Cumberland Welcomes New Law Students
This week, the faculty and staff of Cumberland School of Law welcomed 153 members of the Class of 2014. The new students hail from 14 states and are graduates of 59 colleges and universities. States represented in the new class are: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. In addition, the law school welcomed four students from England and one student from India who will be spending a year studying American law at Cumberland.
Orientation week activities opened Sunday evening, August 14, on Brewer Plaza with a Lowcountry boil and music provided by a jazz band. The Class of 2014 heard from a variety of speakers during the week including Judge John L. Carroll ‘74, Dean of Cumberland School of Law, Ryan J. Letson, Student Bar Association President, and Judge Julian Mann, III ’74, Cumberland’s National Alumni Association President. Other speakers included Professor Howard P. Walthall, Governor Albert P. Brewer, Dean Henry Strickland and Tony McLain, General Counsel, Alabama State Bar.
On the last day of orientation, the week ended with a focus on volunteerism and giving back to the community, a core message of the law school’s three years of legal education. The service project was organized by Cassandra Adams, director of the Cumberland Community Mediation Center. Students, faculty and staff worked on projects for the following Birmingham organizations: Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Center, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham, Christian Service Mission and Southern Environmental Center.