Back in the Fall of 2008, I blogged about a trip to Sao Paulo that I had just completed. This blog is occasioned by two events, another trip to Sao Paulo and a series of articles in the Wall Street Journal this week about Brazil entitled "For Brazil,It's Finally Tomorrow:How the Country of the Future Has at Last Made It - and What Remains to Be Done".
One of the important messages we try to communicate to our students involves public interest. A law degree is a tool of empowerment and it is important that we use that tool to give back to the community.
The country lost one of its great leaders on December 22 when Judge John Godbold passed away at the age of 89. He had a remarkable legal career which included time as an outstanding trial lawyer and over forty years of service as a United States Court of Appeals Judge. He is the only person to have ever served as Chief Judge of two federal circuits, the 5th and the 11th. He was also the Director of the Federal Judicial Center.
I am consistently amazed at the capacity of our students and alumni to work on critical pro bono issues which significantly serve the cause of justice . This blog is about a recent contribution
On Thursday, the Alabama Supreme Court held oral arguments at the Wright Center here on campus along with the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. Two members of the Supreme Court, Justice Bolin '73 and Justice Shaw '82 are Cumberland graduates. The oral aguments are a yearly event here at the law school and a fantastic opportunity to see an appellate court in action. This year's oral argument was particularly well done and an outstanding learning experience for our students.