A lawsuit filed by Katherine Church, a former bar employee, against Phillip McCallum, former Alabama State Bar director, was dismissed recently.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge J.R. Gaines dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice on Aug. 29 with prejudice due to sovereign immunity. 

McCallum declined to comment when reached by 1819 News. An attorney for Church didn't return a request for comment. 

McCallum resigned as executive director of the Alabama State Bar in Oct. 2020. According to Lagniappe, the Alabama Ethics Commission found McCallum guilty of 17 minor violations of the Alabama Ethics Law in December 2020. According to Ethics Commission records, McCallum asked for an administrative resolution, which the commission unanimously approved. The total administrative penalties were around $110,000.

According to the outlet, Church's lawsuit alleged McCallum promised to allow her to continue working at the Bar for another year but then rescinded the offer. According to the lawsuit, Church alleged she was offered what was called a "salary enhancement" or a "two-year bump" to retire, but the offer was later rescinded.

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