Laura Thomas Eubank graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in History and a Minor in Criminal Justice. She earned her law degree from Faulkner University. Laura was an Eagle Scholarship recipient while in law school. She competed in the 1L Moot Court Competition and was a member of several trial competition teams including the Buffalo/Niagra Trial Competition team, the American Association for Justice Trial Competition Team, the Nation Trial Competition Team, and she was a finalist in the Greg Allen Mock Trial Competition. Laura was also the Secretary for the Student Bar Association, Treasurer for the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and Vice President of the Women’s Student Association. She also received awards for best grade in her Contracts II and Criminal Procedure classes. Laura was a student mediator and mediated cases for both Montgomery and Autauga County District Courts. She was also a Senior Editor for the Faulkner Law Review. Her article Overruling the Overwhelming Necessity Standard for Modifications of Child Custody in Alabama: Ex parte Earl Cleghorn was published in the Spring 2010 edition of the Faulkner Law Review.
While in Law School, Laura clerked for a Montgomery, Alabama civil defense firm, interned for Judge Charles Price, Presiding Judge for the 15th Circuit of Alabama, and also clerked for the Environmental and Executive Divisions of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. After graduating from law school, she was appointed a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Alabama. Laura is currently Assistant Attorney General/Associate General Counsel for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. She works primarily on enforcement cases with the Department’s Water Division, Personnel matters, and has also worked in the BP litigation. Laura has taught classes in Law and Technology at South University, and Property Law as well as Paralegal classes at Faulkner University. She has also taught Continuing Legal Education classes on Technology in the Courtroom. Laura is a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association and Vice President of the Women’s Section. She is married to James Eubank, and enjoys spending her free time with friends and family at the beach or working with the Junior League of Montgomery.
Kelly McTear - Vice President
Kelly McTear is a staff attorney for Legal Services Alabama, working on-site at One Place Family Justice Center. Kelly represents victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking, in a broad range of civil matters. Originally from Alexander City, Alabama, Kelly attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and University of Alabama School of Law, in Tuscaloosa, AL, before locating permanently in Montgomery in 2008. Kelly received the Justice for Victims Award from the Family Sunshine Center in 2011. In addition to helping out at the MCBA monthly Pro Bono Clinic, Kelly is a member of Junior League of Montgomery and attends Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Her husband Sean is a Deputy District Attorney in Montgomery County. They, and their adopted puppy Jack, welcomed their first child in August 2012.
Connie Murray - Secretary Treasurer
Connie Murray is a native of Madison, Alabama, where she graduated from Bob Jones High School as a member of the class of 1997. She attended college at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, majoring in Philosophy. Connie received her law degree from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. While attending law school, she participated in several trial competitions and was a member the Black Law Student Association as well as the American Constitution Society. Connie began her legal career as an associate with the Gaines Law Firm, LLC, where she gained invaluable experience there as an intern, while still a student. She left the Gaines Law Firm to fulfill her goal of establishing a law practice. Connie is the managing member of The Murray Law Group, LLC, which is committed to small business development, criminal defense, federal and state appeals. When she is not working diligently for her clients Connie enjoys spending time with her husband and their three girls.
Womens Section Board Members
Roianne Houlton Conner is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Alabama with deep family ties in the law enforcement, farming, and cattle raising community. She received her Associates, Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Troy University while employed with the Montgomery Police Department as a police officer. She later obtained her Law Degree from Jones School of Law while being employed full time with the Law Firm of the Honorable Ira DeMent. In 1991 and 1992, she was employed as an Assistant District Attorney for the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. Since 1993, she has been in the private practice of law with an emphasis on criminal law, family law, as well as an active appellate practice. She has been admitted to the United States District for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of the State of Alabama, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, as well as all State and Municipal Courts of Alabama. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Sunshine Center, the Montgomery Ballet, as well as her Church’s Parish Council and the Board of Directors for her children’s school. She is married to Jerry Conner and they are the parents of seven children and enjoy six grandchildren
LaShandra Warren is a Montgomery native. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Alabama State University, Master of Science in Justice & Public Safety from Auburn University Montgomery, and Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Troy Montgomery. LaShandra has the pleasure of working with “the greatest Judge in the nation,” Judge Charles Price as his judicial assistant. She has worked for Judge Price for eight and a half years and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the office, along with handling criminal and civil matters. Before becoming Judge Price’s Judicial Assistant, she worked as a Legal Assistant at a law office for three and a half years and as a Primerica Representative, where she received several awards. LaShandra currently serves on the boards of the Alabama Association of Judicial Assistants and the Women’s Section of the Montgomery County Bar Association. She enjoys traveling in her spare time.
Born in the Philippines into an Air Force family, I have lived in many places. However, I call Tennessee home. I graduated Cum Laude from Middle Tennessee State University in December 2008 with a B.S. in Music Business. I then moved to Montgomery to attend law school at Jones School of Law where I was active on Faulkner Law Review as the Managing Editor and trial competition teams. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012. I worked briefly at Beasley Allen on the BP Oil Spill before taking on my current position with the District Attorney’s Office as a Deputy District Attorney.
Effie is an associate with the Law Office of Jeffery C. Duffey, focusing mainly on family law. Effie is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. She graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University - Montgomery and graduated from Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. While in law school, Effie was an Eagle Scholarship recipient and was actively involved in many organizations, including the Women’s Legal Society, Jones Public Interest Law Foundation, the American Association for Justice and also the school’s Elder Law Clinic, which provides free legal services to local senior citizens. Effie was admitted to practice law in Alabama in September 2013 and has been an active member of the Montgomery County Bar Association. In her free time, Effie enjoys Auburn football and trips to Lake Martin with her fiancé, Charlie Hawthorne.