Ask any current student or alumnus what makes Cumberland School of Law different from other institutions, and answers will always include the quality and strength of relationships that students build with the faculty and staff.

The Cumberland School of Law faculty possess a wealth of expertise, with advanced degrees from top-tier law schools and vast experiences as prosecutors, public defenders, civil litigators, corporate transaction negotiators, judicial clerks and more. They bring their knowledge, real-world experience and academic interests to class every day—to help prepare students to pass the bar exam and launch careers of high-quality service to their clients and communities. 

Not only are our faculty nationally known experts in their specialty areas, they promote student interaction beyond the classroom with an open-door policy to encourage students to seek advice, counsel and conversation.

Additionally, the professional staff at Cumberland School of Law, many of whom have law degrees themselves, will help ensure your law school experience is welcoming and enjoyable.

To find a faculty member based on expertise, type in a keyword in the search field below (i.e."Intellectual Property", "Criminal Law", etc.).

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Cassandra W. Adams
Dean of Students and Community Outreach
Robinson Hall
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Ramona Carroll Albin
Associate Professor of Law
239H Robinson Hall
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Jeff Anderson
Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Lawyering and Legal Reasoning Program
Robinson Hall
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Robin W. Andrews
Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing
233D Robinson Hall
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Nancy Battles
Assistant Director of Admission Operations
Office of Admission
132 Robinson Hall
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Melissa Bennett
Law Library Administrative Assistant
126 Law Library
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Morgan Black
Director of University Marketing, Marketing and Communication Lead, Brock School of Business and Cumberland School of Law
201 D Cooney Hall
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Deborah Clayton
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
102 Robinson Hall
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Carlissa Carson
Assistant Professor of Law
201C Robinson Hall
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Chris Chrisenberry
Administrative Assistant
Office of the Associate Dean and Student Services
231C Robinson Hall
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Charlie Coleman
Law Library Assistant
155A Law Library
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Scott Collins
Director of Operations
134A Robinson Hall
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Edward L. Craig Jr.
Reference Librarian
155D Law Library
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Emily Bonds Davey
Director of Clinics, Externships and Public Interest
224A Robinson Hall
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LaJuana S. Davis
Judge J. Russell McElroy Professor of Law and Director of the Innocence Law Clinic
239G Robinson Hall
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Michael E. DeBow
Stephen Everett Wells Professor of Municipal Law
220 Robinson Hall
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Brannon P. Denning
Starnes Professor of Law
214 Robinson Hall
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Chinelo Diké-Minor
Assistant Professor of Law
239E Robinson Hall
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Alyssa DiRusso
Whelan W. and Rosalie T. Palmer Professor of Law
239D Robinson Hall
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Jill Elysa Evans
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Professor of Law
231B Robinson Hall
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Charmayne Fillmore
Director of Continuing Legal Education
Robinson Hall
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Keta Harmon
Acquisitions Librarian
126C Law Library
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Tona Hitson
Director, Law Student Services
124 Robinson Hall
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Lynn Hogewood
Assistant Dean of Academic and Bar Success
M10 Robinson Hall
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Davon Howard
Program Assistant, Law Registrar
106 Robinson Hall
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Blake Hudson
Dean and Professor of Law
Robinson Hall
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Leigh Jones
Evening and Weekend Reference Librarian
155B Law Library
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Layne Keele
Associate Professor of Law
239C Robinson Hall
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Paul Kuruk
Lucille Stewart Beeson Professor of Law
231A Robinson Hall
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Gregory K. Laughlin
Law Library Director and Associate Professor of Law
150B Law Library
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Jennifer Lovelady
Assistant Director of Graduate and International Programs
215 Robinson Hall
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Robert Maddox
Instructor in Residence
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Anne L. Marovich
Senior Advancement Officer
Cumberland School of Law
130F Robinson Hall
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Edward C. Martin
Professor of Law and Director of Law School Technology
212 Robinson Hall
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Rachel Stewart Martin
Director, Career Development
222A Robinson Hall
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Skye McCammon
Program Assistant
224 Robinson Hall
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Tim McFarlin
Associate Professor of Law
206 Robinson Hall
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Kerry P. McInerney
Instructor and Director of Graduate and International Programs
213 Robinson Hall
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Kimberly Merritt
Trial Advocacy Program Coordinator
301 Robinson Hall
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Cat Miaoulis
Director of Admissions
132C Robinson Hall
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Davina Mitchell
Program Assistant
239 Robinson Hall
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Brooke Nixon
Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing
233C Robinson Hall
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Emily Price
Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing
233B Robinson Hall
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Lynda Reynolds
Program Assistant, American Journal of Trial Advocacy, Cumberland Law Review and Samford University's Institutional Review Board
325 Robinson Hall
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Honorable James H. (Jim) Roberts, Jr.
Director of National Trial Teams
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Tracey M. Roberts
Professor of Law
239B Robinson Hall
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William G. Ross
Albert P. Brewer Professor of Law and Ethics
210B Robinson Hall
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Grace L. Simms
Information Technology Librarian
251A Law Library
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David M. Smolin
Harwell G. Davis Professor of Constitutional Law and Director, Center for Children, Law and Ethics
239F Robinson Hall
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Maryam T. Stevenson
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
216 Robinson Hall
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Henry C. Strickland, III
Ethel P. Malugen Professor of Law
210 Robinson Hall
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Laura Domm Taaffe
Assistant Professor of Legal Research and Writing
233A Robinson Hall
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Keyla Tidwell
Program Assistant
Office of Admission
132 Robinson Hall
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Jeff Whitcomb
Technology Services Manager
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Sara L. Williams
Visiting Director of Advocacy Programs
302 Robinson Hall
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Matt Woodham
Assistant Professor of Law and Assistant Director of Advocacy Programs
301G Robinson Hall
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Lane Woodke
Assistant Professor of Law
201B Robinson Hall
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Paige Yarbrough
Career Counselor
Career Development Office
222B Robinson Hall
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Tami Zenker
Law School Registrar
106 Robinson Hall

Adjunct Faculty

Jay R. Bender, B.A., J.D.
Partner, Bradley Arant Boult CummingsLLP

Annesley H. DeGaris, B.S., J.D.
Founding Partner, DeGaris Law

Leslie S. Ennis, B.A., M.Div., Ed.D., J.D.
Professor, Samford University Orlean Beeson School of Education

Heather R. Fann, B.A., M.A., J.D.
Partner, Gregory Fann Turner

Alana C. Frederick, B.A., J.D.
Attorney, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh District

Christopher L. Hawkins, B.S., J.D.
Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Alabama

Elizabeth McIntyre Hill, B.Ch.E., J.D.
Gaines, Wolter and Kinney PC

Mark M. Hogewood, B.A., J.D.
Member, Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt LLC

Donald M. Jackson, B.A., J.D.
Founder, The Sports Group

Nathan W. Johnson, B.A., J.D.
Member, Nathan Johnson PC

Raymond L. Johnson, Jr., B.A., J.D.
Shareholder, The Johnson Law Firm LLC

Victor Kelley, B.S., J.D.
Owner, The National Military Justice Group

Nicholas J. Landau, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., J.D.
Shareholder, Maynard Nexsen

Stephen P. Leara, B.S., J.D.
Partner, Galloway Scott & Hancock LLC

Robert L. McCurley, Jr., B.A., J.D.

Kevin C. Newsom, B.A., J.D.
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Cynthia Ransburg-Brown
University Counsel, UAB Medicine Enterprise

Mitchell L. Reid, B.S., J.D.
State Director, The Nature Conservancy

Jay D. St. Clair, B.S., J.D.
Shareholder, Littler Mendelson PC

Craig M. Stephens, B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Partner, Arlington Family Offices

Lewanda K. VanPelt, B.S., J.D., LL.M.
Program Manager, Transportation Security Administration

Kimberly R. West, B.A., J.D.
Member, Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt LLC

Trial Skills Adjunct Faculty

  • J. Alan Baty, B.S., J.D.
  • John Bradley Felton, B.A., J.D.
  • T. Brian Hoven, B.A., J.D.
  • John A. Lentine, B.A., J.D.
  • Robin Beardsley Mark, B.A., J.D.
  • John E. Ott, B.A., J.D., Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Alabama
  • Ashley Mims Patterson, B.A., J.D.
  • Michael V. Rasmussen, B.A., J.D.
  • James H. Roberts, Jr., B.A., J.D., Alabama Circuit Court Judge
  • Sigfredo Freddy Rubio, B.A., J.D.
  • Allison S. Taylor, B.S., J.D.
  • Ronald Jeffrey Wallace, B.S., J.D.
  • Sara L. Williams, B.A., J.D.
  • James S. Williams, B.A., J.D