Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-04-18

Alabama's three appellate courts will hear oral arguments at Samford University Thursday, April 21, in Wright Center. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

The event marks the first time that all three courts have met at the same place away from Montgomery.

The Wright Center will open at 8:45 a.m. for the public to be seated.

The Alabama Supreme Court will hear arguments in Ware v. Timmons, a medical malpractice case on appeal from the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, at 9:25 a.m.

The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals will hear arguments in a capital murder case, Barber v. State, at 10:30 a.m.

The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals will hear a zoning appeal case, Squires v. City of Saraland, at 12:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Samford's Cumberland School of Law and the Birmingham Bar Foundation.

More than 500 students from area schools are expected to attend.

Cumberland last hosted the Alabama Supreme Court in session in 2002.


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.