Judge John L. Carroll
Professor of Law
Department: Cumberland School of Law
Degrees and CertificationsLL.M., Harvard University Law SchoolJ.D., Magna Cum Laude, Samford University’s Cumberland School of LawB.A., Tufts University
Teaching & Research Interests: Mediation, Evidence, Trial Practice, Ethics & Professionalism and E-Discovery and Evidence
- Joined as dean in 2001, in 2015 he returns to full-time teaching
- U.S. Magistrate Judge, Middle District of Alabama
- Legal Director, Southern Poverty Law Center
- Professor, Mercer University
Judge 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.
Awards and Honors2014 Alabama State Bar Award of Merit2011 Professionalism Award, Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism1986 National Legal Aid & Defender Association Defender Services Award
InvolvementAmerican Bar AssociationAlabama State Bar AssociationBirmingham Bar AssociationDistrict of Columbia Bar AssociationFellow, American Bar Association FoundationFellow, Alabama Law FoundationFellow, Birmingham Bar Association FoundationAcademic Fellow, International Society of BarristersElected Member, American Law Institute
PublicationsCarroll, Proportionality in Discovery: A Cautionary Tale, 32 Campbell L. Rev. 455 (2010)Carroll, Value-based Deaning, 40 U. Tol. L. Rev. 327 (2009)Carroll, Preservation of Documents in the Electronic Age- What Should Courts Do ?, 2005 Federal Courts Law Review (www.fclr.org) at 5.Carroll, Words of Wisdom for Deans From Mick Jagger and Others, 36 U. Tol. L. Rev. 29 (2004)Carroll, Developments in the Law of E-discovery, 27 Am. J. Tr. Advocacy 357 (2003)Carroll, 11th Cir. Survey - Constitutional Criminal Procedure, 42 Mercer L. Rev. 1349 (1991)Carroll, 11th Cir. Survey - Constitutional Criminal Procedure, 41 Mercer L. Rev. 1227 (1990)Carroll, The Defense Lawyer’s Role in the Sentencing Process: You’ve Got to Accentuate the Positive and Eliminate the Negative, 37 Mercer L. Rev.981 (1986)R. Johnson, J. Carroll, Litigating Death Row Conditions: The Case for Reform in Prisoners and the Law (I. Robbins ed. 1985Carroll, Speaking the Truth: Voir Dire in the Capital Case, 3 Am. J. Tr. Advocacy 199 (1979)Carroll, Habeas Corpus Reform: Can Habeas Survive the Flood, 6 Cumb. L. Rev. 363 (1975)