Magazine Features Alumnus and Professor as “Groundbreakers”

Posted: Mon, 01/06/2014 - 13:41

In a recent edition of Birmingham magazine, Alumnus Randall Woodfin, Birmingham Board of Education president, and Professor David Smolin, director of Cumberland School of Law’s Center for Children, Law and Ethics, were featured as “Groundbreakers.”

In the article Woodfin recalls it was “his mother who influenced him to better the lives of others.” He said, “Watching her deal with her work full time and her community and my family members, I saw somebody that was always helping people.” Woodfin graduated from Cumberland School of Law in 2007. Woodfin is refocusing the intercity Birmingham Schools’ efforts with “a laser focus on academics.”

Prof. Smolin was recognized for his past work as the director of the Center for Biotechnology, Law, and Ethics (CBLE) and present work as the director of the Center for Children, Law and Ethics (CCLE). In late 2012, Samford University’s trustees approved the refocusing of the CBLE’s resources to form the CCLE. Prof. Smolin recalls in the article, “The [Center for Children, Law and Ethics] is designed to give students the opportunity to understand that children’s issues are difficult and divisive, and not just sentimental.” Prof. Smolin is an international expert on children’s advocacy issues. He has been quoted in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, among other places, and presented at conferences around the world. To learn more about the Center for Children, Law and Ethics go to

Birmingham magazine article