Snare Rolls as an Essential Rudiment of Drum Playing


Kenneth Randall (Alabama)

Kenneth Randall, Alabama

As founder of iLaw and iLawGlobal (part of the BARBRI Group companies) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Kenneth (Ken) Randall is a respected presence in the legal education content and technologies sphere. Nurturing a passion for short fiction during his leisure time in Alabama, Kenneth Randall has written a number of stories. He also has a background in music as a drummer.

At the core of learning the drums is mastering the drum rudiments, which are combined to create myriad patterns that flow, change, and avoid becoming too predictable. These begin with the snare drum and the single-stroke roll, which takes its place within beats and fills, as well as drum solos. As a variation, a continuous string of singles can be grouped in a cluster of four notes as a single-stroke four. This can add syncopation through the use of alternating hand-to-feet combinations.

Particularly common in marching band settings, the multiple-bounce roll allows for a full bounce of the snare drum in a repeated pattern. This can be complemented by the propulsive-double stroke roll, which has a preeminent place within fills and beats. A variation is the triplet-based triple-stroke roll, which expands the repertoire possibilities to complex Latin and jazz styles.


BARBRI Group Acquires Legal Educational Technology Firm iLawVentures


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As the president and CEO of companies such as iLaw and iLawGlobal, Alabama entrepreneur Kenneth “Ken” Randall has developed educational technology offerings for schools spanning the globe. In July 2017 BARBRI Group, a provider of legal education services, announced the acquisition of one of Kenneth Randall’s Alabama enterprises, iLawVentures, LLC.

Leading up to the acquisition was iLawVentures, LLC’s steady expansion in providing end-to-end educational solutions. The company’s portfolio grew to encompass both JD content and graduate programs tailored to post-JD learning needs. In addition, the firm has partnered with law schools in providing strategic consulting capacities.

BARBRI has a well-established niche in providing faculty training, curriculum, and assessment services. Adding iLaw expands its reach to distance learning platforms that can effectively provide it with global delivery capacities. As part of the acquisition, iLaw’s executive team and its strategic capacities are staying in place, which will ensure consistency in the provision of its much-sought-after offerings. Mr. Randall described the acquisition as providing longstanding customers of both companies with a “compelling value proposition.”

Top Ranked Public Law Schools in America


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Kenneth “Ken” Randall spent two decades as dean and Thomas E. McMillan Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. During his time at the university, Kenneth Randall, now president and chief executive officer of iLaw and iLawGlobal, elevated the university to the seventh ranked public law school in the nation.

Start Class by Graph IQ is an educational tool that draws on extensive data resources to provide professionals and students with a depth of important information, including school rankings across numerous categories. The Start Class law school rankings make use of Smart Rank data, an amalgam of admissions rates, bar exam performances, employment after graduation, and more data points.

According to Start Class, the University of Virginia Law School ranks as the top public law school in the nation and as the fifth overall law school in America, an opinion shared by other publications. Virginia is closely followed by the University of Michigan Law School, which ranks second among public programs and sixth overall. The University of Virginia sports a bar pass rate of 93.9 percent, with median LSAT scores of 169 and a median undergraduate GPA of 3.86. Students at the University of Michigan, meanwhile, pass the bar exam at a 93.7 rate, with 168 LSAT scores and a 3.78 undergraduate GPA.

Other top ranked public law schools include the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, eighth in the nation, and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, tenth overall. A complete list can be found at

Complexities of the Tennis Scoring System

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Tennis Scoring

The president and chief executive officer of iLaw and iLawGlobal, Kenneth “Ken” Randall spent two decades as dean of the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. When he is not overseeing business development and other executive functions at iLaw, Kenneth Randall enjoys staying active by playing tennis.

Keeping score in tennis can be difficult for first-time players, particularly because aspects of the scoring system seem to follow no logic. For instance, players must win 4 points to win a game. However, instead of winning 1, 2, and 3 points, players are awarded scores of 15, 30, 40, and game. Furthermore, a game score of 30-0 may be announced as “30 serving love,” instead of, “30 to 0.” While theories abound, there is no official explanation for the use of 15 and 30 instead of 1 and 2, or how the word “love” came to stand in for 0 points.

In the event that a game is tied at 40-40, players begin a deuce game. To end a deuce game, one player must win a point from the deuce court, or the right side, followed by another point on the ad court, or left side. If no player can string together the necessary 2 or 3 points, a deuce game can theoretically last forever.

Similarly, a player generally wins a set by winning six games with a two-game margin over an opponent. Should the set arrive at a score of six games all, however, a first-to-seven tiebreak is played to determine the set winner. Like a deuce game, there is no end to a tiebreak until a player has reached seven or achieved a 2-point margin over the other player. Again, in theory, a tiebreak can continue without end.

From this point, scoring structures of a match can vary. Most professional matches are played in best-of-three sets, though male players sometimes engage in best-of-five-set matches. In deciding sets at major tennis championships, tiebreaks are not permitted, and players must win the match by a two-game margin. At the recreational level, individuals may opt to play a single set, or further customize scoring by doing away with deuce games or playing a set to eight games rather than six.

Columbia Law School’s JSD Program

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JSD Program

Before becoming the president and CEO of iLaw and iLawGlobal in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Kenneth (Ken) Randall served the University of Alabama in roles ranging from associate professor of law to dean and special counsel to the president. In addition to earning a JD from Hofstra University and an LLM from Yale Law School, Kenneth Randall completed a doctor of the science of law (JSD) at Columbia University School of Law in 1988.

Columbia Law School was founded in 1858 as one of the nation’s first law schools. Columbia’s JSD program provides law students with independent research facilities and advanced seminars and colloquia. The faculty members serve as an additional resource for students, offering advice and leadership through special committees of faculty advisors appointed to each student.

JSD candidates will spend a full academic year in residence at the law school engaged in full-time study and research. Work is not graded, but evaluated as either of or not of doctoral caliber. After completing an approved program of writing, research, and study, candidates are required to develop a dissertation and pass an oral defense.

Alabama Food Frenzy – Lawyers Compete to Collect Food Donations

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Alabama Food Frenzy

Attorney Kenneth (Ken) Randall is the president and CEO of iLaw in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In addition to his daily work creating online course content for law students, Kenneth Randall remains a member of the Alabama State Bar (ASB).

The ASB is a statewide organization for attorneys. For nearly a century its members have worked to improve the judicial system in the Heart of Dixie and help increase public understanding of state law.

In the spring of 2017, lawyers across the state held the Alabama Food Frenzy. Between April 24 and May 5, more than 50 firms competed to see who could collect the most food for charity. Teams collected more than 72,000 pounds of food during this competition. These donations were split between eight regional food banks in the area.

Cooper Shattuck, LLC, received the Attorney General’s Cup for winning the competition this year. The firm brought in 2,597 pounds of food per employee, which will help support families throughout the state.

New NYSBA President Takes Office



After a successful career spanning nearly 20 years as the dean of the University of Alabama School of Law, Kenneth “Ken” Randall went into the private sector in 2012, launching iLaw and iLawGlobal, education technology firms. With legal experience in several states, Kenneth Randall is admitted to a number of professional legal societies, including the New York State Bar Association.

Beginning June 1, Sharon Stern Gerstman officially began her tenure as president of the New York State Bar Association, the 120th individual to hold the post in the organization’s history and only one of seven women. Commenting on the commencement of her official duties, Gerstman says one of her primary goals is to spur members to take practical action to improve the criminal justice system. One of the ways she says members can do this is to continue the organization’s longstanding tradition of pro bono services to indigent clients.

Additionally, Gerstman says she will conduct a comprehensive review of NYSBA’s policies, as well as state law. She is particularly interested in those that have had a negative impact on the prison system, namely increasing its population to overwhelming numbers, especially among minorities.