Published on May 17, 2016  

The Samford University Board of Trustees recently voted to award tenure to Cumberland School of Law Associate Professor Woodrow “Woody” Hartzog, and to name him the W. Stancil Starnes Professor of Law.

According to Cumberland School of Law Dean Henry C. Strickland, III, Professor Hartzog follows in many traditions of the best Cumberland professors.  He is a prolific scholar, having already established himself as a global leader in his field with over 25 major articles and book chapters in the last four years (including such leading journals as the California Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, and the Michigan Law Review), and that does not include countless articles for blogs and popular media.  He is also a sought-after speaker, having given lectures by invitation to such institutions as Cambridge University, New York University, Stanford Law School, and Yale Law School.  He has also given talks to the Federal Trade Commission, Facebook, Google and testified before Congress.  Finally, in the best tradition of Cumberland faculty, Professor Hartzog is an outstanding teacher.  Students give him extraordinary reviews on evaluations, and they report receiving extensive help from him on class, career planning, symposia, and many other matters.

Having received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Samford, Professor Hartzog is a true “bulldog.”  He also holds an LL.M. in Intellectual Property from George Washington University Law School and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina. 

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.