Published on October 4, 2021  
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Jacqueline Austin was awarded the 2021 Maud McClure Kelly Award from the Women’s Section of the Alabama State Bar.


Roy Gonas taught a 10-week lecture series on International Commercial Arbitration in spring 2021 to law students at the Faculty of International Relations, University of Lviv, in Ukraine.


Judge J. Randall May retired from the bench, after serving as one of 10 administrative law judges for the state of North Carolina for the last 13 years.

Judge Julian Mann III retired from the bench after serving his 8th term as chief administrative law judge for the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings. He held the role of chief judge for 32 years. As well, he was recognized with a Friend of the Court award from Chief Judge Paul Newby of the Supreme Court of North Carolina.


Dick and Linda Knight, both members of the class of 1976, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June. When they arrived on campus in 1973, they were the only married couple in their class. He is a retired health care lawyer, and she is a senior partner of the Nashville firm Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin.


Charlie Peppler became the city attorney for Pensacola, Florida.

Judge Bob Bailey was named a 2020 Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation.


Mark Hart authored his second novel, The Timepiece Protocol, which is available on Amazon.


Judge Arthur L. Smith III of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit Superior Court in Columbus, Georgia, became president-elect of the Council of Superior Court Judges on May 1, 2021.

Doug Jones is of counsel with Arent Fox, in Washington, D.C. As well, Jones is recognized as the Cumberland School of Law 2021 Distinguished Alumnus for his contributions to the legal profession and his community.


Thomas P. Clark is a stockholder of Henderson Franklin in Fort Myers, Florida. Clark is also a Florida Bar Board certified health and tax law specialist.


Edward Rhyne is a partner of Reed Smith, joining its Global Corporate Group in Houston, Texas.


Robert F. Smith is president of the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The role is a two-year term.

Wendell Sheffield received the Roderick Beddow Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (ACDLA) in recognition of his lifetime of service to the ACDLA, his clients, his students and his profession.


Hub Harvey Jr. received the Healthcare Professional of the Year award from the Shelby County (Alabama) of Commerce (Shelby County Chamber of Commerce). Harvey is the director of Shelby County Emergency Management.


LTC T. Jay Skinner IV was elected president of the National Guard Association of Alabama.

Charles E. Atchley Jr. was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Claudia Kennedy Smith is general counsel for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons & Paroles in Montgomery, Alabama.

DeWayne Pope is of counsel with Baker Donelson in Birmingham, Alabama.


Judge Anne Lamkin Durward was recognized as the Cumberland School of Law 2021 Volunteer of the Year for her significant service to the law school and its students, particularly coaching the moot court team. As well, Judge Durward was named a 2020 Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation.


Cam Ward was appointed by Alabama Governor Ivey to the Troy University Board of Trustees.

Julie Taylor was appointed by Florida Governor DeSantis to the 4th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.


Sandra Gregory is co-founder and partner of a new firm, Gregory Fann, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Rachel C. Nelley is associate general counsel for the State of Tennessee’s Department of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities in Nashville, Tennessee.


Demetra Liggins was awarded by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) with the Rick Palmore LCLD Alumni Award. As well, Liggins is a shareholder with McGuire Woods in Houston, Texas.

Candi Peeples is chair of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association.


Brian P. Adams was promoted to colonel and serves as staff judge advocate for U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command & Fort Detrick in Maryland.

Erik Heninger is president-elect of the Alabama Association of Justice.

Tyler Vail is co-founder and partner of Shunnarah Vail Trial Attorneys in Birmingham, Alabama.

Bradley Hendrix is vice president of the legal division of CBL Properties in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


John Roth is a partner of Maynard Cooper, working from the Birmingham, Alabama, office.

Jay Stewart was elected to the Vestavia Hills City Schools (Alabama) Board of Education.

Kent Altom is a clinical assistant professor of business law at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.


Woody Hartzog was appointed to a special legislative commission (Massachusetts) on Government Use of Facial Recognition Technology.

Jonathan Hooks is a partner of Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial in Birmingham, Alabama. As well, he was elected to be secretary-treasurer of the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association.

Travis B. Holly is director of risk management and associate general counsel for Hamilton Health Care System Inc. in Dalton, Georgia.

Jamie Tharp Wilson was appointed to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.

Judge Wilson will sit in Jackson, Mississippi.


Erin Pope is senior vice president and chief legal and compliance officer for Golden Living Centers - Indiana and Affiliates. She resides in Dallas, Texas.

William Cheves is founder of Cheves Trial Law in Braselton and Columbus, Georgia.

Julie Metheny is deputy general counsel of wealth management for Regions Bank in Birmingham, Alabama.


Brian K. Leonard published his first print book, Movement Mentors: Dred Scott, Homer Plessy, and Rev.

Oliver Brown: Three Courageous Men, Their Landmark Cases, and Their Enduring Legacies. (Civil Writes Press, 2021). As well, he currently hosts a podcast, Civil Rights University, where he interview lawyers, activists and civil rights social entrepreneurs; and provides information to practitioners in this area. Last, Leonard founded Civil Rights University, an online community, education and coaching platform, for civil rights activists, lawyers and others.

Scott Holmes was appointed to be the city attorney for Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Michael A. Sierra is a partner of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jacqueline Gadberry Denton is an associate wealth strategist with UBS in Nashville, Tennessee.

Carolyn Lam is deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer for Eco-Bat Technologies Ltd. in Dallas, Texas.


Monica Fischer is senior manager and serves as general counsel at Warren Averett in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ayanna Abrams is an associate at Brock & Scott in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

John Henson is head of legal and compliance at Consumer Affairs in Birmingham, Alabama.


Robyn Owens Lee is a staff attorney with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Preston H. Neel was promoted to partner at Bradley Arant in Birmingham, Alabama.

Luisa Kay Reyes was a semifinalist in The American Prize competition, in both the voice and piano categories.

Katie Horn Smith is a senior grants and contracts officer for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Kristi Winstead Wilson is a senior associate at Smith & Liss in Atlanta, Georgia.

LaMonica Orr-Love was recognized as the Cumberland School of Law 2021 Young Alumna for her

contributions to the legal profession and the community.


Tiana Garner was elected the clerk of courts for Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Erin Donohoe is a compliance risk manager senior at USAA in Birmingham, Alabama.

Matthew Dye is a dental program director with Gallagher in Birmingham, Alabama.


Drew McNutt is an attorney with Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys in Birmingham, Alabama.

Osborne Crosby is director of legal operations for Asurion in Jacksonville, Florida.

Rachel Jones is a senior university contracts officer for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Nick Gonzalez is assistant general counsel for LeasePlan USA in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brandi Maiorino became a shareholder of Maynard Cooper in Nashville, Tennessee.


Brandon Hays is a health care marketing account executive for McGriff in Birmingham, Alabama.


Caleb Bowman is a board member of the Salvation Army in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Hannah Garner Waller is an attorney at Davis & Steger in Amelia Island, Florida.

Jeremy Richter authored a novel, Vulcan Rising, under a pen name, J.W. Judge. The book became available on June 1, 2021, via Scarlet Oak Press, from a wide variety of retailers.

William Harrell is an attorney at Miller Law in Lakeland, Florida.

Heather Retchless Demyan is associate general counsel for Clayton Homes in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ryan Hicks is legislative counsel for the Division of TennCare in Nashville, Tennessee.

Daniel Sanders is an attorney with McClenney, Moseley & Associates, working from their Fairhope, Alabama, office.

Hilaire Armstrong is the first staff attorney hired by the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyer Program (ASB VLP). She is the VLP community clinic coordinator.


Danny Patterson is vice president of the Morehouse College Alumni Association.

Chris Weaver is a lawyer with Legal Services of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama.

Paul Simon is a partner of Hedgepeth Heredia in Atlanta, Georgia.

Veronica Williams Crenshaw is director of Special Education and IDEA Compliance for the Georgia Cyber Academy in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brittany Tedford Byrd is an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.

Heather Robertson Hill is a partner of Lloyd & Dinning in Linden, Alabama.


Taylor Martin is an associate at Mozley, Finlayson & Loggins in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ryan Proctor is senior corporate counsel at athenahealth in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sam Weisbarger is a claims technical specialist, corporate and complex claims, for Sentry, in Madison,


Brittany Scott is a principal with the Beasley Allen Law Firm, working from its Atlanta, Georgia, office.

Jackson Neal is an attorney with White Arnold & Dowd in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ricardo Brito is program manager for sustainability supplier and equity at Southern Company in Birmingham, Alabama.

Heather Hill is a data privacy program manager at Facebook in Menlo, California.


Sean Vanden Heuvel is senior contracts manager at Performance Drone Works LLC in Huntsville, Alabama.

Matt Woodham is an assistant professor and assistant director of Trial Advocacy at Cumberland School of Law.

Matthew Garmon is a partner of Morris Haynes in Birmingham, Alabama.

Avery Adcock is a partner of the Senior Justice Law Firm in New Alexandria, Virginia.


Mallory Bennett Brown is a partner of Thompson, Crawford, Brown & Smiley in Tallahassee, Florida.

Mark English is an associate at Wettermark & Keith Personal Injury Lawyers in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ben Thomas III is an associate with Hand Arendall Harrison Sale in Birmingham, Alabama.

Bret Thompson is an associate with Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart in Birmingham, Alabama.

Zak Johnson is an assistant attorney, in the commercial litigation division, with the Georgia Office of Attorney General in Atlanta, Georgia.

Alan Moore has been selected as a member of Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory's Faculty Program, where he will help lead the onboarding and training sessions for new employees.

Lisa Bailey is an attorney with Morgan & Morgan in Birmingham, Alabama.

Jordan Carlisle is an associate with Couch Lambert in Birmingham, Alabama.

Brandi Russell is the chief diversity and inclusion officer and director of talent management for Balch & Bingham LLP and is based in the firm’s Birmingham, Alabama, office.


Hunter Garnett is president of the Huntsville Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section in Huntsville, Alabama.

Hayden Bashinski is an associate at Proskauer Rose in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Travis Thomas is an assistant district attorney in the complex trial division for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office (Georgia).

Elizabeth Naro is corporate counsel with Shipt in Birmingham, Alabama.

Lindsey Voelker Davis is an associate with Alabama Divorce and Family Lawyers in Birmingham, Alabama.

Lynn Pulido Daly is an associate at Simpson, McMahan, Glick & Burford in Birmingham, Alabama.


Gage Smythe is an associate with Cornelius & Collins in Nashville, Tennessee.

Patrick Burglass is an associate with Nathan & Nathan in Birmingham, Alabama.

Morgan Price Bailey is an assistant district attorney in Madison County, Alabama.


Averie Armstead is a member of the City of Birmingham’s inaugural Core Leadership Team for the Women’s Initiative. The Office of Peace and Policy established the Women’s Initiative at the direction of Mayor Randall L. Woodfin ’07 to improve the lives of women and children in Birmingham.

Tiffany Ann Jones is an associate with Widerman Malek in Melbourne, Florida.

Michael Dunphy is an associate with Parker, Heitz & Cosgrove in Montgomery, Alabama.

Andrew York is an associate at McClenny, Moseley & Associates in Fairhope, Alabama.

Jessica Farmer earned her LL.M. at the University of Florida, and will be an associate at Purcell, Flanagan, Hay & Greene in Jacksonville, Florida.

Harrison King is an area manager at Amazon in Birmingham, Alabama.

Justice Neloms is an associate at Wade Anderson & Associates in Birmingham, Alabama.

Garrett Hartley is an associate at Carr Allison in Birmingham, Alabama.

Sydney Willmann is an associate with Bradley Arant in Birmingham, Alabama.

Lanier Savage Felten is an associate with KPS Litigation in Spokane, Washington.


John Wesley Williamson is an associate with Waller in Nashville, Tennessee.

Brock Pinson is an associate with Watson Spence in Albany, Georgia.

Ashley Jones is an associate at The Bice Law Group in Temple, Georgia.

Sarah Tindle Telofski is assistant legal counsel for the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office in Montgomery, Alabama.

Alaina Upman is corporate counsel with Surgical Care Associates in Birmingham, Alabama.

Kyle Whitt is an associate at Parnell & Parnell in Birmingham, Alabama.

Morgan Turner is an associate at Boardman, Carr, Petelos, Watkins & Ogle PC in Chelsea, Alabama.

Catherine Buttrey is an ADA compliance adviser for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Grace Greco is an associate with Gaines Gault Hendrix in Huntsville, Alabama.

Kyle Richardson attended the Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School at University of Virginia stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky in May, and is currently deployed in the Middle East.

Courtney Bobo is an associate with Mezrano & Associates in Birmingham, Alabama.

Jackson Reagan earned his LL.M. in tax from New York University School of Law, and is an associate with Gilpan & Givhan in Montgomery, Alabama.

Jake Sauls is a prosecutor with the Limestone District Attorney’s Office in Athens, Alabama.

Taylor Dant is an associate at McMillion Law in Graham, North Carolina.

Jessica Hunter is an associate with The Stanton Law Firm in Huntsville, Alabama.

Sarah Baldwin is an associate with Bradley Arant in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mallory Koger is an associate with Bradley Arant in Birmingham, Alabama.

Maggie Coan is an associate with Chenault Hammond in Decatur, Alabama.

Ivey Best is an associate with Haynes & Haynes in Birmingham, Alabama.

Cobb Bostick earned an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and is an associate with Baker Donelson in Memphis, Tennessee.


Mallory Beaton Early ’10 and Kevin Early welcomed twin boys, Tanner Wright and Connor Thomas, on Feb. 2, 2021.

Denzell Moton ’19 and Anita Elle Moton welcomed twin boys, Kendall James and Kyler Denzell, on Feb. 3, 2021.

Patrick Pope ’12 and Britney Kennedy Pope ’12 welcomed their son, Maximus Alexander, on Feb. 19, 2021.

Rebecca Hall Coleman ’14 and Neal Coleman welcomed their daughter, Rebecca Lamb, on Feb. 25, 2021.

Phoenix ’15 and Haley ’15 Iverson were blessed by the miracle of birth and adoption, and are happy to welcome their daughters, Quinley Doris, on Feb. 17, and Waverly Louise, on Feb. 24, 2021.

Andrew Brashier ’10 and Cara Brashier welcomed their son, Coleman Augustin, on March 1, 2021.

Emily Brown Cotney ’06 and Chris Cotney welcomed their son, Coleman Davis, on March 15, 2021.

Brittany Norman Scott ’14 and Mac Scott welcomed their daughter, Amelia “Millie” Jane, on March 16, 2021.

Ashley Heidger Meskill ’13 and Brian Meskill welcomed their son, John Bennett, on March 20, 2021.

Melissa Humber Yan ’10 and Shaun Yan, welcomed their daughter, Sloane Olivia, on March 27, 2021.

Nick Leslie ’15 and Lauren Leslie, announced the birth of their twin daughters, Lillian Rachel and Madelyn Elizabeth, on May 12, 2021.

Amanda Kistler Hinchey ’11 and Patrick Hinchey ’13, announced the birth of their son, Patrick Finn, on June 3, 2021.

Brittany Burgess Feld ’13 and Aaron Feld announced the birth of their son, Burgess Tate “Buck”, on July 2, 2021.

Michael Eldridge ’12 and Sarah Beth Eldridge, announced the birth of their daughter, Olive Grace, on July 8, 2021.

Chelsey Mitchell Edgerly ’10 and Jeremy Edgerly, announced the birth of their son, Thomas Mitchell Edgerly, on July 4, 2021.

Leanne Jackson Johnston ’12 and Sydney Johnston, announced the birth of their son, Theodore Gavin, on July 8, 2021.


Amanda Wendenburg ’12 married Michael Sullivan on Jan. 15, 2021.

Judge (ret.) Alan King ’80 married Carole King on Feb. 3, 2021.

Rachel Cobble ’16 married Charlie Pitts Jr. on Feb. 12, 2021.

Kristi Winstead Wilson ’08 married Thomas Langley on March 13, 2021.

Megan Y. Seaton ’17 married Justin Whaley on March 21, 2021.

David Wisdom Jr. ’18 married Amanda Samford on May 1, 2021.

Morgan Price ’18 married Thomas Bailey on May 1, 2021.

Alaina Upman ’20 married Justin Lomax, on May 8, 2021.

R. Ben Thomas III ’16 married Rachael Lynn Pintaric on May 8, 2021.

Meridith Hamilton Barnes ’08 married Kevin Blackburn on May 13, 2021.

Taylor King ’20 married Luke Buerk on May 16, 2021.

Kyle Pierce ’16 married Beth Clayton on June 5, 2021.

Katie Beall ’14 married Andrew Cates on June 19, 2021.

Samantha Anne Horwitch ’13 married Robert Nadolney on July 30, 2021.

In Memoriam

Gregory Burdine ’89, of Florence, Alabama, passed away on Dec. 13, 2020.

Ben Zarzaur ’72, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away on Dec. 22, 2020.

James Stanley Witcher ’66, of Mountain Brook, Alabama, passed away on Dec. 24, 2020.

Robert Sibley Ogletree ’77, of Rome, Georgia, passed away on Jan. 1, 2021.

Judge James Wendell McKenzie ’71, of Dayton, Tennessee, passed away on Jan. 2, 2021.

Luther Rhinehart Boyd ’68, of Pass Christian, Mississippi, passed away on Jan. 4, 2021.

Davidson Lynn Laning ’79, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away on Jan. 11, 2021.

Joseph Wiley Jr. ’89, of Columbus, Georgia, passed away on Jan. 16, 2021.

Norman H. Davis Jr. ’74, of Jackson's Gap, Alabama, passed away on Jan. 22, 2021.

Jon Batton Terry ’77, of Bessemer, Alabama, passed away on Jan. 24, 2021.

Robert Clair Boyce III ’74, of Homewood, Alabama, passed away on Jan. 28, 2021.

Chandler Vreeland ’85, of Marietta, Georgia, passed away on Feb. 12, 2021. 

Anthony Mancinelli ’76, of Buffalo, New York, passed away on Feb. 27, 2021.

Lawrence Richard "Ric" Rausch ’74, of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away on March 1, 2021.

John “Jack” F. Shoemaker ’66, of Tallahassee and Gainesville, Florida, passed away on March 2, 2021.

David Montgomery Hardee ’78, of Jackson and Denmark, Tennessee, passed away on March 17, 2021.

James H. Graddy ’84, of Cottonwood, Alabama, passed away on March 20, 2021.

James Brenton “Brent” Fleming ’95, of Wise, Virginia, passed away on March 28, 2021.

Billie Jean Young ’79, of Marion, Alabama, passed away on March 30, 2021.

Theodore “Ted” Royster ’73, of Lexington, North Carolina, passed away on May 20, 2021.

William Lee Irons ’66, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away on June 1, 2021.

Lenora Pate ’85, of Birmingham, Alabama, passed away on June 23, 2021.

Leonard Simpson ’74, of LaPorte, Pennsylvania, passed away on June 14, 2021.

Victor Curtis Davidson II ’87, of Jacksonville, Florida, passed away on July 3, 2021.

William H. Norton ’74, of Marietta, Georgia, passed away on July 5, 2021.