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2021-2022 Committees and Task Forces Annual Reports

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SUPREME COURT OF ALABAMA ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF CLERK OF COURT JULIA JORDAN WELLER, APPOINTMENT OF MEGAN BYRNE RHODEBECK AS SUCCESSOR

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Supreme Court of Alabama is pleased to announce that it has selected Mrs. Margaret “Megan” Byrne Rhodebeck to be the next Clerk of Court, effective August 1, 2022.

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Alabama State Bar to Provide Five Free Hours of Counseling to Its Nearly 20,000 Members

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama State Bar has announced the launch of an all-new confidential helpline, providing each member with up to five free hours of counseling annually. The Drive for Five initiative,

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER- Says Who? Why Good Citation Matters (and Why It’s Easier Than You Think)

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A lawyer is a professional writer, but a lawyer’s purpose is not self-expression. A lawyer speaks (and writes) for someone else, to achieve a certain outcome, in a system governed by rules upon rules upon rules. It is technical, detailed work. Its hallmarks are clarity and precision. The purpose of legal writing is not principally to stir the soul but to satisfy a skeptical mind. A lawyer hoping to persuade another lawyer or judge to accept some position must write in a way that answers obvious questions.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER – Birmingham School of Law: Prominent Female Graduates

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In 1915, Judge Hugh A. Locke had a vision for a non-traditional law school that would serve men and women who wanted to pursue a legal education, but had neither the time nor money that a full-time law school required. Birmingham School of Law was born out of that vison with classes originally being held at Birmingham-Southern College.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER – Mixed Signals

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Introductory signals, according to The Bluebook, help legal writers “organiz[e] authorities and show how authorities support or relate to a proposition given in the text.” In a perfect world, The Bluebook would be easy to follow, all lawyers would use it uniformly, and there would always be a case on point. But the practice of law is rarely perfect.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER – Alabama Online Dispute Resolution

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On January 18, 2022, the Supreme Court of Alabama issued an order establishing the Online Dispute Resolution for Small Claims Cases pilot project and included the Rules Regarding the Online Dispute Resolution for Small Claims Cases.[1] Morgan County will be the first pilot county.[2] Other counties that want to be added to the pilot project may be at the discretion of the Administrative Director of Courts.[3] As of May 2022, it is also live in Autauga, Baldwin, Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Colbert, Etowah, Geneva, Greene, Lee, Madison, Montgomery, Perry, Pike, Shelby, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, and Washington counties.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER – Lessons of the Boll Weevil: A Story of Prosperity from Bugs to Flying Machines

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This article discusses the founding and development of Fort Rucker, Alabama and its contribution to the prosperity of Enterprise and the entire Wiregrass region. It recognizes the vision of local, state, and national leaders who championed the development of a military base in southeast Alabama, which is now known as the United States Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker.

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President Joe Biden to Bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Alabama Attorney Fred David Gray

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Next week, President Joe Biden will bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Alabama Attorney Fred David Gray. Gray, who served as the 127th president of the Alabama State Bar, will receive…

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Gibson Vance Installed as 147th President of the Alabama State Bar

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Chief Justice Tom Parker administers Oath of Office to Gibson Vance as he is installed as 147th President of the Alabama State Bar. Joining Gibson is his wife Kate and two sons…

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