Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2004-04-05

Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law honored a distinguished alumnus, a volunteer and two friends during its annual reunion weekend activities Friday (APRIL 2).

Honorees were Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist, Distinguished Alumnus; Mobile attorney Marion Quina, Volunteer of the Year; and Birmingham civic leaders Carolyn and Bill Featheringill, Friends of the Law School.

The four were recognized at a banquet Friday at the Wynfrey Hotel.

Crist, a 1981 Cumberland graduate, was elected Florida’s first Republican attorney general in November, 2002. During his first year in office, he has worked to address the issues of fraud, civil rights, prescription drug adulteration and identity theft.

Quina, a 1974 Cumberland graduate and a partner in the Mobile law firm of Lyons, Pipes and Cook, is chair of the Law School Advisory Board. In recognition of his 30th reunion year, he led his classmates to establish the Class of 1974 Scholarship committee.

The Featheringills are longtime leaders in Birmingham civic and cultural endeavors. At Cumberland, their generosity has enabled the law school to better plan for future facility renovations and increase scholarship assistance to students.

Carolyn Featheringill, who retired in 2003 after 24 years as a Cumberland professor, was faculty chair of the law school’s annual fund.

Bill Featheringill, president of Private Capital Corporation, is a member of the Cumberland advisory board and the Samford Board of Overseers.

Cumberland reunion activities also included gatherings for classes ending in "four" and "nine," a mock class and a family picnic.


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.