5th Place at the TOC
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.
Cumberland School of Law lost its last round to the eventual winner, Baylor Law School, by a split decision. Cory Ricci, a third year student, won the award for the best advocate in the preliminary rounds, beating out 63 other competitors.
The Tournament of Champions is the premier invitation tournament in the country. Only 16 teams are invited. The invitations are based on a school’s performance in the two major spring trial competitions, the National Trial Competition and the American Association for Justice competition. Cumberland School of Law, having won the Tournament of Champions in 2011, will host it in 2013.
This year’s team consisted of (pictured above from left to right) Patrick Hinchey, Rachel Stewart, Coach Mike Rasmussen ’75, Rebecca Hall, and Cory Ricci. Rasmussen noted that although the team included two members who had no previous tournament experience, their performance gained the respect of everyone they went against and matched the level we have come to expect of Cumberland School of Law teams.