The Business of Being a Lawyer

Faculty Bios

PAMELA BUCY PIERSON.  Professor Pierson received her B.A. degree in 1975 from Austin College and her J.D. in 1978 from Washington University School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.  Upon graduation from law school, Professor Pierson served as law clerk to the Honorable Theodore McMillian of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  From 1980 through May 1987, Professor Pierson was an assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri.  She served in the Criminal Division, specializing in prosecutions of white-collar criminal fraud.  She established and served as coordinator of the Health Care Fraud Task Force for the Eastern District of Missouri.  While with the U.S. Department of Justice, Professor Pierson served as an instructor of the appellate advocacy course in the U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute.  Professor Pierson has published thirty law review articles, twenty-five bar journal articles, and five books, all generally in the area of white collar crime and health care fraud.  She has testified before the United States Congress three times, and is a regular commentator on National Public Radio and to national newspapers including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Professor Pierson is a previous recipient of UA’s annual Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award; UA’s annual award for scholarship, the Burnum Award; and a six-time recipient of the UA Law School, SBA’s Outstanding Faculty Member Award.  Professor Pierson has been awarded the Outstanding Alumnus Award by her college and the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award by her law school.

JAN L. BRAKEFIELD, M.S., CFP(r). joined the faculty of The University of Alabama’s College of Human Environmental Sciences in 1990 as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Consumer Sciences where she taught financial planning courses while pursuing a professional career in the financial services industry.  In 1994 she left the corporate arena after 19 years of service to accept a full-time teaching position at UA.    A Certified Financial Planner(tm) since 1989, she is committed to helping students in this dynamic, interactive CFP(r) Board Registered curriculum become part of a growing discipline built on the understanding of consumer behavior and the motivations behind individual and family financial decision-making.

HELEN ALLEN.  Helen Allen is Director of Student Financial Aid at The University of Alabama where she has worked for 23 years.  She has a BS and Master’s in Education from UA.

CYNTHIA LEE ALMOND.  Cynthia Almond is a sole practitioner in Tuscaloosa focusing on business, probate, and estate planning law.  She previously worked as an attorney at Rosen Harwood and also as an Assistant Dean at The University of Alabama School of Law.  In addition to practicing law, Cynthia also is starting her third term on the Tuscaloosa City Council. Cynthia is a graduate of Leadership Alabama, serves on the board of First National Bank of Central Alabama, on the West Alabama Regional Planning Commission board, and is the supervising attorney for the Foreclosure Clinic at the law school. She is married to her law school classmate, Judge Brad Almond, and they have two teenagers.

NOEL AMASON.  Noel Amason is the General Counsel for Amason & Associates, Inc., which provides general contracting, design-built, and construction management services for a variety of market segments, including industrial, education, healthcare, institutional, hospitality, and commercial.  Prior to becoming General Counsel, Noel taught legal writing and transactional drafting at the University of Alabama School of Law.  Before teaching at the law school, Noel practiced with the Business and Real Estate Sections of Burr & Forman, LLP in Birmingham, Alabama and then practiced General Corporate and Construction Law with Phelps, Jenkins, Gibson & Fowler, LLP in Tuscaloosa.

JAMES F. BARGER.  Jim Barger, Jr. is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who handles complex civil and white collar criminal cases, particularly qui tam cases under the False Claims Act. Jim achieved his first seven-figure civil result within two years of practice and his first eight-figure civil result within five years of practice. Together with partner Henry Frohsin, he is the only attorney in the country to defend successfully an international Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) case at trial during the Patriot Act era. As a result of their highly-publicized defense of wrongfully accused Iranian-American contractor, Alex Latifi, Frohsin and Barger became the only attorneys in Alabama ever to receive an award of attorneys’ fees from the federal court against the government in a criminal case. Jim practices primarily in the federal courts, is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, and has argued before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. His pro bono work includes representing death row inmates on appeal.  He has been distinguished as both a “Rising Star” and an “Alabama Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers, an “Outstanding Young Lawyer” in Business Alabama, and a “Top Attorney” by Birmingham Magazine. In 2012, he was named by Benchmark Plaintiff as one of the state’s top fifty plaintiff’s lawyers by the peer-reviewed publication.

An Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law, Jim has repeatedly served as distinguished faculty for the American Bar Association’s national institutes in False Claims Act & Qui Tam Trials,  White Collar Crime, and International Law and as guest lecturer at Samford University’s Brock School of Business. His legal writing is frequently cited in treatises, court pleadings, and journals, including Alabama Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, and Columbia Law Review, and has helped shape the professional and academic discourse regarding False Claims Act whistleblower litigation. Additionally, Jim is an award-winning travel and fly-fishing writer, having visited more than 30 countries on 6 continents with by-lines in such well-known periodicals as Field & Stream, Sports Afield, and Sporting Tales magazines.

THE HONORABLE BILL BOSTICK.  Bill Bostick is Circuit Judge for the 18th Judicial Circuit (Shelby County), where he presides over civil, criminal and domestic cases.  Judge Bostick graduated from the Law School in 1992 and served as an Assistant District Attorney in Mobile and Shelby counties until his appointment to the bench in 2011.  Judge Bostick has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the Law School since 1996 and currently serves as Co-Director of the Summer Externship Program.

MICHAEL A. BOWNES. Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, Deputy General Counsel.

Prior to joining the UA System in October 2004, Mr. Bownes served for 16 years as General Counsel for the State of Alabama Insurance Department. From 1983-1988 he was an attorney in the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, including a three-year tenure as Director of the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection. For 15 years he served as an adjunct faculty member at HuntingtonCollege and taught paralegal courses.

A native of Cullman, Mr. Bownes earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from The University of Alabama in 1980. He received his law degree from SamfordUniversity’s CumberlandLawSchool in 1983. Mr. Bownes and his wife Karen have two daughters, Laura and Elizabeth, and two sons, Chris and Mac.

KITTY ROGERS BROWN.  Originally from Russellville, Alabama, Ms. Brown joined White Arnold & Dowd P.C. as an associate in 2006. She practices in both state and federal courts, including appellate courts.  Ms. Brown represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil litigation as well as pharmaceutical and environmental tort actions, whistleblower cases, and consumer class actions. She also represents defendants in white collar criminal actions, primarily in the areas of health care fraud and environmental crimes.

Ms. Brown graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where she served on the Alabama Law Review as a Senior Editor and on the Labor and Employment Moot Court Team. The Alabama Law Review published Ms. Brown’s work on racial integration and property law, “Integrating the City of the Dead,” in Summer 2005. Ms. Brown received a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in History with a Spanish minor from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.

MICHAEL D. ERMERT.  Michael Ermert joined the law firm Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton in 1990 and became a partner in 1996. Raised in Athens, Alabama, he obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in 1983. After serving our country as an Army officer for four years, Mr. Ermert returned to the University of Alabama for law school, graduating in 1990 and becoming the first lawyer in his family.

Mr. Ermert became recognized as one of the most highly decorated students in the law school’s history by serving as a member of the Alabama Law Review, the National Trial Advocacy team, and the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board — all at the same time. He was selected for membership in the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society as well as the Order of Barristers, was a Hugo Black Scholar, wrote the best examination paper in several of his classes, was a member of the Farrah Law Society and earned admission to the Order of the Coif, an honor reserved for those who graduate in the top ten percent of their class. As an alumnus, he later served as President of the law school’s Order of the Coif chapter during 2004-2005. Mr. Ermert was awarded the Neal C. Newell Scholarship during his Senior year of law school, gaining him the introduction to the firm which led to his becoming an associate with Hare Wynn upon graduation.  Mr. Ermert currently serves as Chair of the Farrah Law Alumni Society, the alumni association for the University of Alabama School of Law.

Since beginning his practice, Mr. Ermert has become recognized as one of the state’s leading experts in medical malpractice cases, trying or settling cases with recoveries totaling in the tens of millions of dollars. He has also served as lead counsel in a complex class action in which he represented hundreds of industrial customers in a breach of contract action, a case which resulted in an $18,000,000 settlement. When the University of Alabama faced significant penalties from the NCAA in the mid-1990s, the school’s Faculty Athletics Representative turned to the firm for help. After Mr. Ermert and two other Hare Wynn attorneys made presentations before the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee, many of the sanctions were overturned and the firm’s client was exonerated — the first successful appeal in NCAA history. Over the years, Mr. Ermert has also represented individuals, families, and small businesses in a wide variety of litigation ranging from catastrophic tractor-trailer collisions to commercial disputes.

Mr. Ermert has been active in professional organizations on a local, state, and national level, chairing a wide range of Bar committees. He was elected by his peers to serve on the Birmingham Bar Association Executive Committee from 2006 to 2008, was a member of the Jefferson County Differential Case Management Committee, and is on the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Bar Foundation, now serving as its Treasurer. He currently serves as the First Vice President of the Alabama Association for Justice as well as serving on the Editorial Board for the Journal published by that association. A sought-after speaker, Mr. Ermert has spoken at large number of continuing legal education seminars across the state and around the southeast.  Mr. Ermert has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates and selected by Benchmark Litigation, as one of the top litigation attorneys in the state of Alabama. He has also been selected as an Alabama Super Lawyer and is listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America. He also has been given an AV rating, the highest attainable, by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Ermert is married to his high school sweetheart and is the proud father of two beautiful daughters. He is involved in a number of community organizations, including service as the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Management for the Downtown Birmingham YMCA, and is now serving as the President of both the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation and the Red Elephant Club of Birmingham. He also serves on the Missions Committee at his church- a role which allowed him to travel to some of the most remote villages in West Africa.

PRIM F. ESCALONA.  Mrs. Escalona’s practice focuses on general commercial litigation. Prior to joining Maynard Cooper, Mrs. Escalona served as the Deputy Solicitor General in the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Alabama where she represented the State of Alabama and its agencies before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Alabama Supreme Court. Prior to attending law school, Mrs. Escalona also served as a Legislative Assistant for United States Senator Jeff Sessions in the areas of health care, education, and social policy.

BRANDON K. FALLS.  Brandon Falls was appointed by Governor Bob Riley to the position of District Attorney, Tenth Judicial Circuit, Birmingham Division, on September 1, 2008, elected to this position in 2010 and re-elected in 2012.  Brandon has been employed with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office since October 1997.

As a Deputy DA, Brandon was responsible for hiring, training and supervising all law clerks who work part time in the Jefferson County DA’s office. He coordinated extern and intern positions with various law schools so students could receive school credit for their time spent in the DA’s Office. He initiated the program to instruct attorneys on legal and trial issues essential to prosecution and has lectured on topics including case analysis, cross-examination, rules of evidence and sentencing laws.

Brandon graduated from the University of Alabama in 1994 and received his Juris Doctor in May of 1997 from the University of Alabama School of Law. He has since served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cumberland School of Law and has been a faculty instructor for the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, and the National College of District Attorneys. He has lectured at the University of Alabama School of Law, the APOSTC Law Enforcement Academy at Tuscaloosa, the Birmingham Police Academy and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. He is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama District Attorneys Association and National District Attorneys Association.

Brandon and his wife, Kelly, are the parents of four children.

EDWARD A. “TED” HOSP. Shareholder, Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C.  Ted’s focus is on achieving results for clients in the increasingly overlapping environments of law, legislation and government regulation. Successful businesses understand that they must utilize every resource at their disposal. The Government Affairs Group at Maynard, Cooper & Gale makes this possible. With more than 200 of the best attorneys and professionals in the State who are well-versed in all aspects of the law, the firm is prepared to handle any legislative or regulatory issue, and find a solution that works for the client. Maynard Cooper offers clients representation that combines a knowledge of government processes, relationships with the key decision makers, and subject matter expertise that is unmatched. Personally, Ted has a broad range of experience in government affairs, campaign finance and ethics law, class action litigation in State and Federal courts, and institutional litigation involving government entities. From 1999 to 2003, he served as Legal Advisor to the Governor of Alabama. Ted has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa teaching classes on Government Ethics and Election Law. He is the current Vice Chair of the State Bar Section on Ethics, Elections and Government Relations Law, and will assume the Chair of that Section in July 2013. Before joining Maynard, Cooper & Gale he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harold Albritton, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama from 1994-1995. From 1989 to 1991, Ted served on the staff of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. He serves on the Alabama Access to Justice Commission, which was established by the Alabama Supreme Court in 2007, and served as the Commission’s first Chair from 2007-2011. He has served on the board of the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, and currently serves on the Alabama State Bar Committee on Volunteer Lawyers Programs, and on the boards of the Montgomery Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Middle District of Alabama Federal Defenders Program.

ANTHONY JOSEPH. Shareholder, Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C.  Mr. Joseph’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and general civil litigation. He represents companies and individuals in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as parallel civil and criminal proceedings.

Formerly, Mr. Joseph was employed as an Assistant District Attorney, a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and an Assistant United States Attorney.

American Bar Association, Immediate Past-Chair, Criminal Justice Section; Birmingham Bar Association, 2007 President; Legal Aid Society, Former President; Alabama State Bar President 2013; Alabama Super Lawyers 2013; Alabama Episcopal Diocese, Former Vice Chancellor; Birmingham Metropolitan YMCA; Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education, former President; Big Brothers/Big Sisters, former President.

DEBORAH J. LONG.  Deborah J. (“Debbie”) Long is Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Protective Life Corporation whose principal subsidiaries include Protective Life Insurance Company and West Coast Life Insurance Company.  Prior to becoming General Counsel of Protective Life in 1992, Ms. Long was a member of the Maynard, Cooper & Gale law firm in Birmingham, Alabama, where she practiced in the areas of insurance, banking and finance, business acquisitions and mergers, and general corporate law.

Ms. Long is a 1975 graduate of Auburn University, where she graduated with high honor and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board, and a 1980 graduate of the University of Alabama Law School, where she was Editor in Chief of the Alabama Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif.  Prior to entering law practice, she clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, Judge on the United States Circuit Court for the Fifth Circuit (now Eleventh Circuit).

Ms. Long has been active in legal issues impacting the business community and the insurance industry, serving in various capacities in the American Council of Life Insurers (including chairing the Legal Section of the American Council of Life Insurers), the Business Counsel of Alabama (including chairing the Judiciary Committee), the Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama Bar Association, the Alabama Association of Life Insurance Companies (including serving as President), the Alabama Life and Disability Insurance Guaranty Association (including serving as President) and the Texas Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association (Vice Chair).  She has served on the Board of Governors and as President of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel, an international bar association for life insurance lawyers.  She has also been active in issues affecting the legal rights of the larger community, including serving on the Board of the Alabama Women’s Commission (currently serving as Chair), a position to which she was appointed by Governor Bob Riley, and in promoting issues related to good governance policies, including serving on the Board and Executive Committee of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama and the Board of the A+ Education Partnership.  Ms. Long has also been a member of the American Bar Association since 1982, and a member of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation since 2008.

Ms. Long has served on the Boards of various Birmingham charitable organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham, the YWCA of Birmingham, Oasis Women’s CounselingCenter, Birmingham Museum of Art, and Partners in Neighborhood Growth, Inc.

On the personal side, Ms. Long is a native of Alabama.  Since 1979, she has been married to William D. (“Bo”) Sockwell, a retired economics professor.  They have one son who is currently studying law at Columbia Law School.

WILSON MOORE. Broker, Prudential Pritchett-Moore Realty

B.S. from Washington & LeeUniversity, 1994 (Business Administration); JD, University of Alabama, 1998.  Member Alabama State Bar Association.  President/Broker, Pritchett-Moore, Inc. and Prudential Pritchett-Moore Realty.  Past President Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors and West Alabama Multiple Listing Service, Inc.

Current Associations:     Board Member, Bank of Tuscaloosa; DCH Foundation Board; West Alabama Chamber of Commerce, Director; Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors, Director; Vice President and Director, Druid Glass Construction, Inc.

Areas of specialization:  Commercial and Residential Real Estate Brokerage; Property Management; Subdivision, Multifamily, and Industrial development; Formation and management of real estate investment partnerships and LLC’s.

ARTHUR ORR.  Senator Orr attended college at Wake Forest University and law school at the University of Alabama where he was elected as chief justice of the Honor Court, senior editor of a law review, and on the Moot Court board. While also earning academic honors in school, Arthur taught freshman English to undergraduates and regularly volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Community Soup Bowl.

After law school, Arthur joined the Peace Corps. He was assigned to the remote Himalayan village of Khandbari, Nepal; several days walk from the nearest road. Arthur used his legal and language training while in Nepal to establish a college scholarship program to benefit female village students. To date, over 80 village students have benefited by attending college and seeking the opportunities an education provides.  After completing his Peace Corps commitment, he returned to Decatur where he joined the law firm of Harris, Caddell and Shanks, P.C. He also served as president of the Decatur Jaycees, the Volunteer Center and Main Street Decatur and was an active board member with other organizations and his church. Arthur was selected as the Citizen of the Year by the Decatur Rotary Club and received other leadership awards from various organizations. He was honored as a “Community Hero” to carry the 1996 Olympic Torch in Morgan County.

Arthur felt led to return overseas.  Hired by Habitat for Humanity International for a three-year period, he was assigned to establish a new Habitat program in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh program was built from scratch and, to-date, has constructed over 500 houses in partnership with the working poor residents of that country. Arthur also served as legal counsel throughout the Asia/Pacific region, traveling to numerous countries and negotiating with government officials, aid organizations and local citizens to further advance Habitat programs across southeast Asia.

After serving beyond his initial term with Habitat, he returned to Decatur where he joined Cook’s Pest Control, Inc. as its Vice President and General Counsel. Arthur also has become part-owner of several local businesses, primarily involved in real estate development and management. Arthur has also re-engaged as an active community leader and served as president of the Calhoun College Foundation, Community Foundation of Decatur and the Decatur Rotary Club. He helped start the Community Free Clinic and has served on several other boards, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Mental Health Center and the Hartselle Development Board. He is currently the President of the National Alumni Association for Wake Forest University.  A long-time adult Sunday school teacher and men’s Bible study member, Arthur and his family are members of First Bible Church in Decatur.

Since his election to the Alabama Senate in 2006, Arthur has become involved with water issues affecting the Tennessee Valley. He chairs the Joint Legislative Water Resources Committee and serves on the State Water Commission.  He is also a trustee for the Southern Growth Policies Board. After sponsoring and passing legislation to reduce the dropout rate in Alabama, Arthur serves as chairman of the Select Commission on High School Dropouts.

Arthur now chairs the almost $15 Billion Senate Finance and Taxation Committee for state government.  He also chairs the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee, Elections Commission, Wrongful Incarceration Committee and other State boards.

KATHRYN O. POPE (“Katie”). Katie attended the University of Alabama where she received her bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2002.  Ms. Pope received her juris doctorate degree from The University of Alabama School of Law, where she was a student member of the Farrah Law Society, a judicial extern for the Alabama Supreme Court, Treasurer of Phi Delta Phi, a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, and President of the Law School’s Public Interest Institute. In 2007, she received the Dean’s Community Service Award, as well as the Dean Thomas W. Christopher Award. She was admitted to practice in Alabama, as well as the U.S. District Courts in the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama that same year. Ms. Pope’s practice focuses primarily in family law, but also includes administrative law and litigation.

Ms. Pope also serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the Alabama State Bar, and serves as the Chair of its Law School Relations Committee. In 2011, Ms. Pope was appointed to serve as a member of the Alabama Custodial Law Revision Task Force.  She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association, and serves on its Domestic Relations Committee as a volunteer domestic relations mediator.  She is very involved in her community.  She was a member of the 2013 Leadership Tuscaloosa Class, and is a member of the Junior League of Tuscaloosa’s Executive Board.  Most importantly, she has a precious seven year-old daughter, Mary Collier.

DENA  PRINCE.  Graduated from UA in 1977; graduated from UA Law School in Dec 1979.  In private practice for several years before becoming an assistant city attorney for the City of Tuscaloosa.  Remained in that position until retiring in November 1990 after the birth of my second child.  I am currently of counsel at Prince, Glover and Hayes.  “Of counsel” involves having a glass of wine with my husband, attorney Bob Prince, when he comes home at night and discussing case management and strategy!!

After retirement, I became very involved in civic organizations, my church and my children’s school.  I was a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Tuscaloosa.  I have served as president of the Junior League of Tuscaloosa, President of the United Methodist Women, President of the Board of Trustees for Tuscaloosa Academy.  I am currently serving as President of the Administrative Board of First United Methodist Church.  I am also a mentor for an Education for Ministry study group.

Although I am technically “retired”, I continue to use the skills I gained during law school and practicing.  Leadership in these various organizations involves research, negotiating, consensus building, and advocacy.  Hopefully, I am using these skills to contribute to society.  This “work” has certainly been fulfilling!!

RICH RALEIGH.  Rich is an attorney with and the managing shareholder of the firm, Wilmer & Lee, working in that firm’s Huntsville, Alabama office.  He attended the University of Alabama and the University of Alabama School of Law.  Rich has a diverse litigation practice, has tried numerous trials in state and federal courts, and has argued cases before the Fifth and Eleventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and the Florida 1st District Court of Appeals.  Following his nine years of service on the Alabama State Bar’s Board of Bar Commissioners, in July 2013, Rich became President-Elect of the Alabama State Bar, and he will serve as the 138th Alabama State Bar President, following President Anthony Joseph’s Presidency.

PHILIP REICH. Philip Reich serves as the Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, Director of Special Programs, and Deputy General Counsel for The University of Alabama System. Philip began working in these capacities in August 2012 and assists the Chancellor with the various responsibilities of his office, oversees the implementation of special programs, and serves as Deputy General Counsel. Philip reports directly to the Chancellor and serves on the Chancellor’s Senior Staff. He also currently teaches a legal course in HonorsCollege and serves on the President’s Cabinet.

Prior to coming to the System office in 2012, Philip served as the Presiding Circuit Judge of Lawrence County, Alabama,  for 20 years. After his retirement in 2009, Philip began a mediation practice serving over 10 counties in the state of Alabama in domestic, civil and appellate mediation. By serving in these positions as well as others, he has a combined 38 years of experience in the field of law.

Philip is a graduate of The University of Alabama and received his J.D. in 1974 from The University of Alabama Law School.

R. COOPER SHATTUCK. General Counsel, The University of Alabama System.  The General Counsel represents the Board of Trustees, affiliated entities and senior management in all legal matters and is responsible for the delivery of all legal services for the System, its three campuses and affiliated entities, including the retention and management of outside counsel.

Prior to joining the System, Mr. Shattuck served as the Chief Legal Advisor for Governor Robert Bentley, and previously as an attorney/shareholder with two Tuscaloosa law firms: Rosen Harwood P.A. and Hubbard, Smith, McIlwain, Brakefield & Shattuck, P.C. He earned a B.S. in Economics from Georgia Tech and his J.D. from The University of Alabama School of Law.

ALYCE MANLEY SPRUELL.  Alyce Manley Spruell is an Of Counsel attorney with the firm of Rosen Harwood PA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Prior to joining the Rosen firm in February of 2013, she served as Administrative Director of Courts &simultaneously as Director of the Legal Division for the State of Alabama Unified Judicial System. Prior to that service, she was the managing member of Spruell & Powell LLC in Northport. Ms. Spruell practices in the areas of general civil litigation, employment and business law, and also provides counsel in the areas of legislative & regulatory matters. She also has an alternative dispute practice and is a mediator and arbitrator.

Ms. Spruell has served in a variety of bar association roles, including service as President of the Alabama Bar Association in 2010-2011.  She has served as a member of the Alabama Law Foundation board of directors, is a member of the bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program and is currently serving as the Chair of the Protocol & Security Subcommittee for the Bar’s Digital Communications Task Force. She is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Alabama and served as a founding co-chair for the Alabama State Bar’s Leadership Class. She currently serves on the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama’s Public Affairs Council as well as on a number of community and statewide service organizations.

A member of Calvary Baptist Church, Alyce is married to Bruce Spruell and is the mother of two adult children.

CHAD TINDOL.  Serves as the Director of Risk Management for The University of Alabama System. This position was established at the System in 2012 and is responsible for the coordination of risk management functions over the University of Alabama System. Duties include identifying and assessing risks, and assisting campuses and departments to develop comprehensive plans, policies, and procedures to mitigate, monitor, and report such risks. Chad reports to the Chancellor and serves on the Chancellor’s Senior Staff.  Prior to coming to the System office in 2012, Chad served as an Associate Dean of Academic Services at the University of Alabama School of Law, and as counsel representing the Board of Trustees in a wide range of matters including litigation, student issues, athletics, and employment matters. He previously practiced law in his native Coffee County, Alabama, and clerked for the Hon. W. Harold Albritton. Chad is a summa cum laude graduate of The University of Alabama and received his J.D. in 1997 from Yale Law School.

BILL VEITCH. I graduated High School ( McAdory) in 1969, then attended UAB and Graduated in 1973. I wanted to go to law school at Alabama but did not do well enough on the LSAT to get in. I enrolled at the BIRMINGHAM school of law and graduated 4 years later. While in law school , I worked as a Birmingham Police Officer. I did some things there that I am very proud of and other things that I would like to forget. I practiced law for about 19 years before coming to the D.A.’s office in 1998?….. I have been the Chief Deputy D.A. in the Bessemer Division of Jefferson County for 13 years. I am married to a much younger woman, Jill Ganus Veitch, who represents to me that she is 40. We have a son named Jack (11), two dogs and a cat. I was previously married, and have two older children, Anna 31, and Matt 30. I have a real passion for history, and would like to teach some day. I enjoy backpacking and reading, and coming to talk to your law school classes. UA Law classes are a joy to me and I look forward to attending whenever I am invited.

JILL GANUS VEITCH.  Graduated from University of Alabama, BA Political Science, 1988: University of Alabama School of Law, JD, 1991 (chairperson of Moot Court Board; member, ATLA trial team); Associate,Miller Hamilton Snider Odom, 1991 – 1993; Assistant District Attorney, Jefferson County, Bessemer Division, 1993 -2006 (specialized in prosecution of cases where children were  victims); District Court Judge, Jefferson County, 2006 -2013, Family Court (all dockets involved the welfare of child); Stay at home mom (Jan 13 to Sept 1, 2013, best job ever but no monetary pay.  Assistant District Attorney, Bessemer Division, Jefferson County; Sept. 2 – current.

MARK WHITE, a graduate of Auburn University and Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, is a founding partner of the Birmingham, Alabama firm of White Arnold & Dowd P.C.  He has served as trial counsel in a number of matters covering a spectrum of civil and criminal practice, white collar crime, environmental, mass tort, personal injury, antitrust and securities litigation.  He has been lead counsel in a number of high profile trials.  For eight years, Mark served on Alabama’s Judiciary Inquiry Commission, and is a frequent speaker on campaign oversight committees and judicial ethics.  Before serving as President of the Birmingham Bar Association and President of the Alabama State Bar, Mark’s only prior elected service was at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, where he was elected “Maggot of the Week,” the highest honor that could be bestowed in a seven-day period.

CATHY WRIGHT. Cathy Wright, a principal of Clarus Consulting Group, graduated from the University of Alabama, Phi Beta Kappa, and from the University of Alabama School of Law, Order of the Coif. Upon graduation from law school, Cathy served as law clerk for United States District Judge Frank M. Johnson, and practiced law for more than 20 years as a business litigator in Birmingham, Alabama. Cathy was one of the founding partners of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. In 2004, Cathy founded Clarus, a consultancy specializing in organizational development, communications, training, strategic and business planning and facilitation. Cathy has served as Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence and as Adjunct Professor Products Liability and Insurance at the University of Alabama School of Law; Adjunct Professor of Law in Alternative Dispute Resolution at Cumberland School of Law, Samford University; authored A Report on the Status of Women in Leadership in Alabama published by the Alabama Women’s Initiative in 2002,  and served as an instructor at Duke University’s Environmental Leadership (DEL) Program.