About the Blackburn Institute

The Blackburn Institute is a leadership development and civic engagement program specifically focused on improving the state of Alabama. Through its work with students, alumni (Fellows), and Advisory Board members, the institute develops a network of leaders who have a clear understanding of the state’s challenges. Selected students participate in a one-year curriculum of activities and events, after which they continue their involvement for their remaining time at The Capstone. Upon graduation, participants earn recognition as Blackburn Fellows and begin their work through professional and civic involvement in their home communities and throughout the state, both individually and through the Fellows Involvement Network (FIN). Supported by an Advisory Board of established leaders committed to the state of Alabama, the Blackburn Institute promotes change through an intergenerational network that learns from the past, takes action in the present, and plans for the future.

Perspectives on Leadership

Legal Services Panel

In this installment of the 2017-18 Perspectives on Leadership speaker series, we examine civic leadership in the context of the legal services profession which includes legal assistance clinics, public defenders, advocacy law, and pro bono work. The panel is co-sponsored by the Law School’s Public Interest Institute. Members of the panel include Bradley Hargett, Assistant, Public Defender, Tuscaloosa County; Glory McLaughlin, Assistant Dean for Public Interest Law, UA School of Law; Richard Rice, Attorney/Founder, The Rice Firm, LLC; and Jessica Vosburgh, Director, Adelante Alabama Worker Center & Staff Attorney, National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

Upcoming Events

Tue 17

Small Group III Meeting

October 17,5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuscaloosa AL
United States
Fri 20

Friday Forum Series

October 20,12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tuscaloosa AL
United States
Mon 23

Small Group IV Meeting

October 23,5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuscaloosa AL
United States
Wed 25

Burt Jones Rural Travel Experience

October 25,12:00 pm - October 28,11:00 pm