Happy Holidays from the Alabama State Bar!

The halls are decked at the Alabama State Bar! On behalf of President Taze Shepard, the Board of Bar Commissioners, and the staff, we wish each of you a joyous and happy holiday season. We are so grateful for all you do for the Bar, your clients and communities, and the legal profession.

You will not receive a Scoop newsletter in your email on Monday, Dec. 20 or 27. We will resume our normal schedule on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. Peace and prosperity to you and yours!

  - From the Alabama State Bar

Federal and State Government Lawyers Month

This month is Federal and State Lawyers Month. Our second CLE celebrating that theme is scheduled for this Wednesday, Dec. 15, at Noon.

FREE CLE: Comparing the Roles of State Agency Counsel and Private Appointed Counsel
Co-sponsored by the Alabama State Bar and the Montgomery County Bar Association

Register here

Coping with Stress During the Holidays

The holiday season can create an increased level of stress, anxiety and depression. Calendars become jam-packed with events, family gatherings can cause extra tension, and then there's the accompanying sprint to wrap up end-of-year client work. Jeremy Rakes, the Alabama State Bar's Director of the Alabama Lawyers Assistance Program, offers these tips to cope with the seasonal stress by keeping yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy.

Physical Health

  • Physical activity/exercise

  • Healthy diet

  • Adequate sleep

  • Focused breathing

Mental Health

  • Examine priorities / “How important is it?”

  • Time management

  • Delegate (if possible)

  • Write / Journal

Emotional Health

  • Engage in “fun” activities and traditions

  • Manage expectations

  • Surround yourself with positive people

  • Set appropriate boundaries

  • Learn to say “no”

  • Focused breathing

  • Reach out to others

Wellness and Ethics CLE

Join the Quality of Life, Health and Wellness Committee for a free CLE: A Perspective on Health and Wellness for Lawyers and Judges and Ethical Considerations. The course has been approved for 1.0 CLE including an ethics credit.

Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 | 12 to 1 p.m.

The panel discussion features Judge Martha Cook, Judge Brendette Brown Green, Dr. Rachel Fry and Susan Han; moderated by Christy Crow.

Register here

Buzz from the Bar

Rental Car Discounts

Planning to travel for the holidays? Receive up to 25% off Hertz and 7% off base rates for Dollar and Thrifty when using your ASB code. You can find the codes on your dashboard by clicking on member benefit discounts.

Reminder: MCLE Deadline Dec. 31

You are required to receive at least 12.0 total MCLE credits, including at least 1.0 Ethics credits each license year. Courses must be completed no later than Dec. 31, 2021, and reported no later than Feb. 15, 2022.

Decisions and Opinions from Alabama's Appellate Courts


  • View the Supreme Court of Alabama decisions and opinions from Dec. 10.

  • View the Criminal Appeals decisions and opinions from Dec. 10. 

  • View the Civil Appeals decisions and opinions from Dec. 10. 

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