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After serving on the law school's trustee board for a number of years, J. Richet Pearson was named as the interim dean in September 2001. She became permanent dean in May 2004.  With her appointment, she is the fifth dean in the school's history. Serving with distinction were Dean George Jones, Dean David Barnes, a Birmingham municipal judge, Dean Ralph Cook,a former Alabama Supreme Court justice, and Dean Emory Anthony, a former Birmingham municipal  judge. 

 

Dean Pearson is a Birmingham, Alabama native.  After completing grade school in the Birmingham School System, she received her high school diploma at The Altamont School, later graduating from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1981. She enrolled in the University of Alabama Law School and graduated in 1984. She passed the Alabama bar in September of that year and began a one-year clerkship with Alabama's first African-American federal judge, The Honorable U.W. Clemon. Dean Pearson is a practicing attorney in Birmingham.

She is a member of the Thirgood Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, its Board of Trustees, and a Board Member of Alabama Goodwill, Inc. and the Alcoholism Recovery Center at Pearson Hall.

 

Hear Dean Pearson speak with purpose, passion and pride about the law school's sacred mission:

The Miles Law School Experience

Law school is unique in many respects from other fields of study. It requires a period of acclimation to a new way of thinking and processing information. Weekly class preparation entails a copious amount of reading assignments and case briefing along with research and writing. This experience is virtually universal for nearly all law students-everywhere. 

Yet, the Miles Law School Experience incorporates all of the traditional aspects of legal studies and adds special character and flavor of its own that separates it from all others. Firstly, by catering to "non-traditional" and socially conscious students, the law school creates an environment of "determined achievers". Secondly, our history as an evening school remains the bedrock of our existence, which guides our present and shapes our future. Thirdly, our faculty members' courtroom-to-classroom teaching enriches student learning.     

While law school commands a serious, focused mind, it is not one dimensional in its purpose.  Miles Law School provides opportunities for leadership and community service through participation in student organizations. The Student Bar Association , the Black Law Students Association and  Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity all solicit and encourage student involvement and activities promoting student camaraderie, altruistic service and civic improvement.  

About Miles Law School

In the early 1970s, then Miles College President W. Clyde Williams, along with then Bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Chester A. Kirkendoll, now deceased, who served as chairman of the Miles College Trustee Board, Judge J. Richmond Pearson, then an Alabama state senator, and the school’s current chairman of the trustee board, Dan Turberville, Harry Lyons, Morris Dees, Esquire, co-founder of the Southern Law Poverty Center, Arthur D. Shores, noted civil rights attorney, now deceased, and others mobilized and provided the impetus for the school’s founding. Troubled by the dearth of minority lawyers in an impoverished state with a sizeable black population, these bold-thinking visionaries recognized the need for a law school that would produce lawyers committed to pubic service and social justice.

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