Update on Alabama’s Sentencing Reform Initiative

The Birmingham Lawyers Chapter
Start : Monday, November 18, 2013 12:00 PM
End : Monday, November 18, 2013 01:30 PM

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The Summit Club
1901 Sixth Avenue North
Birmingham, AL


  • Hon. Cam Ward, Alabama State Senate
  • Hon. Brandon K. Falls, District Attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama
  • Bennet Wright, Executive Director, Alabama Sentencing Commission
  • Hon. Bill Pryor, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Judge Bill Pryor of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit will moderate the panel. Judge Pryor is a member of the United States Sentencing Commission.

Senator Cam Ward was elected to the Alabama Senate in the general election on November 2, 2010 after serving two terms in the Alabama House of Representatives. Senator Ward currently is the Executive Director of the Industrial Development Board of Alabaster and is active in numerous community and civic activities. He serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Shelby County, the Greater Education Foundation of Shelby County, The American Village, and CASA of Shelby County. He is also a member of the Alabama Bar Association and State Executive Committee for the Alabama Republican Party.

District Attorney Brandon K. Falls was elected in 2010 as District Attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Alabama. Previously, he served as District Attorney for two years after an appointment by Governor Bob Riley, and he served as a Deputy District Attorney for eleven years. D.A. Falls has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cumberland School of Law and has been a faculty instructor for the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, and the National College of District Attorneys. He has lectured at the University of Alabama School of Law, the APOSTC Law Enforcement Academy at Tuscaloosa, the Birmingham Police Academy and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Bennet Wright is the Executive Director of the Alabama Sentencing Commission. Mr. Wright also serves as the Commission's liaison to the Alabama Legislature and co-chairs the Commission’s Standards Committee tasked with developing the State’s sentencing guidelines. Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Wright worked at the United States Administrative Office of Courts in Washington, D.C. His work for the federal judiciary included preparing wiretap and bankruptcy reports as well as preparing conference packages detailing the workload of the federal courts in each of the judicial circuits.

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Cost: $15 for lunch (Please pay at the door and make checks payable to “The Federalist Society”)

RSVP by Thursday, November 14, 2013, to Carolyn Adkins at or 205-521-8687.

CLE Credit has been requested for this event, but has not yet been approved.