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. 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.