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Mon 21 Oct, 2013 # News

Blane Crutchfield elected as an Officer of SEALI

MOBILE, AL  October 21, 2013 Hand Arendall member Blane H. Crutchfield has been elected as an officer of Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI) during its recent meeting in Key West, Florida and is slated to become Chairman in 2017.

With over 600 regular members, SEALI is the premier organization for providing continuing legal education and the discussion of admiralty and maritime law, and its practice and administration, in the ports of the Southeastern United States.

We are pleased that Blane has received this honor, said Hodge Alves, chairman of Hand Arendall’s Admiralty Section. This further enhances our Firm’s status in the legal maritime field both regionally and nationally.

Crutchfield was admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1984. He received his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in 1981, and his juris doctorate from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, cum laude in 1984. He served on the Cumberland Law Review, 1983—1984.

In addition to SEALI, Crutchfield is a member of the Mobile County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Defense Research Institute, Inc. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Maritime Law.

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