News and Updates

President Shepard to Focus on Military Lawyers in August

As part of Taze Shepard's presidential agenda, he has designated a theme for each month of his term as president. August will focus on Military Lawyers, which will highlight members who serve our country in addition to our profession and their communities. 

In addition to the Military Law Symposium planned this week, State Bar sections and local bar associations are encouraged to plan events and activities for each monthly theme. Be sure to let us know about your activities relating to each monthly theme so that we can share them! You can find the full list of President Shepard's monthly themes here

Military Law Committee to Host Military Law Symposium Aug. 6-7

The Military Law Committee of the Alabama State Bar will host the 2021 Alabama Military Law Symposium Aug. 6-7, 2021, in Birmingham, at the downtown Westin Hotel. The cost of the Symposium is $60.00 for officers and civilian attorneys, $30 for enlisted personnel and paralegals, and free for law students. You can register in advance or on site starting at 11 a.m.

>>View the Symposium's agenda and speaker information here.

Montgomery County Cancels August Jury Trial Terms

The 15th Judicial Circuit has canceled the jury trial terms for Aug. 16 and 30. The Alabama State Bar will add this Order on its COVID-19 webpage. If you have updated information for your county, please email it to us, and we will add it to the site. 

Supreme Court Extends Workers' Comp Orders on Video Conferencing

The Supreme Court of Alabama has extended previous Orders pertaining to Workers’ Compensation Cases through Oct. 29, 2021, allowing for settlement hearings by phone or video conference and for a DOL Ombudsmen or circuit judge to approve settlements. You can read the new Order here.

Decisions and Opinions from Alabama's Appellate Courts

  • Click here to view the Criminal Appeals decisions and opinions from July 30.

  • Click here to view the Civil Appeals decisions and opinions from July 23.

  • Click here to view the Supreme Court of Alabama decisions and opinions from July 23.

Mark Your Calendars for Red Mass

The Supreme Court of Alabama will hold its annual Red Mass on Oct. 4, 2021, to mark the opening of Court and to seek God’s blessing upon lawyers, judges, and the judicial system.  The event is strictly voluntary!

ICYMI: President Taze Shepard Appoints Executive Council

The following individuals will serve on the Alabama State Bar's 2021-2022 Executive Council:

  • President: Taze Shepard (Huntsville)

  • President-Elect: Gibson Vance (Montgomery)

  • Vice President: Tom Perry (Demopolis)

  • Secretary: Terri Lovell (Alabama State Bar Executive Director))

  • Executive Council: Fred Helmsing (Mobile)

  • Executive Council: Elizabeth Smithart (Union Springs)

  • Executive Council: John T. Stamps (Bessemer)

  • Immediate Past-President: Bob Methvin (Birmingham)

  • Personnel Chair: Clay Martin (Huntsville) – Ex Officio

  • Finance and Audit Committee Chair: Mark Debro (Huntsville) – Ex Officio

  • Governance Committee Chair: Leon Hampton (Montgomery) – Ex Officio

  • Parliamentarian: Mark Boardman (Chelsea) – Ex Officio

  • Young Lawyers’ Section President: Aaron Chastain (Bimingham) – Ex Officio

  • Alabama Lawyers Association President: Angeline Spurling (Birmingham) – Ex Officio

Make Use of Classifieds for Hiring and Job Searches

Have you visited the Alabama State Bar’s Classifieds? Whether you’re a member of the bar looking for a fresh start with a new position, a lawyer or firm seeking the perfect person for that hard-to-fill legal or support staff job or someone with space to lease or seeking space to share, our Classifieds page is the hub for all of your advertising needs.

Take the Law Firm Challenge Today!

Take the Law Firm Challenge today! Contact Pro Bono Clinic and ABAP Coordinator Hilaire Armstrong.

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