News and Updates

Alabama Judicial Circuits Issue COVID-Related Mask Orders

Alabama's judicial system is working hard to keep safety a priority while ensuring dockets, cases, and jury trials proceed as scheduled. Many Presiding Judges have issued new Orders in response to the rise in COVID-19 cases, requiring masks in the courthouse. We are continuing to update the Alabama State Bar's COVID-19 webpage. If your county's information is not listed, you can email us the Order, and we will add it!

President Shepard and Gov. Ivey Speak at Military Law Symposium

This past Friday and Saturday, the Military Law Committee of the Alabama State Bar hosted the 2021 Military Law Symposium. During her welcome address, Gov. Kay Ivey said, "Those in the legal field, whether active or retired, work tirelessly each day to uphold the ideals in which we hold dear. Thank you all for your service to our great state and this nation."

President Taze Shepard also offered remarks to those in attendance. He said, "Thank you for your service and your involvement in the legal community. You are leaders, and if you fight hard and continue to show kindness, compassion, and courage, our country will be better for it." If your local bar or organization hosts a military law event this month, let us know so we can spotlight yours too!

Loan Repayment Assistance for State and Federal Public Defenders and State Prosecutors 

The John R. Justice (JRJ) Grant Program provides student loan repayment assistance for local, state, and federal public defenders and state prosecutors who commit to extended service in those roles. There are a number of qualifications for this program, but the primary requirements are that applicants are either full-time prosecutors or full-time public defenders.  Additionally, recipients must agree to remain in this practice for three years following the award of the grant.  In past years, the funds distributed were divided equally between a small number of prosecutors and an equal number of public defenders.  A link to the application for the Alabama-sponsored distribution of this federal grant can be found here. The applications are reviewed by a committee of criminal justice attorneys and an award is made based upon this review.”

Buzz from the Bar

Alabama Lawyer Assistance Program (ALAP) Spotlight:

Our ALAP team begins its Fall Semester this month along with the law students! They will begin in-person visits and are committed to law students, as well as attorneys and judges, to help navigate the stressors of life, law school, and even character and fitness meetings.

Practice Management Assistance Program Spotlight: Opening a Practice Checklist

PMAP provides resources to our members that will assist in effective law office management (like this Checklist for Opening a Practice). For PMAP questions, contact Director Autumn Caudell at 334-517-2120 or

Volunteer Lawyers Program: Clinics Kick Off This Month

The VLP will kick off its monthly legal advice clinics, starting in Tuscaloosa on Aug. 19, from 3 - 5 p.m. The clinic, held in partnership with the Tuscaloosa County Bar and the UA School of Law Public Interest Program, will be at the Tuscaloosa County Library. If you want more information or wish to volunteer, please email    

#MoreThanALawyer Feature: Steven Nolen

This month is designated as Military Lawyers month, and our #MoreThanALawyer features will highlight attorneys serving their country and profession. Steven Nolen, who was nominated by Colonel Charles A. Langley, is a lawyer practicing in Fayette, Alabama with Holder, Moore, Lawrence & Langley. Read his story here

Decisions and Opinions from Alabama's Appellate Courts

  • Click here to view the Criminal Appeals decisions and opinions from August 6.

  • Click here to view the Civil Appeals decisions and opinions from August 6.

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

Take the Law Firm Challenge Today!

Take the Law Firm Challenge (PFC) today and join lawyers who are helping expand access to justice. The LFC is our way of celebrating 30 years of the Alabama State Bar's Volunteer Lawyers Program. For more information, contact Pro Bono Clinic and ABAP Coordinator Hilaire Armstrong.

Upcoming Events and CLEs

Mobile Bar Foundation to Host Tri the Gulf in October

Brought to you by the Mobile Bar Foundation, Tri the Gulf is a sprint triathlon on Dauphin Island, consisting of a 600 yard Gulf swim, 16.7-mile island + bridge bike, and 3.1-mile island run. The net proceeds from the event go to the Mobile Bar Foundation, which uses the funds to award grants to 501(c)(3) organizations that have a nexus to the legal community.

>> Find out more about the race and the Mobile Bar Foundation here.

Featured Member Benefit

Office Depot: Are You Ready for Back-to-School Shopping?

Buying school supplies can prove to be costly. Save on back-to-school essentials from our Office Depot Savings Program: #beyondsavings

IN MEMORIUM: Deceased Attorneys

David “Trey” Thurston White, III
Orlando, FL
Died: December 31, 2020
Admitted: September 27, 1996

Bernice Cecilia Bradley
Tallahassee, FL
Died: May 24, 2021
Admitted: April 24, 1984

Lola Deanne “Dee” Hughes
Died: May 27, 2021
Admitted: May 1, 1998

Wendy Atkins Pierce
Died: June 30, 2021
Admitted: September 28, 1990

Douglas Lee Brown
Died: July 9, 2021
Admitted: September 26, 1975

Charles Daniel Bryant
Died: July 10, 2021
Admitted: September 30, 1994

James Perry Morgan
Died: July 11, 2021
Admitted: September 26, 1975

Audeh Edward Fawwal
Died: July 12, 2021
Admitted: April 27, 1979

Hon. Edward Dwight Fay, Jr.
Died: July 25, 2021
Admitted: April 10, 1969

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