The Alabama-West Florida Conference and the North Alabama Conference held the United Methodist Lawyers' Seminar on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Both conferences invited United Methodist members in their local churches to attend this seminar that focused on church-related legal matters as many in attendance often serve on church boards and committees. The two conference chancellors, Alan Livingston of AWF and Terry McElheny from North Alabama, were instrumental in organizing this seminar and served as moderators throughout the day. The event was held as Asbury UMC in Birmingham, AL.
Topics included sexual misconduct, property, child abuse, copyright, employment practices, liability issues and ethics. Dawn Wiggins Hare, Sue Bell Cobb, and Toby McClain all participated and represented the Alabama-West Florida Conference in parts of the seminar. Frank Dunnewind, AWF Treasurer, also served as an organizer for the event.
"I am pleased that I participated in the United Methodist Lawyers' seminar as I felt the topics were pertinent to my role as lay leader at Montgomery FUMC," said Hope Hicks, attorney at Webb & Eley in Montgomery, AL. "Oftentimes lawyers who are United Methodist are asked to give legal council on various church matters. This gathering heightened my awareness of church policy and law. It was also a great way to connect and fellowship with other church members in the profession.” Hicks concentrates much of her practice on workers’ compensation issues.
Bishop David Graves and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett served communion at the conclusion of the event. Continuing education credit was issued at the completion of the seminar. Click here to see photos from the event