Cassandra W.  Adams
Assistant Dean, Public Interest Program and Externships, Director of Community Mediation Center
Cumberland School of Law
Office:  Robinson Hall
Phone: 205-726-4342

Assistant Dean Cassandra Adams oversees Cumberland School of Law's Public Interest (PIP) and externship programs and serves as the director of Cumberland's Community Mediation Center (CCMC).  The CCMC provides free and confidential mediation services for cases that are best resolved through facilitated dialogue and when the parties cannot afford the expense of a mediator. The PIP develops and coordinates pro bono and public interest activities for the law school, such as free senior citizen legal clinics, general assistance legal clinics and community service activities.

Adams teaches the Mediator Practice course and supervises law students working on public interest and experiential legal projects, such as the Jefferson County Family Court Paternity Service Docket and Project Homeless Connect.  Her research interests are in civil and family mediation, restorative justice, victim outreach and access to justice.  Adams is often called upon as a Victim Outreach Specialist in capital cases, especially those involving intra-family victims and defendants and cases involving diverse communities.

Before joining the law school in 2005, Adams worked as a restorative justice trainer for the Community Justice Institute at Florida Atlantic University, a volunteer mediator with the Office of the State Attorney, 4th Judicial Circuit of Florida, a project director for the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Project (VORP) for the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts, the director of admissions at The University of Texas School of Law, and the assistant director of admissions at Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Adams was the 2016 recipient of the Alabama State Bar's Pro Bono award in the Mediator category and has recently been named a member of the Alabama Bar's Leadership Class for 2017.

She enjoys the companionship of her husband of more than 20 years and their two sons.

Degrees and Certifications

  • J.D., University of Tennessee
  • M.S., Public Health, Meharry Medical College
  • B.A., Fisk University


  • Alabama State Bar Association
    • Pro Bono Task Force (Past Chair)
    • Pro Bono and Public Service Committee Member
    • Long Range Planning Committee Member
    • Dispute Resolution Section
    • Women's Section
  • Birmingham Bar Association
    • Dispute Resolution Section
    • Women's Section
    • Long Range Planning Committee Member
  • Legal Services Alabama (Board of Directors)
  • Magic City Bar Association
  • Alabama Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Judge James Edwin Horton American Inns of Court
  • Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice (Past Chair)