Posted by William Nunnelley on 2005-08-11

Judge John L. Carroll, dean and Ethel P. Malugen Professor of Law at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, has been named to the boards of directors of two important national law reform organizations, the American Judicature Society and the Sedona Conference.

The American Judicature Society is a non-partisan organization with a national membership of judges, lawyers and non-legally trained citizens interested in the administration of justice. The Society focuses on issues relating to judicial independence, judicial conduct and ethics, judicial selection and the jury system.

The Sedona Conference is an organization that exists to allow leading jurists, lawyers, experts, academicians and others at the cutting edge of antitrust law, complex litigation and intellectual property to come together in conferences and mini-think tanks (working groups) to engage in meaningful dialogue, not debate, to move the law forward in a reasoned and just way.

Carroll, a former U.S. magistrate judge for the Middle District of Alabama, has served as Cumberland dean since 2001. He also served previously as legal director for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Carroll holds an undergraduate degree from Tufts University and law degrees from Cumberland and Harvard University.


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.