April 3, 2014

Cayman Program Featured in Island News

UA Law’s Offshore Financial Transactions course, taught by Professor Andrew Morriss, was featured in an article by  Click here to read “US law Morriss140students learn to dispel island myths.”

March 31, 2014

Hobby Lobby and Religious Rights: Professor Horwitz Weighs In

Last week Professor Paul Horwitz was interviewed by regarding two Supreme Court Cases: Sebelius, Sec. of H&HS v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, Sec. of H&HS. Should corporations be able to opt out of providing free coverage for contraceptive services in their health insurance plans because of the religious beliefs of their owners?

“A major debate in American law, and American society too, is how to balance the conflict between liberty and equality, between universal nondiscrimination and full equal access to public and private services on the one hand, and individual rights of conscientious refusal on the other.”

Click here to read the full article on

March 31, 2014

UA Law Competes at the National Health Care Transactional Competition

Last week the UA Law team of Chris Richard (’14), Art Richey (’14) and Ryan Sprinkle (’14) finished second at The L. Edward Bryant, Jr. National Health Law Transactional Moot Court Competition at Loyola University in Chicago. The team also won the prize for best oral presentation.

Healthcare Team- Richard Richey and Sprinkle

March 18, 2014

The Legacy of 1964: Race and Gender Inequity Fifty Years Later Symposium

The Legacy of 1964: Race and Gender Inequity Fifty Years Later Symposium

The Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law Review will host a one day symposium, “The Legacy of 1964: Race and Gender Inequity Fifty Years Later”, April 4, 2014 at the Law School.

The symposium is a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The passage of the Act marked the beginning of a new era of American public life. At the time it was enacted, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was perceived by many to be the codified culmination of decades of sustained effort to provide equal opportunity for women and racial minorities.  To its supporters, the Act embodied a promise to end systemic, institutional, and private barriers to women and racial minorities’ full and fair inclusion in the public and economic life of the nation.

The symposium will offer an examination of that promise from the vantage point of 2014. Calling together preeminent scholars in the study of race and sex equality, the symposium will explore the legacy of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, utilizing a diverse set of perspectives and methodologies.

Symposium Participants:

Alfred L. Brophy, Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dorothy A. Brown, Vice Provost and Professor of Law, Emory University
Anthony E. Cook, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Trina Jones, Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
Gregory Parks, Assistant Professor of Law, Wake Forest School of Law
Jasmine Gonzales Rose, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Other information:

Symposium Schedule

The symposium has been approved for 6.5 hours of CLE credit, with 1 hour of ethics credit. Please visit CLE Alabama to register for credit.


March 18, 2014

Professor Elliott Interviewed by NPR

Professor Heather Elliott was interviewed by NPR in a segment regarding Alabama’s water management issues. Elliott said, “Basically we have a 19th century legal system and we’re trying to deal with 21st century problems.” Click here to listen to the full NPR segment.

March 7, 2014

Receive Your LL.M. Concentrations in Taxation or Business Online

The Law School’s Graduate Department offers two exceptional LL.M. programs through live, interactive Internet technologies. Students receive skills-based instruction taught by respected professors and practitioners throughout the country without having to leave their offices.

The tax program permits students to focus on courses in estate planning or business tax. The course of study for the business program is interdisciplinary in fields of law and business – including tax, finance, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and traditional corporate classes.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2014.

For more information, or to apply to either concentration, visit or contact Assistant Dean for Graduate Law Programs Daniel Powell .

March 6, 2014

“Fix Legal Education: Send Law Profs Back to the ‘Real World'” – Professor Carodine’s Article Published in Ozy

CarodineProfessor Montré Carodine’s article “Fix Legal Education: Send Law Profs Back to the ‘Real World'” was recently published in the digital magazine Ozymandias. “We are using the same old approach to teaching students that schools used over 100 years ago, tuition is higher than ever, and traditional legal jobs are scarce. So how can we fix this?” Click here to read the full article.

March 4, 2014

Gene Marsh Quoted by the New York Times: Collective Bargaining at the Collegiate Level

Northwestern University Football players spent last week giving testimony before the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. The question being raised Gene Marsh headshotis whether Northwestern football players should have the right to collectively bargain as university employees. Click here to read the full New York Times article.

February 25, 2014

Nathan Cordle (’15) Elected as Inaugural Governor of ABA Law Student Division’s 10th Circuit

Cordle160Nathan Cordle, a 2L student, attended the American Bar Association Law Student Division’s 10th Circuit Spring Meeting in Memphis, TN.  The 10th Circuit, recently formed, is comprised of nine law schools, including Alabama Law, from Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Nathan was elected as the inaugural governor of the 10th Circuit.  Click here learn more about the duties of a Circuit Governor.

February 7, 2014

Schedule Announced for NYT v. Sullivan Symposium

The Alabama Law Review will host a symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of New York Times v. Sullivan on February 28, 2014, at The University of Alabama School of Law.

New York Times v. Sullivan is one of the most important cases in the history of First Amendment jurisprudence. Famously described by a noted First Amendment scholar at the time as “an occasion for dancing in the streets,” the decision in New York Times v. Sullivan constitutionalized the law of libel, recognizing a dramatic breadth of freedom to criticize public officials for their conduct; in so doing, it had a significant impact on both freedom of speech and freedom of the press, one that has been debated ever since. As a historical matter, moreover, the case was intimately connected to the history of the civil rights movement, particularly within the state of Alabama.

Our speakers include some of the nation’s foremost experts on both the history and law concerning New York Times v. Sullivan. They include Professor David A. Anderson, University of Texas School of Law; Judge U.W. Clemon, Northern District of Alabama; Professor RonNell Andersen Jones, BYU Law School; Judge Robert Sack, Second Circuit Court of Appeals; Professor Chris Schmidt, ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law; Professor Mark Tushnet, Harvard Law School; and Professor Sonya West, The University of Georgia School of Law.

The event is open to the public and begins at 8:00 a.m. in room A255 in the law school. Those wishing to attend must register by February 21. Go to to register for the symposium.


8:00 – 8:05      Welcome & Introduction

Paul Horwitz, Gordon Rosen Professor of Law, The University of Alabama

8:05 – 8:15      Opening Remarks

David A. Anderson, Fred & Emily Marshall Wulff Centennial Chair in Law, University of Texas School of Law

8:15-9:00        Session I

Judge U.W. Clemon, Northern District of Alabama (ret.) and Partner, White, Arnold & Dowd

9:00-10:00      Session II

Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

10:00-10:20     Break

10:20-11:20    Session III

Sonja West, Associate Professor of Law, University of Georgia School of Law

11:20-12:45    Session IV Lunch & Keynote Address

Judge Robert Sack, Second Circuit Court of Appeals

12:45-1:05       Break

1:05-2:05        Session V

David A. Anderson, Fred & Emily Marshall Wulff Centennial Chair in Law, University of Texas School of Law

2:05-3:05        Session VI

Professor RonNell Andersen Jones, Associate Professor of Law, Brigham Young University Law School

3:05-3:15         Break

3:15-4:15        Session VII

Christopher Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law

4:15-4:45        Closing Remarks

David A. Anderson, Fred & Emily Marshall Wulff Centennial Chair in Law, University of Texas School of Law


For questions regarding the symposium, please contact Brenda McPherson: