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Artificial Intelligence and the Law: New Externship Opportunity Available for Cumberland School of Law Students
Cumberland School of Law’s externships department is partnering with Smarter Reality LLC to offer an innovative new externship opportunity for its students that will combine artificial intelligence and law. A virtual information session about the new program will take place on July 15, 2020.
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Mann Center Shares Video Recognizing Students, Faculty and Staff for Leadership and Character
The Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership is honoring eight faculty and three staff members as the center’s 2019-20 class of the Mann Fellows in Community-Based Learning. The center previously honored 11 student leaders for exemplary service during their undergraduate or graduate careers in early April. All were honored remotely via video to follow social distancing protocols due to COVID-19.
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A Message About Racial Injustice
Dean Corky Strickland provides a message to the Cumberland community regarding racial injustice.
 
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Cumberland Connects with Richard Yoakum
Richard Yoakum LPC-S, director of counseling and wellness programs for Samford University, shares words of wisdom to lawyers and law students; and unexpected legalities related to counseling online. 
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Cumberland Connects with Bob Methvin '94
In June 2020, Cumberland alumnus Bob Methvin ’94 will be installed as the 145th president of the Alabama State Bar.  Watch or listen to this short interview to hear about his priorities and goals for the state bar over the next 12 months and what advice he gives to younger lawyers.
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Albin, Roberts Receive Cumberland Faculty Promotions
Recently, the Samford University Board of Trustees approved the promotions of two members of the Cumberland School of Law faculty. Professors Ramona Albin and Tracey Roberts have been promoted to associate professor.
 
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Professor Paul Kuruk Appointed as the Lucille Stewart Beeson Professor of Law
International law expert Paul Kuruk has been appointed as the Lucille Stewart Beeson Professor of Law.
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ABA Employment Report for Cumberland’s Class of 2019 Reveals Record-Breaking Statistics
The official ABA employment report for Cumberland’s class of 2019 has been released. Overall, the employment rate for the class reveals a record-breaking statistic of 87.21%, a 4% increase over the previous year and the second-highest class employment rate ever.
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Mark Baggett: The Song of the Open Road Calls to Baggett After Decades of Teaching in Two Divisions
English and law professor Mark Baggett’s diverse interests led him to complement his undergraduate study of communications with advanced degrees in English, law and American Literature.
 
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Deborah Young: Longing for Safe International Travel
The onset of COVID-19 has put a damper on the dreams of those who enjoy traveling abroad. The same holds true for retiring law professor Deborah Young.
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Brooke L. Messina Receives 2020 Daniel Austin Brewer Professionalism Award
Each year, Cumberland School of Law recognizes a graduating student who best exemplifies the high standards of ethics and professionalism expected of members of the legal profession. The 2020 recipient of the Daniel Austin Brewer Professionalism Award is Brooke L. Messina.
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Rebecca Hutto: Automation a Highlight
Catalogue librarian Rebecca Hutto saw extensive changes in her field during her 41-year career in the law library of Samford’s Cumberland School of Law.
 
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2020-21 National Trial Team Selection To Be Held Completely Online
This year the Herbert W. Peterson National Trial Team Selection Competition will be conducted completely online in compliance with social distancing requirements. Students will submit a video opening and cross-examination all via virtual platforms.
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New Faculty Member to Teach Health and Criminal Law Courses at Cumberland School of Law
Cumberland School of Law will welcome Chinelo Diké-Minor to its faculty in the spring 2021 academic semester. She will teach health law and a variety of criminal law courses.
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Property Law Expert to Join Cumberland School of Law Faculty
Cumberland School of Law will welcome Tim McFarlin as an associate professor beginning in the fall 2020 academic semester. McFarlin will teach courses related to property law; he specializes in intellectual property such as copyrights, trademarks and patents.
 
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Jill Evans to Assume Role of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Professor Jill Evans has been an integral member of the Cumberland faculty since she joined us in 1994. Beginning in the fall 2020 semester, she will assume an additional role as the associate dean of academic programs. Learn more about Professor Evans here.
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Call for Papers: Cumberland Law Review Vol. 51
The Cumberland Law Review Acquisitions Committee is currently seeking submissions for Volume 51 to be published during the 2020-2021 academic year. Two issues will be published this year.
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Assistant Dean Adams to Oversee Cumberland School of Law Externship Program
Assistant Dean Cassandra Adams will oversee Cumberland’s externship program beginning with the summer 2020 semester. She will continue her role overseeing the mediation center and public interest programs in addition to directing the externship program.