Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2007-10-24

A trial team from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law bested teams from seven other law schools to win last weekend's Quinnipiac University School of Law criminal justice trial advocacy competition.

During the event in Hamden, Conn., Oct. 20-21, the Cumberland advocates won every round of competition.

Team members are third year law students Dillon Barker of Rogersville, Tenn., Sigfredo Rubio of Birmingham, Charlotte Sonn of Auburn, and second-year student Lucas Griffin of Lawrenceville, Ga.

Griffin received an individual honor for "Best Individual Cross Examination.

Competitors were judged on opening remarks, cross/direct examination of witnesses and closing arguments.

The victory means that Cumberland's national trial team w ill receive an automatic invitation to the American Bar Association's criminal justice competition in the spring.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.