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Justice Harwood to Receive 2020 Pipes Award

Justice Robert Bernard Harwood, Jr., founder of Rosen Harwood in Tuscaloosa, has been selected to receive the 2020 Sam W. Pipes Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The award is given by The Law School Foundation to an outstanding alumnus who has distinguished himself or herself through service to the bar, The University of Alabama, and the School of Law. The award is named for the late Samuel Wesley Pipes (’38), who was a partner in the Mobile law firm of Lyons, Pipes & Cook until his death in 1982.

Justice Harwood (’63) joined Gordon Rosen to form the law firm of Rosen and Harwood in 1967.  During his years in private practice, he also served as Deputy City Judge of Tuscaloosa, as a member of the Tuscaloosa County Civil Service Board, as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama, and as a Lecturer in Law at the School of Law, teaching courses in trial advocacy. He was President of the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association, President of the Farrah Law Society/Order of the Coif for The University of Alabama School of Law, President of the Tuscaloosa Inn of Court, and Chairman of the Litigation Section of the Alabama State Bar.

In 1991, he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Circuit Court of Tuscaloosa County.  He was elected to a full six-year term in 1992 and was re-elected in 1998.  In November 2000, he was elected as an Associate Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and served in that position from January 2001 to January 2007, when he voluntarily retired to return to Tuscaloosa.

Justice Harwood will receive the Pipes Award at the 2020 Alabama Law Alumni Society Banquet. The event is scheduled for Friday, February 21, at The Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook. All alumni are invited to attend the Banquet. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Cindy Rice at or at 205-348-6775.