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Announcing Alabama’s Fall 2010 Visiting Professors of Law

The Law School welcomes a distinguished slate of visiting professors who will teach at Alabama during the fall 2010 semester. These include: the former president of Israel’s Supreme Court, the former vice president of Israel’s National Labor Court, a leading legal advocate of fair labor standards for migrant farmworkers, the current vice dean of the Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University, an Oxford University graduate who is an expert on Civil Procedure, and one of today’s preeminent voices on Biomedical Ethics and Health Care Law.

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Johnson Elected Chair of ABA’s Law Student Division

Kevin Johnson, a member of the Class of 2011, was recently elected chairman of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Law Student Division. Johnson, who took part in the ABA’s 2010 Business Law Section Spring Meeting last month, is also a 2010 CLEO Fellow Scholar. The scholarship is awarded by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity through the ABA’s Fund for Justice and Education.

Noel Appointed as USGA’s Chief Legal Officer

The United States Golf Association (USGA) has appointed Alabama Law alumni Jim Noel ’79 as its chief legal officer. Noel joins the USGA from ESPN, where he served as associate general counsel and as a vice president in the network’s programming and digital media departments. His work included negotiations of media rights and distribution agreements, intellectual property licensing and new-media ventures. Read more

Morriss Named as Alabama’s Jones Chair of Law

The University of Alabama School of Law has named Andrew P. Morriss, the prolific legal scholar, author, and media contributor, as its new Jones Chair of Law.

Morriss is the author or coauthor of more than 50 book chapters, scholarly articles, and books. He serves as a Research Fellow at the New York University Center for Labor and Employment Law, a Senior Fellow at the Property & Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, and a Senior Scholar at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Morriss is also a Reporter for the Restatement of Employment Law by the American Law Institute, and a Senior Fellow for the Houston-based Institute for Energy Research. He taught the Law and Economics of the Financial Crisis as a Visiting Professor of Law at Alabama during fall 2009 semester.

Morriss earned an A.B. from Princeton University and a J.D., as well as an M.A. in Public Affairs, from the University of Texas at Austin. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After law school, Morriss clerked for U.S. District Judge Harold Barefoot Sanders, Jr. in the Northern District of Texas and worked for two years at Texas Rural Legal Aid in Hereford and Plainview, Texas.

Morriss was formerly the inaugural H. Ross and Helen Workman Professor of Law & Professor of Business at the University of Illinois College of Law.

NLJ Features Alabama’s Online Tax LL.M. Program

The recent National Law Journal article, “Get That Master of Laws Degree Online,” features Assistant Dean Dan Powell discussing Alabama’s online Tax LL.M. program. Alabama Law launched the nation’s first fully online and interactive Tax LL.M. program in 2008. The story is also posted on the TaxProf Blog.

Five Years of Subtle Shifts on Supreme Court

NPR’s Neal Conan and Nina Totenberg’s recent “Talk of the Nation” segment, “Five Years Of Subtle Shifts On Supreme Court,” included references to Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr.’s March 9th remarks at Alabama Law. You may view the full lecture and Q&A on, the law school website, or on iTunes U.

Professor Bucy on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

Professor Pam Bucy recently spoke with NPR regarding the Justice Department investigating allegations of misconduct within the Alabama Legislature. A podcast of the full story is available at: “Alabama Gambling Battle Draws Justice Scrutiny

Wall Street Journal Quotes Stein

Alabama Law professor Norman Stein discusses the precarious state of some private pension plans in the April 1, 2010 Wall Street Journal article, “Private-Firm Pensions Face Deadline for Funding Level.”

Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. Delivers Lecture at Alabama Law

On Tuesday, March 9, the Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts, Jr., delivered the University of Alabama School of Law’s spring 2010 Albritton Lecture. He is the ninth U.S. Supreme Court Justice since 1996 to lecture at the School of Law. Following his remarks, Chief Justice Roberts fielded questions from Alabama’s law students for approximately 45 minutes. You may view the full lecture and Q&A on, the law school website, or on iTunes U. You may download the podcast mp3 file here.

The Albritton Lecture series was established by Judge William Harold Albritton III, a 1960 Alabama Law alumnus and Senior Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

The Law School’s previous Albritton Lecture, in fall 2009, was presented by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. The Honorable Beverley McLachlin, who serves as Canada’s first female Supreme Court Chief Justice, delivered the spring 2009 Albritton Lecture.

Alabama Law’s forthcoming fall 2010 Albritton Lecturer will be The Honorable Robert S. French, Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia.

Questions regarding the event should be directed to Aaron Latham at (205) 348-5195 or

*Previous Lectures at Alabama Law by U.S. Supreme Court Justices*
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas (2009 & 2005)
Associate Justice Samuel Alito (2007)
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer (2006)
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2004)
Chief Justice William Rehnquist (2003)
Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (1999)
Associate Justice Antonin Scalia (1999)
Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy (1996)

Law’s Impact on College Athletics

Gene Marsh, Alabama law professor and former NCAA Committee on Infractions chair, is interviewed in Sports Illustrated’s recent article, “An inside look at the NCAA’s secretive Committee on Infractions.”