After 20 years as the dean of The University of Alabama School of Law, Kenneth Randall went on to be the president and CEO of iLaw and iLawGlobal located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2012. In his spare time, Kenneth Randall enjoys playing tennis.
While some historians believe the ancient Egyptians played a form of tennis, and there are records of Tuscan villagers playing a version of it with their hands in the fifth century, a more recognizable game was played in an enclosed area by monks in Italy and France in the 12th century.
The French aristocracy adopted the sport, and they named it Real Tennis while developing a unified system of rules and equipment by the 16th century. The French monarch, Francis I (1515-1547), was passionate about the game and oversaw the construction of numerous courts and encouraged other social classes in his kingdom to engage in the sport.
Meanwhile, England’s Henry VIII was an expert player himself during his reign between 1509-1547, and he had a court built at the Royal Palace of Hampton Court that is still in use today.
Kenneth Randall is president and CEO of the Alabama-based educational technology companies iLaw and iLawGlobal, which provide online educational course material to schools around the world. Outside of his career, Kenneth “Ken” Randall contributes to his community through active involvement in Project Blessings.
A nonprofit organization fueled by donors and volunteers who make home repairs and improvements for people who can’t afford a handyman, Project Blessings holds a Thanksgiving feast each year to raise money for its projects. In 2016, the event was held for the seventh time at Chuck’s Fish in downtown Tuscaloosa.
Manned by Chuck’s employees and roughly 50 volunteers, the feast served Thanksgiving dinner between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The meals were free, but diners deposited donations in plastic buckets throughout the restaurant.
The staff of Chuck’s worked for free and did not accept tips. All money collected went directly to Project Blessings. Chuck’s annual Thanksgiving feast is Project Blessings’ biggest fundraiser of the year.
Tennis Body Mechanics
An Alabama attorney with nearly 35 years of legal experience, Kenneth “Ken” Randall serves schools by providing educational content in his role as president and CEO of iLaw and iLawGlobal in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Outside of his work life, Kenneth Randall is an avid tennis player.
Tennis is a leisure activity that helps promote physical fitness. For new players, it can be tempting to try to emulate everything one sees in tennis instructional manuals and other learning tools, but sometimes such rigidity can be counterproductive to progressing as a tennis player. Here are some tips about body movement that run counter to popular wisdom, but are actually fundamental to becoming a better player.
Many tennis players subscribe to the notion that the body should be moving forward on every shot. While this might be ideal, the very nature of tennis precludes such a thing, because many shots require the body to be moving sideways, and sometimes even backwards. Instead of trying to fight against the body’s mechanics and force an unnatural motion, it’s more advantageous to learn how to work with your body’s natural movements while shotmaking. It’s good to move one’s weight into the shot when circumstances allow, but it’s also important not to be afraid to make a shot while moving backwards or sideways.
Similarly, many players have been told that they must bend their knees on every shot. Again, while this is ideal when a player has time to set up perfectly and wait for the ball, sometimes the circumstances of play simply do not allow it. It’s natural for the body to bend the knees, actually, so focusing so hard on doing it takes vital mental energy away from other aspects of shotmaking that require concentration. Also, it brings unnecessary critical thought in response to situations when one needn’t bend the knees to make a shot. As with body weight movement, leg movement is more about athleticism and leaning into the body’s natural movements than trying to artificially introduce knee-bending into every shot.
Alabama State Bar Association
Kenneth Randall serves as the president and CEO of the Alabama-based educational technology company iLawVentures, LLC. Prior to this position, Kenneth Randall spent two decades as a law dean at the University of Alabama School of Law. Active in his professional community, Ken Randall belongs to the Alabama State Bar (ASB).
Founded in 1923, the ASB promotes the professional competence and responsibility of its members and improves the state’s justice system overall. The ASB maintains numerous programs that help both lawyers and residents of the state, including the Practice Management Assistance Program (PMAP).
Designed for solo practitioners and small firms, the PMAP helps lawyers effectively manage contemporary law offices. The program protects the public from inadequate legal services and helps practitioners establish competent offices.
PMAP provides educational material in a variety of ways, but most information is distributed through a lending library. In this library, lawyers and legal professionals can find everything from books to video programs about client relations, attorney compensation, and loss prevention. PMAP has also created a series of free brochures, booklets, and packets on starting a new law firm, managing files, and other aspects of running a law office.
An accomplished educator and attorney, Kenneth “Ken” Randall of Alabama oversees operations at iLawVentures, an education and innovations company. Committed to helping his Tuscaloosa, Alabama, community, Kenneth Randall provides pro bono legal work for Project Blessings, where he also serves on the board.
Project Blessings is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping members of the Tuscaloosa community repair their homes and keep their families safe. To provide these improvement and repair services at no cost, the organization relies heavily on donors and volunteers.
Project Blessings accepts online donations through PayPal. Individuals wishing to make donations can contact the organization directly to learn what is needed.
Volunteer positions with Project Blessings are available for both groups and families. To apply, fill out a contact form on the organization’s website, projectblessings.org/volunteer. This form includes contact information and details about availability.
Experienced attorney Kenneth Randall serves as president and CEO of iLAWVENTURES and iLAWGLOBAL. Ken Randall gained additional experience as a professor of law at the University of Alabama School of Law between 1993 and 2013. Kenneth Randall also provides pro bono legal services to Alabama charities such as Project Blessings.
Project Blessings is a registered nonprofit organization located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Composed of more than 500 volunteers, Project Blessings provides families with home renovation and repair services with a goal of improving their overall quality of living.
In addition to regular Project Blessings activities, the organization has provided additional support during natural disasters such as the devastating tornado that struck Alabama in April 2011. The communities of Alberta and Rosedale were hit particularly hard, with many residents being displaced from their homes and left with few options for relocation.
In the weeks and months following the tornado, Project Blessings hosted a number of events to raise both awareness for the disaster and funds for home repairs. A number of these events continue to this day, including an annual Thanksgiving dinner and talent show fundraiser. Following the tornado, the organization also established a men’s homeless shelter, which continues to operate today.