Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2011-03-08

Mock trial teams from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law finished first and second in regional student trial advocacy competition sponsored by the American Association for Justice (AAJ) March 5-6 in Montgomery, Ala.

First place team members Charles Elliott, Drew Haskins, Amanda Kistler and Brittany Stancombe will compete at the national AAJ tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 31.

The winners defeated a second Cumberland team that included Michael Eldridge, Megan Murren, Shannon O’Guinn and Blake Williams in the championship round.

“Both teams worked very hard and drew praise from judges and competitors alike,” said Mike Rasmussen, who along with Marc Jaskolka coached the Cumberland students. Both coaches are Cumberland graduates and Birmingham attorneys.

The Cumberland teams had beaten law students from the University of South Carolina, University of Mississippi, Charleston School of Law, University of Alabama and Faulkner University in preliminary and semi-final rounds at the regional event.



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.