Published on September 28, 2017 by William Nunnelley  

A touring delegation of legal professionals from Kosovo visited Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law Sept. 27 to learn more about judicial ethics in the U.S. The group of six from the Balkan nation is studying the topic "Supporting Judicial Ethics and Discipline" during its visit to the U.S.

"Cumberland often hosts lawyers, judges and court personnel for other countries to discuss our legal system and I am honored to have the opportunity to discuss our approach to legal ethics and discipline with the delegation from Kosovo," said law professor and former dean John L. Carroll, who spoke to the group and others in Bishop Conference Room.

"The foundation of our legal system is that no one, especially judges, is above the rule of law and I appreciate having the opportunity to discuss these important concepts with our visitors," he said.

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Drayton Nabers, now director of Samford’s Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership, also spoke, saying, "I am satisfied that America owes its prosperity to the wisdom of its founders in creating our Constitution and the courageous leadership of our first Chief Justice, John Marshall, in establishing a rule of law in our nation."

The Kosovo group also toured the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute during its visit.

Global Ties Alabama is the state host for the delegation and they are in the country through the Open World Leadership Center, a program through the U. S. State Department. Cumberland School of Law’s Public Interest Program headed by assistant dean Cassandra Adams sponsored the visit to Samford’s law 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. 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.