Published on February 21, 2018 by Morgan Black  
Mediation Team and Coaches

Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law mediation team won the American Bar Association (ABA) Representation in Mediation regional competition held recently at Stetson University College of Law, DeLand, Florida.  

Ranse Hare and Ryan Hawks, both third year students, won the tournament sweeping the votes of all judges in each round. Second year student Ty Smith and third year student Paige Caraway also competed in the weekend competition. The Cumberland team faced other mediation teams from Emory University School of Law, Tulane University Law School and the University of Mississippi School of Law. 

The competition is intended to familiarize the students with advocacy skills in mediation. Students are judged on criteria designed to reward the use of a combination of advocacy skills and problem-solving approaches. 

“The teams were effective and confident and did Cumberland proud,” Head Coach Krista Cowley said.  

The team will compete in the National Mediation Competition in Washington, D.C., in early April. 

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.