2014 Distinguished Alumnus
Judge John L. Carroll ’74
2014 Friend of the Law School
Susan G. Carroll
The Distinguished Alumnus Award is given to a Cumberland School of Law graduate who has distinguished herself/himself in the practice of law, service to the community, and leadership in the profession.
Judge John L. Carroll ’74, dean and Ethel P. Malugen professor of law, has tirelessly led the law school for the past 13 years while teaching and actively participating on numerous local, state and national committees. Prior to his tenure at Cumberland School of Law, Judge Carroll served as a Marine Corps officer, a federal magistrate judge, the legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and law professor at Mercer University. When his term as dean comes to an end this summer, he will remain at the law school as a full time faculty member.
The Friend of the Law School Award is given to a person who is not a graduate of Cumberland School of Law, but who has, through financial and other means of support, made a significant investment in the law school and its future.
Susan G. Carroll has been married to Judge John L. Carroll for over 44 years. She has actively supported the law school and Judge Carroll's responsibilities as a faculty member and dean since 2001. But her support didn't start there—she became a “friend” of the law school in 1971 when Judge Carroll started his legal education. Her selfless dedication to the school and Judge Carroll's schedule benefitted us as a whole. We at Cumberland School of Law very much appreciate Susan's wit, graciousness and presence at our student and alumni events, on and off campus.
2014 Young Alumnus
U.S. Representative Martha D. Roby ’01
The Young Alumnus Award is given to a Cumberland School of Law graduate who graduated within the last 15 years, and to someone who has distinguished herself/himself in the practice of law, service to the community, and leadership in the profession.
Rep. Martha Roby ’01 is currently in her second term serving the people of Alabama's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to being elected to Congress, Rep. Roby worked as an attorney and served as a city councilman in her hometown of Montgomery. Early upon going to Capitol Hill, Republican leaders selected Rep. Roby as one of only four freshman members to serve on the Majority Transition Team. Then, Rep. Roby served as chairman of a subcommittee on military oversight and investigations, a rare honor for a second-term member of Congress. In December of 2013, Roby became a member of the House Committee on Appropriations which has oversight on the whole range of government spending. Roby is the first representative from the 2nd District to serve on this key congressional committee.