Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-02-16

A trial team from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law went undefeated to win a regional tournament last weekend and qualify for national competition.

Team members Ashley Reitz of Birmingham, Josh Hornady of Monroeville, Ala., and Robert Price of Pensacola, Fla., finished as the only undefeated team at the event, held in Jackson, Miss., Feb. 12-14. 

The Cumberland students defeated teams from law schools at Barry University, Florida State University, Stetson University, the University of Alabama and Mississippi College to compile a perfect 5-0 record.

Tuscaloosa attorney James H. Roberts, Jr., is team coach. As a Cumberland student in the 1990s, he was chief of the law school’s trial advocacy board.

The Cumberland team will represent the region, consisting of law schools in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, in national trial competition in Dallas, Texas, in late March. The competition is sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers’ Association and the American Bar Association.

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.