Samford University's Cumberland School of Law will host the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Tournament of Champions Oct. 31-Nov. 3. The tournament is the premier trial competition for law students nationally.
The top 16 trial advocacy law schools in the nation are invited. The invitations are based on each school's three-year performance at trial competitions. Cumberland School of Law won the competition in 2011 when it was hosted by St. John's University in New York City, N.Y., and finished fifth in 2012 when it was hosted by Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Ill.
"In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement in Birmingham, as well as the involvement of Cumberland School of law alumni in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing cases, the Tournament of Champions case file parallels many of the events and evidence from these cases," said Cumberland Dean John Carroll.
The 16 schools that will compete are Baylor Law School, Duquesne University School of Law, Georgetown Law, ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, Cumberland School of Law, Stetson University College of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Syracuse University College of Law, Temple University's James E. Beasley School of Law, University of California Berkeley Law, University of Denver's Sturm College of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law, University of Maryland's Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School and Washington University School of Law St. Louis.