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June 30, 2014

Professor Horwitz Provides Perspective on Hobby Lobby Decision

Professor Paul Horwitz, the Gordon Rosen Professor of Law, participated in a Q&A for al.com readers and put the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby in perspective. For starters, he did not find the decision surprising.

“The (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) is a powerful statute, passed by an overwhelming majority of Congress and strongly worded to place a thumb on the side of government accommodation of religion,” he said. Click here to read more of “‘The outcome here was not a shock,’ says Alabama law professor on Hobby Lobby ruling.”

June 26, 2014

Paul Sloderbeck Wins First Place in Environmental Law Essay Contest

Paul Sloderbeck recently won first place in the 2014 Environmental Law Essay contest sponsored by the Environmental Law Section of the Alabama State Bar. He will receive $1,000 for “Ecuador’s 2008 Constitutional Rights of Nature: A Step Toward Nature-Centered Rights in South America or Utilitarian Anthropocentrism in Disguise?” for a paper he wrote in International Environmental Law Seminar.

June 23, 2014

National Law Firms Restart Hiring, Ksobiech Says in Wall Street Journal

Tom Ksobiech, assistant dean for career services, said law firms have reached out to the Law School for hiring.

“There are a couple of prominent national firms that have contacted us about 3Ls because they did not have summer associate coverage,” he told The Wall Street Journal.

Summer classes are increasing at large firms in Atlanta, New Orleans, Nashville and Birmingham, he said. For more, read “Big Law Firms Resume Hiring.”

June 20, 2014

Alabama Public Radio Features Professor Carodine

Professor Montre Carodine was featured in a recent Alabama Public Radio broadcast on the Affordable Health Care Act. Carodine says the federal government is limited in how it can penalize citizens who don’t have healthcare insurance because the act doesn’t allow it to garnish wages or issue tax liens. “So they don’t have any way to get it other than to take money from you that they owe you.” For more, read and listen to “No Health Insurance? You May Owe More Money on Next Year’s Taxes.”

June 16, 2014

Gene Marsh’s Sports Law Class Doubles as Interest in Specialty Rises

Gene Marsh, an emeritus law professor, has watched as his sports law class increased from 30 students just a few years ago to nearly 60 students this year, according to a recent Tuscaloosa News article. As professional players’ and coaches’ salaries soar, law schools are offering classes and law firms are including it as part of their practices. Read more at “Field of Sports Law Grows with Athletic Industry.”

May 29, 2014

Law School, ABA Journal Announce Harper Lee Prize Finalists

The University of Alabama School of Law and the ABA Journal have named the finalists for the 2014 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction. The three books chosen to compete for the prize are: “Once We Were Brothers” by Ronald H. Balson, “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham, and “The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout. The prize, authorized by Harper Lee, is given annually to a book-length work of fiction that best illuminates the role of lawyers in society and their power to effect change.

The public is invited to cast its votes on the ABA Journal website [ www.abajournal.com] to help determine who the winning finalist will be. The public will act as the sixth judge, contributing a vote equal in weight to the selection committee members. The 2014 prize will be awarded in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 28, in conjunction with the Library of Congress National Book Festival. The winner will be announced during the ceremony, which will take place in the Madison Building of the Library of Congress starting at 5 p.m. The winning author will receive a copy of “To Kill a Mockingbird” signed by Harper Lee. To vote, visit http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/2014_harper_lee_voting/.

May 29, 2014

Lawdragon.com Features Dean Mark Brandon

Dean Mark Brandon discusses the legal job market, graduation trends and how he intends to keep tuition affordable at the School of Law. Read the full story at “Lawyer Limelight: Alabama Law Dean Mark Brandon.”

May 27, 2014

Former Professor Marsh Says Academic Misconduct Can Be Prevented

College athletics programs may be able to prevent academic misconduct by writing a clear policy, applying it consistently to all students and investigating every concern, says former Law School Professor Gene A. Marsh in a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Check out “Friendly Faculty: the Quiet Danger to Athletics Programs”  to read all of Marsh’s suggestions.

May 23, 2014

Josh Segall ’06 Featured in Montgomery Newspaper

The Montgomery Advertiser recently published an article featuring UA School of Law alum Josh Segall.  A 2006 graduate, he developed “Make It Rain: The Love of Money,” which recently ranked No. 1 on Apple’s app store.  Click here to read Game Developers “Make It Rain.”

May 15, 2014

Dean Brandon Featured in The National Law Journal

The National Law Journal published an article yesterday highlighting UA Law’s new dean, Mark Brandon. Click here to read “Alabama Law Deanship Represents a Homecoming for Brandon.” Mark Brandon

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