Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-01-30

Florida trial attorney Herman J. Russomanno will speak to students at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law on Monday and Tuesday (JAN. 30-31) as this year's Lawyer in Residence at the school.

A 1975 Cumberland graduate who is in private practice in Miami, Fla., Russomanno will address classes in the areas of damages, professional responsibility and medical liability.

Russomanno, who was Student Bar Association president while a Cumberland student, is a former president of the Florida Bar Association. He was Cumberland's Alumnus of the Year in 1995.

His high-profile clients and cases have included the Nutri-System litigation, Valu-Jet air crash, commercial litigation on behalf of Donald Trump, and representation of former Miami Dolphin O.J. McDuffie.

Cumberland's Lawyer in Residence program annually invites a distinguished graduate to spend two days on campus, speaking to classes related to his or her area of expertise. The program allows students to augment the traditional curriculum with the experiences of current practitioners.

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.