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September 2021


Join Us for Homecoming on October 23

Alabama Law Alumni Tailgate: Homecoming 2021. October 23 3 hours before kickoff on the Law School front lawn.

Visit with old friends and enjoy game-day fare on the front lawn before kickoff against the Tennessee Vols.

Saturday, October 23* 

Law Center Front Lawn

3 hours prior to kick-off

Transportation will be provided to the stadium before the game.

Kindly RSVP by October 17

If you have any questions, please contact us at 205.348.5752 or at

*Weather permitting

Dean Brandon Introduces The 50 | 150 Capital Alliance

Join The Rising Tide

Earlier this month, Dean Brandon introduced The 50 | 150 Capital Alliance to recognize the many donors who are supporting the Law School’s fundraising efforts during the recently announced Rising Tide Capital Campaign. Read Dean Brandon’s full letter to learn more.

Free CLE Seminar: Tax Benefits & Charitable Giving

Tax Benefits of Charitable Giving for Non-Specialists Seminar--Friday, October 1 from 12-1 pm CDT. Moderated by Irving Silver with Danile H. Markstein III and Jeronme M Hesch as presenters.

Join us this Friday, October 1 from 12-1 pm CDT, for the free CLE seminar titled Tax Benefits of Charitable Giving for Non-Specialists. Learn how to use simple examples to help your clients understand how to engage in charitable giving at little or no cost to them.
Register today by visiting the CLE Alabama website.

Class Notes

Katherine “Kitty” R. Brown(’05)  was recently honored as a member of the Leadership Birmingham 2021-2022 class. 


Alyssa C. Do (’13 LL.M.), Crestone Capital’s new executive director of wealth planning, will manage their new office in Los Angeles. 


Fournier J. “Boots” Gale III (’69) founding member of Maynard Cooper & Gale, rejoined the firm as counsel in Birmingham, AL after retiring from Regions last year. 


John Haffner (’06) joined the immigration practice group at Riguer Silva, LLC in New Orleans, LA. 


Aisha Hall (’15) joined the office of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. as an associate in the electronic payments practice group in Southfield, MI. 


James A Harris Jr. (’69) and James “Jamey” A. Harris III (’93) joined Watkins & Eager’s appellate and commercial litigation group in their Birmingham office. 


Jared R. Johnson (’10) joined White and Williams LLP as a partner in Philadelphia, PA. 


Mary-Ellen (Wyatt) King (’02) was named Partner in the Coverage and Insurance Litigation Section of Thompson Coe LLP in Austin, TX. 


Emily S. Lassiter (’00) saw the company she co-founded, The Wealth Edit, honored recently at the second cycle of the 2021 Alabama Launchpad competition. 


Ken Simon (’74) was elected to The University of Alabama Board of Trustees, representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional district. In this position, he will be succeeding Judge John England, Jr. (’74), who is retiring after nearly 30 years of service as a judge in Alabama.


Austin Sistrunk (’14) joined Cranfill Sumner LLP’s Wilmington, NC office. 


Cynthia Morton pledged $100,000 to establish the Bruce E. Morton, Sr. Endowed Law Scholarship.

Dr. Katisha T. and Mr. Aldos Vance (’00) donated $5,000 to the Law School Foundation to support Diversity and Inclusion.


Faculty Notes

Professor Deepa Das Acevedo accepted an invitation to be an Associate Editor of the Law & Society Review, the flagship journal of the Law & Society Association and one of the primary venues for socio-legal scholarship around the world. Her term will run from October 2021 to March 2023.

Additionally, Professor Das Acevedo’s edited volume, Beyond the Algorithm: Qualitative Insights for Gig Work Regulation, received an Honorable Mention for the Society for the Anthropology of Work’s 2021 Book Prize.

At the William O. Douglas Centennial Conference held on Sep. 24, Professor Heather Elliott gave a virtual talk on Justice Douglas’s jurisprudence on standing. The conference was held at Whitman College in Washington, recognizing the 100th anniversary of Douglas’s graduation from Whitman.

Professor Casey Faucon’s article Assessing Amateurism in College Sports is forthcoming in the Washington and Lee Law Review.

Professor Russell Gold’s article, Power over Procedure, was accepted for publication in the Wake Forest Law Review.

Professors Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic delivered the main address to the entering class at Boston University’s School of Social Work at its orientation program for new students.  They spoke on Critical Race Theory and its relation to social work.

Professor Joyce Vance co-authored an opinion piece for USA Today titled Voters want progressive prosecutors with Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison. She also published an opinion piece about vaccine mandates for MSNBC Daily and was quoted in the Washington Post concerning criminal and civil asset forfeiture.