American Inn of Court has been Chartered at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law

Posted: Tue, 01/15/2013 - 13:05

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Jan. 15, 2013 - John L. Carroll, dean and Ethel P. Malugen Professor of Law, is proud to announce that an American Inn of Court has been chartered at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. The American Inns of Court movement has long led the way in promoting professionalism, civility and ethics at the American Bench and Bar. The Inn at Cumberland has been named the Judge James Edwin Horton Inn of Court in honor of Judge James Edwin Horton, an 1899 graduate of Cumberland School of Law. In one of the infamous “Scottsboro Boys” cases, Judge Edwin James Horton set aside the guilty verdict and death sentence, one of the most courageous judicial acts in American history. 

Membership in the Inn is limited to Cumberland graduates and students. Every year, 20 Cumberland students will be selected--10 second-year and 10 third-year students--to become pupils in the Inn to be mentored and trained by the other members of the Inn. Membership in the James Edwin Horton Inn of Court will be considered a high honor.

As Judge Carroll recently noted, "the creation of Judge James Edwin Horton Inn of Court further enhances our already nationally recognized advocacy program. It also provides an opportunity for our students to be taught and mentored by some of the finest lawyers and judges in the country in a setting modeled after the English Inns of Court."

The following people are Cumberland School of Law's inaugural Masters of the Bench of the Inn. Master Benchers must have superior character, ability and excellence in litigation and in the legal profession; and have at least 15 years of experience. To learn more about the American Inns of Court movement, go to the website of the national organization: www.innsofcourt.org.

S. Allen Baker
Balch Bingham LLP
(Class of 1973)

Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn
United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
(Class of 1977)

Governor Albert P. Brewer
Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law
(Honorary LLD in 1968)

Judge Houston L. Brown
Jefferson County, Ala., 10th Judicial Circuit Court, Civil Division
(Class of 1973)

Judge John L. Carroll
Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law
(Class of 1974)

Professor Leslie S. Ennis
Samford University’s Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies
(Class of 1992) 

G. Courtney French
Fuston, Pettway & French, LLP
(Class of 1998)

Victor L. Hayslip
Burr & Forman LLP
(Class of 1985)

Professor Herman N. Johnson
Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law

Judge Clyde E. Jones
Jefferson County, Ala., 10th Judicial Circuit Court, Criminal Division
(Class of 1979)

Anthony A. Joseph
Maynard Cooper & Gale PC (president-elect of the Alabama State Bar)
(Class of 1980) 

Judge Helen Shores Lee
Jefferson County, Ala., 10th Judicial Circuit Court, Civil Divison
(Class of 1987)

John A. Lentine
Sheffield & Lentine PC
(Class of 1987)

Robert P. MacKenzie III
Starnes Davis Florie LLP
(Class of 1984)

Judge John E. Ott
United States Magistrate Court for the Northern District of Alabama
(Class of 1981)

W. Lee Pittman
Pittman, Dutton & Hellums, P.C.
(Class of 1976)

Joseph T. Ritchey
Sirote & Permutt, PC
(Class of 1981)

Terry A. Sides
Hale & Sides LLC
(Class of 1985)

Jenny L. Smith
United States Attorney’s Office Northern District of Alabama
(Class of 1985)

Sharon D. Stuart
Christian & Small LLP
(Class of 1990)