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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: Alabama Local Government Procurement Law Basics

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There are two procurement laws in Alabama that apply to nearly every purchase made by county commissions and other local governmental entities. Commonly referred to as the Competitive Bid Law and the Public Works Law, these two sets of statutes contain several requirements that must be satisfied in order for local governmental entities to properly expend public funds on certain projects, goods, or services.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: Municipal Liability Cap on Damages and UIM Insurance

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No matter which side of the fence you find yourself on in litigation involving a municipality and allegations of damages, there are some basics you need to first familiarize yourself with before you can appropriately advise your client.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: Alabama Municipal Law 101 (A Primer on the Basics)

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Alabama has 463 incorporated municipalities located in 67 counties. These entities are designated by state law as either cities (population of more than 2,000) or towns (population of fewer than 2,000) and range in size from the state’s largest city, Birmingham (population 212,247) to the town of McMullen (population 10).

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: Private Judging – A Means for Expediting Justice for Litigants

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The pandemic of 2020 has certainly posed challenges for our Alabama court system and contributed to a backlog of cases. This backlog creates a hardship for litigants in civil matters seeking resolution to their legal matters. Private judging offers a means for litigants to have their day in court while avoiding a potentially lengthy period of time.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: A Primer on the Alabama Open Meetings Act

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Applying to virtually all governmental bodies in Alabama (except the courts), the Open Meetings Act requires that the public be given notice of government meetings and that the meetings have minutes.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: End of an Era – The Retirement of Bilee Cauley

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The Alabama appellate courts recently experienced the end of an era upon the retirement of Bilee Cauley as the reporter of decisions on December 31, 2020.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: 30 Faces of Pro Bono, Part 4 of 6

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Alabama State Bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program. As a way to thank all of our volunteers, we have selected 30 representatives and will be sharing their stories over the coming year.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: 30 Faces of Pro Bono – Part 3 of 6

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Google defines commitment as the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc. Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Henry Callaway is the definition of being committed to pro bono services

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: Book Review – McElroy’s Alabama Evidence, Seventh Edition (2020)

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The long-awaited seventh edition of McElroy’s Alabama Evidence is now available. And it doesn’t disappoint.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: Coloring Outside the (Child Support Guide) Lines

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The one certainty we can all depend on in family law is that Rule 32 of the Alabama Rules of Judicial Administration establishes guidelines for calculating child support for combined family income of zero to $20,000 per month.

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