Dean John L. Carroll
Another Great Year for Advocacy Competitions at Cumberland School of Law: A Recap of the 2012–13 Academic Year
In June 2013, Jennifer Reynolds will represent the law school at the National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition in Waco, Texas, after a tough battle between the former third-year trial team members, Keith Knowlton, Cory Ricci and Chambers
Birmingham, Alabama: -- On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, six Cumberland School of Law students from the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) presented a mini-trial version of the United States v. Andre Clark case file to a group of area minority high school students. The event was part of the Minority Pre-Law Conference held at Birmingham Southern College. Marcus Maples with Sirote & Permutt invited the law students to participate in the event.
2013 Distinguished Alumnus & Young Alumnus of the Year Awards, and the 2013 Friend of the Law School Award
Birmingham, Alabama: -- At the 2013 Reunion Weekend, John L. Carroll, dean and Ethel P. Malugen Professor of Law, announced the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus and Young Alumnus of the Year awards, and the 2013 Friend of the Law School award. Please join Cumberland School of Law to congratulate Rodney Max, Class of 1975, Jacob A.
The Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition is designed to provide a forum for recognition and competition among the nation’s best student advocates. Invited to this competition are 16 of the nation’s most successful trial advocacy school.
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.
On March 15, 2013, alumnus Michael A. Worel, from the Cumberland School of Law Class of 1981, became president of the International Society of Barristers (ISOB). Alumnus Scott A. Powell, from the Class of 1978, held this position in 2006. According to the ISOB, membership is by invitation only. In addition, there is a thorough “screening process that considers the lawyer’s ability, experience, accomplishments and ethical standards as assessed by trial lawyers and judges. The ISOB was created in 1965 and is dedicated to preserving trial by jury, the adversary system and an independent judiciary. Its founders conceived the organization to bring together the best of the trial bar in a setting devoid of partisan interests. As individuals, the Fellows of the Society are committed to the highest of ethical standards and to civility in all their personal and professional relationships.”
WACO, Texas -- The week of March 17, Cumberland School of Law’s National Client Counseling team of (pictured from left) Victoria Ebrahimi (third-year) and Kayla Schoen (second-year) advanced to the championship round of the American Bar Association’
HOUSTON, Texas -- On March 20–24, Cumberland School of Law’s trial team of (pictured from left) Jackson Neal (second-year), Rebecca Hall (second-year), Cory Ricci (third-year) and Keith Knowlton (third-year) advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2nd Annual South Texas Mock Trial Challenge held at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. Keith Knowlton was recognized as an Outstanding Advocate in the preliminary rounds. Cumberland’s team was one of eight among 44 national teams that participated to make the quarterfinals.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law dedicated its newly named Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton Advanced Advocacy Courtroom on Monday, Feb. 18. A large group of judges, lawyers and students attended the ceremony. This partnership between Cumberland School of Law and law firm Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton [Hare Wynn] ensures for years to come that the law school will continue to train students in one of the finest technologically advanced teaching courtrooms in the country.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- During the weekend of Feb. 23, a team from Cumberland School of Law competed in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition [NELMCC] in White Plains, New York. The Cumberland team (pictured from left) of Meg Greer, Courtney Bailey, and Will Coffman participated with 72 other teams in the nation’s largest moot court competition hosted by Pace Law School. The Cumberland team was coached by Aaron McLeod (pictured far right) of Adams and Reese's Birmingham, Ala., office.
LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- A team from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law took top honors at the Las Vegas regional round of the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC). The regional round was held at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Federal District Courthouse in Las Vegas, Nev., from Feb. 14–17.
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.
Cumberland Law Students Win Region Five of the ABA Client Counseling Competition held Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Cumberland School of Law students, pictured from left, Victoria Ebrahimi and Kayla Schoen took top honors at the American Bar Association’s [ABA] Region Five Client Counseling Competition. The ABA’s Region Five includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and Tennessee. The competition was held at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 9. The Cumberland team was coached by Cumberland School of Law Professor LaJuana S. Davis.