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Alabama Law Review Announces 2024 Symposium

Allen v. Milligan: The Intersectionality of Race, Elections, and Democracy

Hosted by the Alabama Law Review

Featuring Keynote Speaker Evan Milligan, named representative plaintiff in Allen v. Milligan

The Alabama Law Review is proud to announce its 2024 Symposium, Allen v. Milligan: The Intersectionality of Race, Elections, and Democracy, to be held at The University of Alabama Law School on February 16, 2024. This symposium explores the history of the Voting Rights Act—an Act with deep ties to the state of Alabama—and considers the changing landscape of election law.

The keynote speaker, Evan Milligan, will provide especially enriching commentary on the intersectionality of election law and race. Mr. Milligan, the named representative plaintiff in Allen v. Milligan, brings a unique personal perspective on these issues. The Symposium will include panels of government officials, litigants, and academics in an effort to provide as complete an analysis as possible of this complex issue. In the current political environment, questions surrounding the franchise are more salient than ever—Alabama Law Review is excited to host this insightful and thought-provoking event. Click here to learn more about the Symposium.

Friday, February 16, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CST
The University of Alabama School of Law
101 Paul W. Bryant Dr. E
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Click here to RSVP to Attend the Symposium

Click here to register to attend & for CLE credit

Symposium Schedule

Event Time
Breakfast & Welcome 8:30-9:00AM
Introductory Remarks 9:00-9:15AM Julie Hill, Vice Dean and Alton C. and Cecile Cunningham Craig Professor of Law; The University of Alabama School of Law
Rachel Dees, Special Works Editor; Alabama Law Review
A History of the Voting Rights Act and Gerrymandering 9:15-10:30AM Moderator:

  • Kirk Walter, Associate Director of Public Services; The University of Alabama School of Law


  • Emily Rong Zhang, Assistant Professor of Law; Berkeley Law
  • Justin Levitt, Professor of Law, Gerald T. McLaughlin Fellow; Loyola Law School
  • Daniel Tokaji, Fred W. & Vi Miller Dean and Professor of Law; University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School
The Role and Perspective of State Legislators and Local Litigants 10:45-11:45AM Moderator:

  • Frederick Spight, Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Instruction and Interim Director of the Entrepreneurship & Nonprofit Clinic; The University of Alabama School of Law


  • Cynthia Almond, Alabama House of Representatives representing District 63; Almond Attorneys
  • Chris England, Alabama House of Representatives representing District 70; Chair of the Alabama Democratic Party
Keynote Address & Lunch
Special Perspectives of Allen v. Milligan
12:00-1:30PM Evan Milligan, Executive Director; Alabama Forward
The Future of Elections: A Broader Conversation on the Sanctity of Representative Democracy 1:45-3:00PM Moderator:

  • Joyce Vance, Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Law; The University of Alabama School of Law


  • Michael Li, Senior Counsel, Democracy; Brennan Center for Justice
  • Jess Unger, Senior Staff Attorney; Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Michael T. Morley, Sheila M. McDevitt Professor; Florida State University College of Law

A Conversation About the Role Race, Gender, and Class Play in Elections


3:15-4:15PM Moderator:

  • Daiquiri Steele, Assistant Professor of Law; The University of Alabama School of Law


  • Jerome Dees, Policy Director; Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Jennifer Taylor, Lecturer in Law, Clinical Lecturer in Law, Associate Research Scholar in Law, and Executive Director of the Liman Center; Yale Law School
  • Bryan K. Fair, Thomas E. Skinner Professor of Law; The University of Alabama School of Law
Concluding Remarks 4:15-4:30PM Lauren Chambliss & Rachel Dees

Professor Vars Publishes Op-Ed in The Hill

Professor Fredrick Vars, The University of Alabama School of Law

Professor Fred Vars has co-authored an opinion essay for The Hill titled “Patrons packing heat: Businesses should be required to tell customers whether guns are allowed.” Read the full piece here:

Professor Ryan Publishes Article in American University Law Review

a photo of Professor Clare Ryan, The University of Alabama School of Law

Professor Clare Ryan has published her article, Are Children’s Rights Enough?, in the American University Law Review. Read the full article here:

2023 Year-End Charitable Giving

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As you consider your charitable giving prior to the end of the year, remember that gifts made now could generate income tax deductions that may help reduce your tax bill for 2023. Here’s how to complete your 2023 gift to The University of Alabama School of Law by year-end.

IMPORTANT:  Credit card gifts mailed to The University of Alabama School of Law must be received by Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at 12 p.m. CST in order to be processed. You may also make your gift online anytime via the UA School of Law giving website at  If you have any questions, please call our office at (205) 348-5752.

Gifts by Check

Mailed via USPS

  • Mail via U.S. Postal Service with postmark on or before December 31, 2023.

Mailed via Other Delivery

  • Hand-deliver your check or ship via FedEx, UPS, or other shipper so that it is received at The University of Alabama School of Law’s Office of Advancement no later than 12:00 p.m. CST, on Tuesday, December 19, 2023.
  • Checks delivered by any method other than being mailed via U.S. Postal Service are effective as of date received.

Gifts may be mailed to the following address:

The University of Alabama School of Law
Office of Advancement
Box 870382
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Gifts by Credit Card

Online gifts via credit card

The most convenient and expedient way to ensure that your year-end gift to The University of Alabama School of Law is received on time is to make it online via the UA giving website.  Please consider time zone differences when making your online contribution on December 31. You may give using any major credit card, and your receipt is automatically generated and delivered via email. Please visit UA’s online giving form to complete your gift.

Gifts of Securities

Giving stock that is worth more than you paid for it may result in additional tax savings. Stock transfers initiated and received on or before the close of the market on December 29, 2023, will be credited for 2023. Please use the following information to initiate a stock transfer to the University of Alabama School of Law Foundation through Raymond James:

RJ Account number: 29436718
DTC number: 0725
Tax ID: 63-6063964 Law School Foundation
Broker Address: Raymond James, 2900 Highway 280, Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35223
Broker Telephone: 205-802-4210

Gifts via Wire Transfer

Our wire transfer instructions are as follows:

Bank: Cadence Bank
Birmingham, AL
Routing number: 062206295
Account Name: The University of Alabama
Account Number: 5500308191

Wire transfers must be received at UA’s bank on or before December 29, 2023, in order to be considered a 2023 contribution. Please contact UA at (205) 348-6718 and provide the name of who is making the wire transfer and reference the Law School Foundation.

Gifts via IRA Charitable Rollovers

The charitable IRA rollover, also called a qualified charitable distribution, was made permanent in 2015.  Since 2006, many UA donors age 70 ½ or older have used this option to make qualifying charitable gifts that were excluded from taxable income and counted toward their required minimum distribution (RMD).  To qualify, gifts must be transferred directly from the IRA provider to The University of Alabama School of Law and meet certain other requirements.  This provision applies to people age 70 ½ or older at the time the transfer is completed.  Please note that an individual taxpayer’s total charitable IRA rollover gifts cannot exceed $100,000 per tax year.  We encourage you to check with your financial advisors about the best ways for you to take advantage of this opportunity as you consider gifts to the University and other charitable interests that are important to you.

It is simple to make a transfer. Contact your account administrator to request a check be delivered to the address below. Envelopes must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2023.

If you have IRA check writing abilities, your check must be deposited before December 31, 2023. Please ensure your check is received by our office no later than December 19, 2023.

The University of Alabama School of Law Foundation
Tax Identification #63-6063964
Attn: Law School Advancement Office
Box 870382
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487

Questions about year-end giving or supporting UA

For more information, please contact one of our Development Officers, Caroline Strawbridge at or Jason Wear at, or by calling 205-348-5752.

This information should not be construed as investment, tax or legal advice. Before making your charitable gift, please consult with your financial, legal and other advisors.

Professor Gold Publishes Article in Alabama Law Review

Photograph of Professor Russell Gold

Professor Russell Gold’s co-authored article, The Public Voice of the Defender, has been published in Volume 75 of the Alabama Law Review (co-authored with Kay Levine). Read the full article here. 

Professor Vance Co-Authors Op-Ed in Slate

Joyce Vance, University of Alabama School of Law

Professor Joyce Vance, with Dahlia Lithwick, Mimi Roach, Tamara Sepper, Jennifer Taub, and Julie Zebrak, has co-authored an opinion piece in Slate titled The World’s Feminists Need to Show Up for Israeli Victims. Click here to read the full essay.

Professor Ray Publishes Essay in ACS Supreme Court Review

Professor Ray Headshot

Professor Shalini Ray’s essay, Eroding Immigrants’ Rights Through the “New” New Textualism, has been published in the sixth edition of the American Constitution Society Supreme Court Review. The essay focuses on statutory interpretation in three immigration cases from the 2021-22 term, and can be read here:

Planned Giving

When it comes to making a long-term impact at The University of Alabama School of Law, there are many giving options to choose from. For more information on how your planned gift can make a difference, please contact the Law School Advancement Office at (205) 348-5752 or email one of our Development Officers: Caroline Strawbridge or Jason Wear.

Will or Living Trust
A gift through a will or living trust is one of the easiest gifts you can make, and it can create a lasting impact on the future of the School of Law. Your estate planning attorney can include a provision in your will that could list a specific asset, a dollar amount, or a percentage of your estate. A bequest could also be made from the residual of your estate after all gifts have been made to your heirs.

Beneficiary Designation
One of the simplest long-range gift arrangements is to designate the School of Law as beneficiary of all or a portion of your IRA, other retirement account, or life insurance policy. Changing a beneficiary is usually quite simple and can be handled through your retirement plan administrator or your life insurance company.

Charitable Gift Annuity
A charitable gift annuity is a simple contract between you and the Capstone Foundation at The University of Alabama. You make a gift of cash or securities, and in return the University agrees to pay you and/or another person a specific amount for the rest of your life or lives. You may direct the remainder of your gift to support the program(s) in the School of Law that you specify.

Happy Thanksgiving from Dean Brewbaker


Dear Law School alumni and friends,

Earlier this fall, I shared some ways you can help support Alabama Law. Your responses have been exemplary. Thank you for believing in us and for supporting our students as we pursue our goal of being one of the nation’s best public law schools—bar none.

As we enter this season of Thanksgiving, I want to say thank you to everyone who has given to the Law School in some way—whether by spending time with us at alumni socials and tailgating events; serving as mentors; hiring our students; volunteering as a class chair; or making a financial contribution. Your generosity is making a difference at our great Law School. If you haven’t had the chance to be involved, and you want to do so, please know we are always happy to hear from you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly or to my colleague Candice Robbins. Candice is a great resource, and she will be happy to help connect you with the types of opportunities that match your interests.

I hope you and yours have a great holiday season. Thank you again for being a part of our Alabama Law Community.


Happy Thanksgiving and Roll Tide!

– Bill

Professor McMichael publishes Opinion Piece in the DC Journal

Professor Ben McMichael Headshot

Professor Benjamin McMichael recently published an opinion piece in the DC Journal titled The ‘ICAN’ Act May Help With Healthcare Shortages, but We Need More. You can read the full article here. 

His research was also recently credited in a Tradeoffs podcast titled More Hospitals Move to Confront Medical Errors Head On. Listen to the full podcast here.