Law Week - March 1 - 7, 2009

Posted: Fri, 02/27/2009 - 14:44

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 Student Bar Association (SBA) is hosting its second annual powder puff football game to kick-off Law Week on Sunday, March 1 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. It will be held at the Samford Intramural Fields.  


The finals of the Parham H. Williams Trial Competition will be held Wednesday, March 4 at 3:00 PM in the Great Room.  A reception will follow the competition in the Great Room.


On Thursday, March 5 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, 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 a great afternoon of live music, free food and prizes in this fun-filled tradition honoring Rascal, Cumberland’s own CJD.  


The Freshman Follies will be held Thursday, March 5 at 4:30 PM in the Moot Court Room. 


The complete schedule for Law Week may be found at this link ...