(Extensions of Remarks - May 10, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E758]
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                          HON. SPENCER BACHUS

                               of alabama

                    in the house of representatives

                         Thursday, May 10, 2012

  Mr. BACHUS. Mr. Speaker, it is an honor to join my colleagues Robert 
Aderholdt, Martha Roby, and Dennis Ross in congratulating Cumberland 
School of Law on the celebration of their fiftieth anniversary as an 
entity on the campus of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. The 
school's legacy and impress extends across the globe and indeed into 
this very chamber, my three colleagues having walked its historic halls 
as law students.
  What began as a humble and at times struggling law school in the 
hills of Lebanon, Tennessee, through tenacity and divine providence 
blossomed into a first rate and nationally-recognized center of legal 
education. Today, Cumberland boasts the fourth ranked trial advocacy 
program in the nation and has served as the educational backdrop for 
countless state and federal judges, legislators, and other elected 
officials. Judge John Carroll, whose service as the Dean and chief 
advocate for the law school, deserves our utmost commendation for 
thrusting Cumberland onto the national stage. His dedication and 
leadership have ensured the continued growth and prosperity of this 
respected law school.
  Mr. Speaker, as a body that daily ponders the law and the effects of 
law, it is only fitting and proper that we honor an institution 
dedicated to excellent legal education and commend Cumberland and Judge 
John Carroll on a job very well done. The city of Birmingham, our great 
state of Alabama, indeed the entire nation owes a debt of gratitude to 
Cumberland School of Law for its educational prowess, its historic 
legacy, and its integral part in preparing the next generation of our 
nation's leaders.