Faculty Bios

HELEN ALLEN. Helen Allen is the Director of Student Financial Aid at the University of Alabama. Her office is responsible for assisting students through the process of applying for and receiving federal funding to achieve their educational goals. Her work in Student Financial Aid began as a Federal Work Study student and continued as a graduate assistant while earning her degrees. Afterwards, Helen began her career in Student Financial Aid as a counselor, and has progressed in the office spanning more than 20 years.
CYNTHIA ALMOND. 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.

NOEL AMASON. Noel Amason is General Counsel for Amason & Associates, Inc., a general contracting and construction management firm based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Prior to joining Amason & Associates, Inc., Ms. Amason practiced with the law firms of Burr & Forman, LLP, Birmingham, Alabama, and Phelps, Jenkins, Gibson & Fowler, LLP, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Ms. Amason received her B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

NICK 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.

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.

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.

JAMES F. BARGER. 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.

J. ALAN BATY. Alan Baty is Of Counsel to the firm Frohsin & Barger, LLC. His work focuses on criminal defense, white collar cases, internal corporate investigations, and fraud victim assistance. Alan is an accomplished trial attorney who has handled over a thousand criminal cases ranging from drug possession to capital murder while serving more than eleven years as a Deputy District Attorney. Prior to his work as a prosecutor, Alan was in private practice with a Birmingham law firm. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Cumberland School of Law where he teaches basic trial advocacy skills, and has taught Legal Ethics at the Birmingham School of Law. Alan has been voted one of the top five state and federal prosecutors in Birmingham by fellow attorneys, and was a member of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum, Class 6. He received his undergraduate degree from Auburn University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

DAVID BENCK is Vice President and General Counsel, Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. He received his B.A. in Economics from Birmingham-Southern College and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law. His current title is Vice President and General Counsel for Hibbett Sports, Inc., a publicly-traded Birmingham, AL based retailer with almost 900 retail locations in approximately 30 states. On top of his responsibilities at Hibbett Sports, David holds a number of other roles.

He serves on the International Board of Directors for the American Arbitration Association/International Centre for Dispute Resolution and as an Arbitrator in Commercial, Employment, and Sport disputes for the American Arbitration Association.

Additionally, David serves on the Ethics, Grievance and Safe Sport Committee for the USA Gymnastics Team where he counsels the organization on matters involving Conflicts of Interest and in disputes regarding qualification, discipline, and doping among others.

Further, David serves on the National Athletics Board of Review for USA Track and Field; as an adjunct law professor at Cumberland School of Law, where he has taught Practicing Law In House since 2008; on the Board of Directors for the Business Council of Alabama; and as an Arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the United States Council for International Business, and the London Court of International Arbitration.

David is a past President of the Alabama chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

THE HONORABLE WILIAM H. BOSTICK. Bill Bostick is Circuit Judge for the 18th Judicial Circuit of Alabama, where he presides over civil, criminal and domestic cases. For nineteen years prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Bostick served as an Assistant District Attorney in Mobile and Shelby counties of Alabama. Judge Bostick has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the Law School since 1996 and serves as Co-Director of the Summer Externship Program. Mr. Bostick received his undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

MICHAEL A. BOWNES. 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.

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.

HENRY CALLAWAY. Henry Callaway was appointed by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals as the federal bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of Alabama. His term began in May, 2015. Judge Callaway practiced business litigation and bankruptcy law with the Hand Arendall firm in Mobile prior to his appointment. He currently chairs the Alabama Access to Justice Commission, and is a former president of the Mobile Bar Association. He serves as a state bar commissioner and has been a leader in the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program for many years. Judge Callaway has also received a national award from the American Bar Association for his work to provide legal help to low-income Alabamians through the Alabama Access to Justice Commission. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his J.D. from the Vanderbilt School of Law.

LAURA CALLOWAY. Laura Calloway is Director of the Lawyer Management Assistance Program for the Alabama State Bar.

LAURA CHISM. Laura Chism provides litigation support services for solo practitioners and law firm clients on a contract basis. She is licensed to practice law in the states of Alabama and Mississippi. Ms. Chism currently serves on the Board for the Canine Compassion Fund, is a member of the Alabama State Bar, where she serves on the Pro-Bono Celebration Task Force, and the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

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.

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.

SUSAN DOSS. Susan Doss is a partner with Bradley, Arant, Boult & Cummings, LLP, in Birmingham, Alabama. Susan represents financial institutions and corporate clients in a wide range of business transactions, focusing especially on commercial lending and other financial transactions while also advising on compliance with state and federal regulatory schemes, particularly in the area of banking law. Recognized as both an Alabama Super Lawyer and as among the Best Lawyers in America, Susan also devotes significant time to charitable activities, including serving on the Board of Directors of Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice, in the President’s Cabinet at the University of Alabama, as a Director and member of the Executive Committee of the University of Alabama Law School Foundation, and past Chair of the Farrah Law Alumni Society. Susan received the Marcus Whitman Finance Award and her B.S. summa cum laude from the University of Alabama. She then earned her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she was a Hugo Black Scholar, Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award winner and on the Managing Board of the Alabama Law Review, as well as a recipient of Order of the Coif, and the Presidential Scholarship.

MICHAEL D. ERMERT. Mike Ermert is a partner of the law firm Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, L.L.P. of Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to entering the University of Alabama School of Law, Mr. Ermert served as a United States Army officer. Mr. Ermert has served as President of UA Law School’s Order of the Coif chapter and Chair of the Farrah Alumni Society. He has also served as a member of Birmingham Bar Association Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Bar Foundation. Mr. Ermert has been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates; selected by Benchmark Litigation as one of the top litigation attorneys in the state of Alabama; selected as an Alabama Super Lawyer; and is listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Ermert received his undergraduate degree and his J.D. from the University of Alabama.

PRIM F. ESCALONA. Prim Escalona practices with Maynard Cooper and Gale, P.C., Birmingham, Alabama. She has served as the Deputy Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General, State of Alabama; and as a Legislative Assistant for United States Senator Jeff Sessions in the areas of health care, education, and social policy. Ms. Escalona received her undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

BRANDON K. FALLS. Brandon Falls was appointed to serve as District Attorney, Tenth Judicial Circuit, Birmingham Division, on September 1, 2008; elected to this position in 2010; and re-elected in 2012. For nineteen years, prior to his appointment as District Attorney, Mr. Falls served as Assistant District Attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit. Mr. Falls has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cumberland School of Law; faculty for the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina; and faculty for the National College of District Attorneys. Mr. Falls received his undergraduate degree and J.D. from the University of Alabama.

KIRA FONTENEAU, THE PUBLIC DEFENDER. Kira Fonteneau is the Jefferson County Public Defender, Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to joining the Public Defender’s Office, Ms. Fonteneau maintained an active practice focusing in criminal defense, employment law and other civil litigation. She has served on the Birmingham Bar Association Executive Committee and is a member of the American Bar Association. Kira also serves as Board member and Advocacy Chair for the American Diabetes Association, and has been a participant in the Birmingham Bar Future Leaders Forum and the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum. She holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law.

JILL GANUS. Jill Ganus serves as an Assistant District Attorney, Tuscaloosa County. Ms. Ganus previously served as Jefferson County District Court Judge (2006-2013); Assistant District Attorney, Jefferson County, Bessemer Division (1993-2006; 2013-2014); and practiced law with Miller Hamilton Snider Odom (1991-1993). Ms. Ganus received her undergraduate degree and J.D. from the University of Alabama.

JAMES L. GOYER, III. Jim Goyer is a Shareholder and Co-Chair of the Compliance and Investigations practice at Maynard Cooper & Gale, PC. He is also a member of the Financial Institutions, Corporate Governance and Fiduciary Litigation and Commercial Litigation practices.
In the corporate litigation area, Jim has handled litigation and tried cases concerning pipeline-coal mining disputes, shareholder disputes, construction disputes, lender liability, products liability, securities, antitrust, computer software and hardware, insurance fraud, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, trademarks, toxic torts, environmental claims and general personal injury claims. He has defended multiple insurance sales practice cases in Mississippi. Jim’s Compliance and Investigations practice focuses on director/officer and fiduciary derivative litigation. He is listed by The Best Lawyers in America in several litigation areas and Alabama Super Lawyers in Mergers & Acquisitions. He is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Goyer was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 in the fields of Litigation-Banking and Finance, Litigation-ERISA, and Litigation-Mergers and Acquisitions. Jim received his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law and holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina.

BERT M. GUY. Bert Guy is a partner at Campbell, Guin, Williams, Guy & Gidiere, LLC. He work focuses on the firm’s Labor and Employment practice with more than 26 years of experience serving as outside general counsel to small- and medium-sized businesses and practicing in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, labor and employment and intellectual property. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

TRIPP HASTON. Tripp Haston is a partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Birmingham, Al. Mr. Haston co-chairs on Bradley Arant’s Life Sciences Industry Team handling matters within the region and abroad. Prior to joining Bradley Arant, Mr. Haston clerked for the Honorable Emmett R. Cox of the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Mr. Haston is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers. Mr. Haston received his B.A. from Auburn University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

DAVID J. HODGE. David Hodge is a member of the firm Morris, King & Hodge, P.C., in Huntsville, Alabama. His practice focuses on products liability cases and mass torts, and also has a strong emphasis on small business representation. Following law school, before joining a firm, David clerked for Judge Inge P. Johnson in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He has been appointed to serve as Co-Chair of the Settlement Committee for the multidistrict litigation involving Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust Litigation. David is also a member of the Alabama State Bar Association’s Judicial Liaison Committee and the Civil Rules Committee. He has gained the distinction of being named one of the top lawyers in Alabama by SuperLawyers Magazine and the National Trial Lawyers organization. He received his undergraduate degree from Samford University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

LAURA HODGE. Laura Hodge is an Assistant United States Attorney for 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.

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.

EDWARD A. “TED” HOSP. 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.

JIM HUGHEY. The Honorable Jim Hughey is a Circuit Court Judge for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Birmingham, Alabama. Judge Hughey began his service as a Civil Division Circuit Judge on January 15, 2013. Prior to taking office, he was a partner with the law firm of Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC. During his years of practice, Judge Hughey was listed multiple times in Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers and held an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He also served on the editorial board of the Alabama Lawyer and as co-chair of the Alabama State Bar’s Diversity in the Profession Committee. In July 2014, Judge Hughey was awarded the Judge Drayton James Award by the young lawyers section of the Birmingham Bar Association. The award is presented annually to a judge who has exemplified Judge James’ legacy of friendship, professionalism and legal guidance to young lawyers. Judge Hughey received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from the University of Alabama School of Law.

F. INGE JOHNSTONE. Inge Johnstone is in private practice with the firm Johnstone Carroll, LLC. His practice focuses on litigation in a wide variety of matters, including insurance disputes, business disputes, fraud, personal injury, maritime injuries, and property litigation. Inge is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar, and the American Association of Justice. He has served as Secretary/Treasurer for the Young Lawyer’s Section of the Birmingham Bar, Executive Committee. Mr. Johnstone received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

ANTHONY JOSEPH. Anthony Joseph is a shareholder of Maynard Cooper & Gale, P.C., Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Joseph’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and general civil litigation. Mr. Joseph has served as an Assistant United States Attorney (N.D. AL); a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and an Assistant District Attorney (Jefferson County, Alabama). Mr. Joseph has served as chair, Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association; President of the Birmingham Bar Association; President of the Birmingham Legal Aid Society; President of the Alabama State Bar; Vice Chancellor of the Alabama Episcopal Diocese; President of the Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education; and President of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Mr. Joseph received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law.

DEBORAH J. LONG. Debbie Long is Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Protective Life Corporation whose principal subsidiaries include Protective Life Insurance Company and West Coast Life Insurance Company. Prior to becoming General Counsel of Protective Life in 1992, Ms. Long was a member of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., Birmingham, Alabama, where she practiced in the areas of insurance, banking and finance, business acquisitions and mergers, and general corporate law. Prior to entering law practice, Ms. Long clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, United States Circuit Court for the Fifth Circuit (now Eleventh Circuit). Ms. Long has served as Chair of the Legal Section of the American Council of Life Insurers; Chair of the Judiciary Committee of the Business Counsel of Alabama; President of the Alabama Life and Disability Insurance Guaranty Association; Vice-Chair of the Texas Life & Health Insurance Guaranty Association; Member of the Board of Governors and as President of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel, an international bar association for life insurance lawyers; Chair of the Board of the Alabama Women’s Commission (appointed by Alabama Governor Bob Riley); and on the Boards of various Birmingham charitable organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham; the YWCA of Birmingham; Oasis Women’s Counseling Center; Birmingham Museum of Art; and Partners in Neighborhood Growth, Inc. Ms. Long received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

CAREY MCRAE. 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.

WILSON MOORE. Wilson Moore is President of Prudential Pritchett-Moore Realty 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.

ARTHUR ORR. 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.

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.

DENA PRINCE. 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.

ROBERT PRINCE. Robert Prince is the founding partner of Prince Glover & Hayes in Tuscaloosa, AL. Mr. Prince practices in the areas of personal injury, and environmental litigation. Mr. Prince has served as President of the Tuscaloosa Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Alabama Association for Justice. Mr. Prince also coaches Trial Advocacy competition teams at the University of Alabama School of Law. He received his B.S. and J.D. from the University of Alabama.

JESSICA POWERS. 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.

EMILY PRICE. 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.

OSCAR M. PRICE, IV. Oscar Price 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.

LAURA E. PROCTOR. Laura Proctor is Associate General Counsel over litigation with Louisiana-Pacific Corporation in Nashville, Tennessee. Laura focuses her practice on products liability litigation, Class action litigation, employment litigation, Construction litigation, Antitrust, Toxic Torts, Premise Liability and general tort litigation. Ms. Proctor currently serves as President-Elect of DRI and will ascend to the presidency in 2016 as DRI’s first corporate counsel president and third women president. She has served on DRI’s Board of Director as a National Director since 2007. She is active in several DRI committees including DRI’s Corporate Counsel Committee for which she is a founding member. She also served as Committee Chair for DRI’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and DRI’s Young Lawyers Committee. Ms. Proctor is also a member of IADC where she serves on the Corporate Counsel College Advisory Committee. Laura received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

RICHARD J.R. RALEIGH. 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.

A. PHILIP REICH. 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.

CHRIS ROBERTS. Chris Roberts is the Director of the Alabama Office of Indigent Defense Services. He was appointed in April 2015 and is responsible for administration and financial supervision of all indigent defense services for the State of Alabama. Prior to his appointment, he spent two years in private practice and twenty years in the Public Defender’s Office. Chris is a member of the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association, the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the National Association for Public Defense. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

R. COOPER SHATTUCK. 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.

ALYCE MANLEY SPRUELL. 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.

M. CHAD TINDOL. 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.

SHANE E. UNDERWOOD. Shane Underwood is the Fitzpatrick Endowed Professor of Value Investing and an Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Alabama. Dr. Underwood has published articles in leading finance journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Jouranl of Financial Markets. He is a member of the American Finance Association, Western Finance Association, and Financial Management Association. A 1999 graduate of the University of Alabama, Dr. Underwood earned his Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Prior to returning to Alabama, he served for five years on the faculty at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. While at Rice, he also taught personal finance courses for members of the NFL’s Houston Texans.

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.

WILLIAM (“BILL”) VEITCH. Bill Veitch is Chief District Attorney, Bessemer Division, Jefferson County, Alabama. Prior to joining the District Attorney’s office, Mr. Veitch maintained a criminal defense and general litigation practice. Prior to and throughout law school, Mr. Veitch served as a police officer with the city of Birmingham, Alabama.

M. JANSEN VOSS. Jansen Voss is in private practice with the law firm Scott, Sullivan, Streetman & Fox, P.C., in their Birmingham office. His work focuses on civil practice. Jansen is a member of the Alabama State Bar and the American Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from Birmingham-Southern College, and his JD and MBA from the University of Alabama.

KATHARINE A. WEBER. Katharine 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.

J. MARK WHITE. J. Mark White is a founding partner of White Arnold & Dowd P.C., Birmingham, Alabama, where his practice focuses on white collar crime, environmental and mass tort, personal injury, antitrust and securities litigation. Mr. White has served as President, Alabama State Bar; President, Birmingham Bar Association; and Member, Alabama Judiciary Inquiry Commission. Mr. White received his B.A. from Auburn University and his J.D. from Samford University Cumberland School of Law

CHRIS J. WILLIAMS. Chris Williams is a Shareholder in the firm Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. His practice focuses on general litigation and environmental law matters, and he has more than 10 years of experience representing businesses in heavily regulated industries. Chris currently serves as the Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Alabama State Bar, a Board member for the Cahaba River Society, and is active in the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program. He has been recognized in Alabama Super Lawyers as a Rising Star; The Best Lawyers in America, Environmental Law; and Birmingham Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40. Chris received his undergraduate degree from Rhodes College, his M.F. from Yale University, and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.

CATHY WRIGHT. 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).

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