News and Updates

July 2021 Alabama State Bar Exam Results Released

The July 2021 bar exam results have been released. The pass list is available here. You can view your Alabama State Bar Exam results on your secure user homepage. The Fall 2021 Admissions Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 28. Congratulations to all who passed!

Don't Forget - SSF Month Free CLEs Are This Thursday

As September comes to a close, we celebrate the largest section of the Alabama State Bar - the Solo and Small Firm Section. The Alabama State Bar's Solo and Small Firm Section will partner with the Birmingham Bar's Solo and Small Firm Section to host a 2-hour free CLE on Sept. 30, 2021, starting at 11:40 a.m. Register for both here.

Sept. 30 at 11:40 a.m.Alabama Sunshine Laws by Mark Boardman, Boardman Carr Petelos Watkins & Ogle, P.C.

The Open Meetings  Act and Open Records Act were intended to shed light on the workings of government, but not every gathering of public officials is a meeting and not every document is a record.  Learn the ins and outs of Alabama’s governmental transparency laws, and how to get the information you, or your client, needs.

Sept. 30 at 12:40 p.m. - Make Your Practice More Efficient by Catherine Sanders Reach, Center for Practice Management, North Carolina Bar Association

Are you looking for ways to work smarter and not harder? Do you want to leverage the tools you already have more effectively? Do you want to ease security worries? How about make it easier to work with clients? Automate repetitive workflows and manage tasks more efficiently? In this CLE we will arm you with an actionable to-do list of tips to help you manage your practice so you can focus on practicing law.

Annual License Renewal Payments Due This Friday

Payments are due by this Friday, Oct. 1; payments made after Oct. 31 will be subject to a statutory late fee. Alabama State Bar members will notice a one-year fee decrease in fees. Occupational license fees are reduced from $325 to $300, and the corresponding reduction of the special membership fee goes from $162.50 to $150. Please note, fees will return to the regular rate in 2022. Payment may be made online or you can print a voucher to mail with your check at

ASB Women Lawyers Section’s Request for Nominations

The Women Lawyers Section of the Alabama State Bar is accepting nominations for the Susan Bevill Livingston  Leadership  Award. The Susan Bevill Livingston Leadership Award was created in memory of attorney Susan Bevill Livingston. Ms. Livingston was a longtime attorney with Balch & Bingham in its Birmingham office. The recipient of this award must demonstrate:

The candidate must be or must have been in good standing with the Alabama State Bar and have at least 10 years of cumulative practice in the field of law. This award may be given posthumously. Previous recipients of this Award include The Honorable Tammy Montgomery, Maibeth Porter, Kathy Miller, and Allison Skinner.  

The 2021 recipient of this Award will be honored at a reception to be held later this year at a date and time to be determined. Please submit all applications by 5:00 p.m. on Oc. 4, 2021, in electronic format to

Sherrie Phillips
RE:  Livingston Leadership Award

If the application materials are too substantial to be submitted electronically, please contact Ms. Phillips at the above e-mail address to discuss alternate submission processes.  

  1. A continual commitment to mentoring others;

  2. A sustained level of leadership throughout her career; and,

  3. A commitment to the community in which she practices, such as, but not limited to, bar-related activities, community service, and/or activities that benefit women in the legal profession.

Sign Up For Our Inaugural Pro Bono Book Club

The Pro Bono Month Celebration Task Force is launching the inaugural Pro Bono Book Club. The book club discussions would take place via Zoom from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Tuesdays in October and reading may start as early as you'd like. This year's book selection is “A Knock at Midnight” by Brittany Barnett. It is a moving and fantastic read. Task Force members hope this kind of sharing will lead to an expanded dialogue among participants and even non-participants of the book club about pro bono services.

>> Register for the Book Club here.

The Celebration Task Force has decided to give away a copy of the book, "A Knock At Midnight" each week in September.  The lucky recipient will be selected from everyone who registers for the book club, and of course, registration is free

Decisions and Opinions from Alabama's Appellate Courts

  • Click here to view the Supreme Court of Alabama decisions and opinions from Sept. 24.

  • Click here to view the Criminal Appeals decisions and opinions from Sept. 24.

  • Click here to view the Civil Appeals decisions and opinions from Sept. 24.

The Supreme Court of Alabama will host Oral Arguments at Saenger Theatre in Mobile on Nov. 5, 2021. Click here to view the docket here.

Buzz from the Bar

Featured Member Benefit: Lenovo

Receive up to 68% off during Lenovo’s Semi-Annual Sale, now through Oct. 17, while supplies last. Sign up for MyLenovo Rewards as a new member anytime between October 4-17, 2021 and receive 3X rewards with purchase!

The 2021 Student Debt Survey

Most young lawyers struggle to pay off their student loans—with 65% saying they suffer from overwhelming stress from mounting debt. That's according to the ABA's 2021 Student Loan Survey, which compiled responses from more than 1,300 lawyers.

Red Mass Ceremony Oct. 4

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

#MoreThanALawyer featuring Leadership Forum Class 15

Friday’s #MoreThanALawyer featured attorneys from the Leadership Forum Class 15. Share your story or nominate a fellow attorney today!

View Friday's feature >>

Upcoming Events

Each October, we celebrate Pro Bono Month, and it's almost here! Mark your calendars for these free CLEs planned each Wednesday at noon in October.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Noon: Ethics Update - Join Alabama State Bar General Counsel, Roman Shaul, for this ethics update.  This program has been approved for one hour of MCLE Ethics Credit.  Register here.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 13 at Noon: Top 10 Mistakes Made in Mediation - Cooper Shattuck has been a mediator on the Roster of the Alabama State Court Mediators and an arbitrator on the Roster of the Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution since 1998. Mediation gives parties the opportunity to resolve disputes in a timely manner while having more control over possible solutions and agreements. Join Cooper as he discusses the Top 10 Mistakes Made in Mediation. Register here.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Noon: What's Next? Landlord-Tenant Issues Post-Moratorium - Sarah Taggart founded Sarah Taggart, P.C., a boutique Alabama law firm focused on landlord/tenant law, in her hometown of Huntsville, Alabama.  Holly Ray is the Managing Attorney in the Huntsville Office of Legal Services Alabama.  Join these two speakers as they discuss Landlord-Tenant issues post-eviction moratorium. Register here.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 27 at Noon: FEMA 101 and Disaster Legal Assistance - How Attorneys can Prepare and Respond to Climate-Related Emergencies - Jeanne is the Pro Bono & Strategic Initiatives Manager at Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit that combines access to justice and technology. She helps grow digital initiatives that strengthen the work of attorneys assisting low-income families with their legal issues.  Shrushti Kothari is the Project Managing Attorney of National Disaster Content and Resources at Lone Star Legal Aid.  Join these national experts as they speak about Disaster Legal Assistance.
    Register here.

Upcoming Pro Bono Legal Clinics:

Oct. 7 
- Wills for Heroes Clinic (Vestavia Hills Police and Fire Department)

Oct. 12 - Senior Wills Clinic (Dothan, AL) Volunteers needed.

Oct. 21 - Counsel and Advice Clinic (Tuscaloosa, AL) Volunteers needed.

Please contact Hilaire Armstrong if you would be interested in volunteering at a clinic above or participating in a virtual counsel and advice clinic.

ADLA to Host Live CLE Webinar: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Panel
Oct. 21 at 11:00 a.m. Register here.

Free for ADLA Members | $35 for Attorney Non-Members of ADLA

The CLE program is proudly co-hosted by ADLA’s Women in the Law and Young Lawyer Sections.

Panelists will facilitate a round table discussion about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace.  Our speakers will discuss (1) the definition of DEI; (2) the importance of DEI & interplay with lawyers/law firms (3) DEI specific to Alabama; (4) leading the way; and (5) words of wisdom and goals.

Our esteemed program panelists include attorneys Jenna Bedsole of Baker Donelson, Bridget Harris of Lightfoot Franklin & White, Denzel Okinedo of Burr & Forman, & Brandi Russell, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Director of Talent Management, of Balch & Bingham.

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.

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