a word from the dean
The semester is flying by and it has been a very good one for Cumberland. I sometimes mar-
vel at the energy and dedication of our students faculty and staff. What follows are some
examples of the wonderful programs that go on here that I may not have had a chance to
mention in previous editions of the Cumberland Connections.
CORDELL HULL SPEAKERS
Those of us who graduated from Cumberland in the early days remember the importance of
the Cordell Hull Speaker‟s Forum. I am pleased to say that the Speaker‟s Forum is alive and
well and continues to bring nationally and internationally known speakers to campus. This se-
mester, for example, our students have heard from Sonia Nazario, the author of “Enrique‟s
Journey”, an internationally acclaimed book that gave our students a view of the immigration
issue. Later in the month, Melanie Phillips was the next Cordell Hull speaker. She is a British
journalist who several years ago was awarded the Orwell Prize for Journalism which is the
preeminent British Prize for political journalism. Ms. Phillips spoke on transnational legal issues.
Sharon Davies followed Melanie Phillips. Ms. Davies is a professor at the Ohio State Univer-
sity Law School and has written a book entitled “Rising Road - A True Tale of Love, Race. Re-
ligion in America”. The book is the story about the murder of a Catholic priest in 1923 by a Methodist minister on the porch
of the rectory at St. Paul‟s Cathedral in downtown Birmingham and the subsequent trial. The priest had married the Method-
ist minister‟s daughter to a man from Puerto Rico. Hugo Black., the future Supreme Court Justice, defended the Methodist
minister. The last speaker of the Fall series was Leah Ward Sears, the former Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court.
She spoke on children‟s and family law issues.
CUMBERLAND BOOK CLUBS
One of the most unique things about our law school is the relationship between the faculty and students. Our faculty interact
with our students both inside and outside of class and some of the most valuable education our students receive comes from
that interaction. One of the truly unique ways our faculty and students interact is through our Cumberland Book Clubs. Each
year, members of our faculty agree to host a book club of 10 students. The faculty member selects a book for the students
to read and the law school pays for the student‟s books The book clubs then meet and discuss the book . A listing of this
year‟s book club hosts and the books they have chosen follows.
Cassandra Adams - Same Kind of Difference as Me
John Carroll - Rising Road: A True Tale of Love, Race & Religion in America
Don Cochran - War
Brannon Denning - The Vanishing American Lawyer
Alyssa DiRusso - The Help
Bob Greene - Wolves Eat Dogs
Greg Laughlin - That Hideous Strength and the Abolition of Man
Lynn Schuck - Eat, Pray, Love
David Smolin - Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women World Wide
Howard Walthall - Money Ball
As you can see, students have a wide variety of books to choose from. These book clubs provide a wonderful way for fac-
ulty and student to get together and enhance their education.
As you know from the last Cumberland Connections, we have sent student teams all over the country to compete this semes-
ter. They have done extremely well representing Cumberland. In almost every case our teams finished in the top 4 teams or
better. All of the competitions had at least 16 teams and many had significantly more. The students put in a huge amount of
time and effort to represent our law school and it is good to see their success rewarded. A listing follows.
National Civil Rights Trial Competition (NY) - 4th
National Trial Advocacy Competition (Mich) - 8th
National Civil Trial Competition - 4th
New York City Bar Moot Court Regional-3rd
ABA Negotiation Competition-3rd
I am proud of that success but even prouder of the awards we received in two of the competitions. At both the National
Trial Advocacy Competition held at Michigan State Law School and the National Civil Trial Competition held at Loyola Law
School in Los Angeles, our Cumberland teams won the Ethical Lawyering and Professionalism awards. These are the only two
tournaments that give an Ethics and Professionalism Award and Cumberland teams won them both. This is a wonderful testa-
ment to our student teams and their coaches and also our faculty who teach them in the classroom and whose behavior the
CUMBERLAND LAWYERS IN CONGRESS
There are three Cumberland lawyers who will be in the United States Congress in its next term. Martha Dubina Roby „01
was newly elected from Alabama and Dennis Ross „ 87 was newly elected from Florida. Robert Aderholt „90 was reelected
from Alabama without opposition.
YEAR END CONTRIBUTIONS
As you consider your year end charitable contributions, please consider a contribution to your law school. We have an in-
credibly dedicated group of faculty and students who care deeply about Cumberland. The financial support of you our
alumni is critical to everything we do. We have had many successes over the past few years and none of them would be
possible without your generosity. You may give via our secure internet portal at https://secure.samford.edu/php-bin/
lawgiving/index.php Thank you from all of us here at the law school.
As Thanksgiving approaches, I always begin to count my blessings. One of the great blessings of my life is being Cumber-
land‟s Dean. I am renewed every day by our hard working faculty and students who care more about our law school than
they do their own individual interests. Thank you for the honor of being your Dean. May you and your family have a won-
John L. Carroll
Dean and Ethel P. Malugen Professor of Law
alumni in the news
William Wilkes is retiring as circuit court judge of Clay County in Green Cove Springs, Fla. He has served as circuit court
judge since 1985.
Benjamin R. Rice has joined Wilmer & Lee PA as a shareholder.
Larry Coben has joined Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley, P.C. as a shareholder and practice in the
James F. Walsh, a partner at Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell, was elected president of the Alabama chapter of the National
Alliance on Mental Illness and will serve a two-year term.
Susan Reid has been appointed general counsel of McCalla Raymer, LLC, a mortgage banking firm specializing in bank-
ruptcy, foreclosure, REO, and eviction services throughout Alabama, Georgia and Florida.
Reggie Copeland has been chosen vice chair of the newly created Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Alabama
Roger Bedford was the recipient of an Alabama Law Institute Legislative Award from the Alabama State Bar.
J. Derek Hill was promoted to Brigadier General in the Iowa Air National Guard.
Captain Bruce MacKenzie was invested as the Chief Judge, Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary in June 2008 in Washing-
ton, D.C. He was also awarded a Certificate in General Jurisdiction Judicial Studies from the National Judicial College.
Dennis M. Wright, Assistant Attorney General, Alabama Department of Insurance and Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Army Re-
serve, was recently selected to Command the 926th Engineer Battalion, Birmingham, AL.
David L. Manz is President of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Chair Elect of the
Florida Bar Family Law Section.
Russell Neighbors was elected to represent Pleasant Gardens on the McDowell Board of Education in Marion, N.C.
Brad Botes’ firm, Bond, Botes, Reese & Shinn was recently recognized as a 2010 Volunteer Firm of the Year by the Birming-
ham Volunteer Lawyers Program.
Phillip E. Fleenor has joined the law firm of Duncan, Hatcher & Hixson P.C. He and his wife, the former Pamela McNut, live
on Lookout Mountain with their children Griff and Michelle.
Steven Kean, City of Tyler Deputy City Attorney, was one of two attorneys awarded the Galen Sparks Award at the recent
Texas City Attorney‟s Association bi-annual meeting. The annual award is given to an assistant city attorney who has dem-
onstrated dedication and contributions to the profession.
William Wade has been selected as secretary of Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Inc.
Dennis Ross was elected to the United States Congress from the 12th Congressional District of Florida. That district encom-
passes parts of Polk, Hillsborough & Osceola counties.
John Lentine was the recipient of the Walter P. Gewin CLE Award from the Alabama State Bar and has been named by
the American Trial Lawyers Association to its list of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Alabama for 2010.
Ted Leopold settled a case with Ford for $131 million in punitive damages. According to Bloomberg News, it was the 9th
largest verdict against an auto manufacturer and probably the largest verdict for a single death of an individual.
Phillip McCallum was a recipient of the President‟s Award from the Alabama State Bar.
Robert Aderholt was re-elected unopposed to the United States House of Representatives for Alabama‟s 4th Congressional
Michael H. Johnson joined Johnston Barton Proctor & Rose LLP as counsel. He will focus on international trade, cross border
transactions, economic development and commercial and corporate law.
Ronald Thompson was elected state court judge of Effingham County in Springfield, Ga.
Barbara Kelly has been named president-elect and community relations director for on the Board of Directors for the Assis-
tance League of Birmingham.
Rebecca G. DePalma published an article in the September issue of The Alabama Lawyer, “Get Plugged In, Stay Passion-
ate, Make a Difference,” reflecting on her experience as a member of Class 6 of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum.
Jay E. Stover of Stover, Stewart & Phillips LLC was a member of the 2010 Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum Class.
Cam Ward was the recipient of an Alabama Law Institute Legislative Award from the Alabama State Bar.
Christopher W. Deering of Oagletree Deakins was a member of the 2010 Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum Class.
Michael J. Clemmer has joined the Birmingham office of Burr & Forman LLP as counsel to the firm‟s financial services prac-
Tamula R. Yelling of Constangy, Brooks & Smith LLC was a member of the 2010 Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum
Brandy O. Hambright of Hicks, Matranga & Hambright was a member of the 2010 Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum
Khristi Doss Driver, an attorney with Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC, was featured on a continuing legal education
webcast entitled “Small World: The Ethics of Legal Process Outsourcing and Off-Shoring. She also served as the keynote
speaker for the Linly Heflin Unit‟s 52nd Annual Scholarship Benefit Luncheon and Fashion Show.”
Martha Dubina Roby was elected to the United States Congress for Alabama‟s 2nd Congressional District.
Latanishia D. Watters, an attorney with Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC, has been named to key leadership posi-
tions with the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. Watters has been named Vice Chair
and Newsletter Editor of the Section‟s Staff Counsel Committee, and a member of the Section‟s Standing Committee on Di-
versity in the Profession.
James A. Barnes IV is an attorney with Patterson Dilthey LLC in Raleigh, NC.
Robin L. Beardsley of Sirote & Permutt, PC was a member of the 2010 Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum Class.
Ellen M. Melson has joined Wilmer & Lee PA as an associate.
Elizabeth J. Kanter is a member of the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers‟ Section of the Alabama State Bar for
D. Brian Murphy is a member of the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers‟ Section of the Alabama State Bar for
Wes Etheredge is an attorney with Kenneth S. Nugent, P.C. Attorneys at Law in Huntsville, Ala.
Marcus L. Hunt has joined Duell Hunt LLC as a partner.
W. Chris Waller, Jr. is the treasurer of the Young Lawyers‟ Section of the Alabama State Bar.
Rodney E. Miller is a member of the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers‟ Section of the Alabama State Bar for
Todd H. Cox has joined Maynard, Cooper & Gale PC as an associate.
Kathryn L. Dietrich has joined Maynard, Cooper & Gale PC as an associate.
Joe Hubbard was elected to the Alabama House of Representatives for House District 73.
Brent N. Jones was commissioned into the US Air Force on 7 May 2010 as a Judge Advocate. He is currently a Captain
assigned to Travis Air Force Base near San Francisco, CA. He is currently deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in the country of
Qatar. He will return in late January 2011.
Captain Michael O’Mara is an Instructor/Senior Defense Counsel currently stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Mont-
Jennifer Reid, attorney with Huie Fernambucq and Stewart, has been selected to serve on the University of Alabama Minor-
ity Health Young Professionals Board.
L. Kenneth Elmer has joined Bond, Botes, Reese & Shinn PC as an associate.
Lisa Knapp joined Porterfield Harper Mills in September.
Tondra Moore, Assistant Professor at Texas State University-San Marcos, has been awarded a $75,000 grant by The
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Summer Austin Davis has joined the Litigation Practice Group of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an associate. Her prac-
tice will focus primarily on product liability and other complex litigation.
Jeffrey P. Doss has joined Lightfoot Franklin and White as a new associate.
Dara D. Fernandez, of Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker, LLC, led an ExecSense webinar on “Immigration Basics and Best
Practices for Corporate Lawyers” in October.
Lisha Li is an associate at Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell. She practices in the areas of commercial litigation, product liability,
labor and employment and worker‟s compensation. Her practice also includes representing clients in criminal defense.
Anna Belle Wilder Norton has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an associate. She will serve as a member of the
firm‟s Financial Services and Litigation practices.
R. Ashby Pate has joined Lightfoot Franklin and White as a new associate.
Taylor Bartlett was selected for the six-member moot court team at Kings College in London. They will be competing in the
Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot competition held in Vienna, Austria.
Stewart R. Civils has joined King Lyons LLC as a new associate.
Benjamin B. Coulter is a new associate at Burr Forman in the financial services litigation practice group.
Shannon Hardin Dye has joined King Lyons LLC as a new associate.
Joshua T. King has joined Massey Stotser & Nichols, P.C. as an associate.
Cristi Malone has joined the law firm of Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon as an associate attorney, practicing in the areas of
personal injury and wrongful death and employment law.
Christina Lorino Schutt has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an associate. She will serve as a member of the firm‟s
Environmental and Toxic Tort Practice Group.
Lindsay Singletary Whitworth has joined Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an associate. She will serve as a member of the
firm‟s Real Estate Practice Group.
Deborah Susan Braden ’83 passed away on Saturday, September 25, 2010. Braden practiced law in Birmingham until
2001 and served as Chairman of the Birmingham Bar Association Scholarship Committee and on the Executive Committee of
the Birmingham Bar Association. She was Co-chair of the Jefferson County Bar Association Community Education Commit-
tee. Braden served as counsel for Gifts, Inc., a non-profit organization providing gifts for terminally or chronically ill and
abused children. She was ordained in the Episcopal Church and served in the parishes of St. Matthias in Tuscaloosa and St.
Mary's-on-the-Highlands in Birmingham.
David Raymond Cole ‘51, of Nashville, died Aug. 23 at the age of 82. He spent his career working in the property and
casualty insurance industry, and in 1964, was awarded the coveted Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation.
Edwin Davis Cooper ’71, 65, passed away Wednesday September 29, 2010, at his residence. Mr. Cooper was an Attor-
ney and taught at Mid-South Community College and East Arkansas Community College.
Deane Corliss ’89 died November 7, 2010, after fighting cancer for over two years with great courage, dignity, and
grace. She joined the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP in 1989. After becoming a partner she served as Chair
of the firm's Health Care Practice Group, and recently as Vice-Chair regional Health Care Practice Group.
Rebecca Jean Davis ’80, of Villa Rica, Ga., died of lymphoma on July 20, 2010.
Jon Cary Findlay, Jr., ‘99, age 44, of Birmingham, died May 15, 2010. He was enrolled at University of Alabama at Bir-
mingham, where he was studying to become a teacher. He was a tank commander with the U.S. Army during 1988-92.
James T. Havron ’58 died Aug. 5. He was 78. Havron was the longest serving public defender in Davidson County and was
responsible for greatly increasing and expanding services for indigent criminal defendants, according to the Nashville Bar
Carleton Putnam Ketcham, Jr., ‘74, age 61, of Birmingham, died April 22, 2010, of cancer. He clerked for Alabama Su-
preme Court associate justice James Nelson Bloodworth and practiced as a trial and corporate attorney for many decades.
He enjoyed studying World War II naval aviation. He was editor of the Cumberland Law Review.
Wayne Robert Nicholas Searle, ’74 age 65, of Midway, Utah, died May 29, 2010. He was an attorney, an avid skier and
an artist. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force before entering Cumberland.
J. Wallace Tutt III, ‘83, age 53, of Harbour Island, Fla., died June 12, 2010. A south Florida interior designer and devel-
oper, he began renovating homes in Washington, D.C., while working for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He
later formed his own renovation and development company.
upcoming alumni events
DC Alumni Luncheon Tuscaloosa Alumni Dinner
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Washington, DC 20006 Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
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December 10 Constructive Cross Examination-The Next Generation featuring Roger J. Dodd
December 17 Recent Developments for the General Practitioner
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