The Hugh F. Culverhouse, Jr. School of Law is pleased to announce Anil Mujumdar (’00) and Sarah Stokes (’10) have been selected for the 2018 Profiles in Service.
Each year during Pro Bono Celebration Month, which is recognized nationally in October, the
Law School honors outstanding alumni who have made significant contributions to public service.
A 2000 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, Anil Mujumdar began his legal career as a public interest lawyer with the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program. He continues to represent people with disabilities in civil rights and civil liberties matters in both his private practice and pro bono practice.
Since 2004, he has concentrated his practice in the area of white collar criminal defense. For each of the last five years he has been listed as a “Super Lawyer” by the Alabama Super Lawyers Magazine in the area of white collar criminal defense. Anil also has experience in complex civil litigation, including class actions, shareholder derivative suits, labor and employment matters, False Claims Act litigation, and commercial disputes. Anil also currently serves as outside general counsel for an Indian energy company. In addition to these areas, Anil also represents plaintiffs in personal injury cases, including in the areas of child sex abuse and human trafficking, and recently has added a mediation practice.
Prior to founding the firm Zarzaur Mujumdar & Debrosse with his friends Gregory Zarzaur and Diandra Debrosse, Anil had the privilege of working with and learning from Doug Jones, current United States Senator for the state of Alabama and former United States Attorney for Northern District of Alabama.
Anil presently serves on the national Board of Directors for the American Civil Liberties Union and is one of twelve members of its Executive Committee. He served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama from 2006 to 2013, and has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2004. He is the current President of the Board of Directors of AIDS Alabama, and has been a member of its Board of Directors since 2004. In 2013, Anil was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, Inc. For the past two years he has served on the Board of Directors for Legal Services Alabama. He is a member of the Edward Lee Norton Board of Advisors at Birmingham-Southern College. Anil is also active in local and national minority bar associations and has served as the President of the South Asian Bar Association’s Foundation and on the Board of Directors of Magic City Bar Association.
He is the co-author of the Alabama Civil Procedure treatise published by LexisNexis. He presently teaches as an adjunct at Miles Law School. He previously has taught as an adjunct at Stillman College and The Univeristy of Alabama both in the American Studies Department and the School of Law.
Anil received his B.A. in English from Birmingham-Southern College, where he ran varsity cross-country and served as SGA President; a Master of Arts in American Studies from the University of Alabama; and a J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2000. Anil graduated from the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum Class of 2010. He is a past recipient of The University of Alabama School of Law’s Order of the Samaritan. He is an avid trail runner and enjoys classic soul and R&B music, civil rights history, and supporting the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Sarah Stokes is a senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center in Birmingham, AL. She has litigated cases under the Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Historic Preservation Act, and Endangered Species Act. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Samford University and was invited to serve on a focus panel formed by Governor Bentley to create a state water management plan. She has been recognized by the Cahaba River Society as the Cahaba Conservationist of the Year.
Sarah is a Birmingham native who received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, a masters from the London School of Economics, and a juris doctorate from the University of Alabama School of Law. In law school, she clerked with Rosen and Harwood, was a research assistant for Professor Norman Singer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and was awarded a Florida Bar Foundation Fellowship to work on the Refugee Project at Jacksonville, Florida’s Legal Aid. Prior to law school, she worked on Justice Lyn Stuart’s campaign and served in the Peace Corps in Paraguay as an environmental educator.
Sarah Stokes serves on the Public Interest Institute Advisory Board of the University of Alabama School of Law, the Board of the Pinhoti Trail Association, the Advisory Council of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper, and the Transportation Citizens Committee for the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham. She is active in the Alabama State Bar, and has served in many capacities, including as Chair of the Environmental Section of the Bar.
Professor Fred Vars is quoted in the Times-Picayune about his proposal that allows residents to voluntarily suspend their ability to purchase a gun.
His goal of having laws in all 50 states received an unexpected push in August when he received a call from a woman in New Orleans who said her mother had just killed herself with a .38-caliber revolver.
For more, read “The Case for Impeaching Kavanaugh.”
Professor Fred Vars discusses his proposal to prevent suicide.
Professor Jenny Carroll appeared on CBS 42 and discussed Roy Moore’s Lawsuit Against Sacha Baron Cohen.
Professor Ronald Krotoszynski is quoted in Law 360 about the Security and Exchange Commission’s strategy to rehear cases after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Lucia decision.
For more, read “SEC’s Post-Lucia Case Rehearings Largely For Show.”
The U.S. Senate confirmed U.S. Magistrate Judge Terry F. Moorer (’86) to serve as a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama in Mobile.
Moorer was nominated in 2017 by President Donald Trump.
For more, read “Senate Confirms Black Alabama Judge to Federal Bench.”
Professor Fred Vars is quoted in Forbes about Aretha Franklin dying without a will.
For more, read “Aretha Franklin Died Without a Will, So What’s Next?”
Professor Joyce White Vance is quoted in The New York Times about Rick Gates’s credibility in the Paul Manafort Trial.
For more, read “The Paul Manafort Trial: What the Jurors Will Consider.”
Taurus Myhand, 3L, was recently elected as the 2018-2019 national Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division.
Myhand will lead the ABA’s efforts to reach, recruit, and engage law students across the country through meaningful events, programming, and content. He will serve on the greater ABA’s Standing Committee on Membership and will travel to Chicago, Las Vegas, and San Francisco to attend conferences as he represents the 110,000 students of the nation’s 204 ABA-accredited law schools.
Law Student Division delegates serve as a voting member of the ABA House of Delegates, the policy-making body of the association. The House meets twice each year, at ABA Annual and Mid-year Meetings. They are responsible for representing the interests of the Division.
“The ABA gave me my first internship through the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program,” Myhand said. “A judge that would otherwise not have even known my name called and asked me to intern in Miami, Florida. Now, it is my turn to help connect others to job opportunities that will change their lives.”
Myhand is completing work as a summer associate at Copeland, Franco, Screws & Gill, P.A. in Montgomery. He interned for the Honorable Barbara Areces of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Miami in 2017.