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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.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- Congratulations to Cumberland School of Law’s Black Law Students Association [BLSA] members, pictured from left, Steven Miller, Jerrika Jones, Danny Patterson, Jr., and Chris Weaver for their fourth place finish at the Southern Region Black Law Students Association Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition in Nashville, Tenn.
Arbitration Team Travels to Tulane University Law School for the National Baseball Arbitration Competition
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- Third-year Cumberland School of Law students (pictured from left) Jacob Jackson, Cline Thompson and Rory McKean competed Thurs., Jan. 24, and Fri., Jan. 25, in the 6th Annual National Baseball Arbitration Competition held at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Professor Donald Jackson coached this team. All three law students were members of Professor Jackson's fall 2012 sports law class.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- On January 15, Judge Houston Brown, a 1973 graduate of Cumberland School of Law, was unanimously elected by the sitting circuit judges of the 10th Judicial Circuit as the new presiding judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit of Alabama.
Cumberland School of Law would like to congratulate the following alumni who have been selected for the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum Class 9. For an applicant to submit an application to the class, they needed to have at least five years, and not more than 15 years, of practice as of Jan. 1, 2013.
In a January 15, 2013, announcement from the law firm Lightfoot Franklin & White, Ashby Pate, an associate at the firm and 2007 graduate of Cumberland School of Law, has been appointed to the Supreme Court of Palau. Palau is an island nation located in the western Pacific Ocean. In 2010, Pate helped