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Turner’s Journey Through Cumberland School of Law as a Leader and Advocate
As a dedicated student committed to excellence, Rolanda Tina Turner not only thrived academically during her time at Cumberland School of Law, but she also made remarkable contributions to the local and regional legal community. As a first-generation law student, she embraced challenges and opportunities, growing both academically and personally.
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Preserving Tradition: Cumberland Law Review and the American Journal of Trial Advocacy
History. Tradition. Heritage. The longer you live, the more important those concepts become.
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Enslaved People Project: Alumna Woodford Launches Online Platform for Researching Georgia Slave Records
After more than a decade of work on her Enslaved People Project, Cumberland School of Law alumna Erica L. Woodford, JD ’00, announced the launch of an online database of slave records from Macon-Bibb County, Georgia. The online research portal went live in March 2024.
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McFarlin Article Explores Possible Impact of the Future of Copyright Law
Associate professor Tim McFarlin’s latest article, “Infringing Uses, Not Works,” has been accepted for publication by the South Carolina Law Review.  The article explores how the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Andy Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith may impact the future of copyright law.  
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Cumberland School of Law Competes in Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition
Cumberland School of Law competed in the 2024 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition, May 28-June 2, the most challenging law school mock trial competition in the country.
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Cumberland Lawyers Celebrate 50 Years of Alabama Bar Membership
The following Cumberland lawyers were admitted to the Alabama State Bar in 1974 and have maintained an active status membership for 50 years. Thank you for your dedication to the Alabama State Bar and the legal profession!
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Samford Graduate Programs Uplift Students Through Mental Health and Wellness Initiatives
Although the month of May is significant to bringing awareness to mental health initiatives, several Samford University graduate programs implement wellness programs to encourage and uplift students throughout the academic year.
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Cumberland School of Law Graduates Obtain Judicial Clerkships
Members of the Cumberland School of Law class of 2024 have plans to work in large and small law firms, corporate offices, and district attorneys’ and public defenders’ offices, among other employers. Several graduates will begin their legal careers by serving as law clerks for federal and state court judges.
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Scholars of Merit Announced for Spring 2024 Term
The following Cumberland School of Law students qualified as Scholars of Merit for the spring 2024 term.
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Dean's List Announced for Spring 2024
Cumberland School of Law announces the spring 2024 Dean's List.
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Cumberland School of Law Celebrates Employment Rate for 2023 Class
Cumberland School of Law had a class of 137 Juris Doctor graduates in 2023. Among those not pursuing a Master of Laws, an impressive 91.79% found employment within 10 months of graduation, indicating a robust employment rate.
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Reflections on Another Successful Year of Excellence in Advocacy Training
Cumberland School of Law consistently excels in regional and national legal skills competitions, maintaining a remarkable performance record. Renowned as one of the nation's most accomplished law schools for trial advocacy, Cumberland School of Law students also regularly excel in other areas of advocacy
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Alumnus and Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Shares Career Lessons with Cumberland School of Law Class of 2024
Evan Jenkins, a 1987 graduate of Samford University Cumberland School of Law, addressed the class of 2024 during their commencement ceremony held April 27. The class includes 153 Juris Doctor and three Master of Studies in Law graduates.
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Helping Heroes: C-VETS Clinic Serves More Than 600 U.S. Veterans Since Inception
Samford University Cumberland School of Law’s Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic (C-VETS), which was founded in the fall of 2020, provides free legal assistance to veterans and their families across the state of Alabama. Since its inception, 62 volunteer law students have served more than 600 veterans, including 239 in the 2023-24 year alone.
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Cumberland School of Law Has Largest Climb Among Law Schools in U.S. News & World Report Rankings, Remains Top 10 for Trial Advocacy
As part of U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Law School rankings released Tuesday, April 9, Samford University Cumberland School of Law has been ranked #103 (tie) in the nation, climbing 28 spots. This climb was the largest of any law school in the nation, tied with only one other school. Additionally, Cumberland School of Law retains its top 10 position for trial advocacy training, ranking #6 in the nation in this category.
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Former U.S. Ambassador Skip Gnehm Discusses “The Middle East Cauldron and the U.S.” During the 2024 Cordell Hull Speakers Forum
Samford University Cumberland School of Law hosted its annual Cordell Hull Speakers Forum on April 2, 2024. The Cordell Hull Speakers Forum, established in 1974, stands as a testament to the Cumberland School of Law's commitment to intellectual inquiry and engagement with pressing legal and global issues.
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Cumberland School of Law Achieves Rare Double Regional Competition Sweep, Prepares for Prestigious National Trial Competitions
Recently, Samford University Cumberland School of Law’s National Trial Teams completed a rare double sweep of the regional championships for the National Trial Competition and the American Association of Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The two teams will represent Cumberland School of Law at the national competitions for each respective tournament the first week of April.
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Cumberland School of Law Announces Faculty and Staff Award Recipients for 2023-24
Each year, Samford University Cumberland School of Law announces faculty and staff award recipients. The below faculty and staff members were honored with these awards for their work during the 2023-24 school year.