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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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Edward A. "Ted" Hosp
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Ted Hosp is a shareholder of Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C., Montgomery, Alabama, as a member of the firm?s government affairs group. Mr. Hosp has also served as Legal Advisor to the Governor of Alabama; Adjunct Faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law; Chair of the Alabama State Bar Section on Ethics, Elections and Government Relations Law; law clerk to the Honorable Harold Albritton, United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama; and on the staff of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Mr. Hosp currently serves on the Alabama Access to Justice Commission; he served as the Commission's first Chair from 2007-2011. Mr. Hosp has served on the Board of the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program; the Board of the Montgomery Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program; and the Board of the Middle District of Alabama Federal Defenders Program. Mr. Hosp has long served on the Alabama State Bar Committee on Volunteer Lawyer Programs. Mr. Hosp received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.



Anthony "AJ" Joseph
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Anthony Joseph is a shareholder of Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C., Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Joseph's practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and general civil litigation. Mr. Joseph has served as an Assistant United States Attorney (N.D. AL); a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and an Assistant District Attorney (Jefferson County, Alabama). Mr. Joseph has served as chair, Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association; President of the Birmingham Bar Association; President of the Birmingham Legal Aid Society; President of the Alabama State Bar; Vice Chancellor of the Alabama Episcopal Diocese; President of the Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education; and President of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Mr. Joseph received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Richard J.R. "Rich" Raleigh, Jr.
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Rich Raleigh is managing shareholder of the firm, Wilmer & Lee, P.A., in the firm?s Huntsville, Alabama office. Prior to joining Wilmer & Lee, Mr. Raleigh served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General?s Corp and was stationed in Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Macedonia. In 2014-2015 Mr. Raleigh serves as President, Alabama State Bar. He has also served as a Bar Commissioner, Alabama State Bar; Fellow, Alabama Law Foundation; and Chair, Board of Directors, Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program. Mr. Raleigh received his undergraduate degree and his J.D. from the University of Alabama.



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.



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.



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.