April 3, 2013
Samford in the News – Weeks of March 18 and 25, 2013
Ross Comments on Law Billing
After emails discussing client billing emerged in a court filing, William G. Ross, a Cumberland School of Law professor who specializes in billing ethics said, "Of course, most lawyers are ethical, but the billable hour creates perverse incentives" in an article published in the New York Times.
Evans Speaks about Airport Negligence
With the recent death of 10-year-old Luke Bresettein the Birmingham, Ala., airport, the question of airport negligence has been raised. Jill Evans, Cumberland School of Law faculty member, said in a story distributed through al.com that to get around Alabama's airport authority immunity law a plaintiff would have to show gross negligence or wantonness on the part of the authority or its employees, not just simple negligence. "There are certainly avenues for a challenge," she said.
DeBow Shares Thoughts on Texas Judicial Elections
In Texas, judicial elections that often involve large donations from law firms and other groups are common. Michael DeBow, a Cumberland School of Law faculty member who has studied the merits of various systems for selecting judges, told the Texas Tribune the same law firms that currently donate would continue to dominate the selection process in a secretive game of "inside baseball." "My gut feeling is, better the devil you know," DeBow said.
Hartzog Believes Cybersecurity Is Still an Issue
Leaked photos of Hollywood celebrities show the internet cloud is still vulnerable. Woodrow Hartzog, Cumberland Law School professor who researches digital security and social media tells Bloomberg.com, "It is still a significant issue. These kinds of attacks can ruin people immediately."
Carroll Discusses Gay Marriage and Airport Tragedy
The U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up two days of hearing arguments surrounding cases involving same-sex marriage and former federal judge and Cumberland School of Law Dean John Carroll was featured on the Birmingham Fox with his thoughts about the Supreme Court cases and the recent Birmingham airport tragedy that resulted in the death of 10-year-old Luke Bresette. "If [the judges] choose to rule broadly, then that would mean that every state in the Union would have to recognize the union of gay people as a marriage," Carroll explained in response to a reporter's question.
Samford Student Organizes Down Syndrome Fundraiser
Samford University junior Lindy Williamson generated local media interest for a recent fundraising event to support the Adult Down Syndrome Clinic at the University ofAlabama-Birmingham. She has a brother affected by Down syndrome, which was part of her motivation for organizing Dance for Downs. "This will be the perfect opportunity to educate people and teach them that those with special needs are people just like us," Williams said. "We are all slow in some way, but we all have the same needs and wants."
Samford Student Protests Local Clinic
A Birmingham clinic that is under investigation for possibly being an abortion clinic has become the focus of several groups, including Samford students. "We swear, that as college students, and as the pro-life generation, that we will not rest until this clinic is shut down for good and the safety of women and children is once again protected," said Garrett Vande Kamp, a member of Samford's Students for Life organization in a story aired by Birmingham's CBS affiliate.
A round-up of selected Samford University references in news outlets around the nation. It is compiled by the Office of Marketing and Communication from the university's media tracking service and may not be a comprehensive list.