Hon. John L. Carroll (ret.)

Cumberland School of Law at Samford University

Judge Carroll is professor of law at the Cumberland School of Law where he teaches Mediation, Evidence, Trial Practice, Ethics, and an online course in E-Discovery and Evidence. Judge Carroll served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Middle District of Alabama for more than 14 years (1986 - 2001). He is a former member of the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and is former chair of its Discovery Subcommittee. Judge Carroll was also the chair of the Magistrate Judges’ Education Committee of the Federal Judicial Center and the reporter to the committees of the Uniform Law Commission that drafted the Uniform Rules Relating to the Discovery of Electronically Stored Information. Prior to becoming a judge, he was the legal director of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama (1975 - 1984). His trial experience included major civil rights class-action litigation and complex criminal defense including a substantial number of death-penalty cases, and twice argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Carroll also has combat military service in the U.S. Marine Corps.