Meet Honorable Thomas Brad Bishop


  • B.A., Samford University, Speech and Dramatic Arts, 1961
  • M.A., University of Alabama, Communication and Rhetorical Theory, 1962
  • J.D., cum laude, Cumberland School of Law, 1971


  • Practice experience: Municipal Judge, City of Hoover, Alabama. Chief Legal Advisor to the Governor of Alabama, 1993-95. Former Municipal Judge for Cities of Homewood and Pelham, Alabama.
  • Professor at Samford University Cumberland School of Law since 1971
  • Teaching and research interests: Contracts, Municipal Court practice and procedure


  • Chaired Alabama Supreme Court Advisory Commission on Municipal Courts; author of Municipal Courts: Practice and Procedures in Alabama (Agora Press, 1991, 2nd ed. 1996 and 1997 supplement by Samford University Press; 3rd ed. 1999, Samford University Press) and supplement 2004
  • Expert in drunk driving law; author of Drunk Drivers: The Law in Alabama (Samford University Press, 1998) and The Prosecution and Defense of DUI Cases; A Practitioner's Handbook (Samford University Press, 2004).
  • Expert in shoplifting law; author of The Law of Shoplifting: A Guide for Lawyers and Merchants (Agora Press, 1988)Expert in the law of contracts; has taught contracts at Cumberland for over 30 years, as a visiting professor of law, and for national bar review courses. Currently serves as a labor negotiator and hearing officer


  • Harvey S. Jackson Excellence in Teaching Award, 2005
  • Distinguished Award of Justice as Municipal Judge, 2002
  • Cumberland Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1994
  • Alabama Bar Association Award of Merit, 1992
  • George Macon Teacher of the Year, 1991