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Samford University's Cumberland School of Law is once again ranked among the top 10 in "U.S. News and World Report's" 2014 list of schools with the best programs in trial advocacy training. Cumberland tied for sixth place in the category.
Late last month, Feb. 2014, Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law Adjunct Professor Donald Jackson’s spring Sports Law course, of 27 students, welcomed Southeastern Conference (SEC) Commissioner Mike Slive for a candid, intimate class discussion about his lengthy sports career. In addition, students from Jackson's fall 2013 Sports Law course were invited to attend. The fall Sports Law course focused on professional sports, whereas the spring course focuses on amateur sports.
On the weekend of Feb. 8, 2014, Cumberland School of Law’s Negotiation Team participated in the American Bar Association’s (ABA) National Negotiation Competition in Chicago, Ill. The competition was held in conjunction with the ABA’s mid-year meeting.
On Jan. 25, 2014, four Cumberland School of Law graduates were honored as 2013 Fellows of the Alabama Law Foundation:
In the January 2014 issue of Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine, Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law Professor Wendy Greene received one of 12 national honors as a rising star who has emerged as a leader in legal academia.
The January 2014 edition of the Tennessee Bar Journal announced Charles W. “Buz” Dooley, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Class of 1969 graduate of Cumberland School of Law, as the Tennessee Bar Association’s Harris Gilbert Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award recipient.
Quebec City, Canada -- At its 35th annual conference, the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) presented the 2013 COGEL Award to Jim Sumner, director of the Alabama Ethics Commission and 1974 graduate of Cumberland School of Law. The COGEL Award is the highest form of recognition COGEL confers. The award is presented each year to an individual who has made over a substantial period of time a significant, demonstrable and positive contribution to the field of campaign finance, elections, ethics, freedom of information or lobbying regulation.
The Birmingham Bar Association selected John Cox Hall III, a 1982 graduate of Cumberland School of Law, as its 2013 recipient of the L. Burton Barnes, III, Public Service Award.
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.”
Henry C. Strickland III has been named dean of Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, effective July 1, 2014. He succeeds John L. Carroll Jr., who is retiring as dean after 13 years. Carroll will remain on the faculty full-time.
The announcement was made Dec. 13 and follows a national search.
On the weekend of Nov. 9, 2013, Cumberland School of Law’s negotiation team of April Jackson MacLennan and Ricky Coates came in second at the American Bar Association Regional Negotiation Competition held at University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law in Louisville, Kentucky. It is likely this team will be invited to compete at the national competition.
A team from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law won the National Civil Trial Competition (NCTC) in Los Angeles, Calif., the weekend of Nov. 8-10, 2013.
Birmingham, Ala.: From Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, Cumberland School of Law was the host school for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Tournament of Champions (TOC). The TOC is the premier trial competition involving the top student advocates in the nation.
On Wednesday, November 13, at 1:30 p.m., the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals will hold oral argument in the John L. Carroll Moot Courtroom of Cumberland School of Law.
For the 2013–14 academic year, third-year law students William "Carter" Montgomery of Hartselle, Ala., left, and Joseph Echols of Augusta, Ga, right, are the recipients of the Rodney Max Fellowship.