305 ABA Journal Alabama articles.

Several states pass laws authorizing ‘In God We Trust’ motto in schools and other public buildings

Public schools could provide a new legal battleground on religion in public venues as more states pass laws authorizing the posting of “In God We Trust” in public schools.


Burr & Forman will grow to more than 350 lawyers with acquisition of South Carolina law firm

Burr & Forman has announced it will acquire the South Carolina-based McNair Law Firm, a move that will swell its ranks to more than 350 lawyers.

Burr & Forman, based…

Sotomayor expresses ‘deep concern’ about failure to preserve tape in appeal hinging on one word

Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday issued a statement expressing “deep concern” over an Alabama judge’s failure to preserve an original recording of his disputed jury instruction in a capital case.

Former partner sentenced to five years in prison for scheme to bribe Alabama lawmaker

A former partner at Balch & Bingham has been sentenced to five years in prison for a scheme to bribe an Alabama state legislator to oppose expansion of a site…

University of Alabama School of Law receives record $26.5M gift, new name

Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., a Florida attorney and developer, has agreed to donate $26.5 million to the University of Alabama School of Law over the next four years.

The donation…

Are states obligated to educate formerly incarcerated people about their new voting rights?

The last few years have been good for former prisoners hoping to regain the ability to vote. In New York, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued pardons in May to…

Alabama underfeeding inmates meal money
Former Balch & Bingham partner convicted of bribing ex-lawmaker to oppose Superfund expansion

A federal jury in Birmingham, Alabama, on Friday convicted a former Balch & Bingham partner and a corporate executive for bribing a onetime Alabama lawmaker to oppose expanding and prioritizing…

Alabama governor redirects some inmate food cash; will it stop sheriffs from keeping the leftovers?
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is calling on lawmakers to change a state law that some sheriffs have cited to keep food funds that aren’t spent on inmate meals.
ABA will honor Bryan Stevenson, founder of Equal Justice Initiative, with ABA Medal
Bryan Stevenson has made a career out of representing “the broken people,” as he put it in his autobiography, Just Mercy. His Equal Justice Initiative, founded in 1994, focuses on representing people who may have been denied a fair trial because of their youth, race or other circumstances.
States may scrap marriage licenses as counties resist same-sex ruling
Probate judges in at least seven Alabama counties refuse to issue marriage licenses to any couples, same-sex or heterosexual, so lawmakers may abolish licenses altogether. Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Montana have similar proposals.
Judge’s order says Alabama court ‘literally had to beg for money’ to pay staff
Corrected: When granting a continuance last Friday, Circuit Judge James Patterson of Alabama’s 13th Judicial Circuit in Mobile County advised the litigants they likely wouldn’t get another court date this year due to funding shortfalls.
Alabama sheriff who pocketed $750K in inmate food money thanks to state law loses in primary

An Alabama sheriff has lost a Republican primary race for the position after news reports revealed he pocketed more than $750,000 in excess money designated for inmate food.

Etowah County…

Federal judge knocks ‘faux drama in briefing’ with link to Tom Hanks GIF
A federal judge in Birmingham, Alabama, used a GIF to express his displeasure with “faux drama in briefing” in a dispute over a motion to exceed page limits.

In a May 1 order, U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor linked to an animated GIF of a skeptical-looking Tom Hanks with the caption, “Really?” Above the Law and Law360 have coverage.
Roy Moore files defamation suit against 4 of his accusers

Failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has sued three accusers who claimed he pursued inappropriate relationships with them when they were teenage girls and another woman who accused him of…

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