Dean Arthur Weeks

Posted: Wed, 08/26/2009 - 15:38

Dean Arthur Weeks passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at the age of 94. Weeks served as Dean of Cumberland School of Law for a total of 16 years.

“Dean Weeks provided strong leadership through some of the most turbulent times in Cumberland’s long history,” said Judge John Carroll, Dean of Cumberland School of Law. “His superhuman efforts to succeed in the face of significant adversity and to keep our law school moving forward laid the foundation for the great law school we are today. All of us who proudly bear the title ‘Cumberland Lawyer’ owe him a huge debt of gratitude.”

Weeks served as Cumberland School of Law’s dean for a total of three terms, from 1948-1949, 1950-1954, and 1961-1972. During this time, he saw that the school was approved by the American Bar Association and became an accredited law school. He was the first Dean of Cumberland School of Law of Samford University (formerly Howard College), and was responsible for its move from Lebanon, Tennessee to the Howard College campus. He oversaw the construction of Memory Leake Robinson Hall, the current home of Cumberland School of Law, and under his leadership enrollment in the school grew from 61 students to over 600 students.

Weeks later served as Dean and Professor of Delaware School of Law (now Widener Law) at Widener University, and Dean of the new Mississippi College of Law. He secured full accreditation with the American Bar Association for both schools.

Born in Hanceville, Alabama, Weeks graduated from Howard College in 1936. He received his law degree from University of Alabama Law School and earned his LL.M. (Master of Law degree) from Duke University Law School. He was later awarded an honorary LL.D. degree (Doctorate of Laws, honoris causa) from Delaware Law School. Afterwards, Weeks served in the Judge Advocate General’s Department of the U.S. Army during World War II. His last assignment before honorable discharge with the rank of Captain was that of Chief Legal Officer for Bremen, Germany, Enclave.