Published on December 10, 2010  

Samford alumnus Michael Deen '08 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history. He went on to pursue a career in law, attending law school at Barry University. Deen, along with some of his fellow students on Barry’s Trial Team, won the Michigan State University National Trial Advocacy Competition on Oct. 24, 2010. A total of 26 teams from around the United States competed in the mock trial. Deen was described as delivering the closing argument "like a true prosecutor". Presiding Judge Rosemary Acquilina, a circuit court judge for Ingham County, Michigan, named Deen "the man to watch". Other schools in attendance were William and Mary, Emory, University of Alabama, and Cal Western law schools.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.