John L. Bodie

John L. Bodie is a sole practitioner, focusing his practice in the areas of juvenile, family and criminal law. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the Family Law Section of the Alabama State Bar, the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Greater Birmingham Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and the Birmingham Bar Association where he serves on the Family, Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Procedures Committee. He is admitted to practice in the State of Alabama and in the Federal Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama. John also served as the Chair of an Administrative Office of Courts’ subcommittee, the Alabama Parents’ Attorney Standards Subcommittee, resulting in the adoption of Standards of Practice for Attorneys Representing Parents in Dependency and Termination-of-Parental-Rights Cases in Alabama.


John received his JD degree in 1997 from the Birmingham School of Law as an Honors Graduate. In 2008, after completing his dissertation entitled “Training the Experts – Computer Technology Awareness in the Legal Profession” exposing weaknesses in the current state of Computer Forensics, John received his LL.M degree from the University of Edinburgh in Innovation, Technology and the Law. In 2009, John authored the Alabama Juvenile and Family Courts Handbook.


After law school, John began private practice in Huntsville. He moved back to Birmingham in 1998 to continue his private practice and began teaching at the Birmingham School of Law. In addition to private practice and teaching at the Law School, John also regularly serves as a guest lecturer for various Continuing Legal Education programs.


John has taught Civil Procedure since 1998. He has also taught Legal Research, Pleadings and Practice, Juvenile Law, Advanced Civil Procedure, and has been a guest lecturer in the Senior Seminar for the Alabama Civil Litigation section of the Alabama State Bar.