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.



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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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.