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. 

 
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 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.