Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-04-09

A trial team from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law has claimed the national title in the 2008 American Association for Justice's student trial advocacy competition.

Team members Dillon Barker of Rogersville, Tenn., Lisha Li of Auburn, Julie McMakin of Huntsville and Anna Smith of Mobile defeated a South Texas College of Law team in the final round of competition held in West Palm Beach, Fla., April 6.

The Cumberland team defeated number-one ranked Temple University law school in the quarter-finals to advance to beat University of Richmond School of Law in the semi-final round.

The national competition culminates a series of regional eliminations that began with 224 teams vying nationwide.

Cumberland adjunct faculty member Mike Rasmussen is team coach.

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