National Competition Results

Pictured are some of the students with three coaches who saw success at advocacy competitions across the nation during the 2011–12 academic year.

March 2014

Houston, Texas, March 27-30, 2014: Second place at the South Texas College of Law Mock Trial Challenge; and Top Advocate in the Preliminary Rounds Award and Best Advocate in the Final Round Award.
Atlanta, Ga., March 20-23: Two team sweep (first place and second place) in the regional component of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition.

February 2014

Chicago, Illinois: The weekend of Feb. 8, 2014, Cumberland School of Law’s Negotiation Team advanced to the semifinal rounds of the American Bar Association’s National Negotiation Competition.

November 2013

Los Angeles, California:  The weekend of Nov. 8-10, 2013, a team from Cumberland School of Law won the National Civil Trial Competition.
Louisville, Kentucky:  On the weekend of Nov. 9, 2013, Cumberland School of Law’s negotiation team placed second at the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition.

April 2013

San Antonio, Texas: From April 4–6, two Cumberland School of Law trial teams placed in the top eight at the National Trial Competition in San Antonio, Texas. There were 320 teams that competed this year.

March 2013

Houston, Texas: On March 20–24, Cumberland School of Law’s trial team placed in the top eight at the South Texas Mock Trial Challenge in Houston, Texas.
Waco, Texas: During the week of March 17, Cumberland School of Law’s National Client Counseling team placed third at the American Bar Association’s National Client Counseling Competition held at Baylor Law School in Waco, Texas.

February 2013

White Plains, N.Y.: During the weekend of Feb. 23, a team from Cumberland School of Law competed in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition at Pace Law School. A Cumberland School of Law student was awarded an overall Honorable Mention as Best Oralist in the competition.

Las Vegas, Nevada: On the weekend of Feb. 16, Cumberland School of Law took top honors at the Las Vegas regional round of the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) in a clean sweep of all five rounds.

Gainesville, Florida: On the weekend of Feb. 16, two trial teams from Cumberland School of Law swept Region Six of the National Trial Competition in Gainesville, Fla.

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: On Feb. 9, Cumberland School of Law took top honors at the American Bar Association’s [ABA] Region Five Client Counseling Competition. The ABA’s Region Five includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and Tennessee. The competition was held at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla..
Nashville, Tennessee: Cumberland School of Law places fourth at the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition in Nashville.
 

November 2012

Los Angeles, California: On the weekend of November 17, 2012, the Eleventh Annual National Civil Trial Competition [NCTC] was held in Los Angeles, Calif., and Cumberland School of Law’s team finished third overall. At this competition, the law school’s team won the Professionalism and Ethical Lawyering Award.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Cumberland School of Law’s National Moot Court team traveled to Baton Rouge, La., the week of Nov. 3 to compete in the New York City Bar Association's regional competition. This year the competition was hosted by Louisiana State University. The team defeated Vanderbilt University to advance to the quarterfinal where the team was eliminated by last year's returning champion.

October 2012

Virginia Beach, Virginia: On Friday, Oct. 26, Cumberland School of Law’s moot court team competed at the Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition hosted by Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The team was aided in the early rounds by its high brief score. On Friday, the team argued in 3 rounds and won all of them. On Saturday, the team, which was ranked in the top 8 of all teams competing at that point, advanced to the quarter-final round before being eliminated.

Chicago, Illinois: A mock trial team from Cumberland School of Law came in fifth place at the annual Tournament of Champions [TOC]. This year the TOC was hosted by Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chi­cago, Illinois, from October 24 to 28.
East Lancing, Michigan: Cumberland School of Law sent a trial team to the Michigan State 13th Annual National Trial Advocacy Competition. The team did well but did not advance to the final rounds. The team was voted by their peers to receive the Professional Ethics Award for their professionalism during the course of the competition.
San Antonio, Texas: The 2012 Lone Star Classic was held the weekend of Oct. 13 at Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio, Tx, and was open to all American Bar Associated accredited law schools. The competition committee selected 16 teams to compete. The problem was a criminal case and utilized the Federal Rules of Evidence and Procedure. Cumberland’s team advanced to the semi-final round. Keith Knowlton won the award for best cross examination.

April 2012

Houston, Texas: A Cumberland trial team claimed third place at the inaugural South Texas Mock Trial Challenge in Houston, Texas. Team members Todd Buchanan (3L), Setara Foster (3L), Keith Knowlton (2L) and George Shifflett (3L) battled 40 teams from across the nation over the four day competition.

March 2012

Las Vegas, Nevada: A trial team from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law took top national honors at the 2012 American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The four-member Cumberland team defeated a team from the University of Maryland law school to win the title Sunday, March 25, in Las Vegas, Nevada. For a American Association for Justice press link, click the link.

Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Trial teams from Cumberland placed first and second out of 16 teams from the southeast at the regional American Association of Justice (AAJ) Trial Advocacy Competition held in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on March 4, 2012. The first place team will advance to the national championship to be held March 22-25, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

February 2012

Atlanta, GeorgiaOut of the 32 teams that competed at the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition, one of two Cumberland teams went undefeated and was the number one seed heading into the final round. After arguing five rounds, they lost by a close margin in the final argument of the competition. This team won the award for the best brief. The competition was held in Atlanta, Ga, on February 23 -26. Read More
Orlando, Florida: Two second-year law students place first at the National Trial Competition Regional Championship. Read More.

October 2011

New York City, New York: Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law took top honors at the prestigious Tournament of Champions competition held at St. John's University School of Law in New York City on Oct. 27-30. Read more.
Cumberland students Maurine Evans, Setara Foster, Cory Ricci and George Shifflett defeated a team from Northwestern University law school in the final round to win what is considered the nation’s premier law school trial competition. Read More.

September 2011

East Lansing, Michigan: Drew Haskins, Patrick Hinchey, Sam Nicolle, and Brittany Stancombe won the 2011 National Trial Advocacy Competition at Michigan State University College of Law. They beat teams from Maryland, Houston and Florida. Brittany Stancombe won the award for best cross examination. Read More.

June 2011

Waco, Texas: Shannon Cornman O’Guin, a 2011 Cumberland School of Law graduate, placed second behind a competitor from Yale Law School at the Top Gun National Mock Trial contest. Read More.

April 2011

Houston, Texas: Congratulations to Carrie Hodge, Ross Massey and alternate team member Samantha Nicolle for placing 6th in the nation out of 300 teams competing at the National Trial Competition. The team was coached by Judge James H. Roberts, Jr., ’94 and Sara Williams, '06.

March 2011

Montgomery, AL: On the weekend of March 5, 2011, Cumberland’s mock trial teams, placed first and second at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The first place team will compete at the national tournament in Las Vegas on March 31, 2011. Read More.

February 2011

Birmingham, AL: Cumberland teams place 1st and 2nd at the regional round of the National Trial Competition against 26 other law school teams.
Boca Raton, FL: Cumberland School of Law takes first place at the annual American Bar Association [ABA] Student Tax Challenge. The team consisted of second-year students Wes Hill and Sims Rhyne. At the competition, 95 teams represented law schools from across the country. This national competition is sponsored by the ABA Section of Taxation. The final rounds were held at the ABA's 2011 Midyear Meeting in Boca Raton. “We are known for winning advocacy competitions and winning a tax competition shows the quality of our students and the depth of our program,” said Cumberland Dean John L. Carroll. Read More.

November 2010

Tampa Bay, FL: Negotiation Team competed at the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition held at Stetson University School of Law. The team of Katie Fogo and Elizabeth Mathis won their preliminary rounds to make the finals, and they finished in 3rd place over all in the competition. The competition included 24 teams from 13 law schools. Read More.  
Memphis, Tenn: Cumberland finishes third at NYC Bar Regional Moot Court Tournament. Cumberland’s National Moot Court Team competed in Memphis, Tennessee, November 12-13. The team competed in two preliminary rounds on Friday and advanced to the quarterfinals. The team reached the semi-finals of the tournament, and were ½ a point away from the final round. Read More.
Los Angeles, Calif.: National Civil Trial Competition
Charles Buchanan, Alyson Hood, Ross Massey and Megan Murren represented Cumberland at the National Civil Trial Competition the weekend of Nov.13 in Los Angeles, Calif. The team finished tied for 4th place, but lost the tie breaker on points. The cut was from 16 to 4 after three preliminary rounds. The team won the NCTC Ethical Lawyering and Professionalism Award and got a standing ovation when it was announced. The tournament coaches voted on the winner of the Ethics and Professionalism award winner.

October 2010

Queens, New York: National Civil Rights Trial Competition 
Cumberland’s trial teams competed in the 8th Annual Peter James Johnson National Civil Rights Trial Competition hosted by St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, New York. The team members were Charles Elliott, Maurine Evans, Amanda Kistler, Samantha Nicolle, Brandon Prince and Reanna Todd. Cumberland’s team left the competition ranked in the top 4 of 16 teams from across the country. Other schools competing were DePaul, Northwestern, Brooklyn School of Law, St. John’s, LSU, Pace, University Texas, American University, Fordham, Golden Gate, Miami, Ole Miss, Pacific McGeorge, Temple, South Texas and Mississippi College.
Lansing, Mich.: National Trial Advocacy Competition
Cumberland's Trial Team competed in the 11th Annual National Trial Advocacy Competition at Michigan State Law School in Lansing, Michigan. The team competed extremely well and finished 8th out of 26 teams. Because of the way in which they competed, the team won the Professional Ethics Award which was voted on by all of the other teams. This is an important and well deserved honor. The team members are SeTara Foster, Bethany Harrison, Drew Haskins and Brittany Stancombe. The team was coached by Sara Williams, a Cumberland graduate of the Class of 2006 and an attorney with Carr Allison.
Birmingham, Ala.: National Arbitration Team
Congratulations to the winners of the National Arbitration Team Competition, Ruby Brown and Sherri Peace-Gordon, and to the runners-up, Aaron Gallardo and Patrick Evans. New members of the National Arbitration Team are: Elizabeth Lyerly, Aaron Gallardo, Whitney Haley, Graham Jackson and Ruby Brown. Returning members are: Christine Baylet, Jon Mann and Kris Gray.

March 2010 

Dallas, TX: Cumberland's National Trial Team wins the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Regional Trial Competition in Dallas, Texas. The competition started with 224 teams now 16 remain in the hunt for the national championship. Read More.

February 2010

Jackson, MS: First Place, National Trial Competition Region 6 in Jackson, Mississippi. Read More

April 2009

West Palm Beach, FL: Cumberland's Trial Team places second in the American Association for Justice (AAJ) National Student Trial Advocacy Competition at West Palm Beach out of 224 teams. Read More.

Chicago, IL: Cumberland's National Appellate Advocacy Team represented the law school well in Chicago at the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) national round placing only two wins away from the championship with a quarterfinal finish. Read More.

March 2009

New York, NY: Cumberland's Bankruptcy Moot Court Team, placed as finalist at the 17th Annual Judge Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition at St. John’s University in New York. Read More.

February 2009

Decatur, GA: Cumberland's Trial Teams wins regional round at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) in Decatur, Georgia. Read More.

Tallahassee, FL: Cumberland Team wins National Trial Competition regional round in Tallahassee, Florida. Read More.

  

 


 

National Advocacy Team Results:

NATIONAL TRIAL COMPETITION
Regional First Place: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2002, 1999, 1998 (two Cumberland teams), 1996, 1994, 1992, 1991, 1989, 1987, 1985, 1984, 1982
National Quarter-Finalist: 1992
National Finalist: 1991, 1989, 1985
National Champions: 2011, 1984, 1981

TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS COMPETITION
First Place: 
2011

QUINNIPIAC CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMPETITION
Winner: 2007

NATIONAL TOP GUN MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION
Second Place: 2011

MSU NATIONAL TRIAL ADVOCACY COMPETITION
Winner:  2011

LONE STAR CLASSIC COMPETITION
Winner: 2007

ABA ARBITRATION COMPETITION
Regional Finalist: 2007, 2006, 2005
Regional Second Place: 2006

ABA CLIENT COUNSELING COMPETITION
Regional First Place: 2008, 2002
National Fourth Place: 1998

ABA NEGOTIATION COMPETITION
Regional Second Place: 2004, 1996
National Third Place: 1998
Regional First Place: 1993

ABA STUDENT TAX CHALLENGE
National First Place: 2011

AAJ/ATLA NATIONAL TRIAL COMPETITION
Regional Winners: 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2004, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1987, 1984, 1983, 1982
National Quarter-Finalist: 2005, 2004, 1997
National Finalist: 1983
National Champions: 2012, 2008, 2000, 1987, 1984

REPRESENTATION IN MEDIATION COMPETITION:
National Champions: 2005
National Finalist: 2001
Regional First Place: 2005, 2002, 2001

National Appellate Advocacy Team Results:

NATIONAL APPELLATE ADVOCACY COMPETITION
Regional Winner: 1993
Best Advocate: 1993

ABA NATIONAL APPELLATE ADVOCACY COMPETITION
Regional Best Advocate: 2000
Best Brief:
2012, 1996, 1994
Regional Winner: 2008

DUKE UNIVERSITY RABBI SEYMOUR SIEGEL COMPETITION
First Place: 1991
Best Oralist: 1993
Second Place: 1997, 1994

STARR INSURANCE APPELLATE ADVOCACY COMPETITION
Quarter-Finalist: 1995, 1994

SUTHERLAND CUP COMPETITION
Best Brief, Best Advocate, Second Place: 1998


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