Why join ADLA

In addition to connecting law professionals throughout the state, the Alabama Defense Lawyers Association has a wealth of other benefits for members. From mixers to learning opportunities and literature, each member is sure to find that joining ADLA will give them the upper hand in their field.

Below are just some of our many member benefits. Ready to join? Join or renew your membership with our easy online form. Or if you have questions, feel free to contact us.

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    Annual Meeting

    Soak up some sun with other civil defense lawyers during our Annual Meeting at Sandestin. This three-day event brings together civil defense lawyers and their families for networking, CLE and family time. Each year ADLA invites members of the Alabama Supreme Court and the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals to speak to attendees and to attend the social events providing a unique opportunity for members to mingle with these prestigious judges outside the courtroom.

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    Deposition Boot Camp & Trial Academy

    Deposition Boot Camp combines lectures from experienced ADLA faculty with challenging breakout exercises to sharpen members skills to effectively take and defend depositions. The Bibb Allen Memorial Trial Academy is the perfect follow up for learning and sharpening trial skills. It’s a hands-on experience that pairs young attorneys with experienced lawyers and judges to practice trial exercises.

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    CLE Library

    Led by the Young Lawyers Section, members have exclusive access to free CLE that encompasses on demand and live webinars held throughout the year. Providing quality and convenient CLE opportunities allows our members to have unlimited CLE at their fingertips.

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    Expert Witness Inquiry Service

    The Expert Witness Database is a searchable list of inquiries regarding Plaintiffs’ experts. This tool can be used for gathering information about various experts who may be sitting on the other side of the deposition table or across the courtroom aisle. Let us connect you with other members who have knowledge about the expert witness you want to know more about.

    Browse Database
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    District Mixers

    Don’t wait until the Annual Meeting to connect with other civil defense lawyers. Get to know other professionals in your area by taking advantage of ADLA’s various mixers and meet-ups that happen throughout the year.

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    Amicus Curiae Support

    The Amicus Curiae Committee is highly involved in submitting briefs, writing on issues and participating in oral arguments before the Alabama Supreme Court. This benefit gives our members a credible and respected voice in the appellate courts. All previous briefs are searchable and available to ADLA members.

    Browse Brief Bank
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    Grassroots Efforts

    ADLA has a strong voice in the Alabama Legislature and has successfully impacted legislation. The Legislative Committee reviews all bills pending before our legislature, and alerts our members when necessary so we can quickly take action against legislation that potentially impacts clients and the defense bar. Additionally, we work with the Defense Research Institute, Alabama State Bar, and other groups in the region to address legislative issues of concern to our members and their clients.

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    The ADLA Journal

    The semiannual Journal is a publication filled with articles on trends and legal updates that are selected by the Editorial Board. Each edition focuses on the issues that affect our practice and clients. Members have access to each current Journal, along with permission to view and search dozens of past articles from previous issues. This is also an excellent publishing opportunity for members who are interested in writing.

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    Wednesday Briefcase

    Stay up to date about the professional law field and regional happenings with our members-only e-newsletter, the Wednesday Briefcase. Find out about local meet-ups, legislative updates, important news bites and more.

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  • Other than the fact that it was the S.O.P. for young associates at my first large firm out of law school, I joined ADLA for the networking opportunities and as an additional resource to lean on for practice pointers as a civil defense attorney.

    Jeremy Dotson

    Porterfield Harper Mills Motlow & Ireland PA
    Birmingham
  • I’m a member for networking and for the excellent resources and scholarship among the defense bar.

    Jonathan Hooks

    Christian & Small LLP
    Birmingham
  • I choose to be a member of ADLA because I think it gives the defense bar a way to connect. The plaintiff’s bar is very good about exchanging information within its membership. ADLA gives defense bar a similar opportunity. Until this point, I would say this is the best ROI I’ve seen. The free CLE may be my answer from now on!

    Caroline Pryor

    Carr Allison
    Birmingham
This year, in committing to ADLA, 900 members strengthened the foundation of the association and became part of the groundwork for our future members to continue advancing and innovating the practice of civil defense litigation. Join or Renew