Richard Theibert has practiced law at Najjar Denaburg in Birmingham since 1992. He practices property and real estate law. For the same number of years, Theibert has been teaching property law courses to students at Birmingham School of Law (BSL). Those students include 40 percent of the law school’s current faculty.
“I started teaching at the law school when it was in the courthouse and then the Frank Nelson Building. Now I am teaching in the new building on 22nd Street. I teach Property Law I and II, Intellectual Property and, occasionally, Property III which encompasses rights and remedies,” Theibert says. “I enjoy the students. They keep me young and up-to-date.”
Theibert has four objectives for his students. “First, they must learn the law. Second, they must pass the bar, and third, they must know enough about property law to practice it,” he says. “My fourth objective is to make each student a Baltimore Orioles fan. I include an Orioles question on each exam, and the answer is easy if the student pays attention in class.”
Theibert realizes that property law courses are supposed to be some of the hardest in law school. “I try to make it interesting, but I can’t make it easy,” he says.
In his spare time, Theibert coaches softball at Indian Springs School, which he has done for 15 years. He is an avid UAB sports fan and is a 26-year season ticket holder for the football and basketball games.
Theibert and his wife, Anne, a neuroscience professor at the UAB School of Medicine, have three daughters who live in London, New York, and Atlanta.View All Faculty Spotlights