Supreme Court Seeks Comment on Proposed Changes to Attorney Advertising Rules
The Supreme Court of Alabama requests written comments by any interested person on amendments to Rules 7.1-7.6 of the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct that have been proposed by the Board of Bar Commissioners of the Alabama State Bar. Comments should be accompanied by the name (including position and organization if appropriate) and contact information of the submitting person and must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021.
Those submitting comments may do so in one of the following three ways:
Mail: Please direct mailed correspondence to:
Julia J. Weller, Clerk
Supreme Court of Alabama
300 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
Email: If submitting a comment by email, please attach your submission as a separate document in PDF format and sent to RulesComments@alappeals.gov.
Last Chance to Register for the Annual Meeting Virtual Track
This Sunday, July 11, is the final day to register for the Virtual Track. If you can't attend in person, you can still take advantage of up to 14 hours of CLE, including one hour of ethics, for $99. Browse the agenda here.
Take a glimpse at some of the CLE sessions and speakers on the agenda:
Trial Tips in Our New World: A panel of four experienced trial lawyers will discuss trial tips from both the plaintiff’s and the defendant’s perspectives. Presented by the Solo and Small Firm Section
Access to Justice and Mediation: In the post-pandemic world, mediation plays a more critical role than ever in providing access to justice for disputants. Our panelists will share information on mediation since the pandemic and how mediation can assist litigants and our courts. Presented by the Alabama State Bar Dispute Resolution Section and Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution
Lawyer Marketing: This session will provide strategies for creating a brand and reputation that will cultivate client relationships. Successful lawyers and firms are those that build a distinguishable brand and sell that brand to the market, commit to client communication, and position themselves to find opportunities.
Who Are You? Mentorship, Sponsorship, and Allyship Throughout Your Career: A panel discussion regarding recent themes in leadership and career development, centering on the value of mentors, sponsors, and allies throughout your legal career. Presented by the Alabama State Bar Women’s Section
Scroll down to learn more about this year's sponsors!
A Message from the ASB Women's Section: Don’t Miss These Events at the Annual Meeting!
Friday, July 16
11:00 a.m. – CLE on Mentorship, Sponsorship and Allyship Throughout Your Career
12:30 p.m. – Maud McLure Kelly Reception and Luncheon – you do not have to attend the Annual Meeting to attend the luncheon
6:00 p.m. – Silent Auction to benefit the Women’s Section Scholarship Program
ASB Position Opening: VLP Intake Specialist
The ASB Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP) has a position opening for an intake specialist. The majority of the intake specialist's job will be interviewing clients and identifying potential legal issues. A paralegal degree, paralegal certification or legal experience is required. You can find a full position description and application information here.
Chief Deputy Clerk Position Vacancy for U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is recruiting for the position of Chief Deputy Clerk. The position will be posted until Aug. 5, 2021. The vacancy announcement is available by clicking here.
Appellate Court Information
Click here to view the Supreme Court of Alabama decisions and opinions from June 30.
Click here to view the Criminal Appeals decisions and opinions from July 2.
Click here to view the Civil Appeals decisions and opinions from June 25.
Upcoming Events and CLEs
New 2-Hour Wellness CLE Added
Our Lawyer Wellness CLE: Suicide Awareness and Prevention on Aug. 17 was so popular, it filled up quickly! We decided to add a second session, and its attendance is also capped at the request of the speaker.
Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 12 p.m.Register here
This CLE will be presented by the SAM Foundation and will be limited to 105 attendees.
Save the Date: ACJF Gala
Mark your calendars for the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation's Annual Gala honoring Jere and Sara Beasley. It is set for Oct. 14, 2021. Look for more details to come!
Association Health Plan: 2021 Health, Dental and Vision Renewal Changes
If you are part of the Alabama State Bar's Association Health Plan, you can find your 2021 renewal information here. As you will see, there are some changes that need your thought and consideration.
This year, like many other companies around Alabama, we were faced with a large increase. After evaluating the options, the Trust has approved a plan that implements a Secondary Insurance through MedPlus. This will allow us to better control costs as we learn to adapt to the post-pandemic insurance pricing. The addition of the secondary plan also allows us to decrease costs for most participants and expand our plan design to include a Platinum option. The demand for a Platinum plan was well received and we hope it will help us expand our roles as we can now help firms more closely match what they have independently and do so at a reduced cost.
While we are able to keep the rates down this year, there are some other changes that had to make in order to keep our plan up to date. Changes include adjusting the Rx copay on high dollar Specialty or Tier IV drugs, and a small copay change at the provider's office. To help offset that, we were able to add MD Live, which is a great resource for Telemedicine. This program comes with no copay and can be used to help manage some of the day-to-day acute health issues that have historically led to a doctor's office visit.
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