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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Phillip Reich
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Philip Reich serves as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, University of Alabama; and Director of Special Programs and Deputy General Counsel, University of Alabama System. Previously, Mr. Reich served, for twenty years, as Presiding Circuit Judge of Lawrence County, Alabama. Upon retiring from the bench, Mr. Reich maintained a mediation practice serving over ten counties in the state of Alabama in domestic, civil and appellate matters. Mr. Reich teaches in the Honors College, University of Alabama and serves on the President?s Cabinet of the University. Mr. Reich received his undergraduate degree 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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Cathy S. Wright
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Cathy Wright is a founder and principal of Clarus Consulting Group, a consultancy specializing in organizational development, communications, training, strategic and business planning and facilitation. Prior to founding Clarus Consulting Group, Ms. Wright was a founding member and shareholder of Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C., Birmingham, Alabama, where her practice focused on business litigation. Ms. Wright served as law clerk for United States District Judge Frank M. Johnson upon her graduation from law school. Ms. Wright has served as a practitioner-in-residence and as Adjunct Faculty, University of Alabama School of Law; Adjunct Faculty, Samford University Cumberland School of Law; and Instructor, Duke University?s Environmental Leadership (DEL) Program. Ms. Wright is the author of A Report on the Status of Women in Leadership in Alabama, published by the Alabama Women?s Initiative (2002).

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