Posted by William Nunnelley on 2011-10-04

A team from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law won the 12th annual National Trial Advocacy Competition hosted by the Michigan State University College of Law over 26 other teams last weekend (Sept. 29-Oct. 2).

            Cumberland defeated the University of Florida in the finals after wins over the University of Houston in the semifinals and University of Maryland in the quarter-finals.

            Team members were Drew Haskins of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Brittany Stancombe of Clarksville, Tenn.; Sam Nicolle of Hazel Green, Ala.; and Patrick Hinchey of Savannah, Ga.  Attorney Sara Williams of the firm Carr Allison, a member of Cumberland’s 2006 award-winning national trial team, was the coach.

            “The performance of the student advocates who competed in this competition was especially impressive considering the team had only two weeks to prepare,” said Williams.  “This achievement is one in which our entire community can take pride.”

            The annual competition at Michigan State provides participants an opportunity to perfect their courtroom advocacy skills before judges and practitioners.


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.