Noteworthy Items

New Faculty

As previously announced, Greg Peterson, a partner at Maynard, Cooper & Gale, will be teaching Patent Prosecution this spring.  We are also pleased to announce the addition of two new adjuncts to our faculty, both alums of the Law School who are also currently working as associates at Maynard, Cooper & Gale.  Starr Drum (’09) and Sarah Glover (’11) will teach a new course on Privacy and Data Security Law this spring (see below for a full description of this course).


New Courses/ Changes in Course Name & Number

In addition to the list of new courses announced at the end of last year (listed below), we are pleased to announce the following additions to our schedule:


Special Topics in Law: Privacy and Data Security Law (LAW 731): Professors Starr Drum and Sarah Glover

2 credits

Privacy and data security incidents have changed the way consumers view companies like Google, Facebook, Equifax, and Target.  As these types of incidents continue to make headlines and the volume of data collected, stored, and used by businesses continues to grow exponentially, companies are increasingly relying on attorneys to help them navigate the legal minefield of privacy and data protection.  This course examines global privacy and data security legal doctrines and provides students with an opportunity to perform practical exercises that mirror the work performed by privacy and data security attorneys for their clients. During the course students will:

–       Learn about the foundational laws that govern privacy and data security compliance;

–       Simulate client interviews to understand how privacy and data security frameworks operate within an organization;

–       Participate in a mock data breach exercise; and

–      Learn how to effectively draft privacy policies, incident response memorandums, and data breach notices.

NOTE: This course has been classified as an experiential course.

NOTE: Enrollment for this course is limited to 16.


Special Topics in Law: Alabama’s Role in Shaping Constitutional Procedure Seminar (LAW 731): Professor Jenny Carroll

2 credits

In the past century Alabama has played a significant role in developing criminal procedure.  From Harper Lee’s description of a social justice public defender in To Kill a Mockingbird to the real-life struggle to guarantee competent counsel for the Scottsboro defendants in Powell v. Alabama to the civil rights movement’s use of the criminal justice system to force change, Alabama has long been at the cross roads of criminal procedural change as the state often took intractable positions and citizen activists pushed back for change.  In short, Alabama has served, and continues to serve as a frontline in the struggle to define due process.  In this course we will explore Alabama’s role in the evolution of criminal procedure.  We will delve into cases in an effort to understand the forces and circumstances that brought them about.  This class will include guest speakers and travel.  Students do not need to have private transportation to register.


Judicial Opinion Drafting (Law 715): Professor Mary Ksobiech

2 credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the duties and responsibilities of judicial clerkships. This course involves writing bench memoranda and draft opinions at both the trial and appellate levels.

NOTE: This course has been classified as an experiential course.



The following courses have undergone minor changes in course name and/ or number.  However, the professor for the course and the content of the course remain unchanged.


Special Topics in Law: Criminal Evidence Seminar (LAW 731) (previously Advanced Evidence: Criminal Seminar (LAW 637)): Professor Pardo

2 credits

This seminar discusses legal issues involving evidence in criminal cases. The topics vary from year to year, but they typically concern issues involving the constitutional rights of criminal defendants, forensic evidence, character evidence, juries, and famous legal trials. There are no prerequisites for this seminar.


Special Topics in Law: U.S. Races and the Justice System (LAW 731) (previously Special Topics in Constitutional Law: Critical Perspectives on Race and Civil Rights Seminar (LAW 764)): Professors Delgado & Stefancic

3 credits

This 3-unit course (not a seminar) addresses the racial and legal history of the major racial groups in the U.S., including African Americans, American Indians, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Whites.  As well, the course includes competing definitions and understandings of race and racism; the legal system’s contribution to the construction of race; race, sexuality, and the family; race and popular culture; crime; racist and antiracist speech and expression; and responses to racism, including resistance, coalitions, and healing.


Special Topics in Law: Discovery (LAW 731) (previously Problems in Civil Procedure: Discovery (LAW 636)): Professor Andrews

3 credits

By the end of the semester, you will know 1) the policies and purposes of civil discovery, 2) procedural and ethical duties in discovery, 3) practical application and assessment of discovery devices and responses and 4) the need to think and use judgment in conducting civil discovery.


Special Topics in Law: eDiscovery (LAW 731) (previously Problems in Civil Procedure: eDiscovery (LAW 636)): Professor Allison Skinner

2 credits


Special Topics in Law: First Amendment (LAW 731) (previously First Amendment Survey (LAW 764)): Professor Krotoszynski

3 credits

This course will survey the main doctrinal strands of the Supreme Court’s First Amendment jurisprudence.





Previously Announced New Courses:

Australian and American Law (LAW 773): Professor Elliott

3 credits

This course will explore the Supreme Courts of Australia and the United States, including issues of judicial appointment, jurisdiction, and role of the court in the larger system, case selection, and an overview of controversial issues addressed by the respective courts.  NOTE: Rising 3L’s (’19) are welcome to take the course.  Rising 2L’s (’20) should not register for the course if they plan to participate in the Australia Study Abroad Program in Summer 2019.


Copyright Law (LAW 722): Professor Durham

3 credits

A survey of federal laws conveying rights to copyrightable expression. This course, Patent Law (LAW 835), and Trademarks & Unfair Competition (LAW 752) together provide an overview of intellectual property.

NOTE: This course is generally taught every other year.


Entrepreneurship & Nonprofit Clinic (LAW 665): Professor Faucon

4 credits (clinic)/ 2 credits (class)

Students provide free transactional legal services to entrepreneurs and start-ups, small businesses, artists and musicians, non-profit organizations, and community development organizations in Tuscaloosa and surrounding Counties. The matters may include pre-venture counseling to founders and co-founders; choice of entity counseling and drafting of organizational and operational documents; strategizing, negotiating, and drafting agreements; employee and independent contractor management counseling; intellectual property counseling and trademark and copyright protection; nonprofit counseling and board governance training; and assisting with applications for tax-exemption and financing. The students may also work on policy projects on issues affecting Alabama business organizations.


Federal Government Contracts (LAW 741): Professor Fogle

3 credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the laws governing contracting with the federal government including the policies and limitations of public contracting, procurement procedure, contract types, cost and price principles, remedies, and claims procedures.


Juvenile Justice (LAW 791): Professor Donovan

2 credits

This course focuses on substantive legal and policy issues raised by juvenile crime, as well as procedural nuances present when a juvenile is processed through the juvenile and criminal justice system.


Special Topics in Law: Comparative Criminal Procedure (LAW 731): Professor John Acevedo

3 credits

Examining the legal systems of the United States, South Africa, India, and England this course looks at contemporary differences in criminal procedures and defendant’s rights as well as a brief history of the divergence among them


Special Topics in Law: Patent Prosecution (LAW 731): Professor Peterson

2 credits


Special Topics in Law: Democratic Institutions Seminar (LAW 731): Professor Vance

2 credits




Water Law (LAW 690): Professor Elliott

3 credits

The laws governing ownership of water contained in rivers, creeks, lakes, aquifers, and the like have been hugely important in the American West since the pioneer days. Only in the last twenty years, however, have such laws gained attention in the Eastern states. Water law comprises the laws governing ownership of flowing water, groundwater, and the land underlying water. This class will cover water law in both the Western and Eastern American legal regimes and in international law and will touch on many areas of the law that intersect with water law, including Indian law, constitutional law, and federal jurisdiction. Students will also study emerging political issues in the control of what is perhaps the world’s most important resource.  NOTE: This course is generally taught every other year.


Courses that will not be offered in the 2018-2019 Academic Year

As noted last year, we are unfortunately unable to offer all classes every year.  In addition to the courses that were announced last year (listed below), we will not be offering the following courses this Spring:

Human Trafficking Seminar (LAW 624)

Representing Small Businesses (LAW 748)


Accounting for Lawyers (LAW 760) (will be offered online via our Tax LLM Program- please see Dan Powell, Associate Dean for Graduate Law Programs, for more information)

Advanced Constitutional Law: Constitutional Interpretation (LAW 630)

Advanced Constitutional Law: The Civil Rights Movement in Alabama (LAW 630)

Advanced Torts: Complex Environmental Litigation—A Case Study of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (LAW 749)

American Legal History: Property and Slavery in the Old South (LAW 772)

American Legal History Seminar: Famous and Infamous Trials (LAW 772)

Comparative Constitutional Law: Freedom of Expression Seminar (LAW 786)

Constitutional Law, Special Problems: Equal Protection Seminar (LAW 764)

Constitutional Law, Special Problems: Critical Race Feminism (LAW 764)

Criminal Defense Clinic (LAW 665)

Criminal Law, Special Problems: Criminal Justice Reform (LAW 624)

Education Law, Special Topics: Equal Educational Opportunity (LAW 792)

Employment Discrimination (LAW 721)

Employment Law Drafting (LAW 740)

Equal Protection Survey (LAW 764)

Evidence, Special Problems in: Criminal Law Seminar (LAW 736)

Higher Education and the Law Seminar (LAW 711)

International Trade and Investment Law (LAW 666)

Labor Law, Special Problems in: Wage & Hour Law (LAW 759)

Land Use Planning (LAW 649)*

Latinos & the Law (LAW 698)

Tax Policy (LAW 720)

Trademarks & Unfair Competition (LAW 752)*

* Generally offered every other year