Law Week - March 1-6, 2010

Posted: Mon, 03/01/2010 - 14:07

Every spring, students, faculty and staff look forward to the annual events and celebrations which are held during Law Week. Below are a few highlights of this year’s events.


The Freshman Follies will be held Tuesday, March 2 at 4:30 PM in the Moot Court Room.


The finals of the Parham H. Williams Trial Competition will be held:

Wednesday, March 3 at 3:00 PM in the Moot Court Room


On Thursday, March 4 at 11:00 AM, the Law School will honor the memory of Rascal, the only recipient of the Doctor of Canine Jurisprudence degree, at the annual Rascal Memorial Procession. Students, faculty, staff and friends of the Law School (along with their pets) will proceed behind a New Orleans-style jazz band from the foot of Samford’s Centennial Walk to Blackacre Patio.

According to Cumberland tradition, Rascal was a mongrel pup who faithfully attended classes at the law school’s former home in Lebanon, Tennessee, beginning in 1933, and in 1937 he was presented the rare degree of Doctor of Canine Jurisprudence.

Rascal passed away in 1940 and was buried with much ceremony beneath the window where he attended classes. When Cumberland moved to Birmingham in 1961, Rascal’s tombstone and a few spadefuls of dirt were brought to the Samford Campus, and again interred at Blackacre, on the west side of Robinson Hall.

After a moving eulogy, mourners and pets will enjoy a hotdog lunch served by Cumberland faculty. As always, judges will be awarding prizes in several categories, including the Best Dressed Dog, the Best Trick, the dog most resembling its owner, the smallest and largest dog, and the dog that most represents the spirit of Rascal.

Make sure you and your pet come out for the great morning and afternoon of live music, free food and prizes in this fun-filled tradition honoring Rascal, Cumberland’s own CJD.