Alabama Law Welcomes New Faculty, Executive Staff Members

Dean Mark E. Brandon recently announced four new appointments to the faculty and two new appointments to the Executive Staff at The University of Alabama School of Law.

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Kara Deal Gamble

Kara Deal Gamble is a graduate of Alabama Law. While a student here, she was Acquisitions Editor of the Alabama Law Review.  After graduating she served as a clerk on the Florida First District Court of Appeal and a staff attorney with the Supreme Court of Alabama.  Most recently, she has been an associate with Scott Dukes & Geisler in Birmingham, where her practice has focused on civil litigation.


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Russell Gold

Russell Gold joins the faculty as an Associate Professor.  He previously taught at Wake Forest University School of Law and in the NYU Lawyering Program.  During his time at NYU, Professor Gold received the Podell Distinguished Teaching Award.​  He held a clerkship in the chambers of the Honorable Carlos Lucero on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was a litigation associate with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in the San Francisco office.  Professor Gold’s research engages a range of problems and practices in criminal law and criminal procedure. During the Fall semester, he will teach a section of Criminal Law and will serve as Faculty Advisor for the Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Law Review.

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Martha Griffith

Martha Griffith begins her role as Assistant Dean for Administration and Communications with extensive experience at the Law School.  Prior to joining the Office of Administration, she worked in both the Admissions and Advancement Offices.  Assistant Dean Griffith earned her B.A. and J.D. from The University of Alabama.  While a law student, she served as chairman of the Moot Court Board.


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Tara Leigh Grove

Tara Leigh Grove joins the Law School as the Charles E. Tweedy, Jr. Endowed Chairholder in Law. She previously served as the Mills E. Godwin, Jr. Professor of Law at William & Mary Law School and as an Assistant Professor at Florida State University College of Law.  She has held visiting appointments at Northwestern University School of Law and Harvard Law School.  Before entering the legal academy, Professor Grove held a distinguished clerkship with the Honorable Judge Emilio Garza on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and served as an appellate litigator in the U.S. Department of Justice.  Professor Grove’s research focuses on the federal judiciary and problems of constitutional law, including especially the separation of powers. While at William & Mary, she received numerous awards for her scholarship and her teaching.  During the Fall semester, Professor Grove will teach Federal Jurisdiction. She will also serve as Director of a new Program in Constitutional Studies.

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Anita Kay Head

Associate Professor of Legal Writing Anita Kay Head serves as Assistant Dean of Students.  In this position, she will chair the Law School’s Honor Council and lead the Law School’s academic support program.  She remains a member of our Legal Writing faculty and will also coach the ABA Moot Court teams.  An Alabama Law graduate, Dean Head clerked for the Honorable Harold See of the Alabama Supreme Court, and practiced law with the firm of Johnston, Barton, Proctor & Rose LLP in Birmingham.


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Joshua Porter

Joshua Porter joins the Law School as Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Assistant Professor of Law in Residence.  Professor Porter arrives after working as an attorney in the Atlanta office of the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education.  Prior to that position, he worked in Washington, D.C., as a program manager for Equal Justice Works and as a policy analyst for the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. He will teach his first class at Alabama Law in the Spring semester.

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