Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2002-03-01

Three teams from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, will represent the southeast region in separate national competitions this spring.

Trial team members Josh Briskman, Jeremy Hazelton and Rachel VanNortwick qualified for National Trial Competition after winning regional honors in Durham, N.C. Feb. 23. The national event, sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers, will be in Austin, Texas, April 3-6. Their coach is Tuscaloosa attorney James Roberts.

Mediation team members Tanya Tidwell and Ali Shamsiddeen won the American Bar Association's regional mediation competition held at Cumberland Feb. 23. They will compete for national honors at the ABA annual dispute resolution section meeting in Seattle, Wash., April 4-5. Their coach is Cumberland professor Stephen Ware.

Tidwell and Shamsiddeen also won the regional ABA client counseling competition Feb. 8-9 in Macon, Ga. They will compete in the national client counseling event at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, March 15-17. Their coach is Birmingham attorney James S. Lloyd.


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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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.