Cumberland Law Review Seminar

Posted: Tue, 01/26/2010 - 15:46

The Cumberland Law Review presents "The Jefferson County Sewer Debacle: A Case Study in Law, Public Policy, and Municipal Finance" on Friday, January 29, 2010 in the Moot Court Room at Cumberland School of Law.  The program will begin at 9:00 AM and will adjourn at 3:30 PM.  CLE credit is available.

The symposium, hosted by Law Review, will offer a scholarly discussion of the many factors surrounding the issues of the Jefferson County sewer situation. Although journalists have documented the Jefferson County financial situation, the legal community has yet to engage in an organized, scholarly discussion of the multitude of factors surrounding the Jefferson County sewer debacle. The Cumberland forum will facilitate discussion of how the county got itself into its current financial trouble and how to prevent history from repeating itself.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.  The schedule is below:

8:30 AM Registration

9:00 AM A Brief History of the Jefferson County Financial Crisis, Professor Michael D. Floyd, Cumberland School of Law

9:45 AM Financing Plans for the Jefferson County Sewer System: Issues and Mistakes, James H. White III, Chairman & Chief Compliance Officer, Porter, White & Company

10:45 AM Networking Break

11:00 AM Federal Policy Responses to the Predicament of Municipal Finance, Spencer Bachus, United States Congressman, 6th District of Alabama, United States House
of Representatives

NOON Lunch provided at Cumberland School of Law in the Great Room

1:00 PM Structuring County Government to Mitigate the Risk Involved in Financing Decisions, Dr. Randolph Horn, Associate Professor Political Science, Samford University, James W. Williams, Jr., Executive Director, Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama, Samford University

2:00 PM The Legal Implications of the Voting Rights Act Consent Decree on Jefferson County’s Government, Professor LaJuana S. Davis, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University

2:30 PM Networking Break

2:45 PM Closing Remarks and Open Panel Discussion: Speakers to be Announced

3:30 PM Adjourn

To register for the seminar, please contact Janice James at 205.726.2757 or