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Cumberland School of Law Team Wins ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition Regional

Posted: Wed, 02/20/2013 - 11:04

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- A team from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law took top honors at the Las Vegas regional round of the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC). The regional round was held at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Federal District Courthouse in Las Vegas, Nev., from Feb. 14–17.

Two Cumberland School of Law Teams Sweep Region Six of the National Trial Competition

Posted: Wed, 02/20/2013 - 10:59

GAINESVILLE, Florida -- On the weekend of Feb. 16–17, two trial teams from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law swept Region Six of the National Trial Competition in Gainesville, Fla. One of the Cumberland School of Law teams consisting of third-year law students Jennifer Reynolds, Chambers Waller, Nick Rayburn and Ben Odendahl defeated teams from Nova Southeastern University Law Center, Faulkner University Jones School of Law, Stetson University College of Law and the University of Florida College of Law. This is the second consecutive year Jennifer Reynolds and Chambers Waller have won this competition.

Cumberland Law Students Win Region Five of the ABA Client Counseling Competition held Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Posted: Wed, 02/13/2013 - 14:27

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Cumberland School of Law students, pictured from left, Victoria Ebrahimi and Kayla Schoen took top honors at the American Bar Association’s [ABA] Region Five Client Counseling Competition. The ABA’s Region Five includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and Tennessee. The competition was held at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 9. The Cumberland team was coached by Cumberland School of Law Professor LaJuana S. Davis.

Law Students Place Fourth at the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition in Nashville

Posted: Tue, 02/12/2013 - 12:42

NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- Congratulations to Cumberland School of Law’s Black Law Students Association [BLSA] members, pictured from left, Steven Miller, Jerrika Jones, Danny Patterson, Jr., and Chris Weaver for their fourth place finish at the Southern Region Black Law Students Association Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition in Nashville, Tenn.

In the News Feb 1

Posted: Fri, 02/01/2013 - 17:41

Arbitration Team Travels to Tulane University Law School for the National Baseball Arbitration Competition

Posted: Fri, 02/01/2013 - 17:34

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- Third-year Cumberland School of Law students (pictured from left) Jacob Jackson, Cline Thompson and Rory McKean competed Thurs., Jan. 24, and Fri., Jan. 25, in the 6th Annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition held at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Professor Donald Jackson coached this team. All three law students were members of Professor Jackson's fall 2012 sports law class.

In The News Jan 25

Posted: Fri, 01/25/2013 - 18:03

In the News Jan 18

Posted: Fri, 01/18/2013 - 18:00

Alumnus Brown Elected Presiding Judge over the 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama

Posted: Fri, 01/18/2013 - 11:21

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- On January 15, Judge Houston Brown, a 1973 graduate of Cumberland School of Law, was unanimously elected by the sitting circuit judges of the 10th Judicial Circuit as the new presiding judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama.

Alumni in the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum Class 9

Posted: Thu, 01/17/2013 - 11:48

Cumberland School of Law would like to congratulate the following alumni who have been selected for the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum Class 9. For an applicant to submit an application to the class, they needed to have at least five years, and not more than 15 years, of practice as of Jan. 1, 2013.

2007 Alumnus, Ashby Pate, Appointed to the Supreme Court of Palau

Posted: Wed, 01/16/2013 - 11:04

In a January 15, 2013, announcement from the law firm Lightfoot Franklin & White, Ashby Pate, an associate at the firm and 2007 graduate of Cumberland School of Law, has been appointed to the Supreme Court of Palau. Palau is an island nation located in the western Pacific Ocean. In 2010, Pate helped

American Inn of Court has been Chartered at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law

Posted: Tue, 01/15/2013 - 13:05

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Jan. 15, 2013 - John L. Carroll, dean and Ethel P. Malugen Professor of Law, is proud to announce that an American Inn of Court has been chartered at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. The American Inns of Court movement has long led the way in promoting professionalism, civility and ethics at the American Bench and Bar.

Prof. W. Greene Co-Presented an Award to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Posted: Tue, 01/08/2013 - 16:34

Professor Wendy Greene, member, American Association of Law School [AALS] Section on Women in Legal Education Executive Committee, co-presented the section’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  The award was presented in the Justice’s chambers on December 17, 2012.  Greene was recently el

Ross Quoted about Attorney Fees

Posted: Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:19

Professor William G. Ross was quoted in a Jan. 2 story in Legal Times about attorney fees. Ross, who has written two books on the subject, said lawyers should provide "enough information about the billed activity to enable the client to know what questions to ask" about the entry.

Dean Carroll Responds to Judge's Decision to Postpone Trial until after College Football National Championship

Posted: Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:10

Cumberland School of Law Dean John L. Carroll was quoted in Dec. 28 Birmingham News / al.com story about a local judge's decision to postpone a trial until after the Jan. 7 national championship game involving the University of Alabama football team.

Smolin Speaks to New Russian Adoption Law

Posted: Fri, 01/04/2013 - 15:06

Professor David Smolin, director of Samford University's Cumberland School of Law's Center for Children, Law and Ethics, was featured on a Dec. 27 broadcast of The Takeway. Smolin, who is parent of internationally-adopted children, spoke on the recent laws preventing American adoptions of Russian children.

Cumberland Alumnus, Sirote Attorney receives Senate Confirmation for Key Administration Post

Posted: Thu, 01/03/2013 - 15:36

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Jan. 3, 2013 – Joe H. Ritch (Cumberland School of Law Class of 1975), an attorney with Sirote & Permutt’s Huntsville office, has been confirmed by the Senate to serve on the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority [TVA]. Ritch, who was appointed to the position by President Barack Obama, becomes only the second Alabamian to be appointed to the board in the TVA’s 79-year history. 

Ritch has been active in Huntsville economic development for more than three decades and is the longtime chairman of the Tennessee Valley Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). Under Ritch's leadership, the Tennessee Valley BRAC committee successfully marketed Redstone Arsenal as a destination for military commands designated for relocation. Thousands of jobs have moved to the North Alabama and Southern Tennessee region because of the relocations.  

A Message from the Dean

Posted: Fri, 12/21/2012 - 13:41

Given the fact that I am old, I have seen much national tragedy – the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, the Oklahoma City Courthouse bombing, the 9-11 attacks to name a few. None of these compare to what happened in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday.  I still cannot fathom the horror of that incident.

It really makes whatever season’s greeting we send you at this time very hollow sounding. We can only hope that out of all of this will come a national dialogue on how we can prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

Christmas Came Early for CASA Teens Thanks to Law Students

Posted: Wed, 12/19/2012 - 12:50

This year, Christmas came early for two teenagers in the Court Appointed Special Advocates [CASA] program. Twin sisters were selected by Cumberland School of Law’s Public Interest & Community Service Organization to receive a special Christmas gift.

Cumberland Wins the Professionalism and Ethical Lawyering Award at the NCTC

Posted: Tue, 11/27/2012 - 16:03

Los Angeles, California: On the weekend of November 17, 2012, the Eleventh Annual National Civil Trial Competition [NCTC] was held in Los Angeles, Calif., and Cumberland School of Law’s team finished third overall. At this competition, the law school’s team won the Professionalism and Ethical Lawyering Award. This is the second time in the three years since NCTC has awarded the Professionalism and Ethical Lawyering Award that Cumberland School of Law has won the award.

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