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."

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.