April 14, 2015

Professor Hill Receives President’s Faculty Research Award

Julie A. Hill was one of thirteen faculty members who recently received the President’s Faculty Research Award.

Prof. Hill has published about the examination process regulators use to police banking practices, analyzed the appeals process and made recommendations for improvement. She also has written about the banking issues that arise when states legalize marijuana.

Award winners, selected by their individual colleges, were profiled at the event that was sponsored by UA’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and organized by UA’s faculty-led Research Advisory Committee.

April 14, 2015

Law Students Raise Money For Memorial Scholarship

The Law School recently hosted “Dom Fit” in the Law School’s courtyard, where fitness instructors guided participants through a series of “boot camp” exercises and provided fitness advice.

The event honored Hector Dominic DeSimone, an outgoing and selfless second-year law student, who died in April 2014 motorcycle accident.

To honor DeSimone’s memory, the Class of 2015 established a campaign to raise $10,000 for an endowed scholarship.

Visit for more information or to donate.

April 10, 2015

Professor Linetsky Discusses Cell Phone Video Used In Criminal Cases

Prof. Yuri Linetsky recently told WVUA that cell phone video can provide crucial information in criminal cases.

“I’ve seen a number of cases where it has helped police officers, exonerated them against unsubstantiated or improper citizen complaints,” Linetsky said. “It is a helpful thing.”


April 7, 2015

Professor Joyner Says Iran Made ‘Significant Concessions’ In Nuclear Deal Framework

Prof. Joyner recently told Mother Jones that Iran made “significant concessions” in the Iranian nuclear deal.

Joyner said: “Overall I think the framework of agreement is a very good one. Iran definitely made some very significant concessions. In fact, one might be forgiven for thinking that, with all of the specificity placed on Iranian concessions, and really only fairly vague wording on the lifting of unilateral and multilateral sanctions (i.e., regarding timing) in the joint statement, Iran showed the most diplomatic courage in agreeing to this framework. I’m sure there is much that was agreed to that we don’t know about, and I have no doubt that [Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad] Zarif and his team reached a satisfactory understanding with their negotiating partners on the sanctions question from their perspective. But I suppose I just wanted to highlight that Iran is the party that made the most obvious significant concessions in this framework agreement.”

For more, read “The Iranian Nuclear Deal: What The Experts Are Saying.”

April 6, 2015

Law School To Host Rights of States In International Law Workshop and Symposium

The University of Alabama School of Law will host a Rights of States in International Law workshop and symposium April 13-14.

The Law School will welcome eight distinguished visitors:


Dr. Helmut Aust, Humboldt University of Berlin

Professor Niki Aloupi, University of Strasbourg

Professor Jean d’Aspremont – University of Manchester

Dr. Stephen Neff, University of Edinburgh

Dr. Marco Roscini, University of Westminster

Associate Professor Antonios Tzanakopoulos, Oxford University

Professor Jure Vidmar, University of Maastricht

Professor Yogesh Tiyagi, Jawaharlal Nehru University

The scholars will participate in the Current Issues in International Law Symposium at 1:30 p.m. April 14 in Room A255.

They also will workshop their papers, which are to comprise a special issue of the Cambridge Journal of International & Comparative Law, which is being organized by Professor Joyner and Dr. Marco Roscini.

This project is devoted to the question of whether fundamental rights of states, which appear to be recognized in the provisions of a number of conventional and customary sources of international law, actually exist. These purported rights include the right to self-defense, the right to existence, the right to private life/noninterference, the right to permanent sovereignty over natural resources; the right to be free from economic coercion, and the right to peaceful nuclear energy. If in fact they do exist, what is their source and legal character? What are their juridical implications – e.g. when they come into conflict with the legal obligations of the right holder, or with the actions of other states and international organizations? The papers in this special issue seek to examine these questions both theoretically and doctrinally, and to provide a framework for understanding the fundamental rights of states, and their role in the international legal system.




Please contact Professor Dan Joyner at for questions concerning the workshop/seminar.


April 2, 2015

Alabama Power CEO To Deliver Law School Commencement Address


Mark Crosswhite, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Alabama Power Company, will deliver the University of Alabama School of Law commencement address at 5:30 p.m. May 2 at Coleman Coliseum.

Crosswhite, ’87,  joined Alabama Power in 2006 as senior vice president and counsel, where he oversaw the company’s legal matters. Two years later, he was named executive vice president for External Affairs, where he directed regulatory affairs, economic and community development, public relations, environmental affairs, and governmental affairs. In 2011, Crosswhite became president and chief executive officer of Gulf Power, a Southern Company subsidiary based in Pensacola, Florida.
March 27, 2015

Public Interest Institute, Student Board Organize Pro Bono Spring Break

Nineteen students participated in five pro bono legal clinics during Spring Break, in coordination with the Tuscaloosa Veterans Administration, Habitat for Humanity, Legal Services Alabama, Project Homeless Connect, the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association, and the State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program.  In addition, 18 volunteer attorneys participated in the various clinics, and more than 85 low-income clients were assisted with a wide variety of legal needs. The Public Interest Institute and Public Interest Student Board organized the event.
March 27, 2015

Law School Students Visit Grand Cayman

Prof. Julie A. Hill and 19 University of Alabama School of Law students recently traveled to Grand Cayman as part of the offshore financial transactions course.  Students met with more than a dozen attorneys, accountants, bankers, regulators and finance professionals. Cayman has worked to move from a jurisdiction known primarily for financial secrecy to a jurisdiction known for its expertise in complex financial transactions. The course focused on captive insurance, catastrophe bonds, securitizations and investment funds. Students in both the J.D. and LL.M. programs learned how these financial products are structured, how they are regulated and why Cayman financial products might be beneficial to future clients.  The class, operated in conjunction with the Texas A&M School of Law, is the only law school program of its kind in the United States.
March 26, 2015

Register Now For Law School Reunion

Is this your reunion year? Next month, in conjunction with the University of Alabama A-Day weekend, we will celebrate the milestone classes of 1964 & 1965 (50 years), 1974 & 1975 (40 years), 1984 & 1985 (30 years), 1989 & 1990 (25 years), 1994 & 1995 (20 years), and 2004 & 2005 (10 years). Please join us!

Looking for a place to stay? Lodging is available at the brand new Embassy Suites located in downtown Tuscaloosa at the discounted rate of $135 per night. The deadline to book is April 3. For the group code, please email

For additional information, including the schedule, please click here.

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March 26, 2015

Professor Gross Writes Amicus Brief In Support of Hinds County Public Defenders Office

The National Association of Public Defenders recently filed an amicus brief to support the independence of the Hinds County Public Defenders Office.

Prof. John Gross wrote the amicus brief that says fairness in the criminal process and the accuracy of court judgments in Hinds County have been compromised by Circuit Judge Jeff Weill’s decisions to remove public defenders representing indigent clients and instead assign private counsel.

For more, read “NAPD Files Amicus In Support of Hinds County PDO.”