Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee

Members

Members

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Chairperson
 
1710 Catherine Ct Ste B
Auburn, AL 36830
-5734
(334) 321-3000 (334) 321-3007
Vice Chairperson
 
420 20th St N Ste 1400
Birmingham, AL 35203
-3221
(205) 250-8308 (205) 488-3708
Executive Council
 
PO Box 3142
Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
-3142
(205) 394-3200
 
 
105 Canterbury Cir
Madison, AL 35758
(256) 772-8730
 
 
725 N Brindlee Mountain Pkwy
Arab, AL 35016
-1056
(256) 586-9000 (256) 586-4162
 
 
PO Box 681109
Ft Payne, AL 35968
-1612
(256) 845-5932 (256) 845-4325
 
 
275 Forest Rd Ste 100
Hueytown, AL 35023
-1615
(205) 744-0058 (205) 443-6677
 
 
300 Dexter Ave
Montgomery, AL 36104
-3741
(334) 229-0617 (334) 229-0523
 
 
PO Box 530886
Birmingham, AL 35253
-0886
(205) 879-1100 (205) 879-4300
 
 
100 N Union St Ste 370
Montgomery, AL 36104
-3703
(334) 242-1308 (334) 242-8749
 
 
PO Box 625
Monroeville, AL 36461
-0625
(251) 575-2146 (251) 575-7213
 
 
100 Vestavia Pkwy
Vestavia, AL 35216
-7713
(205) 822-2006 (205) 822-2057
 
 
PO Box 388
Gadsden, AL 35902
-0388
(256) 546-5432 (256) 546-5435
 
 
PO Box 2464
Birmingham, AL 35201
-2464
(205) 323-6170 (888) 600-0299
 
 
PO Box 312558
Enterprise, AL 36331
-2558
(334) 475-2438
 
 
PO Box 270
Montgomery, AL 36101
-0270
(334) 206-3100 (334) 481-0815
 
 
PO Box 1939
Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
-1939
(205) 759-5771 (205) 752-8259
 
 
51 Tacon St Ste E
Mobile, AL 36607
-3123
(251) 431-6014 (251) 470-8185
 
 
PO Box 434
Clay, AL 35048
-0434
(205) 836-7008 (205) 449-2252
 
 
205 Madison Ave Ste A
Montgomery, AL 36104
-3625
(334) 834-8663 (334) 834-8667
 
 
PO Box 2148
Montgomery, AL 36102
-2148
(334) 387-2066 (334) 387-3222
 
 
301 19th St N
Birmingham, AL 35203
-3144
(205) 314-0513 (205) 314-0713
 
 
PO Box 173
Montgomery, AL 36101
-0173
(334) 262-8371 (334) 834-7635
 
 
PO Box 11000
Montgomery, AL 36191
-0001
(334) 613-4287
 
 
505 20th St N Ste 940
Birmingham, AL 35203
-4658
(205) 322-0457 (205) 322-8481
 
 
PO Box 78
Montgomery, AL 36101
-0078
(334) 269-3123 (866) 771-3270
 
 
PO Box 4953
Montgomery, AL 36103
-4953
(334) 834-9689 (334) 834-8414
 
 
105 N Conception St Ste 100
Mobile, AL 36602
-2904
(251) 438-7503 (251) 438-7949
 
 
PO Box 4479
Montgomery, AL 36103
-4479
(334) 264-3363 (334) 530-5406
 
 
1400 Dale Cir SE
Huntsville, AL 35801
-2013
(256) 714-6860
 
 
PO Box 300152
Montgomery, AL 36130
-0152
(334) 242-7300 (334) 242-2848
 
 
PO Box 849
Andalusia, AL 36420
-1216
(334) 222-2255 (334) 222-2249
 
 
PO Box 1707
Florence, AL 35631
-1707
(256) 764-2889 (256) 766-3663
 
 
PO Box 4633
Huntsville, AL 35815
-4633
(256) 604-9533 (800) 866-7835
 
 
118 N Ross St Ste 6
Auburn, AL 36830
-4869
(334) 821-3670 (334) 821-3671
Liaison
 
PO Box 120186
Nashville, TN 37212
-0186
(615) 460-8264
Liaison
 
124 Newgate Rd
Alabaster, AL 35007
-8407
(205) 566-6746 (205) 664-6841
Staff Liaison
 
PO Box 671
Montgomery, AL 36101
-0671
(334) 269-1515 (334) 261-6311

Purpose & Scope

(1) The committee is charged with investigating all reported allegations of unauthorized practice of law throughout the State of Alabama, and stop the proliferation of said unauthorized practice of law throughout the State of Alabama.

 

(2) The committee shall revise the previously proved UPL Criminalization Act with a view to recommend any legislative proposals it deems appropriate to strengthen the current UPL laws.

 

The committee will review all complaints and, in cooperation with the Office of General Counsel of the Alabama State Bar, make recommendations to the Board of Bar Commissioners concerning such incidents.

 

The committee may also initiate on its own a review of situations where activities may questionably constitute an unauthorized practice.  This committee is further charged with reviewing any proposed legislation that may encroach upon the practice of law. The committee is divided into geographical subcommittees to facilitate its work.  It is anticipated the chairperson and staff liaison will meet with them, in different areas of the state, to handle problems occurring in those areas.  Meetings of the whole committee should become less necessary but the committee as a whole should review and approve actions taken by the subcommittees.  At the end of this year, the chairperson should evaluate this geographical means of conducting business and make a recommendation as to continuing it.

 

The committee should provide the board of bar commissioners a written plan for the actual enforcement of cease and desist agreements.  Careful consideration should be given to ways to involve the assistance of the Attorney General’s Office with the proliferation of home computers, a unique problem has arisen; the chair shall appoint a subcommittee to recommend how the state bar shall handle the many complaints it receives involving the use of the internet as a means of practicing law in Alabama and in other jurisdictions without a license.

 

The committee should elect from its membership a secretary who should be responsible for a written record of its actions.  The secretary, or a designee, shall keep minutes of all meetings of the committee, or any subcommittee.  The original of the minutes will be filed with the Alabama State Bar within 14 days after the meetings, to be made a part of the committee’s permanent file.

 

The committee will divide itself into such other subcommittees as may be necessary to effectively carry out its functions. The chairperson shall appoint sub-chairs for each subcommittee.

 

The committee and subcommittees should meet at the call of the chairperson or sub-chair, provided, however, that the committee as a whole should meet no less than two times during the year.

 

The committee is encouraged to solicit the assistance of local UPL committees in cities where they exist, and develop procedures whereby the local UPL committees can assist the State committee in the investigation of UPL complaints.  The committee should increase its efforts to assist the District attorneys’ offices and the Attorney General’s office to pursue criminal charges against persistent offenders, and make their recommendations, as formulated, known to the Board of Bar Commissioners from time to time.  The committee also needs more manpower and should look for ways to encourage or require the Attorney General to assign prosecutors statewide to handle these UPL claims.  The committee acting through the Board of Bar Commissioners should look for ways to enforce the cease and desist orders issued by the Alabama State Bar.

 

The Alabama State Bar, through its designated staff liaisons, will assist the committee in carrying out its purpose.  To this end, the chairperson is requested to consult the staff liaisons when scheduling meetings.  On three weeks’ notice, the committee may conduct its meeting at bar headquarters.  The liaisons will assist in duplicating materials for them and facilitate the committee’s work by offering use of the bar’s resources whenever it is appropriate.  The liaisons will also attend as many meetings as possible.