March 2016

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Law School Launches Brick Campaign 
The Law School is expanding the Legacy Plaza located on the west side of the building. Legacy Plaza brick sizes are 4” x 8” and 8” x 8” and can include personalization. For $500, a 4” x 8” brick can include up to three lines of text. For $1,000, an 8” x 8” brick can include up to five lines of text. Visit www.law.ua.edu/bricks for more information or to place an order.

Law School Honors Thomas L. Jones with Endowed Scholarship
The Law School continues its campaign to honor beloved Professor Thomas L. Jones with an endowed scholarship. Jones has taught three generations of Alabama Law graduates during his 46-year tenure. If you are interested in donating, please contact Caroline Strawbridge at cstrawbridge@law.ua.edu or 205-348-4191.

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell Visits Law School, Offers Advice
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) visited the Law School and offered advice to law students. Rep. Sewell is serving her third term as the U.S. Representative of Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. She is one of the first women elected to Congress from Alabama and is the first African-American woman to serve in the Alabama Congressional delegation.
The special event was co-sponsored by the Career Services Office and the Public Interest Institute. Dean Mark E. Brandon introduced Rep. Sewell and welcomed her to the Law School.
During her 40-minute talk, Rep. Sewell said students should be willing to accept jobs nobody else wants to learn.
“When I look back on my career, those are the moments that defined my character but also showcased my willingness to roll up my sleeves and do the mundane.”

ABA Moot Court Team Advances to the National Finals
Elliott Bell (’16), Barrett Bowdre (’16), Grant Luiken (’16), Logan Matthews (’16), Caitlyn Prichard (’16) and Angela Selvaggio (’16) competed for Alabama in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition.  These two teams competed with 30 other teams in the Philadelphia regional. About 190 teams compete in this elite ABA program nationally.
For two years in a row, Alabama was the only law school which had two teams advance to the regional finals. The team of Matthews, Prichard and Luiken won a unanimous final round decision and will advance to the national finals in Chicago in April.   The team of Bell, Bowdre and Selvaggio lost a close 3-2 vote in the final round against Texas. Bell was voted the sixth best advocate of the more than 90 advocates who competed. The two Alabama teams were coached by Professor Carol Andrews and supported by Moot Court Fellows, Eunji Jo (’17), Briana Knox (’17), and Mary Lauren Kulovitz (’17).

Karen LaMoreaux Bryan National Environmental Law Moot Court Team Wins Award
Ben Richardson (’16), Chris Becker (’16), and Robby Marcum (’16) won the David Sive Award for Best Brief. The competition problem involved six complicated issues under the Clean Air Act. The team advanced to the final round in oral arguments, clearing three preliminary rounds, the quarter-final round, and the semi-final round.  In the final round, the team argued in front of Judge Colloton from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Judge Adelman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Judge Mannion of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and Judge Ward from the U.S. EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board. The team faced excellent competition on its way to the final round, including Columbia, Minnesota, Florida, Maryland, Texas, Wyoming, UC Hastings, and Vermont.  The University of Mississippi won the final round. The UA team was coached by Professor William Andreen and Professor Heather Elliott. Chelsea Caveny (’16) served as student coach.

Charles Fry: Serving the State
Just a few months ago, Charles Fry (‘99) represented Dr. David Kimberlin, a UAB Medicine and Children’s of Alabama pediatric infectious disease physician, as he testified before the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee on Aging about the effects of a price increase of Daraprim from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill.
Dr. Kimberlin testified that a pediatric patient diagnosed with toxoplasmosis needed Daraprim, the drug acquired by Turing Pharmaceuticals, but the patient had difficulties obtaining the drug because of the dramatic price increase of nearly $60,000 for the year-long course of treatment and new restrictions Turing placed on its distribution.
“This was an instance where a UAB physician was on the cutting edge of a critical healthcare issue that was directly affecting patients all over the country,” Fry said. “By testifying against the unfair pricing of Daraprim, it brought to light the dangers of dramatic increases in drug prices for patients, doctors and hospitals.”

Events

BLSA to Host 15th Annual Scholarship Banquet
BLSA invites you to the 15th Annual BLSA Scholarship Banquet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at the Harbert Center in Birmingham. This event will honor faculty, students, and attorneys for their work in the legal profession.
This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Kendra Brown, Policy Director for the Congressional Black Caucus. For more information or to RSVP, please send an email to Jay Malone at Jason.Malone@law.ua.edu or Professor Bryan Fair at bfair@law.ua.edu.

Alabama Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review Co-Sponsors Symposium on Community Policing
The nation’s foremost experts on community policing will convene at the Law School for a symposium on “Redefining Clearly Established Rights after Ferguson: §1983 Claims and Community Policing from Hope v. Pelzer to Kingsley v. Hendrickson.”  The symposium is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the Bedsole Moot Court Room. A police panel, featuring state policing leaders, will be held at noon.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to Visit Law School
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces will hear oral argument at the Law School at 12:15 p.m., April 5, in the Bedsole Moot Court Room. United States v. Calyx E. Harrell will be heard as part of Project Outreach, a public awareness program that demonstrates the operation of a military criminal justice system. Counsel for each side will have 20 minutes to present oral arguments. The law student who writes the best brief in Cameron Fogle’s class will argue before the court.

Alabama Law Review Co-Sponsors Symposium on Death Penalty
Austin Sarat, the Justice Hugo L. Black Visiting Senior Faculty Scholar, has invited experts on the death penalty to the Law School for a symposium on “Final Judgments: The Death Penalty and American Law.” The conference will explore the finality of death penalty judgments, examine the jurisprudence of capital punishment, and inquire about the significance of finality in that jurisprudence. The symposium is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, April 8 in the Bedsole Moot Court Room (140).

Hiring?

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 (lgriffin@law.ua.edu), 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.

S.T.A.R.
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.

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Alumni are invited to participate in training opportunities throughout the state.

April 1
Redefining Clearly Established Rights after Ferguson: § 1983 Claims and Community Policing from Hope v. Pelzer to Kingsley v. Hendrickson Symposium Tuscaloosa

April 8
Final Judgments: The Death Penalty and American Law SymposiumTuscaloosa

Class Notes

  • Sarah Ames (’97) completed the World Marathon Challenge, running seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. She is one of four women to ever finish this race.
  • James E. Beck, III (’09) was named a shareholder with Hill Hill Carter Franco Cole & Black P.C.
  • Mack B. Binion, III (’72) was named a fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation.
  • Richard Brock (’93) launched OnBoard Search and Staffing and was named CEO and founder of the legal, financial and sales recruiting firm.
  • Ronald G. Davenport (’75) was named a fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation.
  • J. Wesley Legg (’01) was named one of the Top 40 under 40 by the Birmingham Business Journal.
  • Alan C. Livingston (’73) was named a fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation.
  • Catherine Crosby Long (’07) was named one of the Top 40 under 40 by the Birmingham Business Journal. 
  • April McKenzie Mason (’04) was named one of the Top 40 under 40 by the Birmingham Business Journal. 
  • Delaine Mountain (’68) was named a fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation.
  • Steven L. Nicholas (’84) was named a fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation.
  • Stephen Opler (’85) was named partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Atlanta.
  • Peter G. Pappas (’87) was named a 2016 BTI Client Service All-Star.
  • Jimmy B. Pool (’74) was named a fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation.
  • Grey Redditt, Jr. (’75) was named a fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation.
  • James H. Reid (’74) was named a fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation.
  • Beth McFadden Rouse (’78) was named a fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation.
  • Vincent J. Schilleci, III (’04) has joined Dominick Feld Hyde P.C. as a shareholder.
  • April D. Smith (’05) was named partner at Adams and Reese in Mobile.

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Gifts

  • T. Michael Goodrich (’71) donated $5,000 to the Thomas L. Jones Fund.
  • Gail Graham Jones  (’70) contributed $5,000 to the Thomas L. Jones Fund.
  • Wilmer Parker, III  (’75) pledged $5,000 to the Thomas L. Jones Fund.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Scott M. Phelps  (’79) pledged $5,000 to the Thomas L. Jones Fund.
  • John M. Plunk  (’78) pledged $5,000 to the Thomas L. Jones Fund.
  • Eugene P. Stutts  (’67) donated $33,000 to the Eugene Phillip Stutts Endowed Scholarship.
  • David B. Vann, Jr. donated $10,000 to the Judge Frank M. Johnson and Mrs. Ruth Jenkins Johnson Memorial Endowed Scholarship.
  • W. N. (Rocky) Watson (’74) pledged $5,000 to the Thomas L. Jones Fund.

Faculty Notes

PROFESSOR RICHARD DELGADO’s paper, Why Obama:  An Interest Convergence Explanation of the Nation’s First Black President, made SSRN Top Ten download lists for PSN:  Political Behavior, Politics of Race and also PSN:  Voters and Elections. Professor Delgado and PROFESSOR JEAN STEFANCIC gave a faculty colloquium and a teaching workshop at Texas A&M, where Professor Stefancic is spending the spring semester as visiting professor at the law school in Fort Worth, Texas. Professor Delgado is a Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M’s Institute for Advanced Study (main campus, College Station) with duties on both campuses. http://tias.tamu.edu/faculty-fellows. They recently published Southern Dreams and a New Theory of First Amendment Legal Realism in the Emory Law Journal: http://law.emory.edu/elj/content/volume-65/issue-2/thrower-symposium-articles/southern-dreams-theory-first-amendment-realism.html

PROFESSOR PAMELA PIERSON’s article, co-authored with EMILY PRICE (‘08), Small Firms Poised to Thrive in Today’s Legal Market, was published at 77 Alabama Lawyer 20 (January, 2016).  Her article, How to Be a Star Performer, was published at 44 ABA Student Lawyer, 10 (January/February 2016). Professor Pierson, elected as a Fellow of the Alabama Bar Foundation, attended the Foundation’s annual dinner in January.

PROFESSOR KENNETH ROSEN traveled to Palo Alto, California, as an invited participant in a workshop on public pension reform with a small group of scholars from Stanford and other universities from the United States, Australia, Canada, Israel, and the United Kingdom.