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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
On 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.
On September 14th, Professor Wendy Greene presented her most recent paper titled, “Categorical Discrimination,” during the 7th Annual Labor and Employment Law Colloquium co-hosted by the Loyola-Chicago University and Northwestern Univers
Professor Brannon P. Denning’s recent article co-authored with Glenn H. Reynolds titled “National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius: Five Takes” was the number one download on SSSN.com (Social Science Research Network) for the last 60 day period from July 19, 2012 to September 17, 2012.
Professor Angela Onwuachi-Willig of the University of Iowa College of Law was the first presenter in Cumberland School of Law Faculty’s Works-in-Progress Series. During her presentation, she discussed her forthcoming book: According to Our Hearts: Lessons on Race, Family, and Law From Rhinelander v. Rinelander (Yale University Press).
There have been 16 exceptional law students selected from the student body of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law to join the National Trial Team. In the 2012–13 academic year, these members will continue the law school’s tradition in trial advocacy excellence. Cumberland School of Law is currently recognized nationally by U.S. News as the No. four trial advocacy program.
Professor Rusty Johnson’s recent article, “Disambiguating the Disparate Impact Claim,” will be published in the fall 2012 issue of the Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review. The abstract from Professor Johnson’s article can be read below.
Longtime professors William G. Ross and Howard P. Walthall were invested as holders of academic chairs at a ceremony Thursday at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law.
Ross was named the Lucille Stewart Beeson Professor of Law. Walthall was named the Leslie S. Wright Professor of Law.