Jill Elysa  Evans
Associate Dean, Director of International Programs, Professor of Law
Cumberland School of Law
Office:  Robinson Hall
Email: jeevans@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2164
Teaching & Research Interests: Environmental Law, Torts
 
Before joining the Cumberland faculty in 1994, Professor Jill Evans was in practice for more than 12 years in Illinois and California. She handled matters in both state and federal court in a diverse set of cases including commercial disputes, products liability, municipal liability, civil rights actions, voting rights, ERISA and pursuant to CERCLA. Evans graduated from the University of California Irvine, and received her J.D. and master's degree in management from Northwestern University. Evans was selected as a Supreme Court Fellow in 2000-01, assigned to the Federal Judicial Center, where she worked under the director on the Manual for Complex Litigation 4th.She was appointed as a special master for Judge Joel Laird in the Anniston PCB litigation, and has acted as general counsel for a start-up entertainment company and worked with a Swiss-based cybersecurity company. Evans is the associate dean of Academic Affairs at Cumberland and she also serves as the director of International Programs, overseeing the summer study-abroad program in Cambridge, England and the student exchange program between Cumberland and the University of East Anglia, England.

Practice Experience:

  • Partner; Keck, Mahin & Cate, Chicago and Los Angeles, 1985-94
  • Associate; Lawler, Felix & Hall, Los Angeles, 1984-85
  • Clerk; U.S. District Judge James E. Doyle, Madison, Wis., 1983-84

Degrees and Certifications

  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1983
  • Master of Management, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Marketing & Finance, 1983
  • B.A., University of California-Irvine, Social Ecology, 1979

Publications

  • Challenging the Racism in Environmental Racism: Redefining the Concept of Intent," 40 Ariz. L.Rev. 1219 (1998)
  • The Lawyer as Enlightened Citizen: Toward a New Regulatory Model in Environmental Law," Vermont Law Review (2000)
  • Co-author, Manual for Complex Litigation 4th Spring, 2004 (Federal Judicial Center)(RICO, Securities, Scientific Evidence, CERCLA, Intellectual Property, Employment Discrimination)
  • Jill E. Evans, Scientific Evidence and the Manual for Complex Litigation 4th, 36 Antitrust Magazine
  • In Search of Paternal Equity: A Father’s Right to Pursue a Claim of Misrepresentation of Fertility, 36 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 1045 (2005)
  • See Repose Run: Setting the Boundaries of the Rule of Repose in Environmental Trespass and Nuisance Cases, 38 Wm. & Mary Envtl. L. & Pol'y Rev. 119 (2013)
  • The Rule of Repose: Charting its Course Through Alabama Law, 40 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 263 (2016)