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Nicholas W. Armstrong
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NICHOLAS W. ARMSTRONG. Nick Armstrong practices law with the firm Price Armstrong, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama. He represents small businesses and consumers in class actions and consumer fraud cases across the country, obtaining multi-million dollar results for his clients. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Alabama Bar Association, the Birmingham Bar Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and the American Association for Justice. Nick has served on the executive committee for the Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers Section, and was named a 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Super Lawyers? Rising Star in the area of Class Action Litigation. Nick has also been peer reviewed and rated A/V Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking awarded for legal ability and professional ethics. Nick received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, 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

Tenley E. Armstrong
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TENLEY E. ARMSTRONG. Tenley Armstrong is an associate with Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama. Her practice focuses on white collar matters, product liability, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare, consumer fraud and bad faith, and general business litigation. Tenley currently serves at the Annual Meeting Chair of the Women in Law Committee for DRI and is the President-Elect of the Young Lawyers Board of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association. 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Beverly Thorn
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BEVERLY E. THORN. Beverly E. Thorn is a Professor and Chair of the Clinical Health Psychology Department at the University of Alabama. She received her B.A. from Emory University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Bio-Clinical Psychology from Southern Illinois University. Her research focuses on chronic pain, chronic illness, and human sexuality. She has most recently been honored with the Frederick Moody Blackmon-Sarah McCorkle Moody Professor of Excellence Award.

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

Katharine A. Weber
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KATHARINE A. WEBER. Kathie Weber is a Shareholder at the firm of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. in Birmingham, Alabama. Her practice focuses in the areas of complex litigation, class action litigation, insurance and financial services litigation, and products liability. Katharine has been inducted into the Association of Life Insurance Counsel and was appointed Chair of the Corporate Section in that organization and to the Board of Governors. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in American and Alabama Super Lawyers. Katharine received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, 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

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