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December 19, 2014

Professor Delgado Weighs In On Racism In The Secret Service

In the wake of U.S. Secret Service breaches in security at the White House, Professor Richard Delgado recently told The Daily Beast it would be a mistake to discount how racism can affect an institution’s ability to function effectively.

African-American Secret Service agents have filed a lawsuit claiming the agency’s culture is racist.

When racist activity is claimed, “it creates a terrible environment for both sides of the color line,” Delgado said.

“For the minority agents who feel discriminated against, they feel unappreciated and develop a defensive attitude at best,” he said. “Many of their white colleagues see the minority agents as troublemakers scheming to get ahead, talking to lawyers.”

For more, read “It’s Not Just the Cops–Racism Is a Problem for the Secret Service, Too.”

December 17, 2014

2014 End of Year Giving Information

Farrah Alumni Society

Planning to make a gift before the end of the year?

Click here to ensure your gift is received by December 31, 2014 for maximum tax credit.

As you consider your charitable gifts between now and the end of the year, remember that gifts made now could generate income tax deductions that may help reduce your tax bill for 2014.

Ways to give include:

Online via Credit Card or electronic check:

The most convenient, secure and expedient way to ensure that your year-end gift to Law School is received on time is to make it online via the UA giving web-site, www.law.ua.edu/membership. You may make an online gift any time before 11:59 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on December 31, 2014.

Checks:

Contributions mailed via U.S. Postal Service with postmark and check date on or before December 31, 2014 will be credited for 2014. Gifts may be mailed to the following address:

The University of Alabama School of Law
Office of Advancement
Box 870382
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Securities:

Giving stocks that are worth more than you paid for them may result in additional tax savings. Stock transfers initiated and received on or before the close of the market on December 31, 2014, will be credited for 2014.

To ensure proper gift credit to you, please notify us in advance when you are ready to make a transfer. For more information regarding stock transfers, please visit UA’s Gifts of Securities page.

Wire Transfer Instructions:

Domestic transfer instructions:
Bank: BBVA Compass
Address: P.O. Box 10566
Birmingham, AL 35296
Routing number: 062001186
University of Alabama disbursing account number: 0002703246

Wire transfers must be received at UA’s bank on or before December 31, 2014, in order to be considered a 2014 contribution. Please contact UA at (205) 348-6718 and provide the name of who is making the wire transfer and for what purpose. You may also email Mary Beth Seibert or Angie Gann.

 

Questions about year-end giving or supporting UA?

Please call the Law School Office of Advancement at (205) 348-5752 or UA Central Advancement toll-free at (888) 875-4438 or visit Giving to UA for additional information.

This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice. Before making your charitable gift, please consult with your financial, legal and other advisors

December 12, 2014

Clinic Interns Win Jury Trial

Civil Law Clinic Certified Legal Interns Scott MacLatchie and Austin Whitten recently won a two-day jury trial in the Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court. The Civil Law Clinic’s client alleged that the contractor who made repairs to her roof and home after the April 2011 tornado did not complete the work properly. After many hours of deliberations, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the Clinic client, awarding monetary damages against the contractor for his breach of the repair contract. This award will allow the Clinic client to make the necessary repairs to her home.

December 11, 2014

Harper Lee, Other Alabama Writers To Be Inducted in Alabama Writers Hall of Fame

Harper Lee, Author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," Receives Los Angeles Public Library Literary Award

Harper Lee is one of 12 Alabama writers who will be inducted into the first Alabama Writers Hall of Fame in June 2015.

The Alabama Center for the Book and the Alabama Writers’ Forum have partnered and created the state’s first comprehensive Alabama Writers Hall of Fame.

In addition to Lee, the members of the class are:  Johnson Jones Hooper (1815-1862), Augusta Jane Evans Wilson (1835-1909), Helen Keller (1880-1968), Zora Neal Hurston (1891-1960), William March (1894-1954), Albert Murray (1916-2013) and Helen Norris Bell (1916-2013).  Other authors of the 20th century who will be inducted are: Rick Bragg, Andrew Glaze, Sonia Sanchez and Sena Jeter Naslund.

For more, read “UA Professor to be Inducted into First Alabama Writers Hall of Fame.”

December 3, 2014

ABA Journal Lists Professor Joyner’s Blog Among Top 100

Professor Daniel Joyner’s blog, Arms Control Law, has been chosen for the ABA Journal’s 2014 Blawg 100 list, as one of the top 100 best blogs for a legal audience. For more read, “8th Annual Blawg 100.”

December 2, 2014

First Amendment Should Come Out Of Elonis Unscathed, Professor Krotoszynski Says

Professor Ronald Krotoszynski recently told AL.com that the legal standard to judge whether speech is a threat is based on three points: the subjective intent of the speaker, the subjective intent of the victim or the recipient and a third where “you ask what a reasonable objective observer would think about the speech: whether they would treat it as hyperbole or whether they would treat it as a genuine threat.”

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in Elonis vs. United States to discern what proof is needed for conviction under a federal law when citizens make threats via the Internet or other forms of communications. The case centers around  Anthony Douglas Elonis who was convicted for posting what prosecutors considered threats of violence on Facebook. Since the government is not arguing whether to make speech a crime when it terrifies someone, Krotoszynski said the First Amendment should come out of the case unharmed.

“The subjective intent of the victim standard would go too far toward creating liability for hyperbolic speech,” Krotoszynski said. “The other two positions, it seems to me, are both pretty easy to defend. The government clearly has a compelling interest in protecting people from the anxiety of threats that result from being threatened with physical violence by their ex-spouses, for example.”

For more, read “21st Century Facebook Case Results in 19th Century Supreme Court Arguments.”

December 1, 2014

Ruling Against Elonis Would Not Necessarily Harm First Amendment, Professor Krotoszynski Says

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments in Elonis vs. United States to discern what proof is needed for conviction under a federal law when citizens make threats via the Internet or other forms of communications. The case centers around  Anthony Douglas Elonis who was convicted for posting what prosecutors considered threats of violence on Facebook.

A ruling against Elonis would not necessarily harm the First Amendment, Professor Ronald Krotoszynski told AL.com

“If [Elonis] couldn’t go to [his wife’s] house and point a gun at her head, why can he do the equivalent through a speech act and avoid any liability when some of these posts might be even more threatening than driving by while brandishing a gun?” Krotoszynski said. “There’s nothing in the First Amendment that makes speech absolutely protected in terms of its social cost…what we’re talking about here is essentially imposing psychological, even physical, harm on a person.”

For more, read “Elonis vs. United States: Facebook Case to Test Law, Boundaries of Online Communications.”

November 24, 2014

Leadership Forum Selects Assistant Dean McLaughlin And Alumni As Members

Glory McLaughlin, Assistant Dean for Public Interest, and several Law School alumni were among the 30 attorneys selected as members of the 2015 Leadership Forum Class 11, the Alabama State Bar recently announced.

Participants will be trained in leadership, ethics, and career development and they are required to attend five sessions, including a three-day orientation program. Since 2005, the bar’s Leadership Forum has produced 287 graduates.

“As a graduate of the program, I know firsthand the positive impact it can have on your legal career, and how it further prepares the participants to serve their clients, their communities and the profession,” said Alabama State Bar President Rich Raleigh of Wilmer & Lee, PA in Huntsville. “The Leadership Forum offers a dynamic and educational environment that creates conversation, inspires new ideas and fosters strong working relationships among attorneys.”

For more, read “Alabama State Bar Announces 2015 Leadership Forum.”

November 21, 2014

New Gun Rights Amendment Doesn’t Trump Federal Law, Professor Vars Says

In an essay for Jurist magazine, Professor Fredrick Vars says Alabama’s gun regulations will be mostly unchanged by the state’s new constitutional amendment.

“Most of the important gun laws in Alabama are federal. The state constitution has no effect on federal Law,” he wrote. “The Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution dictates that result. For the same reason, the new Alabama amendment’s assertion that treaties may not henceforth limit the right to bear arms is mistaken. Treaties trump state law, even state constitutional law.”

For more, read “Shooting Blanks: Alabama’s New Gun Rights Amendment.”

November 18, 2014

Women In Greek Communities Less Likely To Report Domestic Violence, Professor Cooper Says

Women who are members of campus Greek communities are less likely to report domestic violence, Professor Tanya Asim Cooper said recently during a panel discussion.

“These women, for a lot of reasons, are often reluctant to come forward,” Cooper said at Shatter the Silence, a domestic violence event hosted by Miss University of Alabama Danielle Dubose and the American Association of University Women. “This can make women more vulnerable. They may not want to bring shame on their chapter or want to anger another fraternity.”

For more, read “‘Love Does Not Hurt': Alabama First Lady Speaks on Domestic Violence at the University of Alabama.”