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Fiction Book Read

Join Judge Jim Hughey, III (LB ’09) in a conversation with Alabama author Gin Phillips to discuss her thriller Fierce Kingdom, named one of the New York Times Book Review’s Best Crime Novels of 2017.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

6:00pm – 7:00pm


Judge Jim Hughey (LB’09)

Judge Hughey received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Alabama School of Law. Prior to taking office, Judge Hughey was in private practice for over a decade. During his years of practice, he was listed multiple times in Best Lawyers in America and Alabama Super Lawyers and held an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He received both the Brian Fair and the Gail Johnson Achievement Awards from the University of Alabama Black Law Students Association (BLSA).

Judge Hughey is frequently called upon to speak at educational events for law students, practicing lawyers and sitting judges. He serves on the Education Committee of the Alabama Circuit Judges Association and on the Alabama Pattern Jury Instructions Committee for civil cases, which drafts statements of law for judges to read to juries in civil trials across the state.

Judge Hughey is particularly involved in efforts to encourage and support young people who wish to pursue legal careers. In that regard, he has judged student speaking contests, conducted mock trials with elementary and middle school students, and twice served as the keynote speaker for the Birmingham Minority Pre-Law Conference.


Gin Phillips

Gin Phillips is the author of five novels. Her debut novel, The Well and the Mine, was the winner of the 2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Award. Since then her work has been sold in 29 countries.

Born in Montgomery, Al., Gin graduated from Birmingham-Southern College with a degree in political journalism. She worked as a magazine writer for more than a decade, living in Ireland, New York, and Washington D.C., before eventually moving back to Alabama.

She currently lives in Birmingham with her family.