Published on February 27, 2017 by Sean Flynt  
Mock Trial 2
Samford's mock trial team celebrates victories at AMTA Regionals

Samford University’s mock trial team earned regional honors at the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Regionals competition at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, Feb. 24–26, and qualified for the national Opening Round Championship Series in March. This is the first time Samford has qualified for the opening rounds since 2010 and only the second time since the team’s inception.

Samford students Mitch Laing and Kaitlin Mullen both received Outstanding Attorney awards in Louisville. Mullen was the only participant honored with two Outstanding Attorney awards. Jessica Brewer was named an Outstanding Witness.

To qualify for the national opening rounds, Samford’s team competed against teams from Lee University, Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The students presented both the plaintiff and defense sides of an age discrimination case.

“The experience really bonded the team and taught us a lot about what our careers may look like,” said team cocaptain Lexi Gilbert.

Samford’s Mock Trial Team
Levi Blalock of Odenville, Alabama
Will Brandt of Jonesboro, Arkansas
Jessica Brewer of Arlington, Tennessee
Madison Cumby
Lexi Gilbert of Brentwood, Tennessee
Alyssa Kuhnel of Lynn Haven, Florida
Mitch Laing
Anna McLemore of Somerville, Alabama
Kaitlin Mullen of Norcross, Georgia
Carolyn Smith of Bessemer, Alabama

Political science professor Marissa Grayson serves as the team’s faculty adviser. Attorney and Cumberland School of Law ’11 alumnus Brandon Prince coaches the team.

 
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 2nd nationally for student engagement and US News & World Report ranks Samford 86th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,729 students from 47 states and 30 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 1st nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.