Malia Tartt

Malia Tartt


Malia Tartt was born and raised in North Alabama. She received her bachelor’s degree in biological anthropology from the University of Alabama. She joined Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP in 2015 as the receptionist. Eventually, she joined the managing partner Kirby Farris’ team as the litigation legal assistant where she gained a wealth of practical experience and was ultimately inspired to attend law school. She continued to work as Kirby Farris’ litigation legal assistant and attended law school at the Birmingham School of Law at night and on the weekends. While in law school, Malia served as the President of the Judge Hugh Locke Honor Society, captain of the 2021 mock trial team (which earned her the 2021 Golden Gavel award) and co-founded the first Birmingham School of Law Women’s Association. She graduated summa cum laude in May 2021 and was licensed to practice law in the State of Alabama in October 2021.

Malia enjoys working with a team to tackle new challenges and achieve a common goal of helping others. She is a member of the Birmingham Bar Association and the Alabama Association for Justice. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering in the Birmingham community, reading, hunting and spending time with her dog, Hemingway.


  • Birmingham School of Law
    • Juris Doctor, May 2021, summa cum laude
  • University of Alabama
    • B.A. in Biological Anthropology, December 2017


  • Alabama State Bar, October 2021


  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association Women’s Section
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)


  • Judge Hugh Locke Honor Society
  • 2021 Golden Gavel Recipient
  • Dean’s List
  • 3rd Place in Heninger Garrison Davis Closing Argument Competition James J. Bushnell and Robert Potter Award
  • Birmingham Bar Association Service to Women Award


  • Co-Founder of Birmingham School of Law Women’s Association Birmingham School of Law Trial Team Member (2019-2020) Birmingham School of Law Trial Team Co-Captain (2020-2021) Judge Hugh Locke Honor Society Treasurer (2019-2020)
  • Judge Hugh Locke Honor Society President (2019-2020)
  • Black Law Student Association Member
  • Spearheaded school-wide tutoring and 1L Mentorship Program
  • Participated in the American Association for Justice’s first ever virtual trial competition (March 2021)
  • Participated in Heninger Garrison Davis’ Closing Arguments Competition (2019) Philanthropy Director at Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP (2017-2020)

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