Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-03-30

Birmingham attorney J. Mark White was named 2009 Distinguished Alumnus of Samford University's Cumberland School of Law Friday (March 27).

White, a 1974 graduate of the law school, received the award at Cumberland's National Alumni Association dinner at Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa. He has served as 2007-09 president of the national alumni group.

Founder of the Birmingham law firm of White, Dunn & Booker, now White Arnold & Dowd, P.C., White is president of the Alabama State Bar Association. He is a past president of the Birmingham Bar Association and a member of the Cumberland School of Law Advisory Board.

White has been chair of Alabama Supreme Court committees on judicial canons & ethics and judicial campaign oversight, co-chair of a national committee on judicial campaign conduct, and a member of the Judicial Inquiry Commission for the State of Alabama.

Also during the dinner, Birmingham attorney Lenora Pate was introduced as incoming president of the 7,200-member Cumberland National Alumni Association for 2009-2011. A 1985 law graduate, Pate is a member of the Sirote & Permutt law firm.

The dinner was one of several events held during Cumberland's annual Alumni Weekend.

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.