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Self-Care Tips for the Holiday Season

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The term self-care has been used a lot lately, and lawyers can often scoff at the notion.  So, to set the stage for these tips for the holiday season, a basic definition…

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Memorial Donations

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Memorialize the life of a loved one by contributing in their honor.

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Gov. Ivey Proclaims October 2022 Pro Bono Month in Alabama

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Governor Kay Ivey has proclaimed October 2022 “Pro Bono Month” in Alabama. The Alabama State Bar’s annual celebration, which officially kicks off Saturday, October 1, is a statewide effort to connect pro bono providers and attorneys across Alabama. It also is an opportunity to showcase the incredible difference that pro bono lawyers make to our state, to our system of justice, to our communities, and most of all, to the clients they serve.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER- Are There Constitutional Issues With Alabama’s Gubernatorial and Legislative Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic?

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The coronavirus known as COVID-19 reportedly infected the first American on January 21, 2020.[1] According to the Alabama Department of Health, Alabama has to date suffered 19,890 deaths[2] and 45,976[3] hospitalizations from the virus. In this same time period, 1,053,969 Americans have died,[4] while 92,761,865 Americans have been confirmed as infected.[5]

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER- Alabama Qualified Dispositions in Trust Act

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Historically, grantors of trusts have had little asset protection afforded them where they name themselves as a beneficiary of a trust, even an irrevocable trust. Section 505(a)(2) of the Uniform Trust Code and its Alabama counterpart, § 19-3B-505(a)(2), Code of Alabama (1975), provide that “[w]ith respect to an irrevocable trust, a creditor or assignee of the grantor may reach the maximum amount that can be distributed to or for the grantor’s benefit.”

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER- Who Do We Think We Are?

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In the final scenes of the movie “A Few Good Men” – one of the great classics of legal cinema – under dramatic, but extremely risky cross-examination by Lt. Daniel Kaffee (played by Tom Cruise), Col. Nathan Jessup (played by Jack Nicholson) admitted to directing the kind of “Code Red” discipline which led to the unintentional death of a Marine stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Alabama Lawyers Hall of Fame Inducts 5 New Members

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Montgomery, AL – The Alabama State Bar has inducted five new members into the Alabama Lawyers Hall of Fame. “We are so proud to announce the five new inductees to the Lawyers’

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2021-2022 Committees and Task Forces Annual Reports

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View Annual Reports here.

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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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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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