Cumberland Wins NITA Tournament of Champions

Posted: Mon, 10/31/2011 - 13:24

The Tournament of Champions is considered the premier law school trial competition in the nation. Each year, only sixteen of the best trial advocacy schools are invited to the tournament based on their previous three-year performances in the National Trial Competition, the AAJ National Student Trial Advocacy Competition and prior appearances at the Tournament of Champions. The tournament is sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and Lexis Nexis.

Cumberland was invited to this year’s competition along with Baylor, Stetson, Chicago-Kent, Loyola (Chicago), Stanford, Suffolk, Syracuse, Stetson, St. John’s, Colorado, Duquesne, Kentucky, Maryland, Northwestern, Washington University and Wisconsin.

The tournament was held this past weekend in New York. Cumberland beat Stetson, St. John’s, Duquesne and Wisconsin in the preliminary rounds. They met St. John’s again in the semi-finals and won. They then beat Northwestern in the finals to win this prestigious national championship.

The team members were Maurine Evans ’12 (Birmingham, AL), SeTara Foster ’12 (Crosby, TX), Cory Ricci ’13 (Madison, AL) and George Shiftlett ’12 (Portland, TN). They were assisted by other team members Mallory Schneider ’12  (Destin, FL) and Danny Patterson ‘13 (Macon, GA).

The team was coached by Mike Rasmussen ’75 and Marc Jaskolka ’00. 

Congratulations to the team and their coaches for their success and hard work on behalf of Cumberland School of Law.