News and Updates

Supreme Court of Alabama Declares Temporary State of Emergency

Effective today, the Supreme Court of Alabama has declared a temporary state of emergency authorizing the use of audio/video technologies in place of in-person proceedings. The Order, which is in place until Nov. 29, 2021, was issued in response to recent increases in COVID-19 infections in certain areas of the State of Alabama.

A portion of the Order read, "Time is of the essence and the use of audio/video technologies is necessary for the proper administration of justice." You can read the full Order here.

Credit Card Payments to be Accepted in Appellate Courts

On Aug. 18, the Supreme Court of Alabama issued an Order approving the acceptance of credit card payments for all appellate docket fees for the Appellate Courts of Alabama.

Upcoming Free CLEs

Free CLE: Redemption Act and Expungements
Monday, Aug. 30 at Noon

The Lawyer’s Voices for Survivors Task Force is sponsoring an expungement CLE Aug 30, 2021 at Noon focused on the recently enacted Redemption Act. Even if you have never done an expungement, it is not difficult and you will learn about the new Act and how it impacts survivors, as well as how to handle an expungement. You will also receive very valuable materials at the CLE, which include the Act, a summary of the Act, and a breakdown of how the act applies to various criminal charges and convictions. 
Register at this link for this FREE CLE webinar. This program has been approved for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit.

Free CLE: Private Judging in Alabama - A Primer
Wednesday, Sept. 22 at Noon

Join Private Judges Lang Floyd, Dave Jordan and Julie Palmer as they review the Alabama Private Judges Act in this live webinar. You'll learn the who, what, when, where, how and why of Private Judging in Alabama. Our panelists will answer questions you have about this area of alternative dispute resolution.

Register at this link for this FREE CLE webinar. This program has been approved for 1.0 hour of MCLE credit.

Take the Law Firm Challenge Today!

Key Greer Harrison & Casey
Prim & Mendheim, LLC
Earl P. Underwood, Jr. Attorney at Law
Heath Trousdale
Law Office of Stephen Perdue LLC
Law Office of Al Danner

Join volunteer lawyers who are helping expand access to justice. For more information, contact Pro Bono Clinic and ABAP Coordinator Hilaire Armstrong.

Decisions and Opinions from Alabama's Appellate Courts

  • Click here to view the Supreme Court of Alabama decisions and opinions from August 20.

  • Click here to view the Criminal Appeals decisions and opinions from August 20.

  • Click here to view the Civil Appeals decisions and opinions from August 20.

Buzz from the Bar

Office Depot Savings Coupon

In addition to exclusive savings, ASB members also have access to ($15, $20 and $30 off) coupons valid through 8/30/2021.

Meet Jacqueline Blanchard

Last week’s #MoreThanALawyer featured attorney Jacqueline Blanchard of Carr Allison. We are excited to introduce her to you here

VLP Clinic in Tuscaloosa

The Alabama State Bar's Volunteer Lawyers Program had a successful kick-off to its monthly legal clinics last week in Tuscaloosa. If you want more information or wish to volunteer, please email

Save the Date: 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.

Featured Member Benefit

Fastcase: Evolve with Smart Legal Technology

Fastcase is a free, internet-based legal research platform available to all Alabama State Bar members. In addition to Alabama case law, the Fastcase library includes federal case law, as well as statutes and regulations at both the state and federal levels. Fastcase can be accessed in the sidebar menu on your Dashboard page.

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