Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-02-08

Trial attorney, author and sports agent Jock M. Smith will address students at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law Thursday, Feb. 16, as this year's Thurgood Marshall Symposium speaker.

His topic will be "Justice in America." The public is invited to the 11 a.m. program in the moot courtroom of Robinson law building.

A partner in the Tuskegee office of Cochran, Cherry, Givens & Smith, P.C. national law firm, Smith is the author of Climbing Jacob's Ladder: A Trial Lawyer's Journey on Behalf of 'the Least of These.' 

Smith is a sports agent and principal stockholder, with partner Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., in Cochran Sports Management. He is also CEO and founder of Scoring for Life, Inc., which presents motivational messages to children and adults. He is also county attorney for Macon County, Alabama.

Smith's practice centers in the areas of civil litigation, personal injury, mass torts, fraud, product liability, wills and deeds. A native of New York, N.Y., he is a graduate of Tuskegee Institute and the University of Notre Dame Law School.

The symposium is sponsored by Cumberland's Black Law Students Association. Eddie Koen, a second-year law student from Chicago, Ill., is symposium chair.

Smith will be available to autograph copies of Climbing Jacob's Ladder prior to the symposium.

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