Allen  Howell
Assistant Dean of External Relations and Career Development
Cumberland School of Law
Office: Robinson Hall 
Email: ghowell@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2676

Allen Howell is the assistant dean of external relations and career development. Dean Howell is responsible for overseeing Cumberland’s admission, development, alumni, career development, and marketing and communications departments. Additionally, Dean 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. Dean 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, Dean Howell served as the law school's interim director of operations and director of career development. After law school, Dean 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.  Dean 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. Dean Howell and his family are active members of St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Cahaba Heights where he teaches children’s Sunday school and volunteers as a Lay Eucharistic Minister.

Degrees 

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

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
  • 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 of Law Placement (NALP)
  • Birmingham Legal Hiring City Group

Certifications

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Step I and II