Charles D. (Bo) Cole, Esquire
Of Counsel

• Phone: 205-876-1608
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Mr. Cole recently retired from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. He served the law school as the Beeson Professor of Law and Director of International Programs, with primary teaching responsibility treating civil procedure and constitutional law. During his legal career he also served as the Director of the Permanent Study Commission on Alabama's Judicial System, which wrote and aided in the implementation of Alabama's current constitutional Judicial Article, Director of the Southern Regional Office of the National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, Virginia and the Administrative Director of the Courts for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He has worked on numerous reform projects for state courts throughout the United States, as well as internationally in Brazil and Ukraine. Cole established the Master of Comparative Law program for international scholars while at Samford and directed its activities for 18 years of his teaching tenure of 37 years. He also established and conducted study abroad programs at both the University of Durham, England and Cambridge University, Cambridge England for United States law students and international legal scholars, primarily international jurists.

Areas of Practice:

  • Constitutional Questions, State and Federal
  • International Legal and Governmental Questions
  • Mediation
  • Judicial Administration


Alabama Supreme Court, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Alabama and the Supreme Court of the United States.


More than 40 articles and books relating to legal matters, including COMPARATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: BRAZIL AND THE UNITED STATES, a book treating comparative constitutional law, with emphasis on the constitutional law of the United States and the nation of Brazil.


 Earned a B.S. degree from Auburn University, a J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, cum laude, and an LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law.