Pro Bono Month Volunteers Impact Lives Around the State

We are halfway through Pro Bono Month, and volunteer attorneys have been hard at work rendering free legal services. The need for legal aid in Alabama is dire. Last year, more than 422,000 households experienced more than 733,000 legal issues with low-income households only having had legal assistance for approximately 16 percent of these legal problems. Sign up to help and learn more about Pro Bono month here. Find more Pro Bono events further down in today's Scoop!

Firms With Newly Hired Admittees: Admissions Ceremony Registration Is Underway

The Fall 2021 Admission Ceremony will be conducted Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre in Downtown Montgomery.  This Admission Ceremony is open to all admittees in 2020 and 2021 whose ceremony was postponed during the COVID‑19 pandemic.  Check‑in for the Admission Ceremony will begin at 8:30 A.M.  You are not required to attend the Admission Ceremony to practice law in the State of Alabama; but, if you wish to attend, please complete and submit the Admission Ceremony Response/Reservation Form by Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.

The Office of the Clerk of the Supreme Court of Alabama now accepts certificate requests and payments electronically.  For more information, please follow the instructions on the Court’s website.

Volunteer Judges Needed for National Challenge Trial Competition
The Faulkner Law Board of Advocates is honored to serve as host of the 2021 National Challenge Trial Competition on Nov. 4-7. The National Challenge brings twenty of the nation’s top trial advocacy programs from Boston to San Francisco together for competition. All competition rounds will take place on Zoom. Each round will take approximately 2.5 hours.
We need your help! 
Please consider signing up to judge one or more rounds. To sign up please fill out the this form and someone will contact you to confirm your participation. For more information please contact Professor Rob McFarland, Director of Advocacy Programs, at 334-386-7549 or visit the competition website.

Business Entities Now Able to Amend Filings Online

In the past, business entities were only able to file amendments to their business filings using a paper form. However, the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office recently launched the Business Filing Amendments portal, which allows certain business entities to amend their filings electronically. The new process will streamline services for businesses and enable them to more quickly file amendments to their existing business filings. Read the full press release for more details.

Decisions and Opinions from Alabama's Appellate Courts

  • Click here to view the Supreme Court of Alabama decisions and opinions from Oct. 15.

  • Click here to view the Criminal Appeals decisions and opinions from Oct. 15.

  • Click here to view the Civil Appeals decisions and opinions from Oct 15.

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: Cartography

Cartography Consulting is a boutique marketing firm offering members a full range of legal marketing services including logo, brand and website design - plus so much more! Alabama State Bar members receive a 15% discount on all services, so contact them today!

Reminder: Annual License Renewal Payments Due 

Payments made after Oct. 31 will be subject to a statutory late fee. All members will notice a one-year fee decrease in fees. 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

Alabama State Bar Seeks To Fill Two Positions

The Alabama State Bar is currently accepting applications for two positions: the Director of Admissions and the Law Practice Management Coordinator. You can view the full job descriptions online. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31, 2021.

#MoreThanALawyer featuring Carr Allison

Friday’s #MoreThanALawyer featured 2021 Law Firm/Group Award Winner Carr Allison. Share your story or nominate a fellow attorney today!

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Pro Bono Month Info

Mark Your Calendar for This Week's ASB Pro Bono Month Events: 

FREE CLE: Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Noon: 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 them as they discuss Landlord-Tenant issues post-eviction moratorium. Register here.



  • Oct. 21 (3 - 5 p.m.) - Counsel and Advice Clinic 
    Tuscaloosa Public Library, 1801 Jack Warner Pkwy, Tuscaloosa, 35401

Legal Services Alabama Hosts Pro Bono Webinar Series

To register for these free CLEs, please click the title of the webinar(s) below:
Addressing Court Debt
Overcoming Bias in the Justice System
Heir Property in Alabama

Upcoming Events

Alabama Bank Counsel Conference Set for Thursday in Birmingham

The Alabama Bankers Association will host the Alabama Bank Counsel Conference this Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa. This event will feature U.S. Attorney Prim Escalona as the featured keynote ethics speaker.
For attorneys who advise financial institutions on legal matters, this conference is the perfect way to gain additional insight into several important topics affecting the community, regional, and national banking landscape.
Click here for a registration form and for more information!
Ready to register? Click here to register online.

ADLA Upcoming Events

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

District 3 Mixer at The Lower Lounge in Montgomery
Oct. 21, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm | Register here

Barre & Bubbly Hosted by the Women in the Law
Oct. 29, 9:30 am - 11:30 am | Register here

IN MEMORIAM: Deceased Attorneys

Ernest Luther Potter, Jr.
Died August 27, 2021
Admitted January 1, 1963

Keith Samuel Jones
Taft, Tennessee
Died September 5, 2021
Admitted September 29, 1980

James Michael McMullan
Died: September 26, 2021
Admitted: September 27, 1996

Vicki Ann Bell
Died: October 4, 2021
Admitted: April 29, 1991

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