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Cumberland Finishes Top 8 of 220 Teams in the Nation Competing in the 2014 American Association for Justice Competition
After taking first place at the regional component of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Atlanta, Ga., Rushton “Rush” G. Thrift, Matthew “Matt” D. Woodham, John R. Spade and Spenser H. Templeton continued to the national rounds in Santa Monica, Calif., from April 10-13. The journey west resulted in a trip to the quarter-final round.
At nationals the competition was fierce, with no team winning all votes. Cumberland’s team beat Case Western Reserve University and Syracuse University in the preliminary rounds. In the third preliminary, the team was narrowly beat by the University of Maryland. Cumberland School of Law continued to the quarter-finals to see Syracuse University who this time knocked them out of the tournament.
At the conclusion of the national round Coach Michael Rasmussen ’76 noted, “Cumberland should be very proud of this team [Spade, Templeton, Thrift and Woodham] since they are all second-year students who went toe-to-toe against more seasoned opponents.”
At the completion of the 2014 AAJ competition, Cumberland School of Law finished top eight in the nation of 220 teams who started in the regional tournaments.