Law School Announces Two Fundraising Efforts
The Law School is announcing two fundraising efforts to honor the work and legacies of Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. and Professor Thomas L. Jones.
Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. and Ruth Jenkins Johnson Scholarship Fund
The former law clerks of Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., in order to continue his legacy of service to the bar and to pay tribute to a man known and lauded for his pursuit of equality, have started a scholarship in his name. Judge Johnson was a 1943 graduate of the Law School and was a key force in the desegregation of the South. The clerks plan also to endow a lecture series in Judge Johnson’s memory. The Law School is grateful to the clerks and to Protective Life Insurance Company, which is matching a portion of scholarship contributions. For more information about the scholarship or lecture, contact Candice Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205-348-0406.
Thomas L. Jones Fundraising Project
The Law School has embarked on a fundraising campaign to honor beloved Professor Thomas L. Jones. Jones has taught three generations of Alabama Law graduates during his 46-year tenure. The goal for the project is $105,000, and the funds will be used to renovate the reception area of the Alabama Law Institute and rename it the Thomas L. Jones Reception Area. Excess funds will be allocated to endow a scholarship in his name. Thanks to several leadership gifts and pledges, more than $60,000 has been committed so far. If you are interested in donating, please contact Caroline Strawbridge at email@example.com or 205-348-4191.
Alumni Selected as Members of Alabama State Bar’s 2016 Leadership Forum
The Alabama State Bar announced the names of 17 Alabama Law Alumni who were selected as members of the 2016 Leadership Forum Class.
Created in 2005, the forum has produced 318 graduates. Attorneys participate in a rigorous education and training process, focusing on servant leadership, ethics and career development. Candidates are required to attend five separate sessions, including a three-day orientation program.
Liz Huntley: Serving the State
The journey for Liz Huntley’s (’97) advocacy work for children began when she was in preschool.
It was in preschool where teachers nurtured her, taught her how to read and gave her the motivation to succeed.
“I can assure you I would have been a different student without that foundation,” she said.
Please join Dean Brandon and UA Law faculty and staff February 26 and 27 for a special weekend to honor all University of Alabama School of Law alumni. The weekend will kick off Friday evening with the annual Farrah Law Alumni Banquet. The banquet, which will return this year to Tuscaloosa after having been hosted in Birmingham for many years, will be held at the Law School to honor 2016 Sam W. Pipes Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient Sam Crosby. Open to all alumni, tickets to the Farrah Banquet are $75 per person. Farrah Law Alumni Society members may purchase tickets at the discounted rate of $50 per person.
In addition to the Farrah Banquet, the Law School will host an alumni picnic and law school tours. The alumni picnic will take place on Saturday from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Law School prior to the Alabama vs. Auburn basketball game. The picnic is free of charge but pre-registration is required. A limited number of tickets to the game will be available for $15 online prior to the picnic. For more details, please contact Jami Gates, Events Coordinator, at (205) 348-6775 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Campus Interviews
Registration is now open for Spring 2016 On-Campus Interviews. The Career Services Office helps employers find 1Ls and 2Ls for summer positions as well as 3Ls and alumni for post-graduation employment. Please contact the Assistant Dean for Career Services, Lezlie A. Griffin (email@example.com), for more information on recruitment opportunities. The CSO arranges on-campus and video-conference interviews, collects resumes, and posts positions on its electronic job board. All CSO services are free of charge.
Employer registration for the University of Alabama School of Law’s STAR (Short-Term Assistance in Research) Program is now open.
The STAR program provides legal research assistants for solo practitioners, small law firms, and other legal employers from a pool of third-year law students. Once we receive your research request, we will connect you with a third-year law student with a minimum 3.0 GPA who has signed up to accept research assignments through the STAR program. You and the student can then correspond directly for more specific details about your assignment. The assignments can be large or small, depending upon your need, and in accordance with the rules of the program detailed here: http://www.law.ua.edu/resources/CSOstar/employer/. No advance sign-up is required. When a research need arises, simply complete and submit the online form, and we’ll connect you with a student.
If you have questions about the STAR Program please contact Todd Engelhardt, Assistant Director for Career Services.
Alumni are invited to participate in training opportunities throughout the state.
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Business of Being a Lawyer faculty visited the Law School in January and spoke with students about economic trends in the legal market and strategies for adapting to the changes ahead.
BBL speakers shared their time and experience, as well as provided practical and candid advice so that students will thrive in the legal profession.
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PROFESSOR BILL ANDREEN has been reappointed as an Honorary Professor of Law in the College of Law at the Australian National University (ANU). He also continues to direct the Joint Summer School Program with the ANU, which is now in its 16th year. A group of nine law students from the ANU, and ANU Professors Skye Saunders and Anne Macduff visited Tuscaloosa for five weeks in January and February 2016. The Australian students studied Comparative Gender Law (taught by Professor Martha Morgan as well as by Professors Saunders and Macduff) and also took a Survey of U.S. Law (taught by members of the Alabama Law faculty). In July and August, Professor Andreen will lead a group of 10 Alabama Law students to the ANU, where they will study Comparative Gender Law (taught by Anne Macduff and Martha Morgan) and will take a Survey of Australian Law (taught by the ANU faculty).
PROFESSOR SHAHAR DILLBARY presented his new scholarship on the actual causation requirement in cases involving multiple tortfeasors at the Southeastern Economic Association conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, and at the College of Business and Management faculty workshop in Tel Aviv, Israel. He is currently working on a number of empirical, experimental and theoretical projects regarding causation.
ANITA KAY HEAD, Legal Writing Instructor, coached the Law School’s Frederick Douglass Moot Court team in its competition in Durham, North Carolina. The team competed against other schools in the Southern Region as part of the National Black Law Students’ Association convention.
PROFESSOR PAUL HORWITZ was co-chair this year of the Scholarship Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and served as moderator for its program at the 2016 AALS Annual Conference, "The State of the Art in Placing Legal Scholarship–and its Questionable Consequences." Professor Horwitz’s paper, "Religious Institutionalism–Why Now?," co-authored with Professor Nelson Tebbe of Brooklyn and Cornell Law Schools, was published in a new edited collection published by Oxford University Press, The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty (Micah Schwartzman, Zoe Robinson, & Chad Flanders, eds.). Professor Horwitz will be Visiting Professor this semester at Harvard Law School, where he will teach a course on the First Amendment and a seminar on "The Oath and the Constitution."
PROFESSOR RON KROTOSZYNSKI presented "Privacy Revisited: A Global Perspective on the Right to Be Left Alone" at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Law Schools, as part of a panel jointly sponsored by the Section on Comparative Law and the Section on Privacy and Defamation Law, in New York City, New York, on January 9, 2016. He also served on the Planning Committee for the 2016 AALS Annual Meeting. On January 14-15, 2016, Professor Krotoszynski attended the Third Annual Trans-Pacific Comparative Public Law Roundtable, hosted at the University of Washington-Seattle School of Law, in Seattle, Washington. At this meeting, he chaired a panel featuring a draft paper reviewing the history of constitutionalism in mainland China.
PROFESSOR PAM PIERSON spoke to the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum on January 20, 2016, as part of its inaugural program for the Leadership Class of 2016. Her article, “How to Be a Star Performer,” was published in the ABA Student Lawyer’s January, 2016 issue. The Spring BBL class/CLE featured 21 outstanding attorneys as BBL Faculty. Fourteen members of Alabama Law’s class of 2005 served together as BBL faculty at the January 15 session during which there was a tribute to Tedford Taylor, who was a member of the class of 2005.
PROFESSOR STEPHEN RUSHIN was quoted in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times on the federal government’s investigation of the Chicago Police Department. Emory University School of Law has invited him to present his recent co-authored article (with Jason Mazzone) titled, “From Selma to Ferguson: The Voting Rights Act as a Blueprint for Police Reform” on February 10. The article examines how Congress could take lessons from the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in crafting more detailed proactive regulations of local police behavior. Officials in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice have invited Professor Rushin to Washington, D.C. later this semester to discuss efforts to reform the agency’s police reform efforts. He recently completed the manuscript for his forthcoming book titled, “Federal Intervention in American Police Departments.” The book is scheduled for publication with Cambridge University Press near the end of this year. Professor Rushin’s article titled, “Using Data to Reduce Police Violence,” is now available in print through the Boston College Law Review.