Two Cumberland School of Law Teams Sweep Region Six of the National Trial Competition

Posted: Wed, 02/20/2013 - 09:59

GAINESVILLE, Florida -- On the weekend of Feb. 16–17, two trial teams from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law swept Region Six of the National Trial Competition in Gainesville, Fla. One of the Cumberland School of Law teams consisting of third-year law students Jennifer Reynolds, Chambers Waller, Nick Rayburn and Ben Odendahl defeated teams from Nova Southeastern University Law Center, Faulkner University Jones School of Law, Stetson University College of Law and the University of Florida College of Law. This is the second consecutive year Jennifer Reynolds and Chambers Waller have won this competition.

Reynolds noted, “Winning the regionals two years in a row is unbelievable. I have been able to translate the skills I've learned at Cumberland so that others have taken notice.”

Waller stated, “Jennifer and I would not have been able to have this kind of success if it was not for the amazing job of our coaches and teammates. We went in to the competitions having learned from the best coaches and practiced against the best advocates and witnesses for weeks―this preparation was crucial to our success.” Waller is chief judge of Cumberland School of Law’s student-run Trial Advocacy Board. The Trial Advocacy Board organizes and runs intramural competitions for law students.

Cumberland School of Law’s other team consisting of second-year law students Alex McFall, Blake Milner, Genevieve Turner and Jackson Neal defeated teams from the University of Florida School of Law, Florida State University College of Law, University of Mississippi School of Law and Faulkner University Jones School of Law.

“Our teams are talented advocates and we put many hours of hard work to get to this point. This would not have been possible without the supportive law school, dedicated coaches and driven law students at Cumberland,” said Neal.

Each team was coached by Cumberland School of Law alumni Judge Jim Roberts ’94, Sara Williams ’06 and Ross Massey ’11.

The American College of Trial Lawyers and Texas Young Lawyers Association cosponsor the National Trial Competition [NTC]. The NTC holds 14 regional competitions for the law schools across the nation and involves more than 1,000 law students. Each law school has the option to send two teams. The top two teams from each region advanced to the national finals. 

This is the fifth consecutive year Cumberland School of Law has won this regional competition. These two Cumberland School of Law teams are the sixth and seventh teams the law school has sent to the national finals of the National Trial Competition in the past five years. Both Cumberland School of Law teams will compete in the national finals held in San Antonio, Texas, April 4–7.

 “Being on the trial team has given me the opportunity to really learn how to advocate effectively, and contributing to the law school's rich tradition of excellence in trial advocacy competitions has been a highlight of my experience as a Cumberland student,” said Waller. 

Other law schools competing in Cumberland School of Law’s region, Region Six, are as follows: University of Alabama School of Law, Ava Maria School of Law, Barry University School of Law, Faulkner University Jones School of Law, Florida A&M College of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, University of Florida College of Law, Florida International University College of Law, Florida State University College of Law, University of Miami School of Law, Nova Southeastern University Law Center, University of St. Thomas School of Law, Stetson University College of Law, University of Mississippi School of Law, and Mississippi College School of Law.