Lawyer Jessica Kirk is a dedicated practitioner of family law in the state of Alabama. Lawyer Jessica Kirk deals with the issue of paternity on a regular basis. In previous decades paternity was often an issue that was not always easy to resolve. More often than not in the past it could be more easily determined that a man was not a child's father than it could be to determine exactly who had fathered a child. Even in the area of exclusion there were not always absolutes.
With the improvements made to DNA testing as well as its increasing acceptance as viable legal evidence, paternity has become a more central issue in family courts. Keeping abreast of changes in DNA technology, lawyer Jessica Kirk has adapted these changes to reflect how she deals with the subject of paternity in her family law practice.
Lawyer Jessica Kirk knows that there is much more to legal paternity issues than just determining through medical tests whether or not a man has fathered a child. When she works with her clients, both the men and the women, she consults with them about all sides of the issue. Well educated at the highly acclaimed University of Alabama School of Law and graduating as a Doctor of Jurisprudence, she not only knows all current laws governing paternity in the state of Alabama, she also approaches the issue in the role of a child advocate as well. Taking many things into consideration, such as the age of the child and the relationships between all parties involved, attorney Jessica Kirk treats each case as unique and advises and represents her clients accordingly.
Attorney Jessica Kirk has built an impressive resume since her graduation from law school in 1995. She is a partner at The Crittenden Firm and a member of the American, Birmingham, Tallapoosa County and Alabama Bar Associations as well.
About The Alabama Bar Association:
The Alabama State Bar has jurisdiction over the conduct of all attorneys and is charged with stimulating interest in improving the administration of justice. Its Board of Commissioners provides for the examinination of applicants who seek to practice law. The Alabama State Bar is the licensing and regulatory agency for attorneys in the State of Alabama, subject to Rules of the Alabama Supreme Court.
Board of Bar Commissioners
Composition. The affairs of the Alabama State Bar are administered by a Board of Commissioners which is composed of at least one elected representative from each judicial circuit in Alabama. One additional Commissioner is elected for each 300 members of the State Bar in a circuit who maintain their principal office in the circuit as of March of each year, subject to the requirement that no circuit is entitled to more than ten Commissioners. For purposes of electing Commissioners, the Tenth Judicial Circuit excludes the portion of the circuit known as the "Bessemer Cut-Off," which is treated as a separate circuit. The President and President-elect of the Alabama State Bar are ex officio President and President-elect of the Board of Bar Commissioners. The President-elect is elected annually by secret ballot delivered or mailed to the State Bar headquarters at a date designated by the Board of Bar Commissioners. The President-elect succeeds to the Presidency at the end of the annual meeting at which the term of the President expires. Annual Meetings of the Board of Commissioners are held following the annual meetings of the State Bar, at which time a Vice President is elected by the board from its current membership. Special meetings may be called by the President. Commissioners serve three-year terms of office, subject to the requirement that no person may serve more than three consecutive terms. The Board of Commissioners may delegate such power as it deems appropriate to an executive council composed of the President, President-elect, Vice President, Immediate Past-president, and three Commissioners elected by the Board of Bar Commissioners. Commissioners receive no compensation other than expenses as provided by law. No quorum is specified by law except in the case of disciplinary proceedings, where a majority of Commissioners constitutes a quorum.
Duties. The Board of Bar Commissioners adopts policies pertaining to the operation of the Alabama State Bar. Pursuant to legislative authority, with approval of the Supreme Court, it prescribes rules concerning admission to the Bar. In addition, subject to the approval of the Alabama Supreme Court, the Board adopts rules for the conduct of members of the State Bar. It has the power to enforce these rules by disciplinary proceedings, including reprimand, suspension, or disbarment. The Alabama State Bar publishes a journal. The Alabama Lawyer, bulletins and other items to improve the educational and ethical standards of the bench and bar. It makes studies and recommendations concerning substantive and procedural law and performs other functions pertaining to the practice of law.
The Board of Commissioners provides for a Board of Bar Examiners to examine persons wishing to be admitted to the State Bar. The Board of Commisioners prescribes the regulations governing the selection, number, tenure, compensation, and authority of the examiners, subject to the approval of the Supreme Court. It may also make rules concerning bar examinations.
Organization of the State Bar
The Alabama State Bar has a full-time staff consisting of a Secretary/Executive-Director, General Counsel, administrative and clerical personnel. The Bar oversees and supports a Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Program as well as other programs for the members of the Alabama State Bar. The Bar also maintains a separate office, which is operated under aegis of the State Bar's Disciplinary Commission and works with the General Counsel.
All practicing attorneys pay an annual license fee, which goes into a special trust fund. From this trust fund the Legislature makes an appropriation for the use of the Alabama State Bar.
Lawyer Jessica Kirk
is a University of Alabama School of Law Graduate. Lawyer Jessica Kirk
has many achievements including The Alabama Bar Association.