Alyssa DiRusso

Whelan W. and Rosalie T. Palmer Professor of Law


Cumberland School of Law
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35229


Professor DiRusso joined the faculty of Cumberland School of Law and the Birmingham community in 2005, after practicing as a trusts and estates attorney in Boston since 1999.  Professor DiRusso teaches Wills, Trusts and Estates, Estate and Gift Tax, Estate and Trust Administration, Taxation of Nonprofit Organizations, and Federal Income Tax.

In Boston, Professor DiRusso served as in-house counsel to Bank of America (and its predecessor Fleet National Bank), advising the bank's wealth management and charitable lines of business.  In this role, she was responsible for legal issues relevant to wills, trusts, and charities in nine different states, as well as national issues including the bank's corporate private foundation and donor advised fund.

Before accepting her post at the bank, Professor DiRusso was an associate attorney in the Trusts and Estates department of Choate, Hall, and Stewart, a large Boston law firm.  As an associate, she drafted wills and trusts, administered estates, and created and advised nonprofit organizations.  Professor DiRusso was active in the Boston Bar Association, and served a term on the steering committee of the Trusts and Estates Section.  She is a Junior Fellow of the Boston Bar Foundation and a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council.

Professor DiRusso earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas.  She graduated in the top ten percent of her class, Order of the Coif.  She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Psychology, with an additional major in Professional Writing) from Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She graduated in the top five percent of her college class, Phi Beta Kappa.

Professor DiRusso is the author of many law review articles and other publications.  She is a frequent presenter of her research at national and international conferences.  Her research interests include wills, trusts, intestacy, and tax-exempt charitable organizations.

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