Brooke  Messina

Home State


Undergraduate Institution and Graduation Year

University of Alabama, 2009



I enjoy boating, gardening, hunting, hiking, and group exercise classes.

What do you think is the best thing about Cumberland?

The professors! They are approachable and always available and eager to help students with questions.

Why did you choose Cumberland?

During my visits, it seemed that there was just something different about this place. The students were warm and friendly, the professors were engaged and approachable, and the commitment to excellence in advocacy was readily apparent. I knew that if I chose Cumberland, I would be “practice ready” upon graduation.

What do you most enjoy about studying law in Birmingham? What do you like to do in Birmingham?

I love that so many attorneys are concentrated in the greater Birmingham area because it makes legal employment easier to find—especially for summer clerkships. Birmingham is truly the epicenter of Alabama. From the world-class cuisine to the never-ending supply of musical acts, there is never a short supply of things to do in your free time.

Student Organizations/Extracurricular Activities

Cumberland Law Review managing editor; Christian Legal Society (1L secretary, 2L president); Senior Moot Court Competition (Finalist); James Edwin Horton Inn of Court; Trial Advocacy Board; Birmingham Bar Association

If you could give any advice to your pre-law school self, what would you say? 

Comparison is the thief of joy! Do not worry much about what other people are doing or how they are studying. Instead, find what works for you and stick with it. Also, make time for things outside of school that make you happy—family, friends, hobbies, etc.

What do you plan to do after graduation?

I have accepted a position as an associate attorney at Lightfoot Franklin & White in Birmingham.