Save the Date: Oct. 3, 2014, for the Jere F. White Jr. Trial Advocacy Institute

Posted: Thu, 08/14/2014 - 11:36

On Oct. 3, 2014, to honor the late 1980 graduate Jere F. White, Jr., Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law hosts with The Alabama State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers the Jere F. White, Jr. Trial Advocacy Institute.

John Carroll Receives the Award of Merit, and other Alumni are Honored at the Ala. Bar Meeting

Posted: Fri, 07/18/2014 - 15:08

Every year, Cumberland School of Law alumni are honored at the Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting. At the 2014 Bar Meeting held in Destin, Fla., Anthony A. Joseph’s (’80) term ended as the 2013-14 Alabama State Bar President. Before Joseph’s term closed, he honored fellow alumni, among others, with Ala. State Bar awards.

Award Named in Dean Carroll's Honor

Posted: Fri, 05/30/2014 - 16:07

At the 2014 Cumberland School of Law graduation ceremony, Samford Provost and Executive Vice President Brad Creed announced that the Samford Board of Trustees had approved a new award, the John L.

Award Named in Gov. Brewer's Honor

Posted: Fri, 05/30/2014 - 16:02

The Morgan County, Ala., Bar Association passed a resolution to recognize annually an individual for outstanding public service to the community. The award will be called the Albert P. Brewer Award for Outstanding Public Service. Gov. Brewer was named the first recipient of the award. 

Dean Carroll Stresses Opportunities for Service at the 2014 Law Commencement

Posted: Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:02

Dean John L. Carroll urged graduates of Samford University's Cumberland School of Law to place a high priority on service as they enter the legal profession.

Commencement Ceremonies Available Via Live Stream

Posted: Thu, 05/08/2014 - 10:20

All of the Samford University May 2014 commencement ceremonies will be available via live stream at

Cumberland Welcomes Etzler as the Next National Alumni Association President

Posted: Mon, 04/28/2014 - 11:52

Mary Ann Etzler ’95 is a partner at the law firm of Miller Etzler, P.L., Orlando, Fla. Since July 2001, Etzler has been a plaintiff and defense litigator with a focus on commercial, general business, real estate, lender and banking issues, construction, and environmental law, as well as related collection, contract and insurance disputes. She is licensed to practice in federal and state court and Etzler's areas of practice involve all aspects of trial, mediation and arbitration. In addition, she serves as a Guardian ad Litem for abused, abandoned and neglected children and is a Certified Circuit Civil Mediator.

Cumberland Finishes Top 8 of 220 Teams in the Nation Competing in the 2014 American Association for Justice Competition

Posted: Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:16

AAJ Nationals 2014After taking first place at the regional component of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Atlanta, Ga., Rushton “Rush” G. Thrift, Matthew “Matt” D. Woodham, John R. Spade and Spenser H. Templeton continued to the national rounds in Santa Monica, Calif., from April 10-13. The journey west resulted in a trip to the quarter-final round.

Cumberland Team Places 2nd and Receives Two Awards in South Texas

Posted: Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:09

A team from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law took second place out of 30 teams at the South Texas College of Law Mock Trial Challenge (STMC) March 27-30, 2014, in Houston.

2014 Cumberland School of Law Awards

Posted: Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:08

2014 Distinguished Alumnus
Judge John L. Carroll ’74


2014 Friend of the Law School
Susan G. Carroll

Alabama Lawyer Magazine Features Dean John Carroll

Posted: Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:02

The March 2014 issue of the Alabama Lawyer magazine contains a story about Dean John L. Carroll's life.


Cumberland School of Law Teams Sweep the AAJ Regional Tournament, Fresh off its New National Rank

Posted: Wed, 03/26/2014 - 15:44

A team from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law took first place in the regional component of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition March 20-23 in Atlanta. 

Cumberland Among U.S. News' Top 10 Schools in Trial Advocacy

Posted: Thu, 03/13/2014 - 11:40

Samford University's Cumberland School of Law is once again ranked among the top 10 in "U.S. News and World Report's" 2014 list of schools with the best programs in trial advocacy training. Cumberland tied for sixth place in the category.

SEC Commissioner Speaks to Sports Law Class and Surprises Students with Additional Guests

Posted: Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:23

Late last month, Feb. 2014, Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law Adjunct Professor Donald Jackson’s spring Sports Law course, of 27 students, welcomed Southeastern Conference (SEC) Commissioner Mike Slive for a candid, intimate class discussion about his lengthy sports career. In addition, students from Jackson's fall 2013 Sports Law course were invited to attend. The fall Sports Law course focused on professional sports, whereas the spring course focuses on amateur sports.

Law School Transforms into Old-World Theater for Shakespearean Plays

Posted: Fri, 02/21/2014 - 16:40

“I was seated Sunday afternoon in the Great Room of the Cumberland School of Law, and I saw Shakespeare the way it was meant to be done,” said Courtney Haden, columnist, in the Weld of Birmingham article

Negotiation Team Makes a Run to the Semi-Final Round at an ABA National Competition

Posted: Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:26

On the weekend of Feb. 8, 2014, Cumberland School of Law’s Negotiation Team participated in the American Bar Association’s (ABA) National Negotiation Competition in Chicago, Ill. The competition was held in conjunction with the ABA’s mid-year meeting.

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