Rodney Max Mediation Fellowship

Cumberland School of Law's Rodney A. Max Mediation Fellowship was established by Rodney A. Max, a nationally renowned mediator and a 1975 graduate of Cumberland School of Law. The fellowship recognizes the interest, achievements and scholarship of Cumberland School of Law students in the area of mediation.

The Rodney A. Max Fellow receives a fellowship award for the academic year. The Fellow works for the director of the Cumberland Community Mediation Center [CCMC], with primary responsibilities being to manage the Samford Residence Life Mediation Program, co-mediate disputes as assigned by the director of the CCMC, and research and write projects as assigned.

Nancy Yarbrough (pictured above with Mr. Max and Ms. Adams), as third-year law student, was selected the 2012–13 Rodney Max Mediation Fellow. Ms. Yarbrough has clerked for the United States Attorney’s Office; White, Arnold & Dowd; Nationwide’s Trial Division; and for the Honorable Judge Houston Brown. During her third year of law school she clerked at Simpson, McMahon, Glick & Burford, and at the family law firm of Shaw, Anderson & Peeples. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Yarbrough had a successful career.

About Rodney A. Max

In 1972, after serving in the U.S. Army, Rodney A. Max enrolled at Cumberland School of Law. While in law school, he served as an associate editor on the Cumberland Law Review and as a justice on the Appellate Moot Court Board. He graduated in the Class of 1975.

Max served for five years as an adjunct professor at Cumberland School of Law. He created the school’s first mediation course curriculum. In 2005, Max established the Rodney A. Max Mediation Fellowship at Cumberland School of Law. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to at least one law student to recognize his or her achievement in the area of mediation.

Max is a principal with the law firm Upchurch Watson White & Max with offices in Alabama and Florida. He had a successful commercial litigation practice in Birmingham, Ala., until 1992, when he became Alabama’s first full-time mediator. Max quickly expanded his mediation practice throughout the Southeast, and he has mediated more than 14,000 cases in 33 states; Washington, D.C.; and Puerto Rico.

Since 2002, Max has resided in south Florida and continues to travel throughout the country mediating catastrophic injuries and damages, as well as numerous mass and class actions.

Throughout his career, Max has been active civically and a leader in human rights and Jewish causes, serving as chairman of the Alabama State Civil Rights Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. 


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