Published on November 3, 2023 by Sofia Paglioni  
Sydney Moore Law Student

Samford University Cumberland School of Law’s Externship Program provides opportunities for students to gain experience in the legal world and apply their classroom knowledge. During the fall 2023 semester, Cumberland students had the opportunity to experience firsthand the important and humbling task of helping incarcerated individuals be granted parole through a partnership with Alabama-based nonprofit, Redemption Earned.

Redemption Earned is a nonprofit organization created by Sue Bell Cobb, former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Their mission is to identify, assist and represent incarcerated individuals, typically aged or medically infirmed, who are deemed to have earned parole or work release.

Sydney Moore, a second-year student at Cumberland School of Law, recently won parole for a Redemption Earned client on Oct. 31. Moore is currently a legal extern at Redemption Earned through Cumberland School of Law’s externship program. Moore said, “Through this program and my externship, I have been able to gain valuable skills and knowledge regarding the parole and work release systems in Alabama and client advocacy.”

Moore attended a parole hearing for a client of Redemption Earned and advocated alongside one of her supervising attorneys and mentors, Ashleigh Woodham, in front of the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles in Montgomery, Alabama.

Their client was granted medical parole contingent upon his placement in a medical facility, which was the desired outcome. Moore said, “This experience allowed me to zealously advocate for an individual who is deserving of parole and is no threat to public safety, ending in a victory. I am very grateful to my supervisors at Redemption Earned, Justice Cobb, Ashleigh Woodham, and Brandy Grondin, for trusting me with such an important role, and to Professor Davey for providing externship experiences for students that help mold us into competent attorneys outside of the classroom.”
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.