During the fall 2009 semester, andre douglas pond cummings will visit the S.J. Quinney College of Law from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he is a Professor of Law. Professor cummings earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University in 1994 and graduated cum laude with his J.D. from Howard University School of Law. Upon graduation, cummings clerked for Associate Chief Justice Christine M. Durham of the Utah Supreme Court from 1997-98 followed by a clerkship with Chief Judge Joseph W. Hatchett of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 1998-99.
Thereafter, cummings worked at the Chicago, IL based law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, focusing his practice on complex business transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and securities offerings of publicly traded corporations. Simultaneously, cummings, CEO and founder of E.D.A. Advantage, LLC, represented clients in the sports and entertainment industries, including National Football League athletes, musicians, and artists in the R&B and hip hop genres, and writers, including screenwriters and novelists. In 1995 in Washington, D.C., while in law school, Professor cummings interned for Congresswoman Jane Harman.
Currently, cummings is working on Reversing Field: Examining Commercialization, Labor, Gender and Race in 21st Century Sports Law, a book to be published this year. cummings has also contributed to various books and law reviews, writing in the areas of investor protection, race and inequality and affirmative action. His articles can be found in the Nebraska Law Review, Fordham Journal of Corporate and Financial Law, Maryland Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, Thurgood Marshall Law Review, Marquette Sports Law Review, Brandeis Law Review, and Harvard Black Letter LawReview, amongst others.
cummings began his legal academic career as a Visiting Assistant Professor for Syracuse University College of Law. Since 2003, cummings has been an Associate Professor and now Professor of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law. While continuing his professorship at West Virginia, cummings has taught at numerous schools internationally, including Universidadde Guanajuate in Mexico, Funda Getulio Vargas, Centro Universit VilaVelha in Brazil, and Temple University Beasley School of Law at the Tokyo Campus in Japan. He will visit at the University of Iowa College of Law in the spring of 2010. While clerking for Justice Durham, cummings had many opportunities to visit the S.J. Quinney College of Law and “found it to be a unique and engaging place.” cummings was also drawn to the College of Law by the “dynamic scholars and teachers” on the faculty.
cummings is a self-proclaimed “old-school”classroom teacher with a modern twist. He utilizes the Socratic Method to guide students through questions that lead to moments of enlightenment while often integrating 21st century technology and audio visual exercises into his Socratic instruction. For the fall Semester, Professor cummings will be teaching Business Organizations and Entertainment Law. Bob Adler, Dean of Academic Affairs, speaks for the entire college when he says: “We are very excited to have Professor cummings join us for fall semester. He comes highly recommended as a teacher and as a scholar, and we look forward to his visit.”