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Stephen W. Shaw


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Areas of Practice:

Criminal Law
White Collar Criminal Defense
Family Law Mediation
Civil Practice
Family Law
Personal Injury Law

Bar Admissions:

Alabama, 1980
U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama, 1981
U.S. District Court Middle District of Alabama, 1981
U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1982


The University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1980 J.D.

University of Alabama, College of Commerce and Business Administration, 1977 B.S.

Appointments and Governmental Positions:

Commissioner, State of Alabama at large, Alabama Commission on Higher Education (2004-2012) – Appointed by Lt. Governor (Chair and ViceChair)

Family Law Task Force (2009) – Appointed by Chief Justice of Alabama Supreme Court

National and Community Service Board of Directors(2000 – 2002) – Appointed by Governor of State of Alabama

Mountain Brook Library Board – Chair (2001 -2008)

Mountain Brook Library Board Foundation (former Chair)

President’s Cabinet – University of Alabama

Board of Directors, Higher Education Partnership – Former Representative of The University of Alabama (1999-2001)

District Vice-President The University of Alabama National Alumni Association (1996-1998)

President – University of Alabama Alumni Assoc. Jefferson Co.Chapter (1994-1995); Former Executive Committee member

Monday Morning Quarterback Club; Red Elephant Club

Board of Directors, A Club Foundation – University of Alabama

Former Elder and Deacon Independent Presbyterian Church

Selected Speaking Engagements and Publications:

Alabama Bar Institute – Family Law Seminar – The Relocation Statute

Alabama Bar Institute – Discovery During Divorce Proceedings

National Business Institute – Analyzing Financial Information in a Divorce Case

Alabama Bar Institute – Criminal Law – Demonstrative Evidence and Defending Against the Presumption

Alabama Bar Institute – Recent Decisions of the United States Supreme Court

Birmingham Bar Association – Recent Developments in the Law – DUI Seminar

Alabama Bar Institute – Domestic Relations Seminar – Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Alabama Bar Institute – Estate Planning Seminar – Pre-Nuptial Agreements

Alabama State Bar – Family Law Section Preparation, Execution and Enforcement of Ante-Nuptial Agreements

Alabama Bar Institute – Recent Developments in the Law Seminar – “Recent Developments in Criminal Law”

Alabama Bar Institute – Criminal Defense Seminar – “Recent Developments in the Law and Crime Control Bill”

Legal Secretaries Seminar – “Preparation of Divorce Settlement Agreements”

Legal Secretaries Seminar- Preparation of Discovery

Alabama Bar Institute – Domestic Relations Seminar “Representing Older Clients” and “Banking Laws”.

University of Alabama School of Law – Guest Lecture “White Collar Crime and Federal Sentencing Guidelines”.

Birmingham Downtown Committee – “White Collar Crime”.

Alabama Bar Institute – Advanced Family Law Seminar “Recent Developments in Interspousal Torts”.

Birmingham Legal Secretaries Association – Domestic Relations Child Support Guidelines; Ethics for the Law Office.


Domestic Relations and Appellate Mediator

Honors and Awards:

Phi Delta Phi, President, 1979 – 1980

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Birmingham Bar Association, 1987 – 1988 Member, Executive Committee

Birmingham Bar Association, Chaired the following committees: Domestic Procedures, Criminal Law, Continuing Legal Education, and Family Law

Birmingham Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1987 – 1988

Alabama State Bar, 1986 – 1991, Member, Young Lawyers Executive Committee

Alabama State Bar, 1992 – 1995, Trustee, Legal Aid Society of Birmingham

Criminal Defense Lawyer Association

White Collar Crime Committee

Ethics and Campaign Finance Section

Past Employment Positions:

Judge E.B. Haltom, Jr., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, Law Clerk, 1980 1981


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