Posted by William Nunnelley on 2009-07-20

Alyson Hood, a second-year student at Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, received the Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Student Award for outstanding commitment to providing free legal services to the poor.

Hood, from Chattanooga, Tenn., was honored at the annual meeting of the Alabama State Bar Association July 15-18 at Point Clear, Ala.

Hood recruited 30 volunteers to assist lawyers in a clinic providing legal assistance to the homeless and helped coordinate their participation in legal research and other services. She also volunteered 150 hours at the clinic.

This is the third consecutive year that a Cumberland student has won the Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Student Award.

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.