April 2019


Moot Court Team Wins National HNBA Competition

Steven ArangoCameron Rentschler, and Zach Smith, all 3Ls, won the 2019 Hispanic National Bar Association’s Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition. This is the University of Alabama’s first championship in the competition.

Thirty-two teams from law schools around the country competed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The problem involved complex constitutional issues concerning freedom of the press and due process.

The team had a perfect record throughout the tournament. In the final round, the team argued before a panel of judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the New Mexico Supreme Court, and the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico.

The team was coached by Professor Cameron Fogle.

National Moot Court Champions Featured in UA Video

Here are your National Moot Court Champions. Lindsey BarberCory Church, and Anne Miles Golson, all 2Ls, won the 69th Annual National Moot Court Competition in New York in January.

The team was coached by Assistant Dean for Students Mary Ksobiech and managed by Josh Kravec, 2L.

Law School Hosts Symposium on Brown’s Promise of Equality: 65 Years in the Making

The Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. School of Law at The University of Alabama hosted a symposium Friday, March 29 that explored Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark school desegregation case.

“Sixty-five years ago, the Supreme Court delivered an opinion that promised an end to racial segregation in the education system,” said Josh Polk, Editor-in-Chief of the Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law Review. “Though we have made great strides in the intervening time, much progress is yet to be made.”

During the symposium on Brown’s Promise of Equality: 65 Years in the Marking, legal scholars and experts discussed racial segregation and diversity in Alabama’s public and private schools.

Jonathan Glater, Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, said that the vestiges of a racist society remain today. Schools, he said, are increasingly segregated by race, and the harms of discrimination persist.

“To ask whether Brown fulfilled its promise may ultimately be an unfair question, for scholars over the past decades have identified myriad ways in which a person’s racial identity affects life experiences, even health,” he said.

Law Students Compete in Final Round of Campbell Moot Court Competition

Aaron J. BlakeHamilton MillweeMcGavinn Brown, and Hunter Windham, all 2Ls, competed in the final round of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Competition on Wednesday, March 20. These two teams were the last standing in a competitive field of 37 teams.

A distinguished panel served as judges for the final round. They were:  The Honorable R. David Proctor, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama; The Honorable John H. England, III (’96), U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama; and The Honorable Staci G. Cornelius (’92), U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

Blake and Millwee were the winning team, and Brown won the Reuben H. Wright Award for best advocate. Mary Katherine White and Marky Bingham, also 2Ls, won the Walter P. Gewin Award for best brief.

Class Notes

Mark Bond (’86), along with other lawyers, has launched The Neutral Solutions, a mediation firm providing neutrals in diverse practice areas across the state.  

Joey Chbeir (’05 LL.M.) joined Baker Donelson in the Immigration Practice and Global Business Team in the firm’s Birmingham office.

Duane Graham (’84) has been named Managing Partner of Armbrecht Jackson LLP, which is based in Mobile.

Patrick Gray (’97) joined Tanner & Guin LLC as Partner in the firm’s Tuscaloosa office.

T. Jeffery Lehman (’87) has joined Gaines Gault Hendrix, P.C. as Of Counsel in the firm’s Birmingham office.

Walter McArdle (’86)was named as the newsletter editor for the Commercial Fraud Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute.

Fred McCallum (’82)has been named Interim President and CEO for the Birmingham Business Alliance.

Evan P. Moltz (’10)was elected Shareholder at Maynard Cooper & Gale.

Tae Phillips (’09) has been elected Shareholder at Ogletree Deakins.

The Honorable Teresa Pulliam (’83) was appointed by Gov. Kay Ivey to the 10th Judicial Circuit, Criminal Division in Jefferson County to fill the judicial seat vacated by Judge J. William Cole.

Don Rizzardi (’90) was appointed by Gov. Kay Ivey to serve as District Court Judge in Madison County.

Stephen Walsh (’98) joined Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn and Dial in the Litigation Practice Group in the firm’s Birmingham office.


Bama Blitz is coming!

UA’s second annual day of giving is slated for next week beginning at noon on April 10. The Law School’s Passion Project this year is Trial Advocacy and Moot Court Team support. Our goal of $5,000 will fund one team’s expenses for a year. We hope you will join us in supporting our students by making a gift online at bamablitz.ua.edu on April 10-11. #BamaBlitz

Save the date: Alabama State Bar’s Annual Meeting

The Law School is planning an alumni reception on Thursday, July 18 and the Order of the Coif Breakfast on Friday, July 19 at the Alabama State Bar meeting in Point Clear, Alabama. Visit alabar.org to register beginning on April 8.

Faculty Notes

PROFESSOR BILL ANDREEN’s most recent chapter on Alabama water law was published in Volume 4 of the treatise Waters and Water Rights (Amy Kelly ed., LexisNexis) in January 2019.  He also published a short article, “Florida v. Georgia: The Supreme Court Weighs in on the Struggle over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin,” in the January/February issue of Trends, which is published by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Professor Andreen served as a moderator of a panel on EPA’s 2015 Waters of the United States Rule at a Water Resources Law Symposium that was held at the Law School on February 1.

PROFESSOR JENNY CARROLL presented her work on the “Effect of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Brain Development” at the AALS Poverty Law Section Panel in New Orleans in January. In addition, she moderated a panel on “Defining Rape in the #Metoo Era” for the Criminal Justice Section.  The latter was covered by Above the Law. Professor Carroll appeared in the Mo Rocca Podcast, “Death of a Tree”.

PROFESSOR MIRIT EYAL-COHEN reviewed  a paper by Bryan K. Church (Georgia Tech), Lucien Joseph Dhooge (Georgia Tech), Karie Davis-Nozemack (Georgia Tech) & Shankar Venkataraman (Bentley), The Impact of Juror Knowledge of Deductibility and Defendants’ Tax Rates on Punitive Damages Awards: Experimental Evidence (Mar. 2019) in TaxProfBlog. https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2019/03/weekly-ssrn-tax-article-review-and-roundup-eyal-cohen-reviews-the-impact-of-juror-knowledge-of-deduc.html

PROFESSOR ADAM STEINMAN spoke at Cardozo Law School – Yeshiva University on “Ten Years After Iqbal: Perspectives on Policy, Procedure, and Substance.” He also published “When American Pipe Met Erie” on the Courts Law section of JOTWELL.

PROFESSOR JOYCE WHITE VANCE was a panelist on the Eric Holder Initiative for Civil & Political Rights, American Voter Project: The Mueller Investigation in March. The panel discussed the Special Counsel’s investigation​. She lectured at the UAB Honors College, and she delivered a Harward Lecture at Bates College, her alma mater.  

Professor Vance participated in a symposium at University of Texas School of Law, Claiming – and Restoring – Constitutional Norms, February 7-8, 2019, and was a panelist on Prosecutorial Independence. On February 28, she was a speaker on the closing panel at the John Jay College (CUNY), National Initiative for Building Community Trust & Justice. 

She published two op-eds for The Washington Post. “The Mueller Investigation Has Sprouted. Therein Lies the Jeopardy for Trump” was published on February 7, and “Yes, Michael Cohen’s a Liar and a Criminal. So How Come You Believed Him?” was published on February 28. Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/02/28/yes-michael-cohens-liar-criminal-so-how-come-you-believed-him/?utm_term=.c3b30987f411

Link:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/02/07/mueller-investigation-has-sprouted-therein-lies-jeopardy-trump/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6b4a3084a9fe

Professor Vance appeared on NPR/WBHM, “Police Shooting at Birmingham Galleria,” on February 11, 2019. Link: https://wbhm.org/feature/2019/what-doj-review-could-mean-for-bradford-shooting-investigation/

She discussed the implications of Michael Cohen’s testimony on Capitol Hill on the Rachel Maddow Show on February 27, 2019.

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