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Founded in 1847, Cumberland School of Law is one of the nation's oldest law schools and is nationally recognized for trial advocacy and quality instruction. Our Juris Doctor curriculum trains students to practice in all areas of law, including corporate law, trial advocacy, health law, environmental law and public interest law. There are three components to the law school that combine to create it

05/06/2024

Today's to-do list: enjoy the sunshine on Brewer Plaza.☀️✅

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All smiles for our 2024 graduates‼️🎓😃

05/01/2024

Join Cumberland School of Law this May as we comes together to celebrate Mental Health Month. 🧠

Together, we can break the stigma and continue to cultivate a culture of compassion, understanding and support.💙

🔗 Check out the various mental health resources and participate in our Wellness Week calendar here: www.samford.edu/law/academic-support

04/29/2024

Evan Jenkins, a 1987 graduate of Samford University Cumberland School of Law, addressed the class of 2024 during their commencement ceremony held April 27.

The class includes 153 new Juris Doctors, 13 of which earned a joint degree. 3️⃣ graduates earned the Master of Studies in Law.

🔗: www.samford.edu/law/news/2024/Alumnus-and-Former-West-Virginia-Supreme-Court-Justice-Shares-Career-Lessons-with-Cumberland-School-of-Law-Class-of-2024

04/25/2024

Cumberland School of Law student Jacob Powell presented his research abstract at Samford's 2024 Student Research Colloquia on April 19.

His abstract, titled, "It All Comes Down to a Piece of Paper: An Argument for Extending Transition Services Through Diploma Deferral for Students with Disabilities" explores existing case law to determine whether transition services can be extended by a student's refusal of a diploma. In doing so, this paper underscores the dangers of a premature termination of transition services that should otherwise be provided by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

According to a U.S. Department of Labor survey report from February 2024, more than 65% of people without a disability were actively employed last year. But for people with a disability, only 22% reported employment. Across the board, people without a disability enjoy better postsecondary educational outcomes in college and in the workforce, highlighting the vast disparity that exists between the two populations.

Finally, his paper argues that the IDEA guarantees a student with a disability the implicit right to defer a diploma and extend his or her entitlement to services.

04/22/2024

How can we create a tool that law students can use to better manage time for all that law school requires? 🤔

Cumberland School of Law professors Ramona Albin and Lynn Hogewood join Dean Blake Hudson on Cumberland Research Radio to discuss their student time management study, with a view toward helping students manage the challenges of “too much to do and too little time to do it” in law school.

🎙️Listen at www.samford.edu/law/podcast or on Spotify/Apple Podcasts.

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Third-year student Thomas Hannahan recently had an article published by Southern University’s Law Review.

His article, "The Use and Abuse of Use", recounts how the United States Supreme Court created a rift between the ordinary meaning of use and its legal definition. The gap between the ordinary meaning and the legal definition of use can be closed through the correct construal of the Locomotive Inspection Act’s "in use" requirement. The Supreme Court held oral argument on the construal of the “in use” requirement in the spring of 2022, but the Court punted on the issue with a vote of 4-4, leaving the circuit split on the “in use” requirement still intact.

Hannahan would like to thank Al Teel, Maddie Hughes, Starnes Professor of Law Brannon Denning and Stephen Everett Wells Professor of Municipal Law Michael DeBow for their feedback and advice.

04/18/2024

Cumberland School of Law’s Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic (C-VETS), which was founded in the fall of 2020, provides free legal assistance to veterans and their families across the state of Alabama.

Since its inception, 62 volunteer law students have served more than 600 veterans, including 239 in the 2023-24 year alone.

Kevin Patton, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, former A-6 pilot and shareholder at Maynard Nexsen, succeeded the late Judge John Carroll, JD ’74, founder of the clinic, as the clinic’s supervising attorney.

Patton hosted a recognition ceremony in appreciation of the students’ hard work and dedication. Each student received a personalized flag and eagle sculpture sponsored by the Central Alabama Veterans Collaborative (CAVC).

Read more here: www.samford.edu/law/news/2024/Helping-Heroes-C-VETS-Clinic-Serves-More-Than-600-US-Veterans-Since-Inception

04/17/2024

This week, the Cumberland School of Law community came together to honor Corky Strickland, most immediate past dean and professor of law, as he prepares for retirement.

Strickland joined the Cumberland School of Law faculty in 1988, and since then, has served in various roles including associate dean from 2001 until 2011 and dean from 2014 until 2022 when he returned to full time teaching.

We will miss Dean Strickland on campus and send him the best of wishes for his well-deserved season of retirement.

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Spring 2024 Commencement is almost here! Check out the details below:

👏 April 27
➡️ 5 - 6 p.m.
📍 Pete Hanna Center

Join us as we celebrate our spring graduates in Cumberland School of Law!✨🎓

Parking and more 🔗: www.samford.edu/commencement

04/12/2024

This morning, Gary Cooney hosted students in the Cooney Risk Management and Insurance Clinic at his home for the last class of the semester.

Students shared the content of their white papers written on a variety of insurance and construction topics during this meeting.

We’re grateful for his support of this clinic and for helping provide a unique opportunity for our students to learn about the legal implications of construction, insurance and surety contracts. We look forward to continuing this legal clinic in the fall.

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Happy spring from Cumberland School of Law!

Let the outside study sessions commence.😌

04/10/2024

Join us for our Spring 2024 Commencement! We look forward to celebrating our graduates.✨🎓

👉Parking and more: www.samford.edu/commencement

04/09/2024

We are happy to announce that Cumberland School of Law has been included in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Law School Rankings released April 9.

📈Cumberland School of Law ranks #103 (tie) in the nation overall, climbing 28 spots.

✨This climb was the highest of any law school in the nation, tied with only one other school.

🏆Cumberland School of Law retains its top 10 position for trial advocacy training, ranking #6 in the nation in this category.

Dean Blake Hudson said, “While we know the high value of a Cumberland School of Law education, it is nice to be recognized by national ranking organizations like U.S. News & World Report. This recognition is a testament to the excellent job our faculty and staff do in recruiting, retaining and training our wonderful students to succeed in the practice of law. Our trial advocacy program remains one of the best in the nation. But we are not done. We are setting exciting new initiatives in place to expand our advocacy program and to become even better.”

Read more here: www.samford.edu/law/news/2024/Cumberland-School-of-Law-Has-Largest-Climb-Among-Law-Schools-in-US-News-World-Report-Rankings-Remains-Top-10-for-Trial-Advocacy

04/09/2024

Today is Samford Giving Day! It's Samford's 24-hour collaborative effort to support areas across the university.

Cumberland School of Law trains future lawyers to become life-changing advocates by helping them learn to use their distinct and diverse voices to represent their clients and serve their communities.

Because of the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff and students, Cumberland is 4th in the nation for Trial Advocacy (U.S. News & World Report, 2024), 4th in the nation in the Trial Competition Performance Rankings overall since 2016, and 2nd in the nation in the Gavel Rankings overall since 2019.

The Advocacy and Competitions Fund helps ensure Cumberland can sustain the success of our nationally-ranked advocacy program that focuses on preparing practice-ready lawyers. Please join us in supporting our coaches, providing advocacy programming to the legal community, expanding our advocacy course offerings and hosting signature advocacy events to highlight the talent and strength of our program.

Celebrate Samford Giving Day by making a gift to support future lawyers! Your generosity fuels the growth and impact of our advocacy program.

Support our students here: samford.edu/give/sgd

04/08/2024

Congratulations to Cumberland School of Law students Ryan Behren, Catie Bovey and Tristan Sulser for competing in the L. Edward Bryant Jr. National Health Law Transactional Competition hosted by the Beazley Institute for Health Law & Policy in Chicago, Illinois.

This competition exposes law students to the core competencies of the corporate and regulatory practice of health care law. The team prepared a memorandum summarizing legal and business advice for a hypothetical health care client.

The students are all members of Cumberland School of Law’s Student Health Lawyers Association. They were coached by Mitch Surface, JD/LLM ’21, an associate in Maynard Nexsen’s health care and life sciences practice groups.

04/05/2024

Please join us for the annual Cumberland School of Law Montgomery alumni lunch sponsored by the Beasley Allen Law Firm!✨

➡️April 17, 2024
➡️11:30 a.m.
➡️The Ballroom at Alley Station, 130 Commerce Street, Montgomery, Ala., 36104

❗️RSVP to Becky Stroud, director of alumni engagement, by April 10: [email protected]❗️

We look forward to seeing you there!

04/05/2024

‼️ REMINDER ‼️ : The deadline to apply for the Juris Doctor is May 1! Have you clicked submit yet? 🤔

Contact the Office of Law Admission at 800-888-7213 OR [email protected] with any questions!

samford.edu/law/apply

04/04/2024

Jim Vann, JD '81, was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Montevallo where he received his undergraduate degree before attending Cumberland School of Law.✨🏆

He currently serves as president, board member and shareholder at Dentons Sirote.

Read more in this feature by the University of Montevallo:

www.montevallo.edu

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📢 ICYMI 📢 : Cumberland School of Law hosted its annual Cordell Hull Speakers Forum on April 2!

Did you know? 👉 The Cordell Hull Speakers Forum, established in 1974, stands as a testament to the Cumberland School of Law's commitment to intellectual inquiry and engagement with pressing legal and global issues.🌍

➡️ This year, former U.S. Ambassador Edward W. "Skip" Gnehm, a distinguished figure in American diplomacy, spoke on, “The Middle East Cauldron and the U.S.”

Ambassador Gnehm has over 3️⃣6️⃣ years of experience and expertise with the United States Foreign Service, including ambassadorial appointments to key nations such as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Australia and Kuwait.

🔗 Read what students had to say here: www.samford.edu/law/news/2024/Former-US-Ambassador-Skip-Gnehm-Discusses-The-Middle-East-Cauldron

04/02/2024

Recently, Cumberland School of Law’s National Trial Teams completed a rare double sweep of the regional championships for the National Trial Competition and the American Association of Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition, the two oldest and largest law school trial competitions in the country. This year, for the first time in the law school’s trial advocacy program history, teams from Cumberland School of Law won all four regional championships and received invitations to nationals. The two teams will represent Cumberland School of Law at the national competitions for each respective tournament starting tomorrow, April 3.

Judge Jim Roberts, JD ’94, is in his 26th year coaching and directing Cumberland School of Law’s National Trial Teams. He said, “The double sweep is a rarity in the national trial advocacy community and is a tribute to our program’s philosophy of creating a space where students are encouraged to find their own, authentic voice and then taught to use that voice to advocate for others. The true joy of coaching and directing this program is watching the growth our students experience through their hard work and dedication to our profession. Of course, this would not be possible without students willing to learn and sacrifice in an effort to find their inner greatness or the countless hours volunteered by our alumni coaches who give back to our program by teaching the next generation.”

https://www.samford.edu/law/news/2024/Cumberland-School-of-Law-Achieves-Rare-Double-Regional-Competition-Sweep-Prepares-for-Prestigious-National-Trial-Competitions

04/02/2024

📣 JOIN US TONIGHT for Cumberland School of Law will host the 2024 Cordell Hull Speakers Forum from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom!

👉 The 2024 Cordell Hull Speakers forum will feature former U.S. Ambassador Edward W. "Skip" Gnehm who will speak on “The Middle East Cauldron and the U.S.”

⭐️ Did you know? Gnehm is the former United States ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Australia and Kuwait, among numerous other appointments during his 36-year career with the United States Foreign Service. He then served on the faculty at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs prior to retirement.

➡️ The event is FREE and open to the public.

03/31/2024

Happy Easter from Cumberland School of Law! ✝️ 🤍

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Each year, Samford University Cumberland School of Law announces faculty and staff award recipients.

The below faculty and staff members were honored with these awards for their work during the 2023-24 school year.⤵️

🏆 Tim McFarlin, associate professor of law, received the junior faculty award for his two articles “A Copyright Ignored—Mark Twain, Mary Ann Cord, and the Meaning of Authorship” and “A Copyright Restored—Mark Twain, Mary Ann Cord, and How to Right a Longstanding Wrong.

🏆 Brannon Denning, the Starnes Professor of Law, received the senior faculty award for his new book To Trust the People with Arms: The Supreme Court and the Second Amendment.

🏆 Tim McFarlin received the Harvey S. Jackson Excellence in Teaching Award for teaching first-year courses.

🏆 Maryam Stevenson, visiting assistant professor of law, received the Harvey S. Jackson Excellence in Teaching Award for teaching upper-level courses.

🏆 The award for outstanding adjunct went to Judge Jeffrey Gilliam.

🏆 Tami Zenker was this year’s recipient of the Staff Appreciation Award, which is voted on by the student body.

👉Read more about the awards 🔗: www.samford.edu/law/news/2024/Faculty-and-Staff-Award-Recipients

03/25/2024

Taylor Neill, a third-year Samford University Cumberland School of Law student, recently participated in the fourth annual Judicial Clerkship Opinion Writing Conference hosted by the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C.

Neill was one of 36 participants from across the country selected to attend the prestigious conference, all of whom have accepted judicial clerkships during the 2024-25 term.

Following her graduation from Cumberland School of Law in April, Neill will serve as a law clerk to United States District Judge Austin Huffaker of the Middle District of Alabama.

Read more here: www.samford.edu/law/news/2024/Neill-Participates-in-National-Opinion-Writing-Conference-Prepares-for-Judicial-Clerkship

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Just a few moments from Rascal Day 2024!🐶♥️

03/22/2024

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: ➡️Cumberland School of Law will host the 2024 Cordell Hull Speakers Forum on April 2 from 5 – 7 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom.

The 2024 Cordell Hull Speakers forum will feature former U.S. Ambassador Edward W. "Skip" Gnehm who will speak on “The Middle East Cauldron and the U.S.”

Did you know? 🤔Gnehm is the former United States ambassador to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Australia and Kuwait, among numerous other appointments during his 36-year career with the United States Foreign Service. He then served on the faculty at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs prior to retirement. Learn more about Ambassador Gnehm.

The speakers forum was founded in 1974 and is a longstanding Cumberland School of Law tradition, named for Cumberland School of Law alumnus and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Cordell Hull. 🏆The goal of the forum is for speakers to engage in legal dialogue with forum attendees.

The event is free and open to the public.

www.samford.edu/law/events/Cordell-Hull-Speakers-Forum

03/21/2024

Do you hear that? 👂 Summer in Scotland is calling your name. ✨

Earn continuing legal education (CLE) credit, expand your global network and experience all that the Scottish countryside has to offer this summer at Cumberland School of Law's CLE conference, The Art of Advocacy.

In addition to the conference, participants will have a chance to immerse themselves in Edinburgh’s history and culture. Possible excursions include a private tour of the Crown Jewels; a tour of Holyrood Palace, the official Scottish residence of King Charles III; and a tour of the Royal Yacht “Britannia”

Interested? ➡️ Learn more and register today: www.samford.edu/law/news/2024/Cumberland-School-of-Law-to-Host-Inaugural-International-CLE-Conference-in-Edinburgh-Scotland

03/20/2024

🎙️The newest episode of Cumberland Research Radio “Christianity and Climate Change: Reconciling Faith a Science” features renowned climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe.

➡️In the episode, she sits down with Cumberland School of Law Dean Blake Hudson to chat about bridging the gap between climate science and the Christian faith, the complex relationship between religion and politics, and overcoming political and religious gridlock to tackle humanity’s greatest environmental threat.

✨Earlier this year, Hayhoe came to Samford to serve as the keynote speaker for Howard College of Arts and Sciences’ Davis Lecture, for which Cumberland School of Law served as a presenting sponsor.

🔗: www.samford.edu/law/podcast

03/20/2024

Rascal Day is always such a treat, don't you agree? 🦴✨

We look forward to celebrating Rascal Day with you (and your four-legged friends 🐶) TOMORROW from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.!

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