Williams Trial Competition

Posted: Tue, 03/29/2011 - 12:52

L-R:  Cline Thompson, Rory McKean, Dean Carroll, Andy Jones & John Naramore

The Dean Parham Williams Freshman Trial Competition is Cumberland's annual introduction for freshman to the  Cumberland Trial Advocacy Program. This year, the competition began in the first week of February with 36 teams. After two preliminary rounds, 16 teams made the cut. After the preliminary rounds, the remaining teams competed head-to-head each week on their way to the championship round on March 24, 2011.

The championship round is one of the many activities that takes place during law week. This year John Naramore and Andy Jones represented the state, facing off against Rory McKean and Cline Thompson, representing the defendant. The four advocates put on their cases in front of an all-star cast of local attorneys, including Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls, deputy district attorneys Patrick Lamb and Laura Poston, Cumberland Professor Deborah Young, Cumberland alum and former trial team National Champion Marc Jaskolka, and Cumberland's own Dean Carroll.

The winners of this year's championship were Rory McKean and Cline Thompson.  The competition began at 1:30 PM in the Moot Court Room followed by a reception in the Great Room honoring the finalists, the guest judges, and the 2010-2011 Trial Board.  Marc Jascolka was the presiding judge of the Final Round.  Special thanks to Tracy Luke, our guest judges, and all of the volunteer witnesses.