Published on October 8, 2018 by Morgan Black  
BattleoftheExperts 2018

Cumberland School of Law’s National Trial Team won the inaugural “Battle of the Experts” tournament hosted by Drexel University School of Law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 8, 2018. Team members include second-year student Lana Bell, and third-year students Allison Bendall, Brooke DiSalvo and Denzell Moton.

Cumberland defeated 13 teams en route to the championship including those from Drexel University School of Law, Fordham University School of Law, Loyola Law School and Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Lana Bell won Best Advocate in the preliminary rounds. Cumberland’s team was coached by alumni Jeremy Hazelton '02 and Spenser Templeton '15.

Pictured from L to R: Coach Jeremy Hazelton '02, Denzell Moton, Lana Bell, Brooke DiSalvo, Allison Bendall and Coach Spenser Templeton '15.

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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.