Cumberland Places 1st & 2nd at Regional AAJ Trial Advocacy Competition

Posted: Mon, 03/05/2012 - 17:41

On March 4, 2012, trial teams from Cumberland placed 1st and 2nd at the regional AAJ Trial Advocacy Competition in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Sixteen teams representing Cumberland, University of Alabama, Faulkner University, Birmingham School of Law, Mississippi College, University of Mississippi, University of South Carolina, Charleston School of Law, and University of Arkansas participated in the tournament. 

The teams tried both sides of a case where a professional hockey player sued his team for the failure to diagnose and treat a concussion.  The two teams from Cumberland went undefeated in the preliminary and semi-final rounds.  The Cumberland teams then had to compete against each other in the final round held at the United States District Courthouse in Tuscaloosa. In a hard fought round, the team of Michael Eldridge, Maurine Evans, Drew Haskins, and Brittany Stancombe, representing the plaintiff, edged the team of Samantha Nicole, Cory Ricci, Mallory Schneider, and Neal Townsend for the win, and the right to represent Cumberland in the national championship to be held March 22-25, 2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Six awards were given during the competition for best advocate.  Of those six, Cumberland students were awarded four. The winners of those four awards were: Drew Haskins, Samantha Nicolle, Cory Ricci and Brittany Stancombe.

This is the second year in a row that two Cumberland teams have faced each other in the final round of the regional tournament.  The teams were coached by Mike Rasmussen ’75 and Marc Jaskolka ’00.

Mike said, “Every member of these two teams demonstrated the highest level of competence and professionalism we have come to expect of the students who represent Cumberland in these tournaments.”