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Professor Vars on the Gun Rights of the Mentally Ill


The mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard has raised difficult questions regarding privacy, equality, and safety.  How far should the law go to prevent the mentally ill from obtaining firearms?  Read the full Wall Street Journal Law Blog post.

Professor Michael Pardo on Law and Neuroscience

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Professor Pardo and his upcoming book, Minds, Brains, and Law: The Conceptual Foundations of Law and Neuroscience (co-author Dennis Patterson), were recently featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  How will advances in neuroscience affect privacy? Click here to read the full article.

Online Registration Open for 2013 Reunions and Homecoming

We look forward to welcoming alumni from the Classes of 1963, 1973, 1983, 1988, 1993, and 2003 for reunion festivities, kicking off with an evening event on Friday, October 4. To register please click here.

To register for the Homecoming Party on the Plaza, Saturday, October 5, click here.

If you have questions about either event, please contact Jami Gates, Law School Events Coordinator, at (205) 348-5195 or

Law Alumni Featured on 20/20 Season Premiere

The law firm of Frohsin & Barger, LLC, founded by Law School alumni Henry Frohsin (’67) and Jim Barger (’05), was recently featured on the season premiere of 20/20. When Michael Wohlschlaeger’s fifth wife Shirley Seitz dies, Frohsin & Barger are hired by the grieving Seitz family to seek justice for Shirley. Watch the full episode and read the press release.

Washington, D.C.-area Alumni Social Reminder

If you live in the D.C.-area, or will be traveling to the area, please join us for a complimentary cocktail reception.  The event will be hosted by Mike House (’71) at Hogan Lovells LLP on Wednesday September 18, at 5:30 p.m. To R.S.V.P, please contact Jami Gates at (205) 348-6775 or

Professor Dan Joyner on West’s Legal Options in Syria Intervention

Joyner-DanielProfessor Dan Joyner was recently interviewed by The Guardian regarding the options for western intervention in the Syrian conflict. Click here to read the full article.

UA Law Professor’s Role in Uniform Law on Human Trafficking

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Judge Joseph Colquitt served as the associate reporter charged with preparing criminal provisions for the passage of the comprehensive Uniform Act on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking Act.  This law holds traffickers accountable, while placing a great deal of emphasis on the protection of trafficking victims. The uniform act was approved by the Uniform Law Commission during its 2013 Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts during July. The House of Delegates of the American Bar Association unanimously approved the act by resolution at its Annual Meeting in San Francisco on August 12. Click here for more information.

Law School Opens Foreclosure Clinic


TUSCALOOSA, Ala., August 13, 2013 -The University of Alabama School of Law has added a new legal clinic specializing in foreclosure issues.  The clinic will offer legal assistance to individuals in Lamar, Fayette, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Greene, Hale and Bibb country who are in foreclosure, or who face the threat of foreclosure, on their home.

The Office of the Attorney General of the State of Alabama provided the law school with $210,870 in funding from the National Mortgage Funding Settlement Program to establish the clinic.  In awarding these funds to the law school, Attorney General Luther Strange stated that “The Tornado Relief Assistance Program that The University of Alabama School of Law created after the April 2011 tornadoes demonstrates the Law School’s success in aiding low-income and rural communities during a time of crisis.” “Likewise, The Foreclosure Relief Project will have a lasting impact by helping homeowners in Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens and Tuscaloosa counties avoid foreclosure while educating future lawyers.”

The law school, with the generous support of the attorney general’s office has now staffed and opened the Foreclosure Relief Clinic and has begun accepting new clients.  Current law students, under the supervision of a full-time staff attorney and a part-time supervising attorney, will interview and advise the clients on the various options and alternatives to foreclosure.  Such alternatives include loan modifications, workouts, forbearance, short sales, and deeds.

Hugh Lee, Director of the Foreclosure Relief Clinic and the Elder Law Clinic, says, “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to serve consumers facing foreclosure, as there are very limited resources currently available to help them with their housing crisis.  Because foreclosure is generally a non-judicial process, consumers often do not understand how a lawyer can help resolve their situation.  Furthermore, because attorney’s fees are not generally available and most consumers are facing foreclosure due to a financial crisis, few can afford counsel to help them.  Thus, even those who try to seek counsel, often go without help.”

The foreclosure relief clinic addition expands Alabama Law’s clinic program to eight. Other clinics offering free legal assistance to the community are:

  • Capital Defense
  • Community Development
  • Criminal Defense
  • Mediation Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Elder Law
  • Civil Law


If you have any questions please contact Cynthia Almond (, Caryn Roseman (, or call (205) 348-4960.


Associate Dean Carodine on the Aftermath of the Zimmerman Trial


In the days following the Zimmerman trial many news sources have sought the expert advice of Associate Dean Montré Carodine. Click here to see her interview with CBS 42 regarding Alabama’s “Stand Your Ground” law. To read Washington Times articles “Trayvon Martin’s Family Has Little Chance for Recourse in Court”, in which Associate Dean Carodine is quoted, click here and here.

Prior to the verdict, Professor Carodine was also interviewed by Fox News, , twice by CBS Radio Los Angeles live and quoted by the Washington Times.


Paul Goldstein Named 2013 Harper Lee Prize Winner

Paul Goldstein’s Havana Requiem has been awarded the 2013 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.  Click here to read more.