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Alyssa A. DiRusso

Professor of Law, Samford University

Professor Alyssa DiRusso specializes in trusts and estates, tax, nonprofits, and related areas of law. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and serves on the Members Consultative Group for the Restatement of the Law of Charitable Nonprofit Organizations. She is also an elected Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and the Associate Editor of the ACTEC Law Journal. She has been admitted to practice in Massachusetts (inactive), Alabama (special), and before the United States Supreme Court.

Prof. DiRusso teaches Wills, Trusts and Estates, Estate and Gift Tax, Estate and Trust Administration, Taxation of Nonprofit Organizations, and Federal Income Tax. She has received multiple awards for her commitment to teaching and scholarship. Prof. DiRusso joined the faculty of Cumberland School of Law and the Birmingham community in 2005, after practicing as a trusts and estates attorney in Boston, Massachusetts, since 1999.

Prof. DiRusso earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, and her Bachelor of Science degree (Psychology, with an additional major in Professional Writing) from Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


  • –present
    Professor of Law, Samford University


  • 1999 
    University of Texas, Juris Doctorate


Phi Beta Kappa, Order of the Coif