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.
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
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
email@example.com or stop by the CCMC office in Room 215.
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
THE INVESTITURE PROGRAM
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
• 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 http://cumberland.samford.edu/students/student-services/student-org/student-bar-association.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair
Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27, 2012
Crystal Gateway Marriott
1700 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
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
• 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 email@example.com.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 email@example.com, if you have any questions. You can
learn more abut the Christian Legal Society at their website http://www.clsnet.org/.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: https://apps.americanbar.org/join/lsd_enroll/pm/enrollment.shtml.
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
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
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
• 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 (email@example.com), on or before the Friday before the
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unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or national or ethnic origin.