Ramona Carroll Albin
Assistant Professor and Director of the Advocacy Program
Cumberland School of Law
Office:  Robinson Hall
Email: ralbin@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2866

Joined the faculty in 2017

Teaching and Research Interests: Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Evidence. Professor Albin’s research interests include issues of race, gender, and access to the criminal justice system and issues surrounding Institutional Review Board structure and function.

Practice Experience

  • Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama
  • Assistant District Attorney, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
  • Assistant District Attorney, Bexar County, Texas

Before joining the Cumberland faculty, Professor Albin worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama for over 10 years. Albin handled criminal trial and appellate litigation. She was also Chief of the Appellate Division and argued numerous cases before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Earlier in her career, Albin worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Texas and Massachusetts. Albin graduated from Wesleyan University and the University of Texas School of Law. She also received a Masters of Public Health Degree from Boston University. She is a member of the Alabama, California, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Texas State Bar and is admitted to practice before the federal district courts in the Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.A., Wesleyan University
  • J.D., University of Texas School of Law
  • M.P.H., Boston University School of Public Health

Involvement

  • Member, Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute Steering Committee, 2011 – present
  • Treasurer, Appellate Practice Section, State Bar of Alabama, 2009 – present
  • Co-Chair, Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute (ECAPI V), Montgomery, AL, August 2014
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, 2015 – present
  • Member, Birmingham Bar Association, 2009 – present
  • Member, Shores-Vance Inn of Court, 2011 – present

Awards and Honors

  • B-Metro Magazine, named a Top Lawyer in Birmingham, AL, 2016
  • B-Metro Magazine, named a Top Women Attorney in Birmingham, AL, 2015, 2016
  • Harvey S. Jackson Excellence in Teaching Award for First Year Courses, 2018
  • Harvey S. Jackson Excellence in Teaching Award for Upper Level Courses, 2019

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Alabama
  • State Bar of Massachusetts
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama

Publications

  • Appropriating Women’s Thoughts: The Admissibility of Sexual Fantasies and Dreams Under the Consent Exception to Rape Shield Laws, 68 Kan. L. Rev. ____  (forthcoming March 2020). 
  • Patents, Innovation, and Privatization – Commentary on: Data Management in Academic Perspectives: An Intellectual Property Perspective.Science and Engineering Ethics 16(4): 777-781 (2010).

Presentations and Lectures

  • Panelist, “Reimagining Advocacy Education,” Reimagining Advocacy Conference, Stetson University School of Law, November 2019. 
  • Presentation, “Sexual Fantasies and Consent: Revisiting the Admissibility of Victims’ Sexual Fantasies Under the Consent Exception to the Rape Shield Law (Fed. R. Evid. 412),” Evidence Workshop at Vanderbilt University School of Law, May 2019. 
  • Moderator and Panelist, “Teaching How to Write and Argue Evidentiary Motions: Methodologies, Opportunities, and Potential Challenges,” Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills Conference, Stetson University School of Law, May 2019. 
  • Panelist, “Incorporating Advocacy Training into Doctrinal Classes,” Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills Conference, Stetson University School of Law, May 2019. 
  • Panelist, “The Most Effective Argument in White Collar Cases,” American Bar Association Southeastern White-Collar Crime Institute, September 2018. 
  • Panelist, “Developing the Story of Your Case,” Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills Conference, Stetson University School of Law, May 2018. 
  • Moderator, “Developing and Teaching Advocacy Courses,” Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills Conference, Stetson University School of Law, May 2018. 
  • Moderator, “Effective Brief Writing in the Eleventh Circuit,” Eleventh Circuit Appellate Practice Institute, February 2013.