John L. Carroll



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


Judge John Carroll is a professor at the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama where he teaches Mediation, Evidence, Trial Practice and an on-line course in E-Discovery and Evidence.  He received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and holds law degrees from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University (J.D.)(Magna Cum Laude) and Harvard University (LL.M.).

Judge Carroll served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Middle District of Alabama for over 14 years.  He is a former member of the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and is former chair of its Discovery Subcommittee.  He was also the chair of the Magistrate Judges’ Education Committee of the Federal Judicial Center.

Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Carroll was a Professor of Law at Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia. Prior to entering academia, he was the Legal Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama.  His trial experience includes major civil rights class action litigation and complex criminal defense including a substantial number of death penalty cases.  He has twice argued before the United States Supreme Court.  Judge Carroll also has combat military service in the United States Marine Corps.

Judge Carroll is a frequent lecturer and panel member at national seminars on the subject of the discovery of electronically stored information, mediation and other topics relating to federal courts. He was the reporter to the committee of the Uniform Law Commission which drafted the Uniform Rules Relating to the Discovery of Electronically Stored Information.  He was also the reporter to the Commission when it drafted the Uniform Asset Preservation Act. He is currently a member of the committee drafting amendments to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act.

Judge Carroll is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Inns of Court, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Sedona Conference. He is a Fellow of both the American and Alabama Bar Associations, an Academic Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and is an elected member of the American Law Institute.  He is also a member of Leadership Alabama Class XI. In 1996, he was selected as a Community Hero Olympic Torchbearer.

He was selected by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama to be member of the Alabama Access to Justice Commission and the Alabama Professionalism Commission. On October 1, 2014, he will become Acting Director of the State Ethics Commission.

Judge Carroll has been married to Susan for 44 years. They have one daughter, Catherine Sanders, and a grandson States Carroll Sanders.

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