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October 2021


Alabama Law Alumna Earns Supreme Court Clerkship with Justice Thomas

Caroline Stephens Milner (’18) has been selected to clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas during a soon-to-be determined term.

Milner is the first Alabama Law graduate to earn a SCOTUS clerkship since Charles Cooper, founding member and the chairman of Cooper & Kirk in Washington D.C., clerked for Justice William H. Rehnquist from 1978-1979. Read more about Milner’s clerkship here.

Alabama Law Banquet table

Save The Date

Alabama Law Alumni Society Banquet

February 11, 2022

Location:  Haven in Birmingham

*More Details to Follow

Alabama Law Students and Faculty Attend Memorial Service at 16th Street Baptist Church

UA Law Students

On Sept. 15, students, faculty, and staff from The University of Alabama School of Law attended the annual memorial service at 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham for Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Morris Wesley who were killed when the church was bombed in 1963. Read more about the memorial service here.

Alabama Law Hosts Top Constitutional Law Professors for First Amendment Roundtable Discussion

Last month, the Alabama Law Program in Constitutional Studies hosted an academic roundtable event to discuss the new book Saving the News: Why the Constitution Calls for Government Action to Preserve Freedom of Speech written by Harvard Law Professor, Martha Minow. Read more about the roundtable event here.

Class Notes

Ginger C. Gray (’07) and Adam K. Israel (’09) were named to Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 list for 2021.

Gavin A. Baum-Blake (’21), CEO of DontHaggle,
 recently saw his company selected for this fall’s Bronze Valley Accelerator Program.

Keith A. Brown (’98)
was named in Birmingham Business Journal’s 2021 Who’s Who in Education list.

Sydney Cook (’74) was
named the 2021 Exchangite of the Year by the Tuscaloosa Exchange Club.

Keri R. Coumanis (’08)
was appointed to the Africatown Redevelopment Corporation Board of Directors in Mobile, AL.

Tiffany J. DeGruy (’08)
was re-appointed as co-chair of the woman advocate committee within the American Bar Association for 2021-2022.

Brent W. Herrin (’05)
was named to the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapists by Gov. Brian Kemp.

Erin J. Illman (’05) was
appointed to the cybersecurity legal task force of the American Bar Association.

Tatum L. Jackson (’21)
joined Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC’s Birmingham office.

Sarah S. Johnston (’00)
joined Dentons Sirote in the Trusts, Estates and Wealth Preservation practice group as Of Counsel in Birmingham, AL.

Robert Maddox
(’88) was elected as a member of the Governing Committee of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law for the Bradley Law Firm’s Birmingham office.

Robert “Bobby” E. Poundstone IV (’99) was
elected the Alabama State delegate for the American Bar Association and will serve as a member of the nominating committee and chair of the Alabama State Delegation in the House.

Jade Sipes
(’12) joined Burr & Forman as counsel in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group in  Birmingham, AL.

Stephen Stetson (’07)
recently began his new role as the executive director for Planned Parenthood Alabama.

James R. “Jim” Sturdivant (’87)
joined McGlinchey Stafford as a partner in the Birmingham office.

Ethan T. Tidmore (’99)
was appointed co-chair of the trial evidence committee of the American Bar Association.


Frank Mims Bainbridge (’56) donated $25,000 to the Frank Bainbridge – Walter L. Mims Professorship.

J. Leigh Davis (’97) donated $5,000 to the School of Law.

Faculty Notes

Professor Richard Delgado was interviewed by several news organizations, including Germany’s Der Spiegel, about critical race theory in the United States.  He and Professor Jean Stefancic took part in an information-gathering session with Nick Moore, Coordinator of the Alabama Governor’s Office of Education and Workforce Transformation on the same topic.  The session was organized by the University of Alabama College of Education’s Diversity Committee. Delgado and Stefancic also consulted with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and NAACP (twice) on the same subject. They gave an hour-long webinar to a UA audience of 280 on Critical Race Theory, its origins, and main teachings. 

Their book, Critical Race Theory:  An Introduction (3d edition 2018), remains in the Top-Ten bestseller list in Amazon’s general constitutional law category, where it has stood all summer and fall, and remains the #1 (audiobook), #2 (paperback), and #4 (kindle) positions in bestsellers in Jurisprudence. Two of their articles, Groundhog Law (Law in Society Review) and Farm-Raised Trout (UC-Davis Social Justice Law Review) were Top-Ten Downloads on SSRN (Social Science Research Network) several weeks in a row.​

On September 20, Professor Ron Krotoszynski, Jr. presented “The Protean First Amendment” at a faculty workshop hosted by the faculty at the Wayne State University Law School, in Detroit, Michigan.  This article is part of a larger, book-length project, tentatively titled Free Speech as Civic Structure:  A Comparative Analysis of How Courts and Culture – Not Constitutional Text – Shape the Freedom of Speech (forthcoming from Oxford University Press).  In addition, he participated in a group discussion of Professor Martha Minow’s new book, “Saving the News” (Oxford University Press 2021), held virtually on September 17.  This event was organized by Professor Tara Leigh Grove, under the auspices of the Law School’s new Program in Constitutional Studies, and featured participation by leading scholars of the First Amendment.


Professor Shalini Bhargava Ray‘s article, Abdication Through Enforcement, was published in volume 96 of the Indiana Law Journal.  Additionally, Professor Ray presented papers at the Administrative Law New Scholarship Roundtable and the Global Borderlands​ conference.


Professor Joyce Vance recently presented continuing legal education for the Probation and Pretrial Services Office and the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Alabama on the application of restorative justice in criminal law settings. She also moderated a morning panel at 68th annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, bringing together six experts in psychiatry, public health, juvenile justice and civil rights to explore The Impact of Systemic Racial Inequality, Immigration Policies, and Racially Motivated Violence on Children: Intersection of Law, Civil Rights, Public Policy, and Public Health.

In addition, her article, Don’t Reject Federal Prosecutors’ Role in Criminal Justice Reform, was recently published in the New England Law Review. She also provided legal analysis of the ongoing work of the House Jan 6 Committee on MSNBC, and she co-hosted the Insider podcast on, along with former Southern District of New York US Attorney Preet Bharara, analyzing legal issues including vaccine mandates, enforcement of Congressional subpoenas and the trial in the homicide of Ahmaud Arberry.