Joined faculty in 1987Teaching & Research Interests: Literature and Language, Legal Research and Writing Practice experience:J. Mark Baggett, Attorney at Law, 1982–presentAssociate, Jones & Ellis, Attorneys at Law, Tuscaloosa, 1979–1982Vice President for Development, Judson College, Marion, Ala., 1985–1986A native of Birmingham, Mark Baggett joined the Samford faculty in 1987, working in both the Department of English and Cumberland School of Law. He served as prelaw advisor from 1990 until 2004 and continues to advise prelaw students.At Cumberland School of Law, Baggett teaches two sections of the first-year legal research and writing course, Lawyering and Legal Reasoning and also teaches a seminar course in Advanced Issues in Legal Writing. In the Department of English, he has taught American literature courses, as well as History of the Language and Senior Thesis. He has also taught the Samford University's Honors Seminar course and Law of Mass Media in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.Baggett’s written Ph.D. dissertation was on Mark Twain: “Verbal Humor in Nineteenth Century American Literature.”
Joined faculty in 1971Teaching & Research Interests: Contracts, Municipal Court Practice and ProcedurePractice Experience Municipal Judge; Hoover, Alabama (current)Chief Legal Advisor to the Governor of Alabama, 1993–1995Former Municipal Judge; City of Homewood and Pelham, AlabamaCV Publications Professor Brad Bishop is an expert in drunk driving law, he authored Drunk Drivers: The Law in Alabama and The Prosecution and Defense of DUI Cases; A Practitioner's Handbook. In addition he is an expert in shoplifting law and authored The Law of Shoplifting: A Guide for Lawyers and Merchants. Prof. Bishop has recently appeared on National Public Radio (NPR) to discuss this topic.Prof. Bishop has chaired the Alabama Supreme Court Advisory Commission on Municipal Courts. He served as a municipal judge for the cities of Homewood and Pelham, Alabama, and currently serves as a municipal judge for Hoover, Ala. Prof. Bishop is published in this area as well--Municipal Courts: Practice and Procedure in Alabama.In addition, Prof. Bishop is an expert in the law of contracts. He has taught contracts at Cumberland School of Law for more than 30 years and he frequently lectures on the subject at national bar review courses.
Joined faculty in 1987Teaching & Research Interests: Professional Responsibility, Law Office Practice and Management, Alabama Constitutional LawGovernor of Alabama, 1968–1971Lieutenant Governor of Alabama, 1967–1968Member of the Alabama House of Representatives, 1954–1966Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, 1963–1966Practice experience: Solo Practitioner, Decatur, Alabama, 1952–1968Senior Partner, Robison, Belser, Brewer and Mancuso, Montgomery, Alabama, 1971–1979Senior Partner, Brewer, Lentz, Nelson and Whitmire, Decatur, Alabama, 1979–1987
Teaching & Research Interests: Mediation, Evidence, Trial Practice, Ethics & Professionalism and E-Discovery and EvidenceJoined as dean in 2001, in 2015 he returns to full-time teaching Practice Experience U.S. Magistrate Judge, Middle District of AlabamaLegal Director, Southern Poverty Law CenterProfessor, Mercer UniversityJudge John Carroll is professor of law at the Cumberland School of Law where he teaches Mediation, Evidence, Trial Practice and an online course in E-Discovery and Evidence. He received his undergraduate degree from Tufts University and holds law degrees from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University (J.D.)(Magna Cum Laude) and Harvard University (LL.M.).Judge Carroll served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Middle District of Alabama for more than 14 years. He is a former member of the United States Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and is former chair of its Discovery Subcommittee. He was also the chair of the Magistrate Judges’ Education Committee of the Federal Judicial Center.Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Carroll was a professor of law at Mercer University School of Law in Macon, Georgia. Prior to entering academia, he was the legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. His trial experience includes major civil rights class-action litigation and complex criminal defense including a substantial number of death-penalty cases. He has twice argued before the United States Supreme Court. Judge Carroll also has combat military service in the United States Marine Corps.Judge Carroll is a frequent lecturer and panel member at national and local seminars on the subject of the discovery of electronically stored information, mediation, ethics and other topics relating to federal courts. He was the reporter to the committees of the Uniform Law Commission that drafted the Uniform Rules Relating to the Discovery of Electronically Stored information and the Uniform Asset Preservation Order Act. He is currently a member of the Uniform Law Commission committee that is drafting amendments to the Uniform Athlete Agents Act.Judge Carroll is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Inns of Court Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Sedona Conference. He is a fellow of the American, Alabama and Birmingham Bar Associations, an academic fellow of the International Society of Barristers and an elected member of the American Law Institute. He is also a member of Leadership Alabama Class XI. In 1996, he was selected as a Community Hero Olympic Torchbearer.He was selected by the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Alabama to be a member of the Alabama Access to Justice Commission and the Alabama Professionalism Commission. On October 1,2014, he became the acting director of the Alabama State Ethics Commission.Judge Carroll has been married to Susan for 44 years. They have one daughter, Catherine Sanders, and a grandson States Carroll Sanders.
A native of Ohio, Edward Craig has served as a librarian since 1988, serving roles in reference, circulation and interlibrary loan capacities. Prior employment includes working as examiner for
the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, stationed in Richmond, Virginia.
Della H. Darby joined the Samford University faculty in 2000 as chair of the Reference Department of the University Library. In 2005, she transferred to chair of the Cataloging Department. From 2007-11, she also directed the Samford Institute for Genealogy & Historical Research. In 2011, Darby joined the Lucille Stewart Beeson Law Library as serials/electronic resources/archives librarian. Before coming to Samford, Darby was government documents librarian at Jacksonville State University and acquisitions librarian at Georgia College & State University.
Joined faculty in 2007Teaching & Research Interests: Criminal Law and Procedure, Appellate Advocacy, Business Crimes, Interviewing and Counseling and Postconviction Remedies, Women’s Rights, and The Right to CounselBar Membership: Alabama, Georgia and Minnesota Practice Experience: Attorney, Equal Justice Initiative of AlabamaConsultant, Federal Defenders Office for the Middle District of AlabamaAssociate, Law Office in Atlanta, GeorgiaBefore joining the academy, Prof. LaJuana Davis worked as an attorney for the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama in Montgomery, specializing in direct appeals and state and federal habeas litigation. Davis also negotiated settlements of capital cases, consulted with private law firms about capital litigation cases, worked with legal and community organizations about criminal justice issues, and recruited volunteer counsel for defendants. Davis has also worked as a consultant for the Federal Defenders Office for the Middle District of Alabama. Immediately after law school, Davis worked at a law office in Atlanta, Georgia, and at an antitrust firm in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Davis is a graduate of Georgia State University and Harvard School of Law. She is a member of the Alabama, Georgia, and Minnesota state bars and a member of the Birmingham Bar Association and the Magic City Bar.Davis teaches criminal law and procedure, appellate advocacy, business crimes, interviewing and counseling, and postconviction remedies. Before coming to Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, Davis was a visiting professor at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida.Davis’s research interests include criminal procedure, women’s rights, and the right to counsel. Through her scholarship and community service, Davis continues to advocate in support of juveniles facing criminal prosecution, indigent persons seeking competent counsel, and other constitutional rights.
Joined faculty in 1988Bar Membership: District of Columbia Teaching & Research Interests: Property, Business Organizations, Administrative Law, Legislation and Local GovernmentPractice Experience:Judicial Clerkship; Judge Kenneth W. Starr, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 1983-84Private Practice, Washington, D.C.Attorney-Advisor, Federal Trade CommissionSpecial Assistant, Assistant Attorney General Douglas GinsburgProf. Debow's Links Page Publications Professor Michael DeBow is a native of Tupelo, Mississippi. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from the University of Alabama (1976, 1978). He graduated from the Yale Law School in 1980, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.DeBow's career included a stint in private practice in Washington, D.C., followed by a judicial clerkship with Judge Kenneth W. Starr of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 1983-84. DeBow then served as an attorney-advisor to Federal Trade Commission chairman James C. Miller III (1984-85), and a special assistant to Assistant Attorney General Douglas Ginsburg, in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (1985-86). He began his teaching career at the University of Georgia business school, where he taught for two years prior to coming to Samford.From 2000 to 2004, DeBow also acted in a part-time capacity as special assistant for legal policy to Alabama attorney general Bill Pryor. He was a visiting professor of law at George Mason University in 1999. He was a (nonresident) Salvatori Fellow of The Heritage Foundation during 1993-95, and a member of the executive committee of the Association of Private Enterprise Education during 1995-99. DeBow attended summer institutes in quantitative methods for law professors (George Mason Law & Economics Center, 1990), Austrian economics (NYU Department of Economics, 1997), and the study of freedom (Templeton Foundation Freedom Project, 2000). In 2008 he was named an Adjunct Fellow of the Alabama Policy Institute.Professor DeBow has taught several undergraduate courses at Samford, including one which received a supporting grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Most recently, he taught an undergraduate course in law and economics for the Samford's Brock School of Business. He has also taught public health law for the UAB School of Public Health on several occasions.DeBow's articles have appeared in such journals as the Texas Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Regulation, Policy Review, The Freeman, and the Journal of Law & Politics. He co-edits the Federalist Society's Pre-Law Reading List and its annotated bibliography of conservative and libertarian legal scholarship.Professor DeBow's wife, Rebecca, is an Episcopal priest and associate rector of St. Luke's Church in Mountain Brook. They have two children, John and Claire.
Teaching & Research Interests: Constitutional Law and the United States Supreme CourtCVA native of Owensboro, Kentucky, Dean Brannon P. Denning earned his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He then spent two years in the health law group at Baker, Donelson, Bearman and Caldwell, P.C. in Memphis.Opportunity led Dean Denning north in 1997 to Yale Law School where he took a position as a research associate and Senior Fellow. He earned an LL.M. degree from Yale in 1999. From 1999-2003, he taught at the Southern Illinois University School of Law before joining the Cumberland faculty. During the summers, he regularly teaches constitutional law at the University of Tennessee College of Law and in Cumberland’s Study Abroad Program at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University.Dean Denning writes in the area of constitutional law; specifically he has written on the Commerce Clause and the dormant commerce clause; judicial and executive branch appointments; the constitutional amendment process; foreign affairs and the Constitution; and the Second Amendment. He collaborated with Boris I. Bittker, Sterling Professor Emeritus at Yale on Bittker on the Regulation of Interstate Commerce and Foreign Commerce (Aspen Law and Business 1999), and is sole author on the second edition. He also edited a textbook, Gun Control and Gun Rights: A Reader and Guide (NYU Press 2002), which addresses various aspects of firearms regulation, and is the only book of its kind designed for undergraduate and classroom use.Most recently, he published the second edition of The Glannon Guide to Constitutional Law: Governmental Structure and Powers and The Glannon Guide to Constitutional Law: Individual Rights and Liberties, both published by Aspen/WoltersKluwer. In addition, he is the co-author of Becoming a Law Professor: A Candidate’s Guide, a soup-to-nuts guide for the aspiring legal academic. Dean Denning’s other writings have been published in Foreign Affairs, Constitutional Commentary, the Northwestern University Law Review, the William and Mary Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the American Journal of International Law, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Tulane Law Review, and Law and Contemporary Problems among other journals and periodicals. He was the recipient of the 2008 Harvey S. Jackson Excellence in Teaching Award for upper-level classes.
Teaching & Research InterestsWills, Trusts and Estates, Estate and Gift Tax, Estate and Trust Administration, Taxation of Nonprofit Organizations, and Federal Income TaxJoined faculty in 2005, Publications and Presentations, Publications on SSRN &
CVPractice ExperiencePrivate Bank Counsel, Bank of America Corporation/FleetBoston Financial Corporation Boston, Mass.Associate Attorney (Trusts and Estates Department); Choate, Hall, and Stewart; Boston, Mass.Professor Alyssa DiRusso specializes in trusts and estates, tax, and related areas of law. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and serves on the Members Consultative Group for the Restatement of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations. She is also an elected Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Prof. DiRusso serves on the executive committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), progressing through roles as secretary/editor, treasurer, program chair and chair. She has been admitted to practice in Massachusetts (inactive), Alabama, and before the United States Supreme Court.
Prof. DiRusso teaches Wills, Trusts and Estates, Estate and Gift Tax, Estate and Trust Administration, and Federal Income Tax. She has received multiple awards for her commitment to teaching. Prof. DiRusso joined the faculty of Cumberland School of Law and the Birmingham community in 2005, after practicing as a trusts and estates attorney in Boston, Mass., since 1999.
In Boston, Prof. DiRusso served as in-house counsel to Bank of America (and its predecessor Fleet National Bank), advising the bank's wealth management and charitable lines of business. In this role, she was responsible for legal issues relevant to wills, trusts, and charities in nine different states, as well as national issues including the bank's corporate private foundation and donor advised fund. Before accepting her post at the bank, Prof. DiRusso was an associate attorney in the Trusts and Estates department of Choate, Hall, and Stewart, a large Boston law firm. As an associate, she drafted wills and trusts, administered estates, and created and advised nonprofit organizations.
Prof. DiRusso earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. She graduated in the top ten percent of her class, Order of the Coif. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Psychology, with an additional major in Professional Writing) from Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated in the top five percent of her college class, Phi Beta Kappa.
Prof. DiRusso is the author of over a dozen law review articles and other publications. Her research interests include wills, trusts, intestacy, tax, and tax-exempt charitable organizations. She is a frequent presenter of her research at national and international conferences. Her publications have appeared in journals such as the Utah Law Review, Indiana Law Review and Vanderbilt Law Review.
Joined faculty in 1994Teaching & Research Interests: Environmental Law, TortsPractice Experience: Partner; Keck, Mahin & Cate, Chicago and Los Angeles, 1985-94Associate; Lawler, Felix & Hall, Los Angeles, 1984-85Clerk; U.S. District Judge James E. Doyle, Madison, Wis., 1983-84
Cherie Feenker joined the Beeson Law Library in 2003. As an acquisition librarian she orders and pays for library material and supplies while supervising the receiving and technical processing of various material.Before joining the university Feenker worked as a librarian in Birmingham Public Library, serving in several departments and as a branch head librarian, and as the director of library services at Lange, Simpson, Robinson and Somerville.Feenker has been active in support of her library school, serving of the board including as president of the Library School Association. She is a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Alabama. She is currently a Chapter Life Member of Executive Women International, Birmingham Chapter, and served in assorted capacities including as chapter president.
Joined faculty in 1991Teaching & Research Interests: Commercial Law, Bankruptcy, Consumer Protection, Real Property, Aging and the Law Practice ExperienceAssociate; Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, Atlanta, Ga., 1988-1991Clerk; Judge James C. Hill, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1987-1988Certified Public Accountant; former banking executiveMichael D. Floyd is Professor of Law and director of international studies at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. He holds economics, business, and law degrees, from Princeton University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1975), New York University (M.S., with distinction, 1977), and Emory University (J.D., with distinction, 1987). At Emory, he was a Robert W. Woodruff Fellow and a member of the editorial board of the Emory Law Journal. His legal experience prior to joining the Cumberland faculty includes the practice of law with the Atlanta, Georgia, law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan and a judicial clerkship for the Hon. James C. Hill, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.Prior to attending law school, Professor Floyd worked in commercial banking (most recently as vice president and manager of the Banque Française du Commerce Extérieur Southwest Representative Office in Houston, Texas) and in public accounting. He is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York (currently in non-practicing status), and a member of the State Bar of Georgia.An elected member of the American Law Institute and Order of the Coif, Professor Floyd has been active in various law reform initiatives, and his published writings address a number of financial and commercial law issues. He teaches courses in commercial law, elder law, and property law. He oversees the law school’s Master of Comparative Law (M.C.L.) program (focused primarily on Brazilian judges), annual study-abroad program in Cambridge, England, and student exchange programs with universities in India and the United Kingdom. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the American Bankruptcy Institute. He served as 1998 Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Aging and the Law and 2006-07 President of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools. At Samford, he served as Cumberland School of Law’s associate dean 1997-00, acting dean 2000-01, and chair of the Samford University Faculty Senate 2010-12.
Joined faculty in 1983Teaching & Research Interests: Criminal Law, Evidence & Scientific EvidencePublications, Presentations & Selected LitigationA native of St. Louis Missouri, Professor Robert Goodwin obtained his B.A. degree from the University of Missouri and his J.D. degree from Washington University. Upon graduation from law school Professor Goodwin became a VISTA attorney and established a privately funded poverty and civil rights law center in Southeast Missouri. Professor Goodwin was the center’s primary litigator, and he became its executive director before leaving. Professor Goodwin’s first case before the Missouri Supreme Court involved a successful challenge to the constitutionality of charging registration and course fees in Missouri’s public schools. Professor Goodwin joined Legal Services of Eastern Missouri in 1978, where he continued his public interest trial and appellate court practice. In 1981 Professor Goodwin joined the faculty at Washington University School of Law, and in 1983 he came to Cumberland School of Law.At Cumberland Professor Goodwin served as the Director of the Center for Advocacy and Clinical Education from 1984 to 1991. During this time the Center won the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyer's “Emil Gumpert Award” for excellence in teaching trial advocacy. Professor Goodwin currently teaches Evidence, Scientific Evidence, Criminal Law and related electives. Since joining the Cumberland faculty Professor Goodwin has remained active in public interest litigation. In one high profile case Professor Goodwin represented a class of over 100,000 school-aged children in a lawsuit that successfully challenged inequities in Alabama’s system for funding public schools and the provision of educational services to children with disabilities. Professor Goodwin was appointed Special Master by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama in a Voting Rights Act case that involved redrafting district boundaries for the election of members of the Alabama State Board of Education. Professor Goodwin’s has authored a nationally adopted text on Criminal and Forensic Evidence, and is a Fellow in the “American Academy of Forensic Sciences.” Professor Goodwin co-authored the 6th edition of the authoritative evidence treatise, MCELROY’S ALABAMA EVIDENCE with Dean Charles Gamble in 2009. He has written extensively in the area of school law and expert testimony and his articles have been cited by state and federal courts.
Teaching & Research Interests: Environmental Law, Natural Resources, Sea/Ocean/Coastal Law, International Environmental Law, Torts, and PropertyPublications & PresentationsBob Greene joined the Cumberland faculty in 2006 after a 36 year legal career focused principally on federal and state environmental law. At Cumberland Bob teaches Environmental Law, Natural Resources, Sea/Ocean/Coastal Law, International Environmental Law, Torts, and Property.From 1991 until 2009 Bob practiced with Bradley Arant Rose & White (now Bradley Arant Boult Cummings) where he advised clients operating municipal, commercial and industrial facilities in dealing with environmental compliance, permitting and other regulatory and enforcement matters and counseled clients with respect to environmental issues arising in merger, acquisition and financing transactions. Prior to joining Bradley Arant, Bob served as Deputy Regional Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV in Atlanta, coordinating civil enforcement matters and resolving legal and policy issues. He was also a member of the region's Strategic Planning Committee and actively participated in developing EPA policy and setting agency priorities.While in Atlanta, Bob was an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech, University of Georgia and Emory Law Schools and Emory’s School of Public Health. While practicing with Bradley Arant, Bob also taught at Cumberland as an adjunct in the early 1990s and at the University of Alabama School of Law.In 2008 Bob was a Fulbright Scholar at the Odessa National Academy of Law in Ukraine. During his career he has been a frequent lecturer on environmental law topics at CLE programs and abroad. He has also served as Chair of the Environmental Law Sections of both the Georgia and Alabama state bars.Bob is a graduate of Georgetown University (A.B. 1966) and the Catholic University of America (J.D. 1970).
Teaching & Research Interests: Comparative Slavery, Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Equitable Remedies, Race Relations Law & Real Property Publications on SSRNPublications and PresentationsDoris "Wendy" Greene is a Professor of Law Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. Since joining the Cumberland faculty in 2007, Prof. Greene has fast become nationally recognized for her cutting edge research and writing on issues related to race, gender, and law. In 2014, Professor Greene received one of 12 national honors, being named an “Emerging Scholar” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine.A prolific speaker, Prof. Greene has presented her scholarship on comparative slavery and race relations law, critical race theory, employment discrimination, and law and literature at over 50 academic conferences domestically and abroad. Notably, Prof. Greene served as the Logan Lecturer on the African Diaspora and/or Black History at Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 2010. Prof. Greene is also frequently invited to address student, professional, and community organizations on topics related to: academic success in law school; diversity in the legal profession and legal education; and careers and professional development in legal academia.Prof. Greene teaches or has taught Constitutional Law II, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Equitable Remedies, Real Property and seminars on Race and American Law and Critical Race Theory. While at Cumberland, law faculty and students have acknowledged Professor Greene’s excellence in teaching and scholarship. In 2011, she received the Harvey S. Jackson Excellence in Teaching Award for Upper Level Courses and in 2009, she received the Lightfoot, Franklin & White Award for Best Junior Faculty Scholarship for her article, “Title VII: What’s Hair (and Other Race-Based Characteristics) Got to Do With It?”, and in 2014, for her article,“Categorically Black, White, or Wrong: Misperception Discrimination and the State of Title VII Protection.” Cited broadly in leading texts and scholarly articles, Prof. Greene’s scholarship has appeared in reputed general and specialty law journals, such as the Colorado Law Review, Missouri Law Review, the Iowa Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice, the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, the Michigan Journal of Law Reform, and the California Law Review Circuit. Moreover, her article, “Title VII: What’s Hair (and Other Race-Based Characteristics) Got to Do With It?.” was positively cited by the Chicago Commission on Human Rights in a civil rights case in which plaintiffs’ successfully challenged a Chicago nightclub’s racially discriminatory grooming policy.In addition to maintaining a robust teaching and scholarly agenda, between 2012 and 2014 Prof. Greene served as Cumberland’s Director of Faculty Development and between 2010 and 2012 as co-chair of Cumberland’s Faculty Development Committee. In both capacities, she was responsible for: coordinating Cumberland’s Works-in-Progress Series, scholarly exchange opportunities, and internal programming for law faculty; promoting faculty scholarship and teaching initiatives; and providing guidance to faculty on professional development and related opportunities.Prof. Greene is also actively involved in the mentorship of aspiring and junior law faculty and myriad professional communities. She serves on the Lutie Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop Planning Committee. She is also: the Chair-Elect of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Women in Legal Education; an Executive Committee member of the AALS Section on Employment Discrimination; and a Board Member for the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama. Since 2008, Prof. Greene has continuously served on the Executive Committee of the National Bar Association Law Professors Division and the Executive Planning Committee of the Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference. Notably, for her commitment to civil rights history and advocacy, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute designated her a member of the “Freedom Sisters” Exhibit Local Committee of Honor.A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Prof. Greene graduated cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with an Honors Distinction in English and a double minor in African American Studies and Spanish. She earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Tulane University Law School and a Masters of Law from the George Washington University Law School; at George Washington, Professor Greene’s areas of concentration were employment discrimination law and comparative slavery and race relations law in the Americas and the Caribbean. Following graduation from Tulane, she was employed with a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm, and a boutique labor and employment law firm in Houston, Texas, specializing in the representation of management.
Joined faculty in 2011Teaching & Research Interests: Privacy Law, Media Law, Internet Law, Intellectual Property (Copyright, Patent and Trademark), Torts, Contracts Publications on SSRNSelected PublicationsProfessor Woodrow Hartzog is an internationally-recognized expert in the area of privacy, media, and robotics law. He has been quoted or referenced in numerous articles and broadcasts, including NPR, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today.Prof. Hartzog’s work has been published in numerous scholarly publications such as the Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, and Michigan Law Review and popular national publications such as Wired, Bloomberg, New Scientist, The Atlantic, and The Nation. He is also a contributor to Forbes and a frequent guest contributor to LinkedIn, Concurring Opinions, and other popular blogs.Before joining the faculty at Cumberland School of Law, Prof. Hartzog worked as a trademark attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, and as an associate attorney at Burr & Forman LLP in Birmingham, Alabama. He also served as a clerk for the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C., and was a Roy H. Park Fellow, at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prof. Hartzog is an Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. He also serves on the advisory board of the Future of Privacy Forum.
Rebecca Hutto joined the Beeson Law Library staff in 1979 as law library assistant in the Cataloging Department. She became cataloging librarian in 1981, upon completion of her M.L.S. degree.
Joined the faculty in 2010Teaching & Research Interests: Civil Rights, Civil Procedure, Employment Law, Equitable Remedies, Evidence and Complex Litigation & Federal CourtsJudicial Law Clerk, Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2000-01Judicial Law Clerk, Honorable Myron H. Thompson, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, 1999-00 Peace Corps Volunteer, Mali, West Africa, 1991-93 Americorps NCCC Volunteer, 1994-95Professor Johnson commenced his position at Cumberland in the 2010 Spring Semester. Prior to joining the Cumberland faculty, Professor Johnson served as a Member and Associate Attorney from 2001 to 2009 for Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis, LLC, a firm with offices in Birmingham, Alabama, and Washington, D.C.. At the firm, Professor Johnson represented litigants primarily in class and collective actions, with particular emphasis on wage and hour, employment discrimination, ERISA, and international human rights litigation.Before his private legal practice, Professor Johnson served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 2000 to 2001, and the Honorable Myron H. Thompson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama from 1999 to 2000. He earned a Juris Doctor and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in 1999 and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Duke University in 1991. In between his studies at Duke University and Columbia University, Professor Johnson served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa, from 1991 to 1993, and as an Americorps NCCC volunteer from 1994 to 1995. Professor Johnson is a native of Blackville, South Carolina.
Since 1995, Brenda Jones has served as a reference librarian at the Lucille Stewart Beeson Law Library, Cumberland School of Law. In this position, she provides legal reference services to law school students and professors, the university community, and the bench and bar. Previously, she practiced law in Denver, Colorado, and New Orleans, Louisiana, concentrating primarily in natural resources law, maritime insurance defense, and medical malpractice.
Teaching & Research Interests: Commercial Transactions, International Business Transactions, Human Rights & Trade Publications
Joined faculty in 1985Publications Teaching & Research Interests: Evidence; Property; Legal History, including the History of the American WestPractice Experience: Partner, Christenson, Hedemark, Langum & O'Keefe, San Jose, Calif., 1968-78 Associate, Dunne, Phelps & Mills, San Francisco, 1966-68. Clerk, Judge Murray Draper, California Court of Appeals, 1965-66Academic Experience: Dean and Professor, Nevada School of Law, 1983-85Professor of Law, Detroit College of Law, 1978-83Adjunct Professor, Lincoln University School of Law, 1968-78Adjunct Professor, San Francisco Law School, 1966-67Expert in law and morality in America; author of Crossing Over the Line: Legislating Morality and the Mann Act (University of Chicago Press, 1994)Expert in 19th- and 20th-century American legal history; author of William M. Kunstler: The Most-Hated Lawyer in America (New York University Press, 1999)Scholar in Residence, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming, spring 1998. Golieb Fellow, New York University Law School, fall 1991President, American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, 2000-2002.
Joined faculty in 2008 Teaching & Research Interests: Information Access and Control CV Professor Gregory Laughlin is a native of Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He has been Law Library Director of the Lucille Stewart Beeson Law Library at the Cumberland School of Law since July 2008. Prior to his arrival at Cumberland School of Law, he served as Associate Dean for Information Resources, Director of the Law Library, and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Memphis School of Law from 2000 to 2008 and Director of the Law Library and Assistant Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University from 1998 through 2000.Professor Laughlin earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laud, in Public Administration from Missouri State University (1982), his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Missouri-Columbia (1986), and his Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1995). While in law school, he served as managing editor of the Missouri Law Review and was selected to the Order of the Coif.Prior to entering the legal academy, Professor Laughlin practiced law in St. Louis, Missouri from 1986 through 1994, where he practiced in the area of commercial litigation for the firm of Popkin & Stern and in general practice for the firm of Thurman, Howald, Weber, Bowles & Senkel. Prior to entering law school, Professor Laughlin was editor of a weekly newspaper in his hometown of Poplar Bluff, Missouri.Professor Laughlin’s teaching and research interest is in the area of information access and control as it relates to information technology. His article, Sex, Lies, and Library Cards: The First Amendment Implications of the Use of Software Filters to Control Access to Internet Pornography in Public Libraries, 51 Drake L.Rev. 213, 279 (2003), was quoted at length by Justice John Paul Stevens in his dissent in U.S. v. American Library Ass'n, 539 U.S. 194 (2003). He has also been a frequent presenter in areas related to his research interests. In addition to his duties as Law Library Director, Professor Laughlin teaches a course on Information, Technology, and the Law which concentrates on the interaction of intellectual property and free speech law as they relate to information technology, focusing on issues of information access and control.
Teaching & Research Interests: Torts, Products Liability, Professional Responsibility, Damages, Law and Technology
Joined faculty in 1983PublicationsCVPractice Experience:Associate; Henry & McCord, Tullahoma, Tenn., 1977-81Solo Practitioner; Manchester, Tenn., 1977Clerk; Chief Justice Joseph W. Henry, Tennessee Supreme Court, 1975-77As the director of law school technology, Professor Edward Martin has been a pioneer in the integration of the latest teaching technologies in the classrooms at Cumberland School of Law, as well as in the development and design of the law school's innovative on-line (distance) education curriculum.Prof. Martin has been honored for his outstanding classroom teaching, and in 2007 he received Cumberland School of Law’s Harvey S. Jackson Award for Excellence in Teaching for his instruction in first-year courses. He teaches a variety of law courses in both the regular classroom as well as on-line class environments, including Torts, Damages, Products Liability, Professional Responsibility, Environmental Law, and Cyberlaw.
Prof. Martin is also a CALI Remedies Fellow, where he has authored several lessons for the Computer Assisted Legal Instruction and participated in numerous presentations and speaking events pertaining to innovative uses of computers and technology in legal education.
Joined faculty in 1988Teaching & Research Interests: Professional Responsibilities, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law & American Legal Historyhttp://williamgeorgeross.com/Publications, Book Reviews, Encyclopedia Articles, Other Publications & Selected Papers and PresentationsCVWilliam G. Ross is Lucille Stewart Beeson Professor of Law at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama, where he has taught since 1988. His courses include professional responsibilities, civil procedure, constitutional law, and American legal history. A graduate of Stanford and the Harvard Law School, Professor Ross was a litigator in law firms in New York City from 1979 until 1988. He has served as a Visiting Professor of Law at Notre Dame (2001-02); Florida State (summer 2002); and Georgia State (spring 2000). Professor Ross has written extensively on legal ethics, American legal history, and the federal judicial appointments process.A nationally-recognized expert on the ethics of legal fees and judicial ethics, Professor Ross is the author of two books on attorney billing issues, The Honest Hour: The Ethics of Time-Based Billing by Attorneys (Carolina Academic Press, 1996) and Legal Fees: Law and Practice (with John W. Toothman, Carolina Academic Press, 2003), as well as numerous articles about legal fees and judicial ethics. His Honest Hour book was cited by the U. S. Supreme Court in Gisbrecht v. Barnhart (2002). Professor Ross often serves as a consultant and expert witness regarding legal fees and judicial ethics.Professor Ross is also a specialist on American constitutional history. He is the author of A Muted Fury: Populists, Progressives and Labor Unions Confront the Courts, 1890–1937 (Princeton University Press, 1994), and Forging New Freedoms: Nativism, Education, and the Constitution, 1917–1927 (University of Nebraska Press, 1994). A third book, The Chief Justiceship of Charles Evans Hughes 1930–1941, was published in 2007 by the University of South Carolina Press. Professor Ross also has published many articles and book reviews about American legal history.Also an authority on federal separation of powers issues, Professor Ross has published many works on the appointment of U.S. Supreme Court justices and other federal judges. His Muted Fury and Hughes books and several of his articles explore the relationship between Congress and the Supreme Court, particularly the dynamics of movements to curtail the powers of the federal courts.Professor Ross has been quoted as an expert on ethical and constitutional issues in various publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, and The ABA Journal. He also has been interviewed on CNN and C-SPAN. His publications have been cited in approximately one thousand scholarly articles and books.Bill loves to teach. In 2005, he became the first recipient of Cumberland’s Harvey S. Jackson Award for Excellence in Teaching for his instruction in upper-level courses, and he was co-recipient of this award in 2012.
Joined faculty in 2007 Teaching & Research Interests: Legal Research and Writing; Nonprofit Organizations; Wills, Estates and TrustsPractice Experience: Law Office of Lynn H. Schuck, 2003-present
Joined the faculty in 2011Teaching & Research Interests: Legal Research and Writing, and Environmental Issues in Real Estate Professor Shaw teaches legal writing to first-year law students in Cumberland School of Law’s Lawyering and Legal Reasoning program. Professor Shaw received her Juris Doctor in 2010 from Cumberland School of Law, graduating with honors. As a Cumberland student, Professor Shaw served as the Managing Editor of the Cumberland Law Review and published two articles in the journal including:A Dirty Job: How Identifying Hazardous Substance Releases Under “All Appropriate Inquiry” Creates Liability for Environmental Professionals, 40 Cumb. L. Rev. 555 (2010).Constitutional Law—Freedom of Speech—Federal Ban on Pandering of Child Pornography Does Not Infringe Upon First Amendment Rights, United States v. Williams, 128 S. Ct. 1830 (2008), 39 Cumb. L. Rev. 581 (2009).Upon graduation, Professor Shaw formed Shaw Legal Research, LLC – an organization providing legal research and brief writing services to law firms and solo practitioners. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar.The law is Professor Shaw’s second career. Prior to attending law school, Professor Shaw received her Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University in Geology. Professor Shaw worked as an environmental consultant at Jim Stidham & Associates, Inc. of Tallahassee, Florida for nearly seven years where she performed environmental assessments for real estate transactions and petroleum contamination assessments.
Grace L. Simms joined Beeson Law Library in 2001 as information technology librarian. In her role, Simms supports the technology needs of the law library as well as those of the law students. For students – she is a “computer concierge” – technology help – day or night.Prior to joining Cumberland School of Law, Simms worked in several law firms in Birmingham, Ala.
Joined faculty in 1987Publications Bepress (Publications by Prof. Smolin)Center for Children, Law and EthicsTeaching & Research Interests: Bioethics & Biotechnology; Intellectual Property; International Human Rights; Children's Issues; Family & Juvenile Law; Constitutional law; Estates and Trusts; Criminal LawExpert in Bioethics and Biotechnology Issues; Reproductive Constitutional Issues; International Children's Issues (adoption, children's rights, child labor, child trafficking, Rushton Distinguished Lecture Series); Family & Juvenile Law; Law and ReligionClerk, Senior Judge George Edwards, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1986-87Testified before legislative committees in the U.S. Congress and five states on constitutional issues.
Teaching & Research Interests: Property, Health Care, Partnership Taxation, Corporate Tax, Nonprofit Organizations, Land Use Planning, Contract Drafting and Business Concepts for Nonbusiness MajorsPublications
Joined faculty in 2000Teaching & Research Interests: Legal Research and Writing, Appellate Practice; Conflict of LawsPractice Experience: Partner; Crittenden, Cochran & Strickland Associate; John E. Amari; Partner, Strickland, Stoddard & StricklandStaff Attorney; Justice Janie L. Shores and Justice Thomas Woodall, Alabama Supreme Court, 1989-2000
Joined faculty in 1978Teaching & Research Interests: Antitrust, Business Organizations, Contracts, Economic Analysis of Law, Government Regulation of BusinessExpert in law and economics; business law, including organization, antitrust law, fraud and deceptive trade practice; securities regulation and tradingMember, The Federalist Society; National Association of Scholars; The Cato Institute; American Law and Economics Association; American Accounting Association
Joined faculty in 1988PublicationsTeaching & Research Interests: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Remedies, Arbitration & Legal EducationJudicial Law Clerk; The Honorable Virgil Pittman, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama A native of metropolitan Atlanta, Dean Strickland received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Presbyterian College and his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. While at Vanderbilt, he served as articles editor and executive editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.Following law school, Dean Strickland served for two years as judicial law clerk for the Honorable Virgil Pittman, United States District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama. He then practiced law in the Charlotte, North Carolina law firm of Parker, Poe, Adams & Bernstein, where he specialized in business and commercial litigation. He was admitted to practice law in Georgia and North Carolina.Dean Strickland joined the Cumberland faculty in 1988 and became dean in 2014. He regularly teaches courses on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Procedure, and Conflict of Laws, and he also has taught courses on Constitutional Law and Remedies. His primary research interests include arbitration law, constitutional law, and legal education, and he continues to write and speak on those topics. Dean Strickland served as Cumberland’s associate dean for academic affairs from 2001-2011. Since joining the Cumberland faculty, Dean Strickland has continued to serve regularly as an arbitrator and a mediator in programs administered by the American Arbitration Association, the Better Business Bureau, and others. He also has delivered bar review lectures for BarBri, Inc. since 1995. He now delivers lectures for BarBri in on civil procedure, conflict of laws, or remedies in thirteen cities in seven states.
Joined faculty in 1975PublicationsTeaching & Research Interests: State Constitutional Law, State and Local Taxation, Commercial Law, Bankruptcy, Business OrganizationsPractice Experience: Associate and Partner; Berkowitz, Lefkovitz, Isom & Kushner, Birmingham, 1967-75
Joined faculty in 1986Teaching & Research Interests: Business Organizations, Securities Regulation Practice Experience: Associate, Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, Jackson, Miss., 1982-86.Prof. Warren is an expert in corporate law issues and securities regulation.
Joined faculty in 1997PublicationsTeaching & Research Interests: Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Trial AdvocacyPractice Experience Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, 1983-1990Clerk, Judge Thomas A. Clark, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1982-83Academic Experience Fulbright Professor; Xiamen University, Xiamen, China 2007
Emory University School of Law, 1990-97Expert in federal rules of evidence; criminal procedure; criminal law; and international criminal litigation. Expert in sentencing practices; co-author of Federal Sentencing Law and Practice (West Publishing).Expert in rules of search and seizure, police investigative techniques and interrogations. As Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1983-1990, Young worked in Transnational and Major Crimes Section, prosecuting criminal cases of espionage, bribery, fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and narcotics violations.