Posted by William Nunnelley on 2007-01-19

Defense attorney Thomas A. Mesereau, Jr., of Los Angeles, Calif., will speak at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law Thursday, Jan. 25, as a feature of the Cordell Hull Speakers Forum.

Mesereau, who successfully defended entertainer Michael Jackson in a sensational 2005 trial, will speak at 4 p.m. in Samford's Robinson Hall courtroom. The program is open to the public.

The noted defense attorney once achieved eight acquittals and two hung juries in a one-year period. A partner in the Los Angeles firm of Mesereau & Yu, LLP, he is a graduate of Harvard University, London School of Economics and the University of California law school.

Mesereau is also known for his pro bono work in the African-American community. He has been named one of the "Top Men of the Year" by GQ Magazine and one of Barbara Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People."

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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.