Wendy Allison Reese-Family Law Attorney Birmingham Alabama
My name is Wendy Allison Reese and I am a family law attorney in Birmingham Alabama. Growing up, I lived all over the world. I graduated from Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Ohio. Upon graduation from high school, I enrolled in and began my undergraduate studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. As a freshman at the University of Florida in 1992, I came home to Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, Gamma Iota Chapter. Just before the beginning of my senior year of college, I decided to transfer home to the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida to save money in anticipation of attending law school. I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science from the University of Central Florida in 1996. While in college, I developed an affinity for statistics and took numerous classes in statistics earning enough hours to obtain a minor in statistics. During my short time at the University of Central Florida, I was honored to have served on the President’s Leadership Council and as the Student Government Judicial Advisor and the Attorney General. I also affiliated with the Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority.
Upon graduation from undergraduate studies, I began law school at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in 1996. I graduated from Cumberland in the top of my class in 1999. While at Cumberland, I served as the Senior Associate Editor of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy and had several articles published during my tenure with the American Journal of Trial Advocacy. My articles can be found at the following citations:
Reese, Wendy A., Professional Responsibility – Switching Sides: Analyzing Lux v. Commonwealth – Does the Presence of a Criminal Defendant’s Former Counsel in a Prosecutor’s Office Require Disqualification of the Entire Office, 21 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 431 (1997-1998);
Reese, Wendy A., Tort Law – Actual Exposure or Possible Exposure: The AIDS Phobia Debate – Are Courts Opening the Litigation Floodgates or Illustrating Judicial Proscription, 22 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 495 (1998-1999).
It was during my time with the American Journal of Trial Advocacy that I developed my love of legal research and writing which has now developed into a thriving appellate practice. I was also on the National Moot Court Team and the National Trial Team at Cumberland.
Upon graduation from Cumberland, I passed and was admitted to the Alabama State bar on September 30, 1999.
I have spoken before the Alabama Senate Judiciary committee several times in regard to Alabama’s system of indigent defense. In 2010, I was appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee Sub-Committee on Indigent Defense by the Honorable Sue Bell Cobb, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and I still serve on that committee today. I am a founding member of the Jefferson County Association of Family Court Attorneys (JCAFCA) and have served that organization as Vice President. I currently sit on the By-Laws Revision Committee for JCAFCA. I also teach continuing legal education seminars for JCAFCA. I was recently honored to be appointed to the 2014 Birmingham Bar Association Scholarship Committee which reviews law school scholarship applications for the recommendation of two Birmingham Bar Association scholarships. Additionally, I am a member of the American Bar Association, the Section of Family Law-American Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar Association, and the Women Lawyers Section of the Birmingham Bar Association. I also serve the Birmingham Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program, a program established through the Birmingham Bar Association where volunteer attorneys provide free assistance to clients with civil legal matters, including: divorce, custody, child support, bankruptcy, adoptions, guardianships, probate matters, simple wills, collections of judgments, debt collection, and powers of attorney. I have also been a continuing legal education instructor for Lorman Educational Services on the topics of juvenile delinquency and termination of parental rights. I currently serve on the panel of professionals who speak at a monthly workshop regarding divorce matters called Second Saturday: What Women Need to Know About Divorce. This workshop deals with the legal, financial, family and personal issues of divorce in a logical yet compassionate way and provides women with basic information regarding the process of divorce. I am trained in Collaborative Divorce and am a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals as well as the Birmingham Collaborative Alliance. I am also a member of the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts and am currently undergoing comprehensive training to become a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst in order to better to assist my clients.
I am a member of the Church of the Highlands and I am proud to serve on the Highlands Prison Ministry. I currently serve as the Alpha Delta Pi Collegiate Province Director for the Beta I Province. I oversee and assist four chapters of collegiate women at Troy University, Epsilon Kappa Chapter, the University of Montevallo, Zeta Delta Chapter, the University of North Alabama, Zeta Eta Chapter and Georgia College, Zeta Iota Chapter. Prior to serving as Beta I Collegiate Province Director, I served as the Chapter Advisor for the Zeta Delta Chapter of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority at the University of Montevallo for three years and as the Standards Advisor for Zeta Delta for four years. I believe that it is one of my callings to inspire young women to pursue higher education and become strong, ethical leaders. I am also an active supporter of Ronald McDonald House Charities and you can find me volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House located here in Birmingham. I currently serve on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama as well as the Audit Committee for the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama.