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2011 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend

Our Reunion Weekend will honor alumni from the Classes of 1961, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001 and 2006. The Reunion is Friday, October 7. Room blocks are available now at NorthRiver Yacht Club, Country Inn & Suites, Hilton Garden Inn and the Comfort Inn. Hotel space during home game weekends is limited.

This fall, Alabama will take on Vanderbilt, Saturday, October 8, for the Homecoming football game. Before the game, join us for a Tailgate Party at the Camille Wright Cook Plaza of the Law School. All alumni and family members are welcome. The tailgate starts three hours prior to kick-off.

For more information, contact Susan Newman in the Office of Advancement at (205) 348-6775.


Andrew J. Potts Named 2011 Judge Walter P. Gewin Award Winner

The Judge Walter P. Gewin Award was created in 1982 to acknowledge outstanding contributions by lawyers in the development and presentation of CLE programs by CLE Alabama. The award is named for Judge Walter P. Gewin, who as President of the Alabama State Bar, helped to start the CLE department as a cooperative effort between The University of Alabama School of Law and the Alabama State Bar. Judge Gewin felt that education should continue throughout a lawyer’s professional life. The Gewin Award was presented at the Alabama State Bar meeting in July.

This year’s winner, Andrew J. Potts, practices in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, and general business planning at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC, in Birmingham. He earned his B.A. and M.S. from The University of South Alabama, his J.D. from The University of Alabama School of Law and his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. He served as law clerk to the Honorable G. B. Kahn, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Alabama. He is past chair of the Tax and the Elder Law Sections of the Alabama State Bar and is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is a member of the Board of Advisors to the Alabama Family Trust. He is a frequent lecturer on trust and estate planning issues, and issues affecting the elderly and the disabled.


U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens to Deliver Next Albritton Lecture

John Paul Stevens, retired associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, will deliver the Fall 2011 Albritton Lecture at The University of Alabama School of Law on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in the McMillan Lecture Hall.

Farrah Law Alumni Society members are invited to enjoy a private reception with Justice Stevens following the lecture.

The Albritton Lecture series was established in 1996 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.

Stevens’s lecture marks the tenth visit by a United States Supreme Court Justice to The University of Alabama School of Law.


Matters of Faith: Religious Experience and Legal Response Symposium Coming Up October 14th

This fall, the Law School will welcome an accomplished panel for our tenth installment in the Law, Knowledge & Imagination Symposia, directed by Austin Sarat, Hugo L. Black Visiting Senior Faculty Scholar.

Joining us to discuss the topic of “Matters of Faith: Religious Experience and Legal Response” are:

  • Corey Brettschneider, Associate Professor of Political Science, Brown University
  • Caroline Mala Corbin, Associate Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
  • Richard W. Garnett, Associate Dean and Professor of Law and Concurrent Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame Law School
  • Amanda Porterfield, Robert A. Spivey Professor of Religion, Florida State University
  • Steven D. Smith, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law.

New Externships in Washington, D.C. and Montgomery

With many of our graduates actively involved in the government sector, and an increasing number of students expressing interest in a career in public service, the Law School has recently launched new externship programs in Washington, D.C. and Montgomery.

Effective with the spring 2012 semester, the law school will place up to six UA Law students in legal support roles on Capitol Hill.

To accommodate the growing number of our students interested in the policy-making aspect of the law, Alabama will also add to its externships offered in Montgomery starting in summer 2012.

Alabama’s Animal Rights Law Moot Court Team Takes Home Top Honors

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The University of Alabama School of Law’s Animal Rights Law Moot Court Team has won first place in the 1st Annual National Animal Rights Law Moot Court Competition.

Oralists Laura Morgan and Keren McElvy competed against UCLA in the semi-final round and The University of Chicago in the final round. Keren McElvy had the second highest individual score among all the competitors. Lane Bowen was the team manager and research assistant.

The competition, held April 16 – 17th at The University of Chicago School of Law, included 12 teams from the following schools:

  • University of Washington
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Chicago
  • Northeastern University
  • UCLA
  • University of Montana
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Legal Assistance Being Offered

The University of Alabama School of Law Clinics, in conjunction with the Alabama State Bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program and the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association began offering free legal services for those affected by the recent tornado.

The Legal Assistance Project provides free legal services both on-site at local area aid centers and at the law clinic programs office at the University of Alabama School of Law. Law students and attorneys will be available on weekdays at the law school in the mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and at local response centers from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the afternoons. The Project will provide these services at Leland Shopping Center in Alberta City, at SOMA Church in Holt and at the Belk Activity Center at Bowers Park.

Legal advice will be provided concerning public benefits and programs, insurance claims and processes, housing rights, and other civil matters related to the storm and the displacement that resulted from it. For more information or to make an appointment at the clinic, please call 348-4960. Walk-ins are welcome at all locations.

SBA Tornado Relief Fund

The Student Bar Association has set up a “Tornado Relief Fund” to help all those in need.  As described by SBA Treasurer Will Booher:

This fund will be used to directly support those in the law school community that were affected by the storm. This includes helping buy groceries, supplies, and replace essential lost property.  It will also be used to provide places to stay, transportation, and meet any of their other needs. The money will also be used to support volunteers and toward the law school’s efforts for community outreach providing supplies in the Tuscaloosa/Holt/Alberta City area. The remainder will be donated to the Red Cross’s relief effort in Tuscaloosa.

Donate via paypal or contact SBA Treasurer Will Booher directly.

Dissenting Voices Symposium – Download the Podcast

Podcast downloads are now available for the April 9th symposium, “Dissenting Voices.” The Symposium, hosted by Austin Sarat, the Hugo L. Black Visiting Senior Scholar at The University of Alabama, and the Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst, explores the role of the dissenter in the American story. It focuses on the meaning and value of dissent in our culture and institutions.

Symposium presenters include:
· Susanna Lee, Associate Professor of French, Georgetown University
· Kenneth Mack, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
· Richard Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law
· Ravit Reichman, Associate Professor of English, Brown University
· Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.

2011-12 Faculty Visitors Announced

The Honorable Aharon Barak – President Barak, the retired president of the Supreme Court of Israel, again will visit in Fall 2011 and will teach a short course on proportionality.

The Honorable Elika Barak – Judge Barak, retired as vice president from the National Labor Court in Israel, also again will visit in Fall 2011 and will teach a short comparative employment law class.

Vaughn Carter – Professor Carter, now with the Cayman Islands government, formerly taught at the Cayman Islands Law School. He will visit in Spring 2012 and teach a short international human rights course.

David Dana – Professor Dana teaches at Northwestern University Law School. He will visit in Spring 2012 and will teach a short course on climate change and the law.

Margaret Drew – Professor Drew, of The University of Cincinnati College of Law, will direct and teach in the Domestic Violence Clinic in 2011-12.

Bill Geimer – Professor Geimer, retired from Washington and Lee University, again will visit in Fall 2011 and will teach Poverty Law.

Mona Hymel – Professor Hymel, of the University of Arizona, will visit in Spring 2012 and will teach Decedents’ Estates and Legal Profession.

Susan Kuo – Professor Kuo, who teaches at The University of South Carolina School of Law, will visit in Fall 2011 and will teach in the criminal law area.

Paul Robinson – Professor Robinson, of The University of Pennsylvania Law School, will visit in Fall 2011 and teach a short criminal law theory class.

Austin Sarat – Professor Sarat again will visit and teach a short class on punishment in Spring 2012, in addition to organizing two symposia: Matters of Faith (October 14) and Knowing the Suffering of Others (March 30).