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Brooke Bacak
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BROOKE BACAK. Brooke Bacak is the Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas. Brooke formerly served as U.S. Senator Tom Coburn's Senate Judiciary Committee chief counsel as well as on the staffs of Senators Kyl and Sessions. Before returning to Washington to join Senator Cruz, she was an assistant dean at the University of Alabama School of Law. Brook received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and her law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

David M. Benck
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David Benck is Vice President and General Counsel, Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. He received his B.A. in Economics from Birmingham-Southern College and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. His current title is Vice President and General Counsel for Hibbett Sports, Inc., a publicly-traded Birmingham, AL based retailer with almost 900 retail locations in approximately 30 states. On top of his responsibilities at Hibbett Sports, David holds a number of other roles.

He serves on the International Board of Directors for the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution and as an Arbitrator in Commercial, Employment, and Sport disputes for the American Arbitration Association.

Additionally, David serves on the Ethics, Grievance and Safe Sport Committee for the USA Gymnastics Team where he counsels the organization on matters involving Conflicts of Interest and in disputes regarding qualification, discipline, and doping among others.

Further, David serves on the National Athletics Board of Review for USA Track and Field; as an adjunct law professor at Cumberland School of Law, where he has taught Practicing Law In House since 2008; on the Board of Directors for the Business Council of Alabama; and as an Arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the United States Council for International Business, and the London Court of International Arbitration.

David is a past President of the Alabama chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Bo Bledsoe
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Bo Bledsoe is an associate at Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, Al, practicing in the areas of general litigation, product liability, real estate and title insurance litigation. Mr. Bledsoe received his B.A from Auburn University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

LaBarron N. Boone
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LABARRON BOONE. LaBarron Boone is in private practice with the firm Beasley Allen in Montgomery, Alabama. His work focuses on cases involving product liability, consumer fraud and personal injury. LaBarron's excellent national reputation in the legal community provides him with the opportunity to lecture and to publish numerous articles for practicing attorneys throughout the country. In 2003 LaBarron received the University of Alabama Black Law Student Association Alumni Honoree Award. He was the recipient of the "Chairman's Award of Excellence" presented by Montgomery County Democratic Committee, and the first ever recipient of the "Hands for Children" Award, presented to him at the Children's Advocacy Center in Montgomery, Alabama. He serves on the Central Alabama Community Foundation Board of Trustees (CACF). LaBarron received Beasley Allen's 2007 Attorney/Litigator of the Year Award, and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

William H. Bostick
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Bill Bostick is Circuit Judge for the 18th Judicial Circuit of Alabama, where he presides over civil, criminal and domestic cases. For nineteen years prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Bostick served as an Assistant District Attorney in Mobile and Shelby counties of Alabama. Judge Bostick has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the Law School since 1996 and serves as Co-Director of the Summer Externship Program. Mr. Bostick received his undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Michael A. Bownes
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Michael Bownes is Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the University of Alabama, and serves as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, and Deputy General Counsel for the University of Alabama. Prior to joining the UA System in October 2004, Mr. Bownes served as General Counsel for the State of Alabama Insurance Department, and as Director of the Attorney General?s Office of Consumer Protection. Mr. Bownes received his B.A. from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from Samford University?s Cumberland Law School.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

David R. Boyd
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David R. Boyd is a partner at Balch & Bingham and practices in the Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama offices. Mr. Boyd's practice focuses primarily on business litigation, with experience in employment litigation, high-stakes constitutional and civil rights litigation, and other complex litigation including class actions. He is also principal outside litigation counsel for one of Alabama's flagship public universities. In 2006 Mr. Boyd became the second-ever recipient of the Alabama State Bar's William D. Scruggs Service Award, recognizing career contributions to the profession. He has served for a number of years as Chair of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) Committee of the National Conference of Bar Examiners and is a member of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute. Mr. Boyd received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Alexander B. "Alex" Buchanan
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Alex Buchanan is Counsel at Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP, where he uses his knowledge of tax-exempt bond transactions and public purpose debt funding to assist in loan transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private placements of equity and debt securities, and healthcare transactions. Mr. Buchanan is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar Associations, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the National Association of Bond Lawyers; a former Trustee, Executive Committee Member, and Secretary of the Cheekwood Fine Arts Center; a past President of the Exchange Club of Nashville; and a former Board Member of Easter Seals Tennessee, Inc., Girl Scout Council of Cumberland Valley, and the Vanderbilt Club. Mr. Buchanan earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University, where he served as Associate Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Henry Callaway
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HENRY CALLAWAY. Henry Callaway was appointed by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals as the federal bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of Alabama. His term began in May, 2015. Judge Callaway practiced business litigation and bankruptcy law with the Hand Arendall firm in Mobile prior to his appointment. He currently chairs the Alabama Access to Justice Commission, and is a former president of the Mobile Bar Association. He serves as a state bar commissioner and has been a leader in the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program for many years. Judge Callaway has also received a national award from the American Bar Association for his work to provide legal help to low-income Alabamians through the Alabama Access to Justice Commission. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his J.D. from the Vanderbilt School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Thomas Carter
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THOMAS CARTER. Thomas Carter works as an Associate with Baker Botts, LLP, of Houston, Texas. He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in May, 2015. While in law school, Thomas was an Articles Editor for the Alabama Law Review; a member of the Campbell Moot Court Board; a participant with the Intellectual Property Moot Court Team; a scholarship recipient; and President of the Intellectual Property Law Society. Thomas received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University, where he was awarded a merit scholarship and also a Prize for Excellence in chemical engineering principles. Thomas has prior engineering experience with Southern Company, Birmingham, Alabama, and Tate & Lyle Sucralose of McIntosh, Alabama.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Nathaniel M. Cartmell, IV.
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NATHANIEL M. CARTMELL, IV. Nathaniel Cartmell graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in May, 2015. While in law school, he was a scholarship recipient, Senator for the Student Bar Association, member of the Business Law Society, President of the Federalist Society, member of the Moot Court Board, and received the Order of Samaritan and the Dean's Community Service Award. Nate received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of the Dean's List, Publicity Chair for the Vanderbilt Speakers Committee, and Assistant Advertising Manager for the Vanderbilt Student Newspaper. Nate has interned with the Honorable L. Scott Coogler, U.S. District Court, N.D. AL; clerked at the Davidson County District Attorney General's Office (Nashville) and Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart LLP (Birmingham); and externed with The Honorable Karon O. Bowdre, U.S. District Court, N.D. AL. He also has prior experience as a Senior Client Manager, Informa Investment Solutions, Nashville, Tennessee, and an Associate Equity Research Analyst with New Constructs, LLC, Franklin, Tennessee.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

William N. Clark
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William N. Clark is a partner at Redden, Mills, Clark & Shaw, LLP, in Birmingham, Al. Prior to attending the University of Alabama School of Law, Mr. Clark served as a United States Army officer in Germany and Vietnam. Mr. Clark has served as the President of Birmingham Bar Foundation and Birmingham Bar Association; He has served as the President of the University of Alabama Law School Foundation, as well as President of the Alabama State Bar. Mr. Clark is a fellow with the American College of Trial Lawyers and listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, family law and ethics. Mr. Clark received his B.S. from the United States Military Academy in West Point and received his J.D from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

J. Chase Cole
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Chase Cole is a Partner at Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis, LLP whose practice covers a wide range of transactional practices including Corporate, Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Corporate Governance, while also serving as a guest lecturer on Public Offerings at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management Entrepreneurship Program. A sampling of Mr. Cole's extensive community and professional engagement includes his membership on the ABA Committees on Corporate Governance, Negotiated Acquisitions, Federal Regulation of Securities, and Venture Capital; service as Co-Chair of the ABA Host Committee ABA Section of Business Law 2005 Spring Meeting; membership on the Dean's Council of the Vanderbilt University School of Law; membership and service as Tennessee chair of the Society of International Business Fellows; involvement as a Founder, Director, and past Chairman of the Nashville Sports Council; service as former Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency; appointment by the Governor and past service as Chairman of the Board to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center Management Corporation Board of Directors; and participation in Leadership Nashville, Class of 1998-1999. Mr. Cole received his A.B. from the University of North Carolina, and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Celia J. Collins
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Celia Collins is a member of the law firm Johnstone Adams, LLC. of Mobile, Alabama. She practices in the areas of labor and employment law, and has experience with civil rights work related to Fair Housing Discrimination Claims. Ms. Collins serves as Secretary, Board of Trustees of the United Way of South Alabama; Member, Alabama State Bar Board of Bar Examiners; Member of the Alabama State Bar Board of Bar Commissioners; and Member, Executive Committee of the Mobile Bar Association. She has been designated as a Best Lawyer in the areas of Workers' Compensation, Employment Law, and Labor Law; and designated a Super Lawyer in the areas of Workers' Compensation and Employment Litigation. She received her undergraduate degree from Randolph-Macon Women's College and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Lee Copeland
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LEE COPELAND. Lee Copeland is a member of the firm Copeland Franco in Montgomery, Alabama. His litigation practice includes products liability, malpractice, and a host of general commercial claims. Prior to joining Copeland Franco, Lee clerked for the Honorable Truman M. Hobbs, Sr., United States District Court, M.D. AL. He is active in local and state level bar activities, including serving as President for the Alabama State Bar, a former member of the Board of Bar Commissioners, Alabama State Bar, and past President of the Montgomery County Bar Association. Lee has been honored with membership in the Alabama Law Foundation and as a Fellow in the American Bar Association, as well as being named as one of the best lawyers in America, and an Alabama Super Lawyer. He received his undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Darius Crayton
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DARIUS A. CRAYTON. Darius Crayton graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in May, 2015. While in law school, he was a founding member of the L.A.S.T Society, a BBL researcher, the President of the Law Democrats, Vice President of the International Law Students Association (ILSA), Secretary of the Criminal law Society, a member of BLSA and a member of the Law School's National Trial Advocacy Competition Team. Darius was a recipient of both the Order of the Samaritan and the Dean's Community Service Award. Darius received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University, where he was a member of Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education (I.M.A.G.E.), MSU Campus Activities Board, MSU Pre Law Society, and a National Residence Hall Honorary. Darius has interned with The US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama, was an extern with the Morgan County District Attorney's Office, and has clerked at Prince, Glover and Hayes, P.C. in Tuscaloosa.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Samuel N. Crosby
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SAMUEL N. CROSBY. Sam Crosby is a member of the firm Stone, Granade & Crosby, P.C. in Daphne, Alabama. Some of the areas his practice emphasizes are civil litigation, probate practice, personal injury, trusts, wills, business law, guardianships and real property. Sam has received many awards, including the Howell T. Heflin Honor and Integrity Award, the Albritton Pro Bono Leadership Award, and the Chief Justice's Outstanding Leadership Award; served as a Fellow with the Alabama Law Foundation and with the National Conference of Bar Presidents; was elected to the Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism; and served as President for the Alabama State Bar. Sam is also retired from the JAG Corps of the United States Naval Reserve. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Marcel L. Debruge
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Marcel Debruge is a partner at Burr & Forman and Chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group. He focuses his practice on representing management in all aspects of Labor & Employment law, including litigation before the federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Marcel's practice ranges from matters related to wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, invasion of privacy, employment discrimination, and labor relations to violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act and litigation of employment contracts and restrictive covenants such as non-compete agreements. Marcel has been a member of Best Lawyers in America in Employment Law Management and Labor Law Management every year since 2006, and is a frequent lecturer on topics related to his practice. Marcel is a 1987 graduate of Louisiana State University and a 1991 graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law, where he served on the Managing Board of the Alabama Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

L. Susan Doss
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Susan Doss is a partner with Bradley, Arant, Boult & Cummings, LLP, in Birmingham, Alabama. Susan represents financial institutions and corporate clients in a wide range of business transactions, focusing especially on commercial lending and other financial transactions while also advising on compliance with state and federal regulatory schemes, particularly in the area of banking law. Recognized as both an Alabama Super Lawyer and as among the Best Lawyers in America, Susan also devotes significant time to charitable activities, including serving on the Board of Directors of Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, in the President's Cabinet at the University of Alabama, as a Director and member of the Executive Committee of the University of Alabama Law School Foundation, and past Chair of the Farrah Law Alumni Society. Susan received the Marcus Whitman Finance Award and her B.S. summa cum laude from the University of Alabama. She then earned her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was a Hugo Black Scholar, Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award winner and on the Managing Board of the Alabama Law Review, as well as a recipient of Order of the Coif, and the Presidential Scholarship.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Mark L. Drew
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Mark Drew is the Managing Partner of Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C. Mark practices primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, venture capital financings and related corporate activities and transactions where he addresses the needs of both public and private companies. Mark is an active member of the American Bar Association, including past service as a Cabinet member, Director of the Young Lawyers Division, and Liaison to the Business Law Section. Mark's service to the community includes participation in Leadership Birmingham and Alabama; membership on the Board of Visitors of Wake Forest University School of Law; membership in the Birmingham Business Alliance, Chairman's Circle, Board of Directors, and Public Policy committee; and service on the Board of Trustees of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Mark is a graduate of Wake Forest University, having received a B.S. in Accounting, and Wake Forest University School of Law, where he received his J.D. cum laude after serving on the Wake Forest Law Review.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Starr Turner Drum
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Starr Turner Drum is an associate at Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, Al, practicing in the areas of both general and complex litigation, white-collar defense and cybersecurity. Ms. Drum has served as judicial clerk for the Honorable James E. Graham of the Southern District of Georgia. Ms. Drum received her B.A from Emory University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Townes Duncan
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Townes Duncan has been the Managing Partner of Solidus Company, LP since 1997. From 1993 to 1997, Mr. Duncan served as Chairman and CEO of Comptronix, an $100 million electronics manufacturing services company; from 1985 to 1993, Mr. Duncan was a partner at Massey Burch, a venture capital firm with $120 million of assets under management; and from 1978 to 1985, Mr. Duncan served as an Associate & Partner at Bass, Berry & Sims in Nashville, TN. Mr. Duncan has been an active investor in Tennessee since 1985 and focuses his efforts on seed and early-stage companies. Solidus has $75 million in assets under management in private and public equity markets. Mr. Duncan currently serves on the boards of a number of public and private companies, such as J. Alexander's Corporation, New Constructs, and Change:Healthcare, and is a past board member on companies including Bright Horizons, Motricity, Inc, and Information America, Inc. Mr. Duncan is an active participant in community and charitable organizations such as KIPP Academy Nashville, Nashville Public Library Foundation Board, and Leadership Nashville; is a trustee for Ensworth School and has twice served as President of Ensworth's Board. Mr. Duncan earned a B.A. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. summa cum laude from Washington & Lee University.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Bingham D. Edwards
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Bingham D. Edwards Jr. Bing Edwards is a partner at Balch & Bingham in Birmingham, Al. Mr. Edwards leads Balch's economic development and tax practices and has been named a top tax attorney by Birmingham Magazine. Prior to joining Balch, Mr. Edwards clerked for senior U.S. District Judge Seybourn H. Lynne. Mr. Edwards received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Daniel J. Everett
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Lieutenant Colonel Daniel J. Everett is from Birmingham, Alabama. He currently serves as a Chief of Military Justice for III Corps and Fort Hood at Fort Hood, Texas, where he acts as the lead prosecutor for the busiest court-martial jurisdiction in the United States Army. His military assignments have focused primarily on litigation and criminal law. He has served as a prosecutor; a criminal defense counsel; Senior Defense Counsel; and as a litigation attorney with the U.S. Army. Prior to becoming a judge advocate, Lt. Col. Everett served several assignments as an Ordnance Officer. Lt. Col. Everett was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Lawyer for the U.S. Army from 2006-2007 by the American Bar Association's Young Lawyer Division, and has received many military awards during his career. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point as a Distinguished Cadet with a B.S. degree, received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, and received his L.L.M. in Military Law with a Criminal Law Specialty from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Legal Center and School, graduating with Honors.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Brandon K. Falls
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Brandon Falls was appointed to serve as District Attorney, Tenth Judicial Circuit, Birmingham Division, on September 1, 2008; elected to this position in 2010; and re-elected in 2012. For nineteen years, prior to his appointment as District Attorney, Mr. Falls served as Assistant District Attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Falls has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cumberland School of Law; faculty for the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina; and faculty for the National College of District Attorneys. Mr. Falls received his undergraduate degree and J.D. from the University of Alabama.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Fournier J. "Boots" Gale
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Fournier J. (Boots) Gale. Boots Gale currently serves as General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Regions Financial Corp. in Birmingham, AL. Prior to joining Regions Financial Corp, Mr. Gale was a founding partner of the Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Gale has served as the President of both the Alabama State Bar and the Birmingham Bar Association. Mr. Gale has served as Special Counsel to the Governor of Alabama. Mr. Gale is a former president of the University of Alabama Law School Foundation and has been listed in the Alabama Super Lawyers. Mr. Gale received his Bachelor's and J.D from the University of Alabama.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Vincent "VJ" Graffeo
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V.J. Graffeo practices with the firm Burr & Forman, LLP, in Birmingham, Alabama. V.J. is an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell rated attorney and maintains a diverse practice in the area of commercial litigation. He focuses on representing companies and individuals in real property, financial services, employment and shareholder litigation in state and federal courts. V.J. has been recognized as a Rising Star by Alabama Super Lawyers and named one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the Birmingham Business Journal. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

T. Parker Griffin, Jr.
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Parker Griffin is an associate with Bradley, Arant, Boult & Cummings, LLP, in Birmingham, Alabama. His work focuses in the area of bankruptcy law and he has extensive experience in corporate bankruptcies. Mr. Griffin has served as Vice Chair of the Creditors' Rights Subcommittee for the American Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Ruth Ann Hall
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Ruth Ann Hall is a Professor of Legal Studies in the University of Alabama Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. She has been teaching since 1994, and was also in private practice for fourteen years. Her solo practice work focused on family law, juvenile law, criminal law, corporate law, and SSI disability work. During her teaching career, Ms. Hall has been a member of several committees for the University, including serving as Faculty Senate Representative for the Master Plan Committee. She also served as a member of the Farrah Law Alumni Society Board of Trustees. Ms. Hall received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Tripp Haston
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Tripp Haston is a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Birmingham, Al. Mr. Haston co-chairs on Bradley Arant's Life Sciences Industry Team handling matters within the region and abroad. Prior to joining Bradley Arant, Mr. Haston clerked for the Honorable Emmett R. Cox of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Mr. Haston is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers. Mr. Haston received his B.A. from Auburn University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Joseph Heilman
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JOSEPH HEILMAN. Joe Heilman graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in May, 2015. While in law school, he was the IP Law Society President, a member of the Bruce Siegal Intellectual Property Moot Court Team, a BBL Student Researcher, and Senior Editor of the Law & Psychology Review. He received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University. Joe is the owner and founder of Heilman Productions, LLC, and has worked as a law clerk for the Alabama Attorney General's Office, an extern for The Honorable John Ott, and a law clerk for the United States House of Representatives.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Ann Phelps Hill
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Ms. Hill is an associate with Bradley, Arant, Boult & Cummings, LLP, in Birmingham, Alabama. Her practice focuses on business litigation and complex litigation, and she is a member of the firm's E-Discovery Team and co-chair of the American Bar Association's pretrial practice and discovery programming committee. Ann received her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Laura D. Hodge
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LAURA HODGE. Laura Hodge is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

David J. Hodge
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DAVID J. HODGE. David Hodge is a member of the firm Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., in Huntsville, Alabama. His practice focuses on products liability cases and mass torts, and also has a strong emphasis on small business representation. Following law school, before joining a firm, David clerked for Judge Inge P. Johnson in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He has been appointed to serve as Co-Chair of the Settlement Committee for the multidistrict litigation involving Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation. David is also a member of the Alabama State Bar Association's Judicial Liaison Committee and the Civil Rules Committee. He has gained the distinction of being named one of the top lawyers in Alabama by SuperLawyers Magazine and the National Trial Lawyers organization. He received his undergraduate degree from Samford University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Heath Holden
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HEATH HOLDEN. Heath Holden is a partner at Newell & Holden, LLC. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Alabama and the United States District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts of Alabama. He focuses his practice on Real Estate matters, Landlord-Tenant Law, Family Law, Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy, and Collections. Heath is also a trained mediator who first practiced law in Birmingham, Alabama as a contract/staff attorney for the firm of Whatley Drake, LLC. He later returned to Tuscaloosa and joined Herbert M. Newell, III. Heath is a member of the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association and the Alabama State Bar. He is also involved in the Farrah Law Society, Tuscaloosa BNI, United Way of West Alabama (Young Leaders Society), and The Red Elephant Club of Tuscaloosa. Heath received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Jim Hughey
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JIM HUGHEY. The Honorable Jim Hughey is a Circuit Court Judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Birmingham, Alabama. Judge Hughey began his service as a Civil Division Circuit Judge on January 15, 2013. Prior to taking office, he was a partner with the law firm of Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC. During his years of practice, Judge Hughey was listed multiple times in Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers and held an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He also served on the editorial board of the Alabama Lawyer and as co-chair of the Alabama State Bar's Diversity in the Profession Committee. In July 2014, Judge Hughey was awarded the Judge Drayton James Award by the young lawyers section of the Birmingham Bar Association. The award is presented annually to a judge who has exemplified Judge James' legacy of friendship, professionalism and legal guidance to young lawyers. Judge Hughey received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu

Elizabeth H. Huntley
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ELIZABETH H. HUNTLEY. Liz Huntley is Of Counsel to the firm Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama. She practices in the areas of banking and financial services, consumer law, business litigation and products liability. Liz serves on DRI's Diversity for Success Seminar Committee and is active in the Alabama Sate and Birmingham Bar Associations. She is also a well-known child advocate, serving on several boards such as Leadership Alabama Board of Directors, Children's First Foundation Board of Directors, and Children's Village Board of Directors, and is also the President and Co-Founder of Project Gear. She has been the recipient of many honors and awards. Liz received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Richard S. Jaffe
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Richard Jaffe is the senior partner of Jaffe & Drennan in Birmingham, AL, concentrating in the areas of Criminal Defense and Personal Injury. Prior to entering private practice Mr. Jaffe served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama and Deputy District Attorney for Tuscaloosa County. Mr. Jaffe is the founder and past president of the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association and taught Evidence at Miles Law School for eight years. Mr. Jaffe is the author of the book, "Quest for Justice: Defending the Damned." Mr. Jaffe received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Frank S. James
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Mr. James is senior counsel in the Birmingham, Alabama office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. His practice focuses on employment law and he counsels on issues related to numerous labor and employment laws, including Title VII and the ADA. Mr. James has been awarded the Sam W. Pipes Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Alabama School of Law and recognized in Alabama Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, and AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Frank is currently a trustee and a past chairman of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Metro Birmingham; member of the Board of Directors, Board of Pensions, Presbyterian Church; past director of Kiwanis Club of Birmingham; and past President of the University of Alabama Law School Foundation Board of Directors. He was a Colonel in the United States Army; clerked for the Honorable Virgil Pittman, S.D. AL; served as an Assistant United States Attorney; and was a Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law. Mr. James received his undergraduate degree from Campbell College and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Deborah J. Long
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Debbie Long is Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Protective Life Corporation whose principal subsidiaries include Protective Life Insurance Company and West Coast Life Insurance Company.

Prior to becoming General Counsel of Protective Life in 1992, Ms. Long was a member of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., Birmingham, Alabama, where she practiced in the areas of insurance, banking and finance, business acquisitions and mergers, and general corporate law. Prior to entering law practice, Ms. Long clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, United States Circuit Court for the Fifth Circuit (now Eleventh Circuit). Ms. Long has served as Chair of the Legal Section of the American Council of Life Insurers; Chair of the Judiciary Committee of the Business Counsel of Alabama; President of the Alabama Life and Disability Insurance Guaranty Association; Vice-Chair of the Texas Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association; Member of the Board of Governors and as President of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel, an international bar association for life insurance lawyers; Chair of the Board of the Alabama Women?s Commission (appointed by Alabama Governor Bob Riley); and on the Boards of various Birmingham charitable organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham; the YWCA of Birmingham; Oasis Women?s Counseling Center; Birmingham Museum of Art; and Partners in Neighborhood Growth, Inc. Ms. Long received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Matthew Todd Lowther
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Todd Lowther is a partner at Balch & Bingham in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Lowther is a member of the firm's litigation section and serves as chair of the firm's Insurance Focus Group. Mr. Lowther has been listed in Alabama Super Lawyers. He received his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Alabama.

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Marcus M. Maples
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Marcus Maples is a shareholder of Sirote & Permutt, P.C., in Birmingham, Alabama. He practices in the areas of insurance litigation, shareholder derivative litigation, and construction litigation. Marcus has been recognized as a Rising Star by Alabama's Super Lawyers. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Alabama Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section and served as the Co-chair for the Alabama Bar Association's Minority Pre-Law Conference. Marcus has also been involved with the Defense Research Institute, chairing the Diversity Sub Committee and vice-chairing the Public Service Sub Committee, and is also a member of the Farrah Law Society Board of Trustees. Marcus received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Michel M. Marcoux
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Michel Marcoux is a partner at Balch & Bingham in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Marcoux works in the firm's Corporate Finance & Securities, Healthcare Law, and Government Contracts practice groups.Prior to attending the University of Alabama School of Law Mr. Marcoux worked as an editor and reporter for "The Gray Sheet" in Washington D.C. Mr. Marcoux received his B.A. from Washington and Lee University, and received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Donald McKenzie
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Donald McKenzie is a founding partner of the firm McKenzie Laird PLLC after having maintained his own law practice for five years. Previously, Mr. McKenzie was with Stokes, Bartholomew, Evans, & Petree, P.C., Sherrard & Roe, PLC, and Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP in Nashville, Dunnington, Bartholow & Miller and Weil Gotshal & Manges in New York, and Freeman, Rothe, Freeman & Salzman in Chicago. Before emigrating to the United States in 1975, Mr. McKenzie served as an officer in the Army in his native Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), and with the Office of the Attorney General and in private practice at the Bar in Salisbury, Rhodesia (Harare, Zimbabwe). In addition to his membership with the mergers and acquisitions and federal regulation of securities committees of the American Bar Association's business law section, Mr. McKenzie is a frequent speaker at CLE events sponsored by the American, Tennessee, and Nashville Bar Associations on corporate and securities law topics such as mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing, third party opinions, and corporate governance. Mr. McKenzie received his LL.B (Hons) from the University of Rhodesia in Harare, Zimbabwe and an LL.M and degree in comparative legal studies from Cambridge University in England.

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Carey McRae
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Carey McRae, a partner in the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, represents a broad spectrum of healthcare providers, including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, home health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in connection with their state and federal regulatory issues as well as certain litigation matters involving regulatory, peer review, and reimbursement issues. In addition to being recognized as Birmingham's 2015 Lawyer of the Year in Health Care Law, he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at both Cumberland School of Law and the University of Alabama School of Law. Carey received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1988 where he was on the Dean's List and was recognized among the Outstanding College Students of America; his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1992 where he served as Lead Articles Editor of the Alabama Law Review; and his M.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1997.

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Ken Minturn
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Ken Minturn is the founder of Kenji, a trusted community marketplace for users to find, compare, and hire attorneys to help tackle their legal projects - online or from a mobile phone or tablet. An entrepreneur at heart, he has a JD from the University of Alabama School of Law and a MBA from the Manderson Graduate School of Business. Comparing the way law is currently practiced to sound business principals led Ken to explore ways in which attorney's services could be provided more efficiently and could better serve the interests of clients and attorneys, ultimately resulting in the seeds of the idea that became Kenji.

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Wilson Moore
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Wilson Moore is President of Pritchett-Moore, Inc. of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He has served as President, Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors; President, West Alabama Multiple Listing Service, Inc.; Director, Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors; Director and Vice President, Druid Glass Construction, Inc.; and as a member of the Boards of the Bank of Tuscaloosa; the DCH Foundation; and the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Moore received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Mac M. Moorer
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Mac Moorer is a founding partner of Lightfoot, Franklin & White, and served as its managing partner from 1995-2006. He practices in the area of complex commercial litigation, including class actions, securities fraud, professional liability, and real estate. When not advocating for his clients, he is active in Birmingham's civic development, having served as Chair of Operation New Birmingham and as a member of Leadership Birmingham's Class of 2001. Currently, Mac serves as a Trustee of the Birmingham Business Alliance and as a member of the Birmingham Innovation Group. Mac graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama in 1971 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. in 1981 from the University of Alabama School of Law where he received the Hugo Black Scholar Award and was President of its Bench & Bar Honor Society. After graduation, Mac clerked for the Honorable Sam C. Pointer, Chief Judge of the Northern District of Alabama.

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Richard Newton
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RICHARD NEWTON. Richard Newton is a partner in Newton Business Law. He specializes in providing connections with and for Asia and the United States and assisting in providing and connecting with all legal services necessary to internationalize business, make and grow connections, and facilitate business transactions. Additionally, he practices employment law, advising and representing both companies and employees in Title VII claims and litigation. Rick received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Michel Nicrosi
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Michel Nicrosi is a partner in the Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group at Jones Walker in Mobile, Alabama. Her practice focuses on preventive and litigation services for businesses and individuals in corporate and white collar criminal matters. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Nicrosi served as a federal prosecutor for more than 16 years. After graduating law school, she joined the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC. She was appointed to the DOJ under the Attorney General's Honor Program. In 1995, Ms. Nicrosi transferred to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Alabama, and served as Chief of the Criminal Division from 1997-2001. She has been elected President of the Board of Directors for the Alabama Post Conviction Relief Project, and has served as a former member and district Vice President for the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Ms. Nicrosi received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Pascal Nkengla
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PASCAL NKENGLA. Pascal Nkengla is an Assistant Public Defender for Tuscaloosa County. He received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. While in law school, Pascal received the Jerome A. Hoffman Student Leadership Award and the George Peach Taylor Award. He was Vice President of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society and a member of the National Trial Competition team.

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Kathryn "Katie" Osburne
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KATHRYN (KATIE) OSBURNE. Katie Osburne is Deputy General Counsel, University of Alabama System. Prior to joining the UA system, Ms. Osburne practiced with the firm, Rosen Harwood P.A., Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she specialized in administrative law, litigation and family law. Ms. Osburne has served as a member of the Executive Committee, Young Lawyers Section, Alabama State Bar; Chair, Law School Relations Committee, Alabama State Bar; Member, Alabama Custodial Law Revision Task Force; Member, Executive Committee, Tuscaloosa County Bar Association; Member, 2013 Leadership Tuscaloosa Class; and Member, Junior League of Tuscaloosa's Executive Board. Ms. Osburne received her undergraduate degree and her J.D. from the University of Alabama.

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Barry Johnson Parker
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Barry Johnson Parker is a shareholder of Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Mobile, AL. Ms. Parker currently serves as a member of the firm's labor and employment, class action litigation and complex litigation practice groups. Prior to coming to Maynard, Ms. Parker served as the Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Movie gallery Inc./Hollywood Entertainment. Ms. Parker has been recognized as a top lawyer in the area of labor and employment in Chambers USA, America's leading Lawyers for Business, and has received an AV preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell. Ms. Parker received her B.S. from University of South Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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James M. "Jim" Pool
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Jim Pool is a shareholder at Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Pool is the chair of the firm's Healthcare Practice. Mr. Pool has been listed in Alabama Super Lawyers as well as he Best Lawyers in America. He received his B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College, his M. Div. and S.T.M degrees from Yale Divinity School and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Jessica Powers
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Jessica Powers is an associate with King Simmons, P.C., in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to joining King Simmons, Jessica clerked for the Honorable Robert S. Vance, Jr., and worked for Legal Services of Alabama where she began her litigation career representing indigent clients in foreclosure and ejectment actions. She joined a personal injury law firm a couple of years later, and has been representing those who have been injured or taken advantage of for the past several years. Jessica received her undergraduate degree from Creighton University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama.

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Emily K. Price
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Emily Price is Of Counsel with the firm Price Armstrong LLC in Birmingham, Alabama. She has experience in construction disputes, securities fraud cases, and First Amendment litigation. Prior to joining Price Armstrong, Emily served as law clerk for the Honorable Abdul Kallon of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Alabama. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Oscar M. Price, IV
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Oscar M. Price IV is co-founder of the firm Price Armstrong, LLC, where he represents a wide variety of individuals and small businesses in personal injury and business disputes, with particular expertise in the area of class actions. An Alabama Super Lawyer and B-Metro magazine Birmingham Rising Star, Oscar also is an active contributor to the community through his attendance at Cathedral Church of the Advent and service on numerous Boards of Directors. Oscar received both his undergraduate and Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and JASONS honor society as an undergraduate and a Senior Editor of the Alabama Law Review while in law school.

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Robert F. Prince
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Robert Prince is the founding partner of Prince Glover & Hayes in Tuscaloosa, AL. Mr. Prince practices in the areas of personal injury, and environmental litigation. Mr. Prince has served as President of the Tuscaloosa Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Alabama Association for Justice. Mr. Prince also coaches Trial Advocacy competition teams at the University of Alabama School of Law. He received his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Alabama.

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Frances King Quick
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Frances Quick is a shareholder of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., in Birmingham, Alabama. She practices in the areas of employee benefits and executive compensation. Prior to joining Maynard Cooper, Ms. Quick practiced with another Birmingham firm, and was law clerk to the Honorable Sam C. Pointer, Jr. She has served as past Chair of the Women Lawyers Section of the Birmingham Bar Association, and on the Board of Trustees for the University of Alabama School of Law Foundation. Ms. Quick has been honored as an AV Preeminent Women Lawyer Martindale-Hubbell rated attorney; named in The Best Lawyers of America, Alabama Super Lawyers, and Birmingham Business Journal's Best of Bar; and chosen as Birmingham Magazine's Top ERISA Lawyer in 2011. She also received the Burton Barnes III 2012 Public Service Award. Ms. Quick earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Casey Reynolds
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CASEY REYNOLDS. Casey Reynolds is an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in the Bexar County Criminal District Attorney's Office (Texas). She received her undergraduate degree from St. John's College and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Chris E. Roberts
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CHRIS ROBERTS. Chris Roberts is the Director of the Alabama Office of Indigent Defense Services. He was appointed in April 2015 and is responsible for administration and financial supervision of all indigent defense services for the State of Alabama. Prior to his appointment, he spent two years in private practice and twenty years in the Public Defender's Office. Chris is a member of the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association, the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the National Association for Public Defense. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Julia Smeds Roth
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Julia Smeds Roth is a partner at Eyster, Key, Tubb, Roth, Middleton & Adams in Decatur, AL. Ms. Roth's practice focuses in the areas of family law, wills and estate planning and litigation. Ms. Roth has served as the president of the Alabama Law Foundation as well special counsel to the Alabama House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Roth served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Sam C. Pointer, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Ms. Roth received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Alabama.

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Nicholas B. Roth
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Nick Roth is a partner at Eyster, Key, Tubb, Roth, Middleton & Adams in Decatur, AL. His practice focuses in all areas of civil litigation, primarily medical negligence. Mr. Roth is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Trustee in the Farrah law Society. Mr. Roth has been listed in the Alabama Super Lawyers numerous times for his work in the areas of Mass Tort and Complex Litigation. Mr. Roth received his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Alabama.

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R. Cooper Shattuck
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Cooper Shattuck serves as General Counsel, University of Alabama System where he represents the Board of Trustees, affiliated entities and senior management in all legal matters, and is responsible for the delivery of all legal services for the System, its three campuses and affiliated entities, including the retention and management of outside counsel. Prior to joining the UA System, Mr. Shattuck served as the Chief Legal Advisor for Governor Robert Bentley, and practiced with two law firms: Rosen Harwood P.A. and Hubbard, Smith, McIlwain, Brakefield & Shattuck, P.C, both of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Mr. Shattuck received his B.S. in Economics from Georgia Tech and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Edward Sledge
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Edward S. Sledge, IV, formerly of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, is a partner in the Birmingham office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings. Ed has an extensive general litigation practice, representing businesses in commercial, class action, financial services and intellectual property litigation, as well as in personal injury and product liability matters. When not advancing his clients' interests, Ed serves as the Chair of the Alabama State Bar's Leadership Forum Section, the Chair of the Alabama State Bar's Service Members and Veterans Support Task Force and the Chair of the IADC's Business Litigation Committee. Ed received his B.S. in 1995 from the United States Military Academy, where he received the Superintendent's Award, and his J.D. in 2003 from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he was a Senior Editor on the Alabama Law Review, winner of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Competition, a member of the Moot Court Board, and the Jessup International Moot Court Team, as well as a member Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society and justice on the Honor Court. Ed is a member of the Order of Barristers. Prior to law school, Ed served with the 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia as an armor platoon leader, infantry mortar platoon leader, assistant battalion operations officer and battalion logistics officer.

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Alyce Manley Spruell
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Alyce Manley Spruell serves as Of Counsel to the law firm, Rosen Harwood, P.A., Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Prior to joining the Rosen firm, Ms. Spruell served as Administrative Director of Courts; and as Director of the Legal Division, State of Alabama, Unified Judicial System. Prior to her service with the State of Alabama, Ms. Spruell was managing partner, Spruell & Powell LLC, Northport, Alabama, where her practice focused on general civil litigation, employment and business law, legislative and regulatory law, and alternative dispute practice.

Ms. Spruell has served as President, Alabama Bar Association (2010-2011); Member, Alabama Law Foundation Board of Directors; Member, Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program; Chair, Protocol and Security Subcommittee, Alabama State Bar, Digital Communications Task Force; and Member, Chamber of Commerce, West Alabama?s Public Affairs Council. Ms. Spruell is a 2008 graduate of Leadership Alabama and served as a founding co-chair for the Alabama State Bar?s Leadership Class. Ms. Spruell received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Sam Stumpf
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SAMUEL E. STUMPF, JR. Sam Stumpf is a member of the firm Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC, in Nashville, Tennessee. He focuses primarily on privately-held companies, counseling clients on mergers and acquisitions and private equity and venture capital transactions. He is also experienced in working with franchisors and franchisees in franchise system formation; franchise agreement negotiations and franchise regulatory matters; investment managers in the formation of hedge funds and other investment partnerships; and investment advisors and broker-dealers in a variety of registration and compliance matters. Sam has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America as Nashville Securities Law Lawyer of the Year (2015); Nashville Franchise Law Lawyer of the Year (2013); and Nashville Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year (2012). Mr. Stumpf received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law.

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Jarred O. Taylor, II
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Jarry Taylor is a shareholder of Maynard, Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Taylor currently serves as the Chair of the Environmental Practice Group of Lex Mundi. Mr. Taylor's focus is typically on water, hazardous waste, and Superfund matters. Mr. Taylor has been recognized in Alabama Super Lawyers and The Best lawyers in America. Mr. Taylor received his B.A. from Davidson College and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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William "Lee" Thuston
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Lee Thuston is the managing partner of Burr & Forman, LLP, in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Thuston practices in the corporate/tax practice group where he focuses on economic development, business and succession planning, trusts and estates, tax law, and international law. Mr. Thuston has been featured in Alabama Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America, and in 2015 was featured as lawyer of the Year in Economic Development on the latter list. Mr. Thuston received his B.A. from The University of Virginia, his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and his LL.M in taxation from New York University.

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M. Chad Tindol
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Chad Tindol serves as Director of Risk Management and Deputy General Counsel, University of Alabama System, where he is responsible for the coordination of risk management functions throughout the University of Alabama System. Prior to joining the UA System, Mr. Tindol served as Associate Dean of Academic Services, University of Alabama School of Law; practiced law in Coffee County, Alabama; and clerked for the Honorable W. Harold Albritton. Mr. Tindol received his B.A., summa cum laude, University of Alabama and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

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Arnold W. Umbach III
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"Trip" Umbach is a partner at Starnes Davis Florie in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Umbach chairs the firm's labor and employment law practice group. Prior to entering private practice Mr. Umbach clerked for the Honorable Patrick E. Higginbotham on the United States Supreme Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He has served as Vice President of Legal and Legislative Affairs for the Birmingham Society for Human Resource Management. Mr. Umbach has been featured in Alabama Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. He received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Aldos L. Vance
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Al Vance serves as Associate General Counsel at Altec Industries in Birmingham, AL. Prior to entering his current position as in-house counsel, Mr. Vance was a partner at Starnes Davis Florie in Birmingham, AL. He has served as vice president of the Magic City Bar Association and is a member of the Farrah Law Society Board of Trustees. Mr. Vance received his B.S. from Auburn University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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William "Bill" Veitch
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Bill Veitch is Chief Deputy District Attorney, Bessemer Division, Jefferson County, Alabama. Prior to joining the District Attorney?s office, Mr. Veitch maintained a criminal defense and general litigation practice. Prior to and throughout law school, Mr. Veitch served as a police officer with the city of Birmingham, Alabama.

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Jon Waggoner
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JON WAGGONER. Jon Waggoner is a corporate attorney currently in practice for Auburn University as Special Counsel to the President. Mr. Waggoner's practice has been substantially based in the private sector focusing on a corporate transactional practice. At Auburn, he specializes in assisting the University where its activities intersect with the market, maximizing the University's financial power in designing, negotiating and drafting corporate transactions. He also assists the University in the issues related to corporate, educational, and foundation governance. Jon was a member of the 2005-06 Alabama State Bar Leadership Class. He is also a member of the State Bar Associations of Alabama, Georgia, New York, and Florida. Mr. Waggoner received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University, and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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Elizabeth Walker
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Major Elizabeth Walker serves as a Special Victim Prosecutor in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps where her practice focuses exclusively as a prosecutor of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child physical abuse cases. Over the course of her career in the JAG Corp she has worked as a Government Appellate Attorney, Officer-in-Charge and Trial Defense Counsel, Trial Counsel, and an Administrative Law Attorney and Ethics Counselor. Prior to entering military service Major Walker was in private practice in Massachusetts at a boutique law firm. Major Walker received her B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her J.D. from Vermont Law School, and her LL.M from The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School.

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H. Thomas Wells, Jr.
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Tommy Wells is a shareholder at Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, AL. Mr. Wells' practice focuses on complex mass tort, environmental and product liability cases. Mr. Wells is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of America. He has been listed as one of the top ten lawyers in Alabama by Super Lawyers. Mr. Wells received his B.A and J.D. from the University of Alabama. Mr. Wells also holds an honorary Doctorate of Law Degree from Suffolk University.

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D. Parks White
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D. PARKS WHITE. Parks White is the elected District Attorney of the Northern Judicial Circuit of Georgia. Mr. White's work includes the prosecution of felony and misdemeanor cases, supervising an office of Assistant District Attorneys dedicated to justice and victims' rights, as well as prior service as a Judge Advocate General in the United States Navy, including war time service in Iraq where he received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for his service as a liaison between a Special Operations unit and Iraqi Judges. He was recently promoted to Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy Reserve. Mr. White was selected as one of Georgia's "Top 40 attorneys under 40" in 2014 by the Fulton Daily Report, and is an experienced litigator who has tried more than 60 felony jury trials, including multiple homicides, child molestations, and drug trafficking cases, and is also an accomplished appellate attorney in the State of Georgia. Mr. White received his undergraduate degree from Clemson University, and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

For access to an archived recording, please contact Law School Academic Affairs at 205 348 7190 or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Grace Lee at glee@law.ua.edu