Posted by William Nunnelley on 2009-07-28

Samford University's Cumberland School of Law will host the Southern Public Defender Training Center July 30-Aug. 14. The two-week institute trains attorneys who represent indigent persons in criminal cases.

Lawyers from around the nation will teach and attorneys from Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and South Carolina will attend as students. The public defender classes of 2007 and 2008 will have joint training July 30-31. After the two-day training for previous classes, 30 new public defenders will begin their two-week institute.

In addition, representatives of the Ford Foundation, Soros Foundation, National Association of Criminal Defense lawyers, National Legal Aid and defenders Organization and Equal Justice Works will attend.

"This is the third year Cumberland has hosted the event and it has gotten bigger each year," said Cumberland Dean John Carroll. "This training model of the Southern Public Defender Training Center is getting national attention."

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.