Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2012-10-05

The Alabama Supreme Court and the Court of Civil Appeals will hear oral arguments at Samford University Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Wright Center.

The event, sponsored by Samford's Cumberland School of Law and the Birmingham Bar Foundation, is open to the public. Call to order will be at 9:10 a.m.

At 9:30 a.m., the nine-member Alabama Supreme Court will hear arguments in Shelby County Commission v. Russell Bedsole, et al. Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles R. Malone will preside.  The case deals with the relationship between the County Commission and the sheriff and Law Enforcement Personnel Board on budget matters, specifically salaries and pay raises.

The five-member Court of Civil Appeals will hear arguments in Carolyn Sue Christopher v. Charles Phillip Christopher, beginning at 11 a.m.    William C. Thompson is presiding judge.   The case concerns the constitutionality of a law that requires parents to provide support for college education to children of a marriage terminated by divorce.

The courts will adjourn at 12 noon.

More than 1,100 students from 17 area high schools will attend the sessions. Home schooled students will also attend.  In recent weeks, Birmingham Bar Foundation board members have visited the schools to discuss the cases that will be heard, and to explain oral arguments and appellate procedure.

Participating schools are Alabama School of Fine Arts, Bessemer Center for Technology, Dora High School, Evangel Classical Christian School, Gardendale High School, Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School, Homewood High School, Hoover High School, Huffman High School, Indian Springs School, J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville, McAdory High School, Oneonta High School, Ramsay High School, Shades Mountain Independent Church Academy,  Tarrant High School and Wenonah High School.


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 2nd nationally for student engagement and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance names Samford 34th among private universities for value and affordability. Samford enrolls 5,729 students from 47 states and 30 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.