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:

January 24, 2014

Janie Shores (’59) Featured by Gulf Coast News

The Honorable Janie Ledlow Shores is featured in an article by the This 1959 graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law entered her 1L year as one of five women at the law school. She went on to be the editor of the Alabama Law Review and graduated at the top of her class. Read more about Janie Shores.

January 10, 2014

The 2014 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction is Currently Accepting Entries

The fourth annual Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction, co-sponsored by the Law School and the ABA Journal, is now accepting entries for the 2014 prize. Please visit to find out more information.

January 7, 2014

Professor Horwitz’s Book Honored by Harvard University Press


Professor Paul Horwitz’s First Amendment Institutions has been named one of the “Outstanding Academic Titles for 2013″ by the American Library Association’s Choice magazine.  Read more about  First Amendment Institutions.

January 2, 2014

“When God Spikes Your Drink: Guilty Without Mens Rea”

Professor Vars’ article, “When God Spikes Your Drink: Guilty Without Mens Rea”, was recently published by the California Law Review. This article is a criticism of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Metrish v. LancasterRead the article in the California Law Review here.

December 20, 2013

Professor Morriss Conducts Analysis of Cayman’s Labor Market

Andrew Morriss, D. Paul Jones, Jr. & Charlene Angelich Jones Chairholder of Law, was commissioned by Caymans Finance to conduct an analysis of Cayman’s labor market that would explain characteristics of, and the differences among, the three main revenue-producing industries (financial, tourism, construction) and the impact of Cayman’s immigration policies on each. Read Professor Morriss’ analysis in The Cayman Islands Business Journal.

December 17, 2013

Michael Allen (’00) Authors Book About American Intelligence Post 9/11

MichaelAllenHeadshot150Michael Allen, a 2000 graduate of the Law School, recently authored Blinking Red: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence After 9/11. Allen formerly worked as majority staff director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, director for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Preparedness Group (the successor to the 9/11 Commission) and filled various national security policy and legislative roles within the White House.
Read more about Blinking Red.

December 13, 2013

2013 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, 2013 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 2013.

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, You may make an online gift any time before 11:59 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on December 31, 2013.


Contributions mailed via U.S. Postal Service with postmark and check date on or before December 31, 2013 will be credited for 2013. Gifts may be mailed to the following address:

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


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, 2013, will be credited for 2013.

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.

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

Wire transfers must be received at UA’s bank on or before December 31, 2013, in order to be considered a 2013 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.


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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 11, 2013

Watch the Fall 2013 Albritton Lecture Given by Justice Elena Kagan

On October 4, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan presented the Fall 2013 Albritton Lecture.  Click here to view footage from the lecture.

Thank you to C-SPAN for providing wonderful coverage of the Fall 2013 Albritton Lecture given by Justice Elena Kagan.