Two Cumberland Teams are Top Eight in the Nation among the 320 competing Teams

Posted: Wed, 04/10/2013 - 09:55

San Antonio, Texas: -- From April 4–6, two Cumberland School of Law trial teams competed at the National Trial Competition (NTC) in San Antonio, Texas. Both teams went through to the quarterfinal round where both were defeated. Placement in the quarterfinal round meant, Cumberland School of Law’s two teams ranked among the top eight in the nation. There were 320 teams that competed this year.

In February 2013 at the regional qualifying rounds, Cumberland School of Law’s teams swept Region Six of the NTC. The regional rounds where held in Gainesville, Florida. At the regional rounds, Cumberland School of Law’s teams defeated teams from Nova Southeastern University Law Center, Faulkner University Jones School of Law, Stetson University College of Law, University of Florida College of Law, Florida State University College of Law, and University of Mississippi School of Law.

At this year’s national rounds of the NTC, Cumberland School of Law was one of only two schools to send two teams to the finals. Cumberland School of Law was the only school to place two teams in the top eight—this is a rare accomplishment for any school.

Third-year law students Jennifer Reynolds and Chambers Waller were advocates on one of the teams. In addition, they were members of the 2012 Region Six championship NTC team. At the national rounds, they beat teams from Loyola Law School Los Angeles and University of Minnesota Law School.

Second-year law students Alex McFall, Blake Milner and Genevieve Turner were advocates on the other Cumberland School of Law team. At the national rounds, they beat teams from Quinnipiac University School of Law, University Memphis School of Law and Ohio State College of Law.

"Trying cases with Chambers by my side has been an absolute pleasure. I’ve learned so much from him, and our coaches Jim, Ross, and Sara, which I’ll carry into the real world," said Reynolds who will graduate this year in the Class of 2013. In addition, Waller led the law school’s intramural trial program this academic year as the chief judge of the Trial Advocacy Board; he will graduate in the Class of 2013.

"The trip was great; however, if there’s one thing the NTC taught me, it’s that I never want to lose again," stated McFall. McFall is a second-year student and has one more year to compete.

Additional supporting team members were Jackson Neal (second-year), Ben Odendahl (second-year) and Nick Rayburn (third-year). Judge Jim Roberts ’94, Sara Williams ’06 and Ross Massey ’11 coached both teams.