Can a City Challenge the Constitutionality of State Monuments?

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By: Nicki Lawsen
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy


          In November 2019, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that the Memorial Preservation Act is constitutional and reversed the lower court’s decision.[1] Continue reading “Can a City Challenge the Constitutionality of State Monuments?”

Alabama’s Amended Hospital Lien Laws

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By: Lauren Wiggins
Research and Writing Editor, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Medical bills are a primary source of damages that personal injury suits seek to recover.  Those bills can be astronomical when such an injury requires treatment at a hospital whether through a few hours in the emergency department or an extended period of hospital admission.

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Alabama’s Cannabis Crossroads

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By: Gray Gilmore
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

            As of now, thirty-four states in the United States allow cannabis to be prescribed for medicinal purposes. Continue reading “Alabama’s Cannabis Crossroads”

International Service of Process – A Peek Behind the Curtain

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By: Will Johnson
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

           For most attorneys, international litigation is a rare occurrence.  As the world and its people grow increasingly connected, however, the opportunities for global disputes only increase. Continue reading “International Service of Process – A Peek Behind the Curtain”

Looking Back on Alabama’s 2019 Legislative Session

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By: Sarah Tindle
Member, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Many hot topics from medical marijuana to chemical castration were considered by the State of Alabama’s Legislature during the 2019 Legislative Session.  The Legislature met for twenty-eight of its thirty allowed days prior to adjourning sine die[1] on May 31, 2019, thereby ending the 2019 Regular Legislative Session.[2]  Continue reading “Looking Back on Alabama’s 2019 Legislative Session”

First Time DUI Convictions in Alabama

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By: Jordan Godwin
Interim Business Committee Chair, American Journal of Trial Advocacy

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a serious crime that the State of Alabama does not take lightly. Generally, a person cannot be in “physical control” of a vehicle if: (1) a person’s blood has 0.08% or more by weight of alcohol;[1] Continue reading “First Time DUI Convictions in Alabama”