Cumberland Wins AAJ National Championship

Posted: Mon, 03/26/2012 - 12:29

On Sunday, March 25, 2012, Cumberland won the American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC) held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two hundred thirty-three teams competed at fourteen regional tournaments. The winners of each regional competition advanced to the national tournament in Las Vegas. Cumberland won its preliminary rounds against Emory, William Mitchell and Chicago Kent to be one of the four teams to advance to the single elimination phase. Cumberland then defeated Stetson and in the finals defeated Maryland.

Every team in the nationals was excellent, particularly Stetson and Maryland. The case involved a professional hockey player who sued his team for failure to diagnose a concussion.

This is the third national championship Cumberland has won since 2000. With wins in the Tournament of Champions, the MSU National Trial Advocacy Competition, and the regional win in the National Trial Competition, Cumberland has had a banner year, appropriate for its fiftieth anniversary.

Team members were Michael Eldridge, Maurine Evans, Drew Haskins, and Brittany Stancombe. They were coached by Mike Rasmussen '75 and Marc Jaskolka '00.

Drew Haskins, Brittany Stancombe, Maurine Evans and Michael Eldridge