Davis Lawley – Drug Court elective
Davis Lawley, a former district judge and attorney in Alabama, will teach the Drug Court elective course on Saturday evenings. With 30 years of civil service and practicing law, Lawley’s diverse background also includes the practice of corporate, civil and criminal matters in the District of Columbia and the Federal Courts of Appeal.
In 2007 to 2009, Lawley was the presiding judge of the Jefferson County Drug Court, a special circuit court that specializes in resolving all drug and related criminal matters for the 10th Circuit of Alabama. Lawley was selected from more than 30 applicants by the bipartisan Jefferson County Judicial Commission, and approved by Gov. Bob Riley, to head this important court which had the largest docket in the state. In 18 months, Lawley and his team brought that docket down to the lowest active docket among district judges in that division while also improving recidivism rates and working relationships between attorneys and prosecutors.
Lawley, a graduate of Washington University School of Law, currently serves as chief operating officer and general counsel for The Tuebor Group (TTG), a global security consulting firm. He is the operations coordinator and business counsel to TTG and its affiliates domestically and abroad. He also specializes in coordinating military and law enforcement activities with local judicial systems and rule of law issues. Lawley also serves on the board of advisors for Skejit Corporation where he is an operations and business consultant related to business and military software.
Lawley has been an active participant in various civic organizations over the years including being coach and founder of Hayes and Ramsey High School Lacrosse, part of the U.S. Lacrosse Inner-City Project. He served as a senior staff counselor for Alabama Boys State for 10 years and was chairman of the Davis Lawley College Scholarship for Children of Police and Firefighters. In 1992, Lawley was named to the Outstanding Young Men of America.
A member of Mountain Brook Baptist Church, Lawley currently serves as the interim coach for the UAB Men’s Lacrosse team.
Malcolm McLeod – Real Estate Transactions/Probate Law
Malcolm McLeod of McLeod & Associates, LLC, is teaching Real Estate Transactions/Probate Law on Tuesday evenings. A graduate of the University of Alabama and 1995 graduate of Birmingham School of Law, McLeod formed a mortgage company which he operated until 2007 when he decided to focus solely on the law. His practice now is centered around real estate law and probate law, and he also has a family law practice.
“I have developed one of the more successful real estate closing practices in Jefferson County. With the addition of my wife, Jul McLeod (also a BSL graduate) to the staff, the practice has grown to encompass other areas of law,” McLeod says. “My family law practice allows me to play a role in difficult juvenile matters. I feel that this a real way for me to reinvest in the community.”
McLeod says he has always felt he came from a “tribe” of lawyers. His father, Grover McLeod, was a long-time practicing attorney and also taught classes at BSL. His daughter graduated from Vanderbilt Law and is a defense practitioner in Nashville. His son will graduate in May 2018 from Ole Miss Law School.
McLeod credits BSL for many opportunities in the law. “I have always felt that BSL served as the single most significant changing agent in my adult life. It has allowed me to be impactful in ways that otherwise would have been unavailable to me,” he says. “I have taught Real Estate Transactions and Probate Law at BSL previously, but never this course which combines the two. I feel this is the best approach to both subjects.”
McLeod is a sports fan and has attended seven University of Alabama national championship games. His main interest is the pursuit of live music. He and his wife attend dozens of live shows every year, and he serves as president of a non-profit company that promotes the live performance of original music.
McLeod lives in the Vestavia home where he grew up. He enjoys gardening and raises koi and chickens.
Victoria Ebrahimi Charles – Domestic Relations
Victoria Ebrahimi Charles, a graduate of Cumberland Law School, will teach Domestic Relations. She recently joined her husband, Ryan Charles, at Shunnarah Personal Injury Lawyers where she practices mass torts and family law.
Prior to her current position, she practiced securities law and family law at the Frankowski Firm and the Rose Law Firm. At Shunnarah Personal Injury Lawyers, Charles focuses on motor vehicle negligence cases, premises liability, slips and falls, and civil litigation. She is admitted to practice in all State Courts in Alabama as well as in Federal Court in the Northern District of Alabama.
Charles is an active member of the American Bar Association, the Alabama Bar Association, and the Birmingham Bar Association having served on the CLE Committee and the Pro Bono Committee, and the Alabama Association for Justice. She was an executive member of the National Trial Lawyers Women Trial Lawyer Association.
When she isn’t working, Charles enjoys spending time with her husband and their young son, especially enjoying highly competitive board game nights. She also represents pro bono clients from the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyer’s Program.