David J. Langum, Sr., Professor


Phone: (205) 726-2424
Fax: (205) 726-2587
E-mail: djlangum@samford.edu


  • A.B., Dartmouth College, history, 1962
  • J.D., Stanford University Law School, 1965
  • M.A., San Jose State University, history, 1976
  • LL.M., University of Michigan Law School, legal history, 1981
  • S.J.D., University of Michigan Law School, legal history, 1985
  • Clerk, Judge Murray Draper, California Court of Appeals, 1965-66

Practice Experience

  • Associate, Dunne, Phelps & Mills, San Francisco, 1966-68
  • Partner, Christenson, Hedemark, Langum & O’Keefe, San Jose, California, 1968-78

Academic Experience

  • Dean and Professor, Nevada School of Law, 1983-85
  • Professor of Law, Detroit College of Law, 1978-83
  • Adjunct Professor, Lincoln University School of Law, 1968-78, and San Francisco Law School, 1966-67

Joined Cumberland Faculty: 1985

Teaching and Research Interests: evidence; property; and legal history

  • Author of Law and Community on the Mexican California Frontier: Anglo-American Expatriates and the Clash of Legal Traditions, 1821-1846 (University of Oklahoma Press, 1987)
  • Author of Crossing Over the Line: Legislating Morality and the Mann Act (University of Chicago Press, 1994)
  • Author of William M. Kunstler: The Most-Hated Lawyer in America (New York University Press, 1999)
  • Scholar in Residence, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming, spring 1998. Golieb Fellow, New York University Law School, fall 1991
  • President, American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, 2000-2003

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