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Professor Pam Pierson on Zimmerman Prosecution

Pam Pierson

Professor Pierson was recently interviewed on NPR’s Tell Me More regarding the George Zimmerman trial.

“I think the government’s got a weak case and it hinges on that intent element. That government has got to prove that, of course, that he killed – that Zimmerman killed Trayvon, but that he did so – and here’s the magic language – evincing a depraved mind. And then the jury will be told that that means they’ve got to find that the killing was done with ill will, hatred, spite or an evil intent. And I don’t think the evidence shows that.”

Professor Pam Pierson


Click here to listen to, o r read, the full interview.

Professor Ron Krotoszynski: Commentary on Shelby Co. v. Holder Decision

The Supreme Court of the United States, in a 5-4 decision, struck down the preclearance formula used to determine which state and local jurisdictions must pre-clear changes in voting procedures with the U.S. Department of Justice. This is clearly a landmark decision that will have important effects on voting rights in the United States for years to come.

Holder Decision Overview (PDF)

Professor Fred Vars: A Different Angle on the Stand in the Schoolhouse Door

“There are two types of institutions: ones people want to get into and ones people want to get out of. In both cases equality can be achieved only by opening the door.  The struggles and successes of patients at Bryce are far less well known than the events across town, but connected to them in deeply important ways.” Click here to read the rest Professor Vars’ opinion piece in the Birmingham News.  

Top Three Finalists Named for the 2013 Harper Lee Prize

The three finalists have been announced by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal, co-sponsors of the Harper Lee Prize. They are: David Ellis for The Wrong Man; Paul Goldstein author of Havana Requiem and William Landay for Defending Jacob. You can help choose the 2013 winner by voting on the . The winner will be announced July 16. The prize will be awarded September 19, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the Library of Congress National Book Festival.

Learn more about each book below, and then vote for your favorite!

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Montré Carodine Named in Top 50 Under 50

The online Journal, Lawyers of Color Carodine, named
Associate Dean for Special Programs & Professor of Law, Montré
Carodine as one of the most influential minority law professors under
age 50. Click here to read the article.

Visiting Professor Caryl Yzenbaard to Teach Decedents’ Estates Summer 2013


Professor Yzenbaard received her J.D. degree from the University of Michigan College of Law and her B.A. from Hope College (Holland, Michigan) with majors in Political Science and Latin. She was an associate with the Cincinnati firm of Taft, Stettinius and Hollister (Cincinnati, Ohio) and with Dykema & Gossett (Detroit, Michigan). Currently, she teaches at Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law, where she has been on the faculty since 1975.

Professor Yzenbaard last visited the University of Alabama School of Law in the Spring of 2011 and before that in 2007.  The Law School is pleased to welcome back Yzenbaard, who will teach Decedents’ Estates from May 27-June 27 at the Law School.  For more information on Professor Caryl Yzenbaard click here.

LL.M. Concentrations in Taxation and Business Transactions Offered Online

The Law School’s Graduate Department offers two exceptional LL.M. programs through live, interactive Internet technologies. Students receive skills-based instruction taught by respected professors and practitioners throughout the country without having to leave their offices.

The tax program permits students to focus on courses in estate planning or business tax. The course of study for the business program is interdisciplinary in fields of law and business – including tax, finance, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and traditional corporate classes.

For more information or to apply to either concentration, visit or contact Assistant Dean for Graduate Law Programs Daniel Powell.

Letters From Birmingham Jail: the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter

Professor Bryan Fair, Assistant Dean Glory McLaughlin, and students Laura Chism, Jerome Dees, Erin Johnson, and Noah Jones participated in a reading of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” on April 16. Hosted by the Law School’s Public Interest Institute, the event was one of more than 200 readings conducted around the globe.  Dr. King penned his famous letter 50 years ago while he was incarcerated in Birmingham April of 1963.

2013 Vienna Study Abroad CLE

Vienna is located in the eastern part of Austria, near the borders of Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. Austrian Law Firm BINDER GRÖSSWANG will be providing the speakers. We are going to try to put together a trip UNCITRAL which is the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law on Friday, July 5th.

Classes will be held at the Lindner AM Belvedere Hotel, Rennweg 12, 1030 Wien in the Meeting Room, Flieder AB, beginning at 9:00 am and concluding at noon. This will allow time in the afternoons for sightseeing. We are considering some optional group activities and will provide a list of optional must sees such as Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History), Albertina, Imperial Palaces (Hofburg and Schonbrunn), Freud-Museum, and the Viennese State Opera House or the Viennese Philharmonic Orchestra.

Register Here


Delgado and Stefancic to Join Law School

Photo-Richard-DelgadoThe University of Alabama is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Richard Delgado as the John J. Sparkman Chair of Law and Professor Jean Stefancic as Professor and Clement Research Affiliate, effective Fall 2013.

Professor Delgado earned his J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and previously has taught at law schools such as UCLA, the University of Colorado, the University of Pittsburgh, and Seattle University. Professor Stefancic earned her M.A. from the University of San Francisco and has taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Seattle University.


Professors Delgado and Stefancic are prolific scholars who have published, separately and together, over 150 journal articles and 30 books, many of them award-winning. Professor Delgado is a leading commentator on race in the United States, having appeared on PBS, NPR, ABC, and Canadian NPR. Professor Stefancic has written extensively about social change and legal scholarship. The two shared a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency in 1993 and another in Bogliasco, Italy in 2001 to write books about civil rights and law reform.