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.

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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.