In the News April 19

Posted: Fri, 04/19/2013 - 10:33

Dean John L. Carroll

Dean Carroll was a featured commentator on the local Fox News channel. He discussed a recent lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Prisons concerning medical care. He said, "You will have to prove prison officials were indifferent to your health which means they knew you had a serious health problem and intentionally chose not to do anything about it." 

In a second Fox News story, Dean Carroll comment about a possible law suit at a local school’s board of education. He stated that immunity is a defense commonly used by public figures.

 Professor Woodrow N. Hartzog

On April 10, Professor Hartzog’s research was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle article "Rise of robots means rethinking our laws." To access this article go to

Professor Hartzog recent book review, "The Fight to Frame Privacy," of Daniel Solove’s Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff Between Privacy and Security, was published in the The Michigan Law Review. To access this book review go to

 Cumberland School of Law’s Journal of American Trial Advocacy 

The Journal’s recent seminar, "The Use of Social Media in 21th-Century Litigation" has continued to receive media attention. The seminar was featured on Birmingham’s NBC affiliate and several other media outlets highlighting the recent trial of two Ohio teenagers who were convicted of rape after photos were distributed on social media outlets. Paul Grimm, seminar speaker and a federal judge in Maryland, said "When you have civil cases and criminal cases, where intent and motive are important, which is often the case, the evidence is going be on social media."

Justice Janie L. Shores

On Thursday, April 11, 2013, at a noon luncheon at The Harbert Center, the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law & Justice presented to former Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Janie L. Shores its annual Albert Brewer/Bo Torbert Public Service Award. Justice Shores had a trailblazing career in the law. She was the first full-time female law professor in Alabama (at Cumberland School of Law) and the first women elected to the Alabama Supreme Court.