Posted by William Nunnelley on 2011-07-22

Dean John L. Carroll of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and Cumberland law student Stephen Hudgens received awards recognizing their outstanding contributions to the legal profession at the Alabama State Bar meeting in Point Clear, Ala., July 16.  Dean Carroll received the Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award and Hudgens received the Pro Bono Law Student Award.

             Carroll, Cumberland’s dean since 2001, was cited for his “civility and professionalism” throughout his career as a lawyer and jurist.  “His commitment to these ideals and philosophy is further evidenced by his deanship at Cumberland where he has been at the forefront of promoting these concepts to students, lawyers and judges,” said the Alabama State Bar citation.

            Carroll is a graduate of Tufts University and holds law degrees from Cumberland, where he was graduated magna cum laude, and Harvard University.

            Hudgens, a graduate of Mississippi College, will be a Cumberland senior in the fall.  He was cited for his contributions that “enabled the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program to more efficiently serve both low-income clients and attorney-volunteers.”  Hudgens assisted with collecting client intake information and escorting clients to and from clinics, the award noted.


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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.