Allen  Howell
Assistant Dean of External Relations and Career Development
Cumberland School of Law
 Robinson Hall
ghowell@samford.edu
205-726-4300

Allen Howell is the assistant dean of External Relations and Career Development. Howell is responsible for overseeing Cumberland’s development, career development, and marketing and communications departments. Additionally, Howell co-teaches Called to the Bar, a course designed to prepare first-year law students for the legal profession. Howell is interested in legal careers and helping law students reach their goals by becoming better leaders and professionals. Howell is also passionate about providing pro bono legal services to those in need. He volunteers on multiple pro bono committees with the Alabama State Bar, has organized a Justice Bus to bring lawyers to Selma for a pro bono program, and created an annual pro bono pledge for all first year law students in the state of Alabama.

Prior to this position, Howell served as the law school's interim director of operations and director of career development. After law school, Howell practiced law in the areas of county governance, appellate advocacy, and wills and estates with a small firm near Montgomery, Alabama before becoming the director of Career Services and Public Interest at Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Howell has spoken at multiple conferences on legal hiring.  

He lives in the Oak Mountain area of Birmingham with his wife, Angela, and two daughters. Howell and his family are active members of St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Cahaba Heights where he teaches children’s Sunday school, volunteers as a Lay Eucharistic Minister and serves on the Vestry. He is an avid trail runner and is section hiking the Appalachian Trail. 

Degrees 

  • M.S.Ed., Samford University
  • J.D., Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law
  • B.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham

Certifications

  • Education for Ministry, University of the South
  • Leadership Coaching, Vanderbilt University
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Step I and II
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law
  • Executive Coaching, National Association for Law Placement (NALP)

Involvement

  • Alabama State Bar
    • Pro Bono Task Force
    • Pro Bono and Public Interest Committee, Chair 
    • Future of the Legal Profession Committee
    • Senior and Young Lawyer Task Force
    • Leadership Forum, Class 11
    • Leadership Forum Section
    • Solo and Small Firm Section
    • Lawyer Incubator Task Force
    • Pro Bono Innovation Task Force
    • Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting Review Task Force
    • Member Relations Task Force
    • Quality of Life, Health & Wellness Task Force
    • Strategic Planning Task Force, Admission and Membership Subcommittee Chair
  • Southeastern Minority Job Fair (Past Chair)
  • Samford University Career Development Steering Committee 
  • American Bar Association
    • Past member of Membership Team, Young Lawyers' Division
  • Birmingham Bar Association
    • Leadership Forum
  • Judge James Edwin Horton Inn of Court
  • Judge Hugh Maddox Inn of Court
  • National Association for Law Placement (NALP)
  • Birmingham Legal Hiring City Group