Samford University

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August 3, 2009

Our Story

A few days ago, at the annual meeting of the Alabama State Bar Association, a rising second-year law student was singled out for a very special honor.  Alyson Hood received the 2009 Alabama State Bar Law Student Award for her efforts to organize students to assist with the Birmingham Homeless Experience Legal Protection (HELP) program.  Alyson recruited law students to assist volunteer attorneys during free weekly clinics held at the Firehouse Shelter and the Lovelady Center.  Law students are available during and after the clinic to conduct legal research as requested by the volunteer attorneys.  Despite her hectic schedule as a first-year law student, Alyson contributed more than 150 hours to the homeless volunteer project.  In addition, Alyson led the recruitment efforts last April to get law students to conduct legal intake for the Birmingham Project Homeless Connect.  More than 30 law student volunteers spoke to over 300 people who came to the event seeking services to help get their lives back on track.

The world is better because of Alyson Hood and the Cumberland School of Law.            

Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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