama Legal Food Frenzy will kick off this year, and will run from April 20 - May 4.
President Methvin is currently accepting Task Force members to lead the charge in helping us fight hunger in Alabama! If you are interested in joining the task force, please email Linda Lund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again this year, firms will be separated into five competition categories: Large firms (> 40 employees), Medium firms (21 – 40 employees), Small firms (3 – 20 employees), Sole practitioners (1 – 2 employees) and Legal Organizations. Registration will open in March and the winners will be announced in mid-May.
Alabama Lawyer Now Available in Audio Version
We are excited to announce a brand-new feature for the Alabama Lawyer magazine. You can now enjoy an audio version of each article! Kudos to Editor Greg Ward for his vision to offer this resource to our sight-impaired members. It also gives everyone the chance to listen to articles on-the-go!
You can find this feature by going to the Alabama Lawyer homepage (available on the Quick Links section of alabar.org). Each article has an “Audio Version Available” button beneath the title. Clicking this button takes you to the article, and at the top of the page there is a "play" button. Once you click play, the audio reader will begin to play a recording of the article. It's that easy!
If you know anyone who needs this feature, help us spread the word that this is available!
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 https://alabar.prolearn.io. Find step-by-step instructions for the platform here.
ABA offers inaugural World Forum for Women In the Law virtually
The American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession invites you to participate in the first-ever World Forum for Women in the Law. This unique conference will focus on Women, Power and Disrupting the Status Quo.
Alabama State Bar member Joyce Vance, Former U.S. Attorney & Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Practice of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law, is included in this year's speaker line up.
"It’s a really remarkable agenda," said Vance. "I was really honored to be included."
Lawyer Voices for Survivors Task Force to offer Human Trafficking 101 CLE
Human trafficking is modern-day slavery involving the use of force, fraud, or coercion to manipulate and control victims for financial gain. Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry and second only to the international drug trade in terms of activity worldwide. It is a hidden crime as victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement. It is undeniably a danger to Alabama and its communities.
Human trafficking cases have been reported throughout the state. One goal of the Lawyer Voices for Survivors Task Force is to conduct outreach, awareness activities, and resources for the public - and that includes fellow lawyers. Don't miss this 2-hour CLE Thursday, Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. To register, visit the event page on the Alabama State Bar webpage.
Volunteer Attorneys Needed
Alabama Free Legal Answers is an online portal that lets lawyers answer civil legal questions submitted by low-income Alabama residents. Alabama Free Legal Answers lets you do pro bono anywhere any time you have a few minutes free. Just login, choose any question you want and respond. It’s that easy! Volunteers are anonymous to the site's users and are covered by malpractice insurance.
Clients who register and qualify based on income can ask questions about topics such as consumer debts, housing, employment, inheritances, family law and other issues. We especially need volunteers who can answer family law questions. Administrators monitor questions to make sure they are all civil questions.
Click “Volunteer Attorney Registration” at the top of the page and submit your registration.
If you have any questions or need technical assistance contact Tracy Daniel.
Appellate Court Information
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Features from the Bar
Featured Member Benefit:
With 15 years of experience supporting the legal community, LawPay is the industry standard in online payments. Right now, LawPay has an exclusive offer for Alabama Bar members: open a new LawPay account by January 29th and receive 3 months with no monthly fee + a $100 credit towards processing fees! Learn more>>
Judge Spotlight: Sumter County native returns with waves of positive impact
After working in Huntsville, Montgomery and Birmingham, Tammy Montgomery returned to her native Sumter County and ran for district judge, a position she has held since 1996. Read more about Judge Montgomery here.
Frank Woodson to lead the Beasley Allen Mobile office, a homecoming for the Jackson native
Earlier this month Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. announced a third office, opening this month in Mobile. This office will be lead by Frank Woodson as Managing Attorney-Mobile. Read the full release here.
Timothy W. Wilson, at Roper and Wilson, Attorneys at Law, LLC.
Friday’s #MoreThanALawyer featured attorney Timothy Wilson. His story is personal – and he hopes by sharing his story he can impact the lives of many families that are affected by epilepsy. Share your story or nominate a fellow attorney today!
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