Samford University


June 13, 2011

Our Story

From Dean John Carroll of our Cumberland School of Law: 


The 18 best student trial advocates in the country descended on Baylor Law School June 1-5 to take part in the National Top Gun Mock Trial Competition.  Now in its second year, the National Top Gun is limited to 18 law schools and is unlike any other mock trial competition in the nation. Each invited school selects their top advocate to participate. Shannon Cornman O’Guinn was selected to represent Cumberland in this year’s competition. The mock case was a trial over a life insurance policy. A widow sued an insurance company for failing to pay a claim after her husband died falling off a cliff. The participants did not know what the case was about until 24 hours before the competition began. During that 24 hours the students assisted taking a deposition of a witness, reviewed existing depositions,  records, and photographs, and took a tour to the actual places where events in the case supposedly occurred. Shortly before each round, competitors met their witnesses for the first time. All the competitors participated in four rounds, two rounds each day, switching the side they represented, with the top four competitors advancing to a single elimination tournament. Shannon made it to the final round where she lost to a competitor from Yale.  


The world is better because of the competence of Cumberland lawyers. 


Our Mission

The mission of Samford University is to nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood. As a Christian university, the community fosters academic, career, and ethical competency while encouraging social and civic responsibility, and service to others.

Our Core Values

The Samford community values lifelong:

  • belief in God, the Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.
  • engagement with the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • learning and responsible freedom of inquiry.
  • personal empowerment, accountability, and responsibility.
  • vocational success and civic engagement.
  • spiritual growth and cultivation of physical well-being.
  • integrity, honesty, and justice.
  • appreciation for diverse cultures and convictions.
  • stewardship of all resources.
  • service to God, to family, to one another, and to the community.

Our Vision

Anchored in Christian understanding, Samford University will be a diverse community, stressing vigorous learning and personal faith, in the Baptist tradition. Within that commonality, the Community will be innovative in teaching, learning and research; sensitive to global issues; aggressive in self-assessment and continuous improvement. Faithful to its mission, Samford will be known and acknowledged worldwide by holding to its core values. The world will be better for it.

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