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SEC Commissioner Visits Sports Law Class

Posted: Fri, 11/09/2012 - 19:35

On Wednesday, November 7, Professor Donald Jackson’s sports law class welcomed Southeastern Conference [SEC] Commissioner Mike Slive for a class discussion.  Slive addressed the class regarding his sports career. 

5th Place at the TOC

Posted: Mon, 11/05/2012 - 10:37

Chicago, Illinois: A mock trial team from Cumberland School of Law came in fifth place at the annual Tournament of Champions [TOC]. This year the TOC was hosted by Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chi­cago, Illinois, from October 24 to 28.

Ross Discusses in Jurist a 2012 US Presidential Election Issue that has been Largely Ignored by both Candidates

Posted: Thu, 11/01/2012 - 13:48

William Ross, Lucille Stewart Beeson Professor of Law, has published a new column on Jurist titled “The Supreme Court Should Be a Key Election Issue.” In his column he addresses one aspect of the upcoming U.S. Presidential Election that has not been discussed by either candidate. 

Ross’ column states “that the likelihood of vacancies on the Supreme Court during the next four years should make the Court an important issue in the election, even though it has largely been ignored by the current candidates.”

Republican and Democrat Law Clubs Host Speakers: Former Attorney General Gonzales & Judge Vance

Posted: Thu, 10/25/2012 - 13:33

Over the last few weeks two law student organizations, the Cumberland Republicans and the Cumberland Democrats, have each hosted a speaker to the law school.

National Pro Bono Celebration

Posted: Tue, 10/23/2012 - 10:25

Sunday, October, 21, 2012, began the week-long activities of the National Pro Bono Celebration.  “National Pro Bono Celebration focuses the nation's attention on the increased need for pro bono services during these challenging economic times and celebrates the outstandin

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Candidate to Visit Campus

Posted: Tue, 10/23/2012 - 08:54

On Thursday, October 25, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the John L. Carroll Moot Courtroom the Cumberland Democrats, a law student organization, will host Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Candidate Judge Robert Vance. A reception will directly follow in the Great Room.

Cumberland Law Review 2012 Symposium

Posted: Fri, 10/19/2012 - 10:47

This year the Cumberland Law Review co-hosted its annual symposium with the Birmingham Bar Association Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section. It was held at the law school on Friday, October 19th.

President Obama Nominates ’75 Alumnus to TVA Board of Directors

Posted: Wed, 10/17/2012 - 14:54

In a recent press release from The White House Office of the Press Secretary, President Barack Obama nominated Joe H. Ritch, a 1975 graduate of Cumberland School of Law and a shareholder in the Huntsville, Ala., law office of Sirote & Permutt PC, to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). TVA is a corporation owned by the U.S. government and it provides electricity to 9 million people in portions of seven southeastern states. If confirmed to this post, Ritch will become the second Alabamian in its 79 years of existence to serve on the board.  The term Ritch has been nominated for will expire on May 18, 2016.

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to speak to Law Students

Posted: Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:22

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012, the Cumberland Republicans, a law student run organization, will host former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. 

Google Invites Cumberland Law Professor Hartzog to Address Employees

Posted: Mon, 10/08/2012 - 08:38

In the age of Twitter, Google and Facebook, privacy and intellectual property are becoming legal topics of great concern. Addressing these legal topics in his scholarly work, Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law Professor Woodrow Hartzog has become one of the nation’s leading experts on privacy and technology law. 

Professor Hartzog’s scholarship has not gone unnoticed by big players within international industry.  His work has led to an invitation from Google to address its employees at its headquarters in Mountain View, California.  On October 4, 2012, Professor Hartzog addressed Google’s employees in an hour-long presentation on privacy law.  This presentation was viewed by a live audience and streamed globally to all Google employees via the company’s intranet.

Alabama Appellate Courts To Hear Arguments at Samford October 10

Posted: Mon, 10/08/2012 - 08:20

The Alabama Supreme Court and the Court of Civil Appeals will hear oral arguments at Samford University Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Wright Center.

The event, sponsored by Samford's Cumberland School of Law and the Birmingham Bar Foundation, is open to the public. Call to order will be at 9:10 a.m.

Alumnus Billy Coplin ’77 Receives 1 of 38 three-year appointments on the ABA’s Board of Governors

Posted: Thu, 10/04/2012 - 08:57

Alumnus Billy Coplin ’77 has been appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association (ABA). As such, he is one of 38 lawyers from throughout the country on the Board. The Board develops policies and plans for the ABA which is the largest volunteer organization in the world.

The following information from the ABA website describes the Board of Governors:

Cumberland’s Unique Book Clubs for Students, Staff & Faculty Turn 5

Posted: Wed, 10/03/2012 - 15:59

Several years ago at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, students expressed an interest in convening in small groups with faculty to discuss interesting and thought provoking topics outside the classroom. In response to that interest, the Cumberland Book Clubs were launched. Professors volunteered to lead the discussions, and they selected books that formed the basis for those discussions. In addition, the law school reimburses the cost of the book to each member.

Cordell Hull Speakers Forum to host the Head of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings's Insurance Section

Posted: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 12:31

Cumberland School of Law's Cordell Hull Speakers Forum is proud to welcome J. S. 'Chris' Christie to the John L. Carroll Moot Courtroom on October 4, 2012, at 11 a.m. 

Alumnus Robert Boland talks Sports in USA TODAY in the shadow of NFL Replacement Refs

Posted: Fri, 09/28/2012 - 13:40

In a recent USA TODAY Sports story written by Erik Brady, Cumberland School of Law alumnus Robert Boland '95, is quoted at length about sports commissioners.  This article is written in the wave of the recent heat the NFL commissioner received from the usage of replacement referees.

Prof W Greene's Article Makes SSRN's Top Ten

Posted: Thu, 09/27/2012 - 08:32

In its first week of posting, Professor Wendy Greene’s most recent article, “Categorical Discrimination,” was listed on SSRN’s (Social Science Research Network) Top Ten download list for the week of September 17th for: Employment Law eJournal; LSN: Employment Discrimination; LSN: Employment Tort Law; and LSN: Legislation (Private Law - Discrimination).

Cumberland School of Law to sponsor CNN Journalist at Atlanta Press Club

Posted: Tue, 09/25/2012 - 12:25

Cumberland School of Law is proud to sponsor The Atlanta Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon, September 25th, 2012.

CNN Senior analyst and award winning journalist, Jeffrey Toobin, will speak and sign copies of his latest book, The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court.

Two Alumni Receive the BBJ’s Outstanding Corporate Counsel Award

Posted: Thu, 09/20/2012 - 11:53

In the recent issue of The Birmingham Business Journal, the journal published their inaugural Corporate Counsel Awards.  These awards were established to honor Birmingham corporate attorneys.  These awards set out to look at the contributions each recipient has made to their respective employer.

Cumberland School of Law Celebrates Alabama Appleseed’s National Welcoming Week

Posted: Thu, 09/20/2012 - 08:56

On Thursday, September 20, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m., Cumberland School of Law’s Community Mediation Center & Public Interest Project celebrated National Welcoming Week by participating in a pantry stock to benefit the YWCA and the Church of the Reconciler.  The law school part

Doug Jones to speak at Cumberland's Called to the Bar Program

Posted: Wed, 09/19/2012 - 15:22

Doug Jones Cumberland Class of 1979On September 20, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. in the John L. Carroll Moot Courtroom, Doug Jones, a 1979 alumnus of Cumberland School of Law, will be the first of the Called to the Bar speakers for the 2012-13 academic year. He is a former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama and is currently with the law firm Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC located in Birmingham. At Haskell Slaughter, Mr. Jones represents individual, institutional and corporate clients in complex civil and criminal litigation.

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