David J. Langum, Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Employment

  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, 1985-present. Professor of Law. Courses taught: Evidence, Property, Legal History, Legal Process, Equity. Chairman, Admissions Committee (1987-88); Chairman, Faculty Appointments Committee (1988-89); Faculty Advisor to the Law Review (1987-91); Member, Policy Committee (1988-91); Co-Chairman, Self-Study Committee, (1990-1991); Chairman, Rushton Distinguished Lectureship Program (1997); Chairman, doctoral program in Law, Religion, and Culture, (1994- ); Co-Chairman, Cumberland Colloquium on American Legal History, (1995- ).
  • Seattle University School of Law, Visiting Professor of Law,
    Summer 1999 and 2003. Courses taught: Evidence and Property.
  • Nevada School of Law, Reno, 1983-1985, Professor of Law. Dean, 1983-1984. Courses taught: Evidence, Legal History, Property.
  • Detroit College of Law, 1978-1983. Courses taught: Evidence, Legal History, Property, Seminar in Evidence Problems, Literature and the Law. Chairman, Self-Study Committee; Faculty Adviser to the Law Review; Member, Admissions Committee.
  • Lincoln University School of Law, San Francisco and San Jose, 1968-1978. Part time. Courses: Evidence, Legal History, Torts. Member, Faculty Administrative Committee.
  • San Francisco Law School, 1966-1967. Part time. Course taught: Trusts.

Practice and Clerkship

  • Partner: Christenson, Hedemark, Langum & O’Keefe, a Law Corporation, San Jose, California, 1968-1978.
  • Associate: Dunne, Phelps & Mills, San Francisco, California 1966-1968.
  • Research Clerk: Hon. Murray Draper, California Court of Appeals, San Francisco, California, 1965-1966.


  • S.J.D. (in Legal History), University of Michigan Law School, May 1985.
  • LL.M. (in Legal History), University of Michigan Law School, May 1981.
  • M.A. (in History), San Jose State University, December 1976.
  • J.D. Stanford University, June 1965.
  • A.B. (in History), Dartmouth College, June 1962.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Seminar on American Legal History, Stanford University, Summer, 1982.
  • Intensive Spanish study, Proyecto Linguistico Francisco Marroquin, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, December 1980.
  • Tutorial program on Shakespeare and the English Renaissance, Oxford University (Worchester College), England, Summer 1977.

Honors and Awards

  • Commencement Speaker, San Jose State University History Department, May 1998.
  • Ucross Foundation, residential writing fellowship, March 1998.
  • Golieb Fellow, New York University Law School, Fall 1991.
  • Caroline Bancroft History Prize for most notable nonfiction book on Western American history (1991), administered by Denver Public Library (see publication list).
  • James Willard Hurst Prize for Outstanding Scholarship in Legal History (1988), from the Law and Society Association (see publication list).
  • J.S. Holliday Award for Excellence of Scholarship in the Area of 19th-Century California History (1988), from the California Historical Society (see publication list).
  • Herbert Eugene Bolton Award in Spanish Borderlands History (1978), from the Western History Association (see publication list).
  • Lawyers Title Award, 1964-1965, for excellence in the law of real property.
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Research Scholarship, 1964-1965, for publication in area of mineral law.
  • Member, Board of Editors, Stanford Law Review, 1963-1965.
  • Fellowship, Program for Intercultural Communication, for travel to and study in the Soviet Union, March 1962.

Pro Bono Activities

  • President, American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, 2000-02, Director, 1999-present.
  • Founder, The Langum Project for Historical Literature and The Langum Foundation (formerly The Langum Charitable Trust), 2001-present.
  • President, Friends of the Birmingham Public Library, 2001-present.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Creative Montessori School, Homewood, Alabama, 2001-2002.
  • Participant in Speakers’ Bureau, Alabama Humanities Foundation, 1993-94.
  • Directed and was plaintiff in litigation which enjoined demolition of the House of the Flag, the first officially recognized historical landmark in San Francisco for which a demolition permit actually had been issued. The landmark has now been permanently preserved.
  • Member, Fee Arbitration Panel, Santa Clara County Bar Association, 1974-1976.
  • Past President, Victorian Preservation Association, Santa Clara County, California.


  • California State Bar, 1966; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Northern District of California Federal Court, 1966; United States Supreme Court Bar, 1972; Michigan State Bar, 1981; Alabama State Bar, 2004.
  • American Society for Legal History (Program Chairman, 1991; member, Board of Directors, 1992-95).
  • American Historical Association, The History Society, Alabama History Association, Alabama Association of Historians, Western History Association, California Historical Society

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