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The Floretta P. Carson Visual and Performing Arts Academy will open in Fall 2024 in Alabama. Adams and Reese Education Partner Nash Campbell assisted the advanced performing arts center with the charter process and application unanimously approved by the Alabama Public Charter School Commission. Adams and Reese Corporate/Securities Partner Brian Smithweck helped the school gain 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

The academy is featured in New Schools for Alabama’s Charter Connect March 2023 magazine. The school will serve grades 6-9. Founder Dr. Krista Williams is a Grammy-nominated music educator.

“This is such an important milestone that was more than a year and a half in the making, and it’s also extra special because it is taking over the old lease of another charter school client ACCEL Academy - the first charter school in the state and so successful that it has outgrown its space,” said Campbell. “Special congratulations to Dr. Williams who founded the Academy and has had the sustained vision to continue her dream of creating opportunities for young people across Alabama who have a passion to pursue careers in visual and performing arts.”

At Adams and Reese, Campbell focuses his practice primarily on education law, representing public school boards in their litigation, contractual, and employment issues pertaining to their school campuses, school systems with structure and governance concerns, and charter schools, from inception to establishment to operation and growth. In addition to his education law focus, he practices municipal law, general civil litigation, personal injury litigation and business law.

Smithweck practices in the areas of tax, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, business planning, and trusts and estates. Smithweck serves as Assistant Treasurer of the Mobile Bar Association and on the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of Mobile. He is a past council member of the Tax Section of the Alabama State Bar.