BSL Class of 1997
Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Birmingham School of Law
When I retired from the military and decided to pursue a career in the legal field, I decided to attend Birmingham School of Law because I was able to afford Birmingham School of Law on my income without having to take student loans. I am a Birmingham native and attended local schools and state universities earning an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Master’s degree in personnel management.
After a 20-year career as a Navy helicopter pilot, financial asset manager, aircraft accident investigator, and senior personnel manager, I retired from the military. I chose the field of law for a second career and enrolled in Birmingham School of Law in the fall of 1994.
I left law school owing no money. This was very important to me because having zero student loan debt takes one worry off the table as you start your law career, particularly if you are starting your own law firm. I was able to immediately hang my “shingle” and start a solo practitioner law firm handling criminal defense, bankruptcy and family law clients without worrying myself, or my family, with a $1,000 monthly student loan payment.
BSL really prepares you for the practical practice of law if you put forth the effort and you choose appropriate electives to help you start your career. For example, I interned with a criminal law firm my last year in law school and was able to take on my very first client, unassisted, in a criminal defense case only two days after receiving notice that I had passed the bar exam.
In 2002, I returned to my alma mater to teach and assist in administering the law school. Currently, I teach Agency & Partnership, Conflict of Laws, Legal Ethics, and Trial Advocacy courses.View All Faculty Spotlights