Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2003-11-13

A conference to discuss the future of Alabama constitutional reform will be held at Samford University Friday (NOV. 14).

“No to the Cynics: Let’s Take Back State Government,” is the theme of the program, set for 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the moot courtroom of Robinson law building. The public is invited.

The program is sponsored by Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform (ACCR), Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) and the State Constitutional Law Project at Samford’s Cumberland School of Law.

Presenters will focus on constitutional reform issues such as home rule, economic development, deletion of archaic language, implementation of recent legislation, and the future of the reform effort.

Samford president Thomas E. Corts will present the keynote speech at 9 a.m. Participants include constitutional reform project leaders Jim Bennett, Gov. Albert Brewer, Barbara Larson, Sid McAnnally, Howard Walthall, Jim Williams and others. Congressman Artur Davis will present concluding remarks.

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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.