Published on April 23, 2018 by Morgan Black  
mediation team

Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law Mediation Team completed the 2018 competition season finishing third in the American Bar Association (ABA) Representation in Mediation National Competition held recently in Washington D.C.

Third-year students Ranse Hare of Grove Hill, Alabama, and Ryan Hawks of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, won their regional competition in February, securing their spot in the national competition.

Eight teams from across the U.S. were invited to compete in the national competition, which consisted of two preliminary rounds, a semifinal round and a final round. During the preliminary rounds, Cumberland faced St. Mary’s University School of Law and Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law. At the end of the first day, the top four teams advanced to the semifinal round, Cumberland being one of these teams. Cumberland came back the next day to face University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law in the semifinal round, ultimately being defeated two votes to one. Sturm would go on to win the national title.

“I’ve coached these two students for the last two years and am so proud of what they have accomplished these past two seasons. Finishing off their law school careers with a third place finish at a national competition isn’t a bad way to go out,” said head coach Krista Cowley, a 2015 Cumberland graduate. The team was also coached by Miranda Coley Taylor, a 2017 graduate.

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, problem-solving approaches and productive conversation.

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.