“Times Get Tough, I Get Tougher”: One Graduate’s Motto Aids Her Through Life and Law School
Courtney Howard, a member of Cumberland School of Law’s class of 2021, did not always have a dream of going to law school. Throughout her life and path to law school, tough times seemed to follow her, but she has proven only to let those experiences make her tougher.
Cumberland School of Law Class of 2020 Employment Rate Defies Odds During Heat of the Pandemic
The official American Bar Association (ABA) employment report for Cumberland School of Law’s class of 2020 has been released. The employment percentage totaling 91.72% defies the odds handed to the class, who finished their studies and graduated during the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Samford Celebrates its Class of 2020 with an In-Person Ceremony, Reception
Samford University honored graduates from its Class of 2020 on April 24 with a ceremony and reception. Previously, this class had to celebrate its commencement virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We Need You”: BCA Leader Encourages Law Students to Take Their Seat at The Table
On Thursday, April 8, Katie Boyd Britt, president and chief executive officer of the Business Council of Alabama (BCA), addressed Cumberland School of Law students during its annual Cordell Hull Speakers Forum. She discussed the goals of the BCA, the initiatives they’ve addressed during the pandemic, and upcoming state laws and bills that will help push Alabama forward, as well as how future lawyers can play a part in helping advance economic growth in the state.
In Memoriam: Honoring the Life of Billie Jean Young
The Samford University community mourns the loss of Billie Jean Young, a 1979 graduate of Cumberland School of Law. Young was an actress, playwright, director, author, poet, educator, orator, activist and community organizer. A true trailblazer, she passed away on March 30, 2021.
Cumberland School of Law Maintains Top 10 Ranking Despite Pandemic Hurdles
Despite hurdles caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law has maintained its top 10 ranking for trial advocacy training by U.S. News & World Report. The 2022 rankings released March 30 list Cumberland’s program as #8 in the nation out of 186 law schools.
Samford's New Legal Clinics Thrive, Despite Pandemic Hurdles
Samford's Cumberland School of Law successfully launched four legal clinics during the 2020-21 academic year, and despite pandemic hurdles, they have thrived.
Cumberland Trial Teams Advance to Nationals After Claiming Yet Another Regional Victory
For the second time in a month, Cumberland’s National Trial Teams dominated a major regional competition. During the first weekend of March, Cumberland teams swept the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Regional Trial Advocacy Competition.
Alabama Ranked as Best State for Lawyers Seeking Jobs in 2021
According to a study by Testing.org, Alabama has ranked as the best state for lawyers seeking employment in 2021. Through the study, Alabama is projected to see a 6.6% increase with the addition of 450 jobs in 2021.
Cumberland School of Law Alumna Appointed as First Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for National Law Firm
Brandi Russell, a 2016 graduate of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, has been appointed as the chief diversity and inclusion officer and director of talent management for Balch & Bingham. In this interview, she reflects on her legal education at Cumberland, mentors who have inspired her, and shares advice for addressing issues of diversity and inclusion as well as advice for law students as they enter the workforce.
Trial Teams Sweep National Trial Competition Regionals; Advance to Nationals
For the second year in a row, Cumberland School of Law's National Trial Teams have swept Region 8 of the National Trial Competition (NTC). Each team won its final round on Friday, Feb. 19, earning a place in the national competition in April.
27th Annual Thurgood Marshall Symposium
The 27th Annual Thurgood Marshall Symposium is presented by Cumberland School of Law's Black Law Students Association. This year's conversation is titled "To Whom Much is Given: The Past, Present, and Future of the Legal Profession." Watch here.
View Recorded Virtual Conversations with Cumberland Lawyers
Cumberland School of Law is dedicated to keeping our lawyers connected, especially during the pandemic. Here are a few recordings of recents events that may be viewed on your own time.
Courtney Howard Receives the Justice Janie L. Shores Scholarship
Third-year law student Courtney Howard has been awarded the Justice Janie L. Shores Scholarship. The scholarship is named in honor of the former Cumberland School of Law professor and the first female Alabama Supreme Court Justice, Janie Shores. The scholarship is established by the Women’s Section of the Alabama State Bar along with the Alabama Law Foundation.
Scholars of Merit Announced for Fall 2020 Term
The following Cumberland School of Law students qualified as Scholars of Merit for the fall 2020 term.
Dean's List Announced for Fall 2020
Cumberland School of Law announces the fall 2020 Dean's List.
Cumberland’s Student Health Lawyers Association Launches First Health Law Mentorship Program
Cumberland School of Law's Student Health Lawyers Association (SHLA) has launched the school’s first health lawyer mentorship program for students interested in pursuing a career in health law.
Why I Give: David Thomas Shares Why He and His Wife Support Cumberland School of Law
David Thomas ’72 and his wife, Grace, established the David and Grace Thomas Endowed Scholarship in memory of their parents. Here, he shares his Cumberland School of Law story and why he and Grace give back through scholarship.