Cumberland To Host NITA Tournament of Champions

Posted: Thu, 10/03/2013 - 07:59

Cumberland School of Law is the 2013 host of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Tournament of Champions (TOC). The TOC starts October 31 and ends November 3. 

The TOC is the premier trial competition involving the top student advocates in the nation. The top 16 trial advocacy law schools are invited to participate. The invitation is based on each school’s three-year performance at trial competitions. Cumberland School of Law won the TOC in 2011 and placed fifth in 2012.

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement in Birmingham, Ala., as well as the involvement of Cumberland School of Law’s alumni in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing cases, the 2013 TOC case file parallels much of the events and evidence from these cases.

Cumberland School of Law is actively recruiting volunteers to help with the following areas:

  • Male defendants: Male defendants will not testify; however, a defendant will sit with the defense during the trials.
  • 175 judge/evaluators are needed for the competition. 

If you would like to be a defendant for one of the trials or if you are a trial lawyer who is available to judge, please email Mrs. Tracy Luke at

Spectators at the TOC
Spectators can attend the rounds; however, there is limited availability and a reservation is required. If you would like to watch one of the trials, please confirm a reservation by sending an email to Mrs. Tracy Luke at The competition rounds will be held at the Jefferson County Civil Courthouse. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 2, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 3, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.