December 11, 2013

Watch the Fall 2013 Albritton Lecture Given by Justice Elena Kagan

On October 4, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan presented the Fall 2013 Albritton Lecture.  Click here to view footage from the lecture.

Thank you to C-SPAN for providing wonderful coverage of the Fall 2013 Albritton Lecture given by Justice Elena Kagan.

December 10, 2013

Professor Morriss: “Should Congress move quickly to pass comprehensive climate change legislation?”

Morriss140 Professor Morriss’ most recent op-ed has gone viral, being picked up by over 54 news papers internationally.  In this opinion piece he addresses the call for Congress to pass comprehensive climate change legislation.  Professor Morriss opines, “Congress should not waste time debating a comprehensive climate change legislation in the coming year.” Read the entire article “Rapidly growing economies in China, India will swamp any US efforts” in the Gazette Xtra.

December 10, 2013

Assoc. Dean Carodine Interviewed Again About BP Litigation for NPR’s Morning Edition

Associate Dean Montre Carodine was recently interviewed by NPR’s Morning Edition regarding the ongoing BP Oil Spill Trial.  Listen to the full interview.   Carodine

To listen to Professor Carodine’s previous NPR interview, click here.

December 5, 2013

Dan Joyner’s Blog Honored by the ABA Journal


The editors of the American Bar Association Journal announced the selection of The University of Alabama Law School Professor Dan Joyner’s online blog, Arms Control Law, as one of the top 100 best blogs for a legal audience. The official announcement can be found at

Professor Joyner’s blog,, provides analysis and discussion of international law issues relevant to arms control. The blog has covered the Syrian chemical weapons crisis and the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program in the past year.

December 3, 2013

The Intersection of Law & Neuroscience

Professor Michael Pardo’s book, Minds, Brains, and Law: The Conceptual Foundations of Law and Neuroscience Pardo-Michael S_opt-1 , co-authored by Dennis Patterson, was recently published by Oxford University Press.  The book explores several philosophical issues at the intersection of law and neuroscience.  It examines and critically assesses arguments for an increased role for neuroscience at the levels of legal theory, legal doctrine, and legal proof. To download the table of contents and introductory chapter click here.  You may also purchase Professor Pardo’s book on

November 21, 2013

1L Student Discovers a Passion for Public Interest Law

Hannah Hicks, a 1L at the Law School and a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship, found a passion for social justice as an undergraduate and has plans to turn her passion into a career. Read more about Hannah here.

November 18, 2013

Professor Vars: “Symptom-Based Gun Control”


Professor Fred Vars recently participated in a symposium on the Second Amendment at UConn School of Law. Watch the video of the symposium here.  Professor Vars presents his paper, “Symptom-Based Gun Control”, at the 2 hour 31 minute mark.

November 14, 2013

Dean Search: Candidate Specifications




For 140 years, Alabama Law has produced attorneys

who become leaders locally, nationally, and globally.

Our graduates do more than practice law – they shape

the future.


The University of Alabama School of Law seeks a dean with excellent academic credentials, extensive administrative leadership experience, and strong communication and fundraising skills.

Leaders from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines may be considered.  Candidates from the academy should possess a JD or equivalent degree and have a distinguished record of (or outstanding potential for) chairholder-level scholarship and teaching.   Candidates holding advanced degrees with scholarly interests related to the law and involving interdisciplinary, jurisprudential, empirical, or social science work, or exceptional jurists or practitioners may also receive consideration.

The position requires a candidate who can:

  • Set and achieve Law School-wide excellence in research, teaching, and public service;
  • Attract, mentor, and retain high-quality faculty, students, and staff;
  • Enhance diversity in all forms;
  • Manage the Law School, with skills including strategic planning, program development and evaluation, and financial management;
  • Raise funds and promote the Law School in Alabama and throughout the nation; and
  • Maintain and improve the School’s already strong relationship with the University, alumni, and the bar.


The University of Alabama School of Law is a top-ten public law school that offers its students an exciting, challenging educational environment coupled with a high quality of life. An intimate, student-centered institution, the School’s 45 full-time faculty teach approximately 500 students, offering a JD and seven JD joint/dual programs of study, as well as an international LLM, an LLM in taxation, and an LLM concentration in business transactions.  The curriculum is traditional but includes a variety of elective classes in business law, criminal law, environmental law, intellectual property, international law, and tax law. The curriculum is also rich in clinical, advocacy, skills, and perspective offerings.

The Law School attracts a racially diverse group of students drawn from both Alabama and the larger nation.  For the JD Class of 2015, the School received almost 1,700 applications and admitted 423 candidates; the median LSAT of the 2015 class is 165. The School is widely recognized for the value of its education, with current in-state tuition of $20,770 (out-of-state $34,840).  In a challenging environment, the School’s graduates have succeeded in the job market: in 2012, within nine months of graduation, 92 percent of graduates were employed in JD-required or preferred positions or were attending graduate school.

The Law School is part of the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, a  public   research university and the flagship of the University of Alabama System. Tuscaloosa is a thriving, affordable city of 100,000 that lies 50 miles southwest of Birmingham.

More information about the School and University may be found at


The University of Alabama is being assisted in this effort by the executive search firm Spencer Stuart.  The search committee welcomes comments, questions, and nominations or expressions of interest. To contact the committee, please email All submissions will be held in strict confidence.

The University of Alabama School of Law is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and of nondiscrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, handicap or disability, or sexual orientation. It does not discriminate on these factors in administering its educational policies; admission policies; employment, promotion, and compensation policies; financial aid and scholarship programs; and other school-related activities. 

November 6, 2013

Richard Jaffe (’76) Inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers

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Richard Jaffe, a 1976 graduate of Alabama Law, was recently named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Jaffe said, “I am humbled and honored to be a 2013 inductee as a Fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers, along with the other 2013 inductees. It is one thing to be acknowledged for one’s hard work and achievements but even more to be recognized for one’s commitment to the highest professional standards of trial practice for which the organization stands.” Click here to read more.

November 6, 2013

Professor Krotoszynski Elected to the American Law Institute


Professor Ronald J. Krotoszynski, John S. Stone Chairholder of Law and Director of Faculty Research, was elected to serve as a member of the American Law Institute (ALI).  The ALI drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, in model statues, and principles of law that are influential in the courts and legislatures.

Professor Krotoszynski had previously clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Johnson, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and was an associate with Covington & Burling, DC. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law, he served on the law faculty at Washington and Lee University and, prior to that, on the law faculty of the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.

He also has taught as a visiting professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law, the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary, at the Florida State University College of Law, and at Brooklyn Law School. Professor Krotoszynski has held appointments as a visiting scholar in residence at the University of Washington-Seattle School of Law, the Seattle University School of Law, and the Lewis and Clark School of Law.

EDUCATION: Emory University, B.A.; Emory University, M.A.; Duke University, J.D.; Duke University, LL.M.

Other Alabama Law Faculty ALI members include:

William S. Brewbaker III

Camille W. Cook

Bryan K. Fair

Charles W. Gamble

William H. Henning

Thomas L. Jones

Click here to read the full ALI press release.

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