Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-09-30

David M. Smolin will be recognized as the inaugural holder of the Harwell G. Davis Chair of Constitutional Law at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law during investiture ceremonies Thursday (Oct. 2).

The 11 a.m. event will be in the moot courtroom of Robinson law building.

Smolin, director of Cumberland's Center for Bioltechnology, Law and Ethics, has been a member of the law school faculty since 1987. He was elected by the Samford board of trustees to fill the new position effective October 1.

The late Elizabeth Davis Eshelman, a 1964 Cumberland graduate, endowed the chair in honor of her father, Harwell Goodwin Davis, a former Alabama attorney general who was president of Samford from 1939 to 1958.

Eshelman established the chair in 2000 with the understanding that a trust from her estate would provide the funding after her death. She died in 2007.

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.