Published on October 4, 2011  

Howard College of Arts and Sciences alumna Brittany Stancombe of Clarksville, Tenn. was a member of the Cumberland School of Law team that won the 12th annual National Trial Advocacy Competition hosted by the Michigan State University College of Law over 26 other teams 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.

Other team members were Drew Haskins of Chattanooga, 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.  


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