James J. Bushnell

Dean

B.S., University of Alabama
M.P.P.M., Birmingham Southern College
J.D., Cumberland School of Law

James Bushnell was named Dean of Birmingham School of Law in 2007. A native of Birmingham, Dean Bushnell received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama, his master’s degree in business from Birmingham Southern College, and a law degree from Cumberland School of Law. Dean Bushnell has been admitted to the state bars in Alabama (1981), Georgia (1982, the U.S. Federal District Courts of Alabama, and the Federal Court of Claims.

Following law school, Dean Bushnell was engaged in the private practice of law handling criminal, civil, domestic relations and bankruptcy cases. He was an associate in the law firms of London, Yancey, Clark & Allen; Rives & Peterson; and McDaniel, Hall, Conerly & Lusk. He defended mainly products liability cases, personal injury, and medical malpractice cases. In 1992, Dean Bushnell joined USF&G/St. Paul’s Fire & Marine Insurance Company’s staff attorney office in Birmingham where he was subsequently named Managing Attorney. He has also been trained and certified as a Civil Mediator.

Dean Bushnell began teaching classes at the Birmingham School of Law in 1983. He has taught Torts, Mediation, Legal Ethics, Contracts, Remedies and bar preparation courses. He has been a member of the American Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association, Birmingham Bar Association, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, and the Defense Resource Institute. Dean Bushnell has served on Alabama Supreme Court Justice Cobb’s committee on professionalism, the Alabama state bar’s committee on Finance, the Birmingham Bar’s committees on Unauthorized Practice of law, Public Speakers, and Entertainment committees.

Dean Bushnell is a member of the St. Andrews Society of Middle South, the Society of Colonial Wars in Alabama, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham.


Scott Garrett

Associate Dean

B.A. Oglethorpe University
J.D. Birmingham School of Law

As Associate Dean, Garrett will work with students regarding their matriculation, graduation plans, and the requirements of the Alabama State Bar and the Veterans Administration for veterans who are students. “I also will work with Dean (James) Bushnell on the development and implementation of the curriculum and class schedule, which includes selecting and offering appropriate and exciting elective courses. The ultimate goal, of course, is to develop the students’ existing skills and to provide them with the tools they need to succeed, not only on the bar exam but also in day-to-day practice. I will work closely with both the students and our exemplary faculty to achieve these ends,” he says. “I also intend to become more involved in the recruitment process – to actively identify and pursue students who will benefit from the BSL experience.”

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Administration

President 

John Rigrish

Financial Manager 

Deedee Bly 

Registrar

Kerri Stone 


Faculty

Desiree Alexander

Contracts 
Legal Research and Writing 

B.S., Xavier University of Louisiana

M.A., Birmingham Southern College

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Sole Practitioner

Bert Allen

Legal Research and Writing 

B.A., Birmingham Southern College

J.D., University of Alabama School of Law

Sole Practitioner

Payne Baker 

Mediation
Advanced Mediation 

B.A., Birmingham Southern College

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Sole Practitioner

Robert L. Beeman, II

Remedies 
Legal Methods & Process

B.S., East Carolina University

J.D., Harvard Law School

RLB Sports Management

John L. Bodie 

Civil Procedure
Juvenile Law 

B.S., Athens State University

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

L.L.M., University of Nottingham

Bodie Law Firm, PC

Michael L. Chambers

Corporations
Constitutional Law

B.A., Auburn University

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Sole Practitioner

Victoria Ebrahimi Charles

Domestic Relations 

B.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham

J.D., Cumberland Law School

Shunnarah Personal Injury Lawyers

Kenneth Lee Cleveland

Commercial Law

B.S., University of South Carolina

J.D., University of Alabama School of Law

Cleveland and Cleveland, PC

Cedrick Coleman

Legal Ethics

B.S., University of Alabama

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Cahaba Legal 

John J. Coleman, III

Employment Law
Discrimination Law

B.A., Duke University

J.D., Duke University

Burr & Forman

Jimmy D. Crocker

Trusts & Estates
Wills

B.B.A., University of Mississippi

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Senior Vice President/Director of Trust

Iberia Wealth Advisors

Daniel Fortune

Trial Advocacy
Mock Trial Team Director

B.A., University of Nevada

J.D., College of William & Mary School of Law

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Alabama

Anne Malatia Glass 

Tax Law for Attorneys
Study Skills 1 (MBE & MPRE)

B.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham

J.D., Birmingham School of Law 

Enrolled Agent at H&R Block

Stacy C. Hansen

Legal Research & Writing
Legal Methods & Process
Study Skills ll (MEE & MPT)

B.A., University of California

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Slocumb Lawfirm

Sarah E. Hoffmann

Legal Research & Writing

B.A., Vanderbilt University

J.D. Vanderbilt University Law School 

L.L.M., University of Alabama Law School 

Butler Snow, LLP

Lisa Ivey

Legal Research & Writing

J.D., Birmingham School of Law 

Sole Practitioner

Lawrence Johnson

Entertainment Law
Trial Advocacy
Mock Trial

B.A., Virginia Military Institute

M.B.A., Loyola Marymount

J.D., Southwestern University Law School

Sole Practitioner

Brittany Lamb 

Legal Research & Writing

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

U.S. District Court Northern District of Alabama

Davis Lawley

Drug Court elective 

B.A., Hampden-Sydney 

J.D., Washington University School of Law

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for The Tuebor Group

John Lentine

Criminal Law

B.A., University of West Florida

J.D., Cumberland School of Law

Sheffield &  Lentine, P.C.

Terry W. McCarthy

Evidence
Advanced Evidence

B.S., Auburn University

M.Ed., University of Montevallo

Ph.D., University of Alabama

J.D., University of Alabama School of Law

Lightfoot, Franklin, & White, LLC

Malcolm McLeod

Real Estate Transactions 
Probate Law

B.S., University of Alabama

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Malcolm McLeod of McLeod & Associates, LLC

Chris Donald

Commercial Law

Charles Miller

Remedies
Damages
Civil Discovery

B.A., Auburn University

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Sole Practitioner

Judge Jerome Munford

Administrative Law
Legal Research & Writing

B.A., Lincoln University

J.D., Temple University

Office of Disability Adjudication and Review

Frank Myers

Legal Research & Writing
Pleadings & Practice
Disability Law
Study Skills ll (MEE & MPT)

B.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham

M.B.A., University of Alabama

M.E., University of Alabama at Birmingham 

J.D., Cumberland School of Law 

Myers and Myers

Davis Lawley

Drug Court elective 

B.A., Hampden-Sydney 

J.D., Washington University School of Law

Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for The Tuebor Group

James O’Connell

Trusts & Estates
Will Drafting
Probate Law

B.S., California State University

J.D., Tulane University School of Law

Regions Bank

Michael E. Parrish

Commercial Law

B.S., University of Montevallo

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Parrish & Theus, LLC

Allen Perkins

Constitutional Law 
Study Skills ll (MEE & MPT)

B.S., Siena Heights University

M.B.A., University of Dallas

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Perkins Law Firm

John T. Ritondo, Jr.

Civil Procedure
Conflict of Law

B.S., University of Alabama

J.D., Cumberland School of Law

Law Clerk to US District Court for N District of AL

John C. Robbins

Criminal Procedure
Evidence
Trial Advocacy 

B.S., Samford University

J.D., Cumberland School of Law

Sole Practitioner

Michael Moosavi Shabani

Immigration Law

B.S., University of Alabama

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Shabani & Associates, P.C.

Ralph Wendell Sheffield

Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure

B.S., Samford University

J.D., Cumberland School of Law

Sheffield & Lentine, P.C.

Gregory S. Stanley

Commercial Law
Civil Discovery
Study Skills l (MBE & MPRE)

B.A., University of Alabama

M.A., Troy University

M.S., Air University

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Sole Practitioner

Theodore Stuckenschneider

Bankruptcy

B.S., University of Memphis

J.D., Cumberland School of Law

Ted Stuckenschneider, P.C.

Ellen Sullivan

Legal Research & Writing

B.S., University of Vermont

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Sole Practitioner

Richard W. Theibert

Real Property
Intellectual Property
Statutory Rights & Remedies in Land

B.A., Johns Hopkins University

J.D., New York University

Najjar Denaburg, P.C.

Hannah Thompson 

Legal Research and Writing 

B.S., University of Alabama 

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Solo Practitioner 

Bham Law Group 

Stephen Thompson

Legal Research & Writing

B.A., Auburn University

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Sole Practitioner

Henry Walker

Real Property
Contracts
Agency & Partnership

B.A., University of North Alabama

M.A., University of Alabama

Ph.D., University of Alabama

J.D., Cumberland School of Law 

Walker Law Firm

Jacquelyn H. Wesson

Legal Research & Writing
Study Skills ll (MEE & MPT)
Pleadings & Practice

B.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Wesson & Wesson

Robert Wolfe

Legal Research and Writing 

B.S., Auburn University

J.D., Birmingham School of Law

Wolfe Law, LLC