Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-03-14

John L. Carroll, dean of Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, was inducted into the International Society of Barristers as an Academic Fellow at the Society's annual meeting on March 10.

The organization is an honor society of lawyers chosen by their peers on the basis of excellence and integrity in advocacy. It seeks to preserve trial by jury, the adversary system and the independence of the judiciary.

Fellows represent each U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and five other nations.

Carroll was cited for his contributions to the profession as a lawyer, judge and dean of Cumberland.

A Cumberland graduate, Carroll served 14 years as U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, before being named Cumberland dean in 2001.

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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.