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Whit Colvin

Phone: (205) 251-2881
Fax: (205) 254-3987
Email: wcolvin@bishopcolvin.com

Whit Colvin regularly consults with clients in complex, specialized areas – land use, desegregation, federal regulatory and statutory law (such as the Fair Labor Standards Act), education finance issues, No Child Left Behind Act, and related areas. He has represented the State of Alabama in its efforts to satisfy its statewide desegregation obligations and local boards in similar efforts, as well as the University of Montevallo in its higher education desegregation case. He works regularly with clients on land development opportunities, zoning, overtime issues, regulatory and statutory compliance, and other matters in the public sector. He is frequently engaged by professional groups and boards of education to speak on topics of interest to educational professionals and board members.

Speaking Engagements / Seminars:

  • Students First Act, Alexander City Board of Education, Principals, and Administrators (February and March 2012)
  • The Immigration Act, Some Practical Guidance for Dealing with Contracts, Alabama Association of School Business Officials (February 2012)
  • "That's Payroll's Problem . . . Right?," The Fair Labor Standards Act, and Human Resources-A Practical Guide, Alabama Association of School Personnel Administrators, Winter Conference (January 2012)
  • Current Issues in Payroll/Personnel: Students First Act, Hiring Practices and Procedures, Overtime and Employee Leave, Alabama Association of School Business Officials (September 2011)
  • Students First Act, Alabama Association of School Personnel Administrators (September 2011)
  • Sexual Harassment in Schools, Macon County Board of Education (August 2011)
  • An Administrator's Guide to Sexual Harassment, Practical Tips, Gadsden City Schools (August 2011)
  • Sexual Harassment in School, Macon County Board of Education (August 2011)
  • Students First Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and Leave, Jefferson County Board of Education, Administrator's Conference (July 2011)
  • How To Avoid FLSA Issues-10 Tips for Administrators, Jefferson County Board of Education, Administrator's Conference (July 2011)
  • Hey, You Can't Take That: Ethics Rules in Alabama, Sexual Harassment What it is, why you need to know about it, and how you investigate it, Macon County Board of Education – Summer Retreat, Callaway Gardens (June 2011)
  • Personnel Records: Privacy and the Open Records Act and Current Legal Issues In Education, Alabama Association of School Business Officials, Annual Conference Orange Beach (May 2011)
  • Alabama's Sunshine Laws: The Open Meetings Act and the Open Records Act, Alabama Association of School Professional Association, Secretary's Workshop Annual Conference, Orange Beach (April 2011)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act and Military Leave Changes, Alabama Association of School Business Officials, AASBO and Payroll Certificate Program, Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (February 2009)
  • The Fair Labor Standards Act: Particular "Opportunities" for School Boards, Alabama Association of School Business Officials, AASBO Payroll Personnel Certificate Program, Bryan Conference Center, Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (September 2008)
  • Payroll & Personnel Issues, Alabama Association of School Business Officials 39th Annual Conference (May 2008)
  • Employee Leave Laws, Family & Medical Leave Act, Alabama Association of School Business Officials 39th Annual Conference (May 2008)
  • E-Discovery: What it Means, or How We Communicate, When We Communicate, and What We Say; Alabama Association of School Boards, Winter District Meetings (January and February 2008)
  • Administrative Land Use Process: What Every Real Estate Lawyer Needs to Know; Alabama Bar for Continuing Legal Education (October 19, 2007)
  • Disproportionality in Discipline; Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys, Summer Conference, Orange Beach, Alabama (2007)
  • Effective School Board/Attorney Relationships, Alabama Association of School Boards, Fall District Meeting (October 2006)
  • Sex and the Stadium, Understanding Title IX; Alabama Association of School Boards, Fall District Meetings (Fall 2003)
  • Fair Pay: A Guide to the New Fair Labor Standards Act Regulations, Alabama Association of School Boards, Summer Conference, Gulf Shores, Alabama (July 10, 2004)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act - Overtime Class Actions, Alabama Association of School Boards, Summer Conference, Gulf Shores, Alabama (July 2003)

Published and Unpublished Opinions:

  • Gray v. Vestavia Hills Bd. of Educ., 2008 WL 5064890 (11th Cir. 2008)
  • Lee v. Lee County Bd. of Educ., 476 F.Supp.2d 1356 (M.D. Ala. 2007)
  • Knight v. Alabama, 469 F.Supp.2d 1016 (N.D. Ala. 2006)
  • Harris v. Crenshaw County Bd. of Educ., 2006 WL 2590592 (M.D. Ala. 2006)
  • Chism v. Jefferson County, 954 So.2d 12058 (Ala. 2006)
  • Richardson v. Terry, 893 So.2d 277 (Ala. 2004)
  • Banks, Finley, White & Co. v. Wright, 864 So.2d 324 (Ala. 2001)
  • Laidlaw Transit, Inc. v. Alabama Educ. Assn., 769 So.2d 872 (Ala. 2000)
  • H.M. v. Jefferson County Bd. of Educ., 719 So.2d 793 (Ala. 1998)

Publications:

  • Military Leave Changes for the 21st Century, Education and the Law (June 30, 2003)
  • Political Pitfalls: Practical Tips for School Board Candidates, Alabama School Boards (February 28, 2002)

Professional Affiliations, Activities and Honors:

  • Birmingham, Alabama, Bar Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys - President (2007), Vice President (2006), Board of Directors (2005-2007)
  • Alabama Association of Municipal Attorneys
  • Named to Birmingham Magazine's Top Attorneys - "Rising Stars"
  • Named to 2010-2011 Edition of Super Lawyers - "Rising Stars"
  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory
   

Whit Colvin

Education:

- University of Alabama School 
  of Law, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, cum laude, Juris Doctorate, 1995
- Birmingham Southern 
  College, Birmingham, Alabama, cum laude, Bachelor of Arts, 1992

Admitted:

- Alabama (1995)
- United States Court of
  Appeals for Eleventh Circuit
- Supreme Court of Alabama
- United States District Court
  for Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama

 
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