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Cynthia Lee Almond
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Cynthia Almond is a sole practitioner in Tuscaloosa. Her practice focuses on business, probate, and estate planning law. Ms. Almond serves on the Tuscaloosa City Council; the Board of First National Bank of Central Alabama; and the Board of West Alabama Regional Planning Commission. She is a graduate of Leadership Alabama. Ms. Almond received her B.A. 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

James F. Barger
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Jim Barger, Jr. is a founder and partner of Frohsin, Barger, L.L.C., which specializes in a white collar practice including the civil False Claims Act and the Arms Export Control Act (AECA). Mr. Barger's pro bono work includes appellate representation of death row inmates. Mr. Barger has been distinguished as both a "Rising Star" and an "Alabama Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers, an "Outstanding Young Lawyer" in Business Alabama, and a "Top Attorney" by Birmingham Magazine. Mr. Barger serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law, teaching White Collar Practice. He is an award-winning travel and fly-fishing writer, having visited more than thirty countries on six continents with by-lines in periodicals such as Field & Stream, Sports Afield, and Sporting Tales. Mr. Barger received his B.A. from Furman University, his M.A. from the University of Mississippi, 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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Arthur Orr
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Arthur Orr was elected to the Alabama Senate in 2006. He serves as Trustee, Southern Growth Policies Board; Chair of the Joint Legislative Water Resources Committee; Chair of the State Water Commission; Chair of Select Commission on High School Dropouts; Chair of the Alabama Senate Finance and Taxation Committee; and as members of the Joint Legislative Fiscal Committee; the Elections Commission; and the Wrongful Incarceration Committee.

Mr. Orr has long been involved in public service, volunteering during law school with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Community Soup Bowl. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Orr joined the Peace Corps where he was assigned to the remote Himalayan village of Khandbari, Nepal. He established there a college scholarship program to benefit female village students. To date, over 80 village students have benefited by attending college and seeking the opportunities an education provides. After completing his Peace Corps commitment, Mr. Orr returned to Decatur, Alabama, where he joined the law firm of Harris, Caddell and Shanks, P.C. While in private practice, he served as President of the Decatur Jaycees; President of the Volunteer Center of Main Street Decatur; and was an active Board member of multiple civic organizations and church committees. Mr. Orr was selected as the Citizen of the Year by the Decatur Rotary Club and as a "Community Hero" to carry the 1996 Olympic Torch in Morgan County, Alabama.

Mr. Orr left his law practice in Decatur to work with Habitat for Humanity International and establish a Habitat program in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh program was built from scratch and, to-date, has constructed over 500 houses in partnership with the working poor residents of that country. Mr. Orr served as legal counsel for Habitat for Humanity International throughout the Asia/Pacific region, traveling to numerous countries and negotiating with government officials, aid organizations and local citizens.

After serving with Habitat for Humanity International, Mr. Orr returned to Decatur where he is Vice President and General Counsel of Cook?s Pest Control, Inc., and part-owner of several local businesses involved in real estate development and management. Mr. Orr has re-engaged as an active community leader and has served as President of the Calhoun College Foundation; President of the Community Foundation of Decatur; President of the Decatur Rotary Club; and President of the National Alumni Association for Wake Forest University. Mr. Orr helped start the Community Free Clinic and has served on the Boards of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce; the Mental Health Center; and the Hartselle Development Board. Mr. Orr received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest 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

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.

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

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.

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

Dena D. Prince
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Dena Prince is Of Counsel to the firm, Prince Glover & Hayes, P.C., Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Ms. Prince previously served as Assistant City Attorney, City of Tuscaloosa; Member of the Planning and Zoning Commission, City of Tuscaloosa; President, Junior League of Tuscaloosa; President, United Methodist Women; President, Board of Trustees, Tuscaloosa Academy; and President, Administrative Board, First United Methodist Church. Ms. Prince received her undergraduate degree and her 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

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.

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. Jefferson Utsey
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J. JEFFERSON UTSEY. Jeff Utsey is in private practice with the firm Utsey & Utsey, in Butler, Alabama. Utsey & Utsey represents individuals throughout the State of Alabama and surrounding areas in general practice matters with an emphasis on litigation. Jeff is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the American Bar Association, Bench and Bar Legal Association, the American Associate of Justice, and the Alabama Association for Justice. 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

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.

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