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Gordon T. Saad Moot Court Competition

The Henry Upson Sims Moot Court Board hosted

the Gordon T. Saad Moot Court Competition

at Cumberland School of Law last week. This

year, the intramural competition was combined

with the Moot Court National Team try-outs,

resulting in an exciting week showcasing excellent

advocacy by 35 Cumberland students.

The Moot Court Board is greatly appreciative

of the 25 judges and attorneys that assisted in

judging the Saad, along with the three coaches

for the National Team, Anne Lamkin Durward,

Jim Henry, and Charlie Shah, for their dedicated

service to the Moot Court Program at Cumberland.

The E-Newsletter

After three intense rounds, the students advancing

to the final competition were Brittany Norman,

Courtney Bailey, Nico Arciniegas, and

Sandra Koslin. The four finalists competed on

the evening of Thursday, August 30, in front of

an esteemed panel of judges including Alabama

Solicitor General John Neiman, Deputy Solicitor General Andrew

Brasher, Dean John Carroll, Joe Carlisle of Gilpin Givhan, and the

Honorable Judge Dave Proctor who served as the Chief Justice for the

final round. In a very close decision, the panel selected Sandra Koslin

as the runner-up and Nico Arciniegas as the winner.

The Gordon T. Saad Moot Court Competition is a student directed

intramural competition directed by Saad Associate Justice Meg Greer,

National Team Associate Justices Carl Chang and Curt Tanner, and

Chief Justice Abigail Bains.

Week of September 3, 2012

John L. Carroll

Dean & Ethel P. Malugen Professor of Law

Alabama Solicitor General John Neiman, Courtney

Bailey, Dean John Carroll, Runner-up Sandra Koslin,

Judge Dave Proctor, Winner Nicolas Arciniegas, Deputy

Solicitor General Andrew Brasher, Brittany Norman, Joe

Carlisle of Gilpin Givhan. Picture courtesy Margaret

Greer, Saad Associate Justice.

In this issue:

• Saad Competition

• Mediation Fellowship

• Investiture Program

• Elections 2012

• EJW Career Fair

• Pantry Stock

• Announcements

Apply for the Rodney Max Mediation Fellowship

The application deadline is Friday, September 7, 2012, at 4:00 p.m.

The Cumberland Community Mediation Center (CCMC) invites students to apply for the Rodney Max

Mediation Fellowship. Established by Rodney A. Max, a nationally renowned mediator and a 1975 graduate of

Cumberland School of Law, the fellowship recognizes the interest, achievements and scholarship of Cumberland

students in the area of mediation.

The Rodney Max Fellow will receive a $5,000 fellowship award for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Fellow will

work from the direction of the Director of the CCMC, with primary responsibilities being: Manage the Samford

Residence Life Mediation Program, co-mediate disputes as assigned by the Director of the CCMC, and research

and writing projects as assigned.

Applicants for the fellowship must have a strong interest in mediation and must have completed the Mediator

Practice course (Law 805-01) or are enrolled in the course for Fall 2012. Applicants are to submit a resume and a

statement of interest to Cassandra W. Adams, director of the Cumberland Community Mediation Center & Public

Interest Program. The statement should describe any relevant experience as well as the applicant’s academic and

professional interest and achievements in mediation.

A selection committee will review applications. An interview may be required. Questions about the

Rodney Max Mediation Fellowship and/or the application process should be directed to Cassandra Adams at or stop by the CCMC office in Room 215.

The Investitures


William G. Ross as the

Lucille Stewart Beeson Professor of Law


Howard P. Walthall as the

Leslie S. Wright Professor of Law

Please join us Thursday, September 6, at


for these two outstanding professors.

On Thursday, September 6, law professors William G. Ross and Howard P. Walthall will be invest-

ed as holders of academic chairs at a ceremony to honor them. This program will be held in the

John L. Carroll Moot Courtroom at 11 a.m. William G. Ross will be named the Lucille Stewart

Beeson Professor of Law and Howard P. Walthall will be named the Leslie S. Wright Professor of

Law. A reception in the Great Room will follow.

Fall Student Bar Association Elections

Students will vote on the following officers:

One (1) 3L Class Secretary

Four (4) 1L SBA Representatives

Six (6) 1L Honor Court Justices

Important Dates

Elections 2012

• Friday, September 7th: Letters of Intent due by 4 p.m.

• Sunday, September 9th: Mandatory Candidates’ Meeting at 3 p.m. in the Great Room

• Campaigning Monday, September 10th through Monday, September 17th:

• Elections Tuesday, September 18th:

All important information (SBA Constitution, Election Code, Letter of Intent link) is available at

It is highly recommended

that you read the Election Code in anticipation of matters that will be highlighted at the mandatory meeting.

SBA and Honor Court positions are a great way to get involved within the Cumberland School of Law community,

and SBA President, Paul Simon, encourages any/all of law students to consider running in these elections.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Paul Simon at

Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair

Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27, 2012

Crystal Gateway Marriott

1700 Jefferson Davis Highway

Arlington, VA 22202

Attention 2L’s/3L’s:

Looking for job opportunities?


Registration Deadline is September 13th!

What is public interest law?

Public interest law encompasses work done to protect individual rights, advance justice, or enhance the public good.

Where do public interest lawyers work?

• Government Agencies

• Nonprofits

• Prosecutor and public defender offices

• International organizations


Contact Ashley Rhea

VP of Public Interest for the Cumberland Community

Service & Public Interest Organization

For more information about Pantry Strock 2012 please contact

Lindsay Nadeau at


• Street Law Orientation Meeting (9/11/12)

Come and find out about Street Law. The orientation meeting will be held on September 11

in the Great Room from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be FREE PIZZA!

For more information for more information or if you are unable to come but still want to

find out more about Street Law, please contact Lindsay Nadeau at

• Alabama Lawyers Assistance Program (Monthly)

Each month, a representative from the Alabama Lawyers Assistance Program is available

in Student Services, room 124, to converse with students regarding concerns they might

have related to character and fitness for the Alabama State Bar. For more information

please contact Pam Nelson, director of Student Services & ADA Compliance, at pjnelson@

• Christian Legal Society Weekly Meeting (Weekly)

The Cumberland School of Law chapter of the Christian Legal Society will hold its weekly

Wednesday meeting in room 115 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Any law student is welcome.

Please contact Rory McKean at, if you have any questions. You can

learn more abut the Christian Legal Society at their website

Cumberland Law Review’s Symposium 2012

This year the Cumberland Law Review will co-host the annual symposium with the

Birmingham Bar Association Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section. It will be

held at the law school on Friday, October 19th. This year the symposium’s topic will

be current issues in bankruptcy law. Please contact Sam Stephens, symposium editor,

at if you have any questions.

• Join the American Bar Association Law Student


Reasons to join:

1. If you want to be on a skills competition team, and your team goes to an ABA sponsored competition,

you must be a member

2. There are many “sections” within the ABA based on area of practice (criminal law, labor and

employment, etc.). It costs money for lawyers to join these sections, but most sections will let law

students join for free. It is important to be part of one or more of these sections because they will

keep you up-to-date on current happenings in that area of the law. Also, many of these sections

will have writing competitions with prize money.

3. You will get many discounts including Brooks Brothers, rental cars, etc.

4. If you want to obtain student health insurance, the ABA is partners with a company that can provide

health insurance at a discounted rate.

Here is the link to join:

If anyone has any questions about ABA membership, please feel free to contact Brittany Tedford at

• Fall 2013 First-Year Law Student Recruitment Trips

The Office of Law Admission will be making the following visits with prospective law students over

the next few days.

Location Date Times Recruiter

University of Tennessee 9/5/2012 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Anne Marovich, Director

Alumni Relations

LSAC/Atlanta Law School


9/8/2012 11:00 to 4:00 p.m. Jennifer Sims, Assistant

Dean for Admissions

University of Georgia 9/10/12 10: 00 to 2:00 p.m. Pattie Harris, Director Law

Student Records

For more information please contact the Office of Law Admission at 1.800.888.7213

• Office of Career Development Upcoming Events

Career Development Advisory Board Peer-to-Peer Advisor

In the next few weeks, the Career Development Office will match each 1L with a 2L or 3L student

advisor who is a member of the Career Development Advisory Board. These students want to help

you succeed at Cumberland. Your advisor will meet with you throughout the academic year, serve as

a resource to help with the transition to law school, and answer any questions about best practices in

conducting a job search.

The Annual Government Career Fair

Wednesday, September 19th

The Career Development Office will host representatives from various state and federal offices in the

Great Room from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is an “open house” style event where you can collect

information from each agency about hiring procedures and summer career opportunities.

• Please make sure you take advantage of this opportunity and visit the Great Room as your

schedule allows.

• The Office of Career Development would like to make certain that the law school gives these

government employees a warm welcome.

Submissions for E-News

Students, faculty and Staff are reminded to please send your content submissions

for the Dean’s E-News to Derrek G. Smith, director of law school

communications (, on or before the Friday before the

upcoming week.

Samford University is an Equal Opportunity Institution that complies with applicable law prohibiting discrimination in its educational and employment policies and does not

unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or national or ethnic origin.

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