Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-01-27


The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law will present its annual Thurgood Marshall Symposium Thursday, Feb. 3, at noon in the moot courtroom of Robinson Hall law building. The public is invited.

 “When Money Talks, Criminals Walk: How Socioeconomic Status Affects the Level of Fairness Received in the Criminal Justice System” is the topic of the program. A four-member panel will discuss the impact of class, wealth and education on the distribution of and access to justice in the U.S. criminal system.

Panelists are Jefferson County circuit court criminal division judge Clyde E. Jones, Birmingham criminal defense attorneys Anthony Joseph and Michael Rasmussen, and U.S Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Joyce Vance. Cumberland dean John Carroll will serve as moderator.

The Thurgood Marshall symposium is named to honor the first African-American to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nesha Q. Spencer, a third-year law student, is president of Cumberland’s BLSA chapter.  Shade’ Hyche, a second-year law student, is symposium chair.


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.