The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama is keeping the wheels of justice turning, even if that requires a little adaptation. When a client’s case was removed from the Baldwin County Circuit Court, Finley Reeves (Stone Crosby, P.C.) worried how he would manage to get admitted to practice in the Southern District during the COVID-19 outbreak. Fortunately, the Honorable Judge Kristi K. DuBose (Chief District Judge of the Southern District) made accommodations to swear him in, allowing Mr. Reeves to meet his deadlines and diligently represent the client. George Irvine (Mr. Reeves’ sponsor and an attorney with Stone Crosby, P.C.) and Archie Reeves (Finley’s father and an attorney at McDowell, Knight, Roedder & Sledge, LLC) also attended. In addition to other precautionary measures, everyone’s temperature was taken before entry and everyone wore masks throughout the ceremony.
Judges, clerks, and all court personnel are inconvenienced just like the rest of us. We appreciate them for keeping the courts open however they can. When things return to normal, pictures like this will remind us that adapting to things beyond our control and collaboration between the bench and bar are the order of the day as we live up to our oaths and serve our community. For now, it will hopefully give us a laugh.