Doug Jones to speak at Cumberland's Called to the Bar Program

Posted: Wed, 09/19/2012 - 14:22

Doug Jones Cumberland Class of 1979On September 20, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. in the John L. Carroll Moot Courtroom, Doug Jones, a 1979 alumnus of Cumberland School of Law, will be the first of the Called to the Bar speakers for the 2012-13 academic year. He is a former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and is currently with the law firm Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC located in Birmingham. At Haskell Slaughter, Mr. Jones represents individual, institutional and corporate clients in complex civil and criminal litigation.

Mr. Jones, along with former Cumberland School of Law professor, Don Cochran, prosecuted the persons accused of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing on September 15, 1963, some 40 years after the bombing occurred. The bombing resulted in the deaths of four young girls. The prosecution of those bombers will be the subject of Mr. Jones’ talk. 

This academic year, is the Fiftieth Anniversary of the turbulent events from the 1963 Civil Rights Movement. Samford University has partner with the Birmingham Public Library to offer a series of lectures, films, and performances, titled “The Year of Birmingham: Reflections on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement.” 

All events are free and open to the public. 

Schedule of Events

TBA, “The Color Purple,” performance (Arrington Auditorium, BPL, Noon)

October 15, 2012:  “King,” film on Martin Luther King Jr. (Samford, Brock Forum, 4 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.)

October 16, 2012: Davis Lecture featuring Taylor Branch, “Myth and Memory in the King Years” (Samford, Wright Center, 7 p.m.)

October 30, 2012: "Barber of Birmingham," film and discussion on voting rights/voter suppression (Samford, Brock Forum, TBA)

November 2012: Mann Center’s "Courageous Conversations," discussion of legalized racial oppression in South Africa and the United States (Samford, TBA).

January 23, 2013: “Begin the Day:  Annual MLK Day Lecture” (Arrington Auditorium, BPL, Noon)

February 5, 2013: “Ethnic Notions,” film and discussion on racial stereotypes (Samford, Brock Forum, 3:30 p.m.)

February 19, 2013: “King: Montgomery to Memphis, film and discussion (Samford, Brock Forum, TBA)

March 5, 2013: “Who Speaks for Birmingham?” film and discussion (Samford, Brock Forum, 7 p.m.)

April 12, 2013: Jonathan Bass, “Birmingham’s Jewish Community and Civil Rights,” lecture (Temple Emanu-El, TBA)

May 1, 2013: “Crisis” (Wallace and School House Door), film and discussion (Samford, Brock Forum, TBA)