News and Updates

BBC Election Results 

Congratulations to our new and reelected Bar Commissioners, who will begin their term in July.

2nd Judicial Circuit - Jason Simmons

4th Judicial Circuit - Kyra L. Sparks

6th Judicial Circuit, Place 2 - Scott Holmes

9th Judicial Circuit - Dana Grimes

10th Judicial Circuit, Place 2 - John A. Smyth

10th Judicial Circuit, Place 5 - LaBella S. McCallum

10th Judicial Circuit, Place 8 - Ryan Robichaux

10th Judicial Circuit, Place 9 - Erik S. Heninger

12th Judicial Circuit - Carmen Howell

13th Judicial Circuit, Place 2 - Fred Helmsing

15th Judicial Circuit, Place 2 - Pat Sefton

15th Judicial Circuit, Place 6 - David Martin

16th Judicial Circuit - Bradley Cornett

18th Judicial Circuit, Place 2 - Mark Boardman

20th Judicial Circuit - Cliff Mendheim

23rd Judicial Circuit, Place 2 - Douglas Martinson II

23rd Judicial Circuit, Place 4 - Clay Martin

24th Judicial Circuit - Scott Foster

27th Judicial Circuit - Clint Maze

29th Judicial Circuit - Sarah “Sally” Clark Bowers

38th Judicial Circuit - Deborah Dunsmore

39th Judicial Circuit - Don Mansel

In addition, the Board of Bar Commissioners elected Angela Kennedy and Leila Hiayama Watson as At-Large Commissioners for Place 1 and 7 respectively. At-Large Commissioner Chuck Price was reelected to Place 4.

2021-2022 ASB Task Forces and Committee Sign-Ups

President-Elect Taze Shepard invites you to consider a leadership role in one of our committees or task forces. You will help our bar develop new projects with our 18,000+ members. 

You can fill out our online application here through June 4. If you are interested in serving on a task force or committee that you don't see listed on the form, please email Taze. If selected for an appointment, you will be notified this summer.

Register for the Annual Meeting

We hope to see you at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear, July 14-17! In addition to some relaxation and family-fun, the Annual Meeting provides the ultimate environment to network with colleagues, judges and friends. To register, login to your member dashboard. Once you are logged in, you’ll see “Annual Meeting Registration” on the Dashboard Navigation on the left side of the page. 

Wellness Month: It's Not Too Late to Commit to Healthier Habits
Today begins final week of Attorney Wellness Month! This week's articles and resources offer insight and advice on:

  • Judges' Well-Being and the Importance of Meaningful Work

  • Physical Fitness and High Performance Living

  • Sleep Hygiene

  • Resilient Thinking and Designing a Self-Care Plan

Download those articles here.

You can also participate in the wellness month challenge, track your "Walking Wednesday" minutes here, or by posting a photo to social media using #LawyerWellnessMonth and #ASBWellnessMonth.

Thanks to all those who joined us for last Friday's Wellness CLE. We still have two more free CLEs in this series:

  • Thursday, June 10 at 12 p.m. Register Here
    Recognizing and Getting Help with Addiction and Substance Abuse; Speakers: Attorney Mary O'Neill and ALAP Director Jeremy Rakes

  • Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 12 p.m. Register Here
    Suicide Awareness and Prevention: This CLE will be presented by the SAM Foundation and will be limited to 105 attendees.

Pro Bono Task Force Subcommittee Requests Survey Participants

The Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Task Force subcommittee on Access to Justice and Mediation is exploring how volunteer mediators can assist our courts and litigants.  The subcommittee would very much appreciate mediators taking time to complete a brief survey. Click here to take the survey, which asks about your interest and willingness to providing pro bono mediation services.

Supreme Court to Remove COVID Restrictions on Heflin-Torbert Judicial Building

Effective at close-of-business on May 28, 2021, COVID-19-related Visitor Guidelines and Employee Guidelines are fully revoked at the Heflin-Torbert Judicial Building. All COVID-19-related signage will be removed, and building tours may fully resume. You may view the full Order here.

Appellate Court Information

  • Click here to view the Supreme Court of Alabama decisions and opinions from May 21.

  • Click here to view the Criminal Appeals decisions and opinions from May 21.

  • Click here to view the Civil Appeals decisions and opinions from May 21.

Online CLEs and Events

A Higher Bar: Meeting Client Expectations Post-2020

Wednesday, June 2
12 - 1 p.m. | Register here
1.0 CLE

The world has been turned upside down and many things will never be the same, the legal industry included. With the rapid adoption of cloud-based technologies and virtual communication, client expectations have shifted. Learn how to set you firm up for success.

Features from the Bar

Featured Member Benefit: MyCase

Try the all-in-one practice management solution thousands of attorneys trust to run their business from anywhere with ease. Sign up for a free trial of MyCase today. ASB members receive a 10% lifetime discount!

Check out MyCase’s upcoming live webinar on May 27, to learn how attorneys can save time and money on billing. Note: This webinar is not for CLE credit.

Alabama Lawyer: Audio Versions Available!

Audio versions of the May Alabama Lawyer articles are available on our website. Go to the Alabama Lawyer homepage, and click on the “Audio Version Available” button beneath the title of each article. At the top of the page there is a "play" button. It's that easy!

Join the #ASBLawFirmChallenge

We hope that you will join the Law Firm Challenge in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program! Click here to certify online by Oct. 1.

These individuals and firms have completed the completed the challenge! Won't you join them?

  • Stone Piper Law, LLC

  • Bond, Botes, Sykstus, Tanner & McNutt, PC

  • Reed Law Firm, P.C.

For more information contact Hilaire Armstrong.

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