Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Judge John Carroll, former dean of Cumberland Law School, dies

Carroll served for 14 years as a U.S. magistrate judge and as the dean of the law school from 2001-2014.

John Carroll Samford University

John Carroll, former federal judge and longtime dean of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, has died, Samford president Beck A. Taylor, announced Monday.

“The Samford family mourns the passing of Judge John Carroll, dean of Cumberland School of Law from 2001-2014,” Taylor said in a tweet Monday. “Judge Carroll was a beloved colleague and friend. Prayers extend to Susan and the entire family.”

Carroll served as the dean of the law school from 2001-2014, leading the school to a rank fourth nationally in trial advocacy according to the U.S. News and World Report. 

His 13 years as a law school dean is a particularly long term for the role, with Carroll himself noting that most law school deans only serve five years.

He graduated from Cumberland himself in 1974 and joined the Southern Poverty Law Center as legal director until 1984.

Carroll also served 14 years as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the middle district of Alabama, based in Montgomery.

Jacob Holmes is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected]

More from APR

Featured Opinion

The willingness of today's conservatives to believe everything they want to be true almost cost us democracy, and it might yet.


Peters was chairman of the Alabama Republican Party during the 1990s, a period of transformative change and growth.


Inquiries for ADOC, a public state agency, to confirm deaths to APR have been ignored. 


Timothy Sanderson, a 57-year-old incarcerated man at the facility, was pronounced dead on Sunday.