Joel L. Sogol is an attorney in private practice in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama in the Trial Advocacy program. He founded Sentencing Options, Inc. in 1992, which works with other attorneys in a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to alternative sentencing.
Mr. Sogol has served as the State Defense Bar Representative on the Alabama Sentencing Commission since 2003. Mr. Sogol has been a member of the Criminal Law Planning Committee for the Alabama Law Institute since 1986. In addition, he has served on the Rule 11 Revision Committee for the Administrative Office of Courts since 1990. Mr. Sogol previously served as Chairman of the ACLU-Alabama’s Litigation Committee and Chairman of the Alabama Bar Association’s Committee on Indigent Defense.
Mr. Sogol is a prior recipient of the Roderick Beddow, Sr. Award from the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers, “for many years of distinguished service in the field of criminal law.” Mr. Sogol is a current member of the Alabama Bar Association, the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association, the Tuscaloosa Trial Lawyers Association, the Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Inns of Court CXXI, the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and B’nai B’rith.
Mr. Sogol is admitted to practice in all Alabama state courts, the United States District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts, the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Sogol is married to Angela Hill Sogol, and they have three children: Brian Raymon Sogol, Samuel Eli Sogol, and Anna Ruth Sogol.