August 14, 2013
August 14, 2013
Judge Joseph Colquitt served as the associate reporter charged with preparing criminal provisions for the passage of the comprehensive Uniform Act on Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking Act. This law holds traffickers accountable, while placing a great deal of emphasis on the protection of trafficking victims. The uniform act was approved by the Uniform Law Commission during its 2013 Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts during July. The House of Delegates of the American Bar Association unanimously approved the act by resolution at its Annual Meeting in San Francisco on August 12. Click here for more information.
July 16, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala., August 13, 2013 -The University of Alabama School of Law has added a new legal clinic specializing in foreclosure issues. The clinic will offer legal assistance to individuals in Lamar, Fayette, Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Greene, Hale and Bibb country who are in foreclosure, or who face the threat of foreclosure, on their home.
The Office of the Attorney General of the State of Alabama provided the law school with $210,870 in funding from the National Mortgage Funding Settlement Program to establish the clinic. In awarding these funds to the law school, Attorney General Luther Strange stated that “The Tornado Relief Assistance Program that The University of Alabama School of Law created after the April 2011 tornadoes demonstrates the Law School’s success in aiding low-income and rural communities during a time of crisis.” “Likewise, The Foreclosure Relief Project will have a lasting impact by helping homeowners in Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens and Tuscaloosa counties avoid foreclosure while educating future lawyers.”
The law school, with the generous support of the attorney general’s office has now staffed and opened the Foreclosure Relief Clinic and has begun accepting new clients. Current law students, under the supervision of a full-time staff attorney and a part-time supervising attorney, will interview and advise the clients on the various options and alternatives to foreclosure. Such alternatives include loan modifications, workouts, forbearance, short sales, and deeds.
Hugh Lee, Director of the Foreclosure Relief Clinic and the Elder Law Clinic, says, “We are so pleased to have the opportunity to serve consumers facing foreclosure, as there are very limited resources currently available to help them with their housing crisis. Because foreclosure is generally a non-judicial process, consumers often do not understand how a lawyer can help resolve their situation. Furthermore, because attorney’s fees are not generally available and most consumers are facing foreclosure due to a financial crisis, few can afford counsel to help them. Thus, even those who try to seek counsel, often go without help.”
The foreclosure relief clinic addition expands Alabama Law’s clinic program to eight. Other clinics offering free legal assistance to the community are:
- Capital Defense
- Community Development
- Criminal Defense
- Mediation Law
- Domestic Violence
- Elder Law
- Civil Law
If you have any questions please contact Cynthia Almond (email@example.com), Caryn Roseman (firstname.lastname@example.org), or call (205) 348-4960.
July 15, 2013
In the days following the Zimmerman trial many news sources have sought the expert advice of Associate Dean Montré Carodine. Click here to see her interview with CBS 42 regarding Alabama’s “Stand Your Ground” law. To read Washington Times articles “Trayvon Martin’s Family Has Little Chance for Recourse in Court”, in which Associate Dean Carodine is quoted, click here and here.
Prior to the verdict, Professor Carodine was also interviewed by Fox News, , twice by CBS Radio Los Angeles live and quoted by the Washington Times.
July 11, 2013
Paul Goldstein’s Havana Requiem has been awarded the 2013 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. Click here to read more.
June 25, 2013
Professor Pierson was recently interviewed on NPR’s Tell Me More regarding the George Zimmerman trial.
“I think the government’s got a weak case and it hinges on that intent element. That government has got to prove that, of course, that he killed – that Zimmerman killed Trayvon, but that he did so – and here’s the magic language – evincing a depraved mind. And then the jury will be told that that means they’ve got to find that the killing was done with ill will, hatred, spite or an evil intent. And I don’t think the evidence shows that.”
Professor Pam Pierson
Click here to listen to, o r read, the full interview.
June 11, 2013
The Supreme Court of the United States, in a 5-4 decision, struck down the preclearance formula used to determine which state and local jurisdictions must pre-clear changes in voting procedures with the U.S. Department of Justice. This is clearly a landmark decision that will have important effects on voting rights in the United States for years to come.
Holder Decision Overview (PDF)
May 29, 2013
“There are two types of institutions: ones people want to get into and ones people want to get out of. In both cases equality can be achieved only by opening the door. The struggles and successes of patients at Bryce are far less well known than the events across town, but connected to them in deeply important ways.” Click here to read the rest Professor Vars’ opinion piece in the Birmingham News.
May 22, 2013
The three finalists have been announced by the University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal, co-sponsors of the Harper Lee Prize. They are: David Ellis for The Wrong Man; Paul Goldstein author of Havana Requiem and William Landay for Defending Jacob. You can help choose the 2013 winner by voting on the ABAJournal.com . The winner will be announced July 16. The prize will be awarded September 19, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the Library of Congress National Book Festival.
Learn more about each book below, and then vote for your favorite!
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May 8, 2013
The online Journal, Lawyers of Color Carodine , named
Associate Dean for Special Programs & Professor of Law, Montré
Carodine as one of the most influential minority law professors under
age 50. Click here to read the article.
Professor Yzenbaard received her J.D. degree from the University of Michigan College of Law and her B.A. from Hope College (Holland, Michigan) with majors in Political Science and Latin. She was an associate with the Cincinnati firm of Taft, Stettinius and Hollister (Cincinnati, Ohio) and with Dykema & Gossett (Detroit, Michigan). Currently, she teaches at Northern Kentucky University, Chase College of Law, where she has been on the faculty since 1975.
Professor Yzenbaard last visited the University of Alabama School of Law in the Spring of 2011 and before that in 2007. The Law School is pleased to welcome back Yzenbaard, who will teach Decedents’ Estates from May 27-June 27 at the Law School. For more information on Professor Caryl Yzenbaard click here.