Class Notes - Spring 2021
One of our favorite things is learning updates from you, our Cumberland alumni! This issue is packed with news about your professional endeavors, community involvement, marriages, new babies, and more! The class notes in this issue were compiled October 2020 through January 2021.
Continuing Legal Education During the Pandemic
Cumberland School of Law’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program has been in existence for almost 40 years and provides numerous opportunities for attorneys to learn and increase their skills. Here, director Linda D. Connor gives an update on CLE programming during the pandemic.
December 2020 Commencement
The year 2020 caused unforeseen hurdles, but the newest Cumberland School of Law alumni persevered toward completing their hard-earned degree. Congratulations to our December 2020 graduates and welcome to the Cumberland alumni network.
The Art of Persuasion: Cumberland Lawyers in the Arts
In this edition of Cumberland Lawyer, we shine a spotlight on a handful of Cumberland School of Law graduates who also use law and art to help shape a more just reality. We celebrate their skill and applaud their achievements.
In Memoriam: Honoring the Life of Billie Jean Young
The Samford University community mourns the loss of Billie Jean Young, a 1979 graduate of Cumberland School of Law. Young was an actress, playwright, director, author, poet, educator, orator, activist and community organizer. A true trailblazer, she passed away on March 30, 2021.
Cumberland School of Law Alumna Appointed as First Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for National Law Firm
Brandi Russell, a 2016 graduate of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, has been appointed as the chief diversity and inclusion officer and director of talent management for Balch & Bingham. In this interview, she reflects on her legal education at Cumberland, mentors who have inspired her, and shares advice for addressing issues of diversity and inclusion as well as advice for law students as they enter the workforce.