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Middle school students gear up for S.C. Bar Middle School Mock Trial Competition

October 22, 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Oct. 22, 2012) — Thirty-seven middle schools from throughout South Carolina will compete in the S.C. Bar Regional Middle School Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Participating schools from the Coastal region include Black Water, Buist Academy, C.E. Murray, Forestbrook, Hemingway, Johnsonville, Kingstree, Myrtle Beach, N. Myrtle Beach, Ocean Bay, St. James, Whittemore and Williams. The Coastal regional competition will take place at the Conway Courthouse (1301 Second Ave., Conway).

Participating schools from the Midlands region include Blythewood, Cardinal Newman, Center for AcceleratedPreparation, Chapin, Crayton, Dent, Dutch Fork, Hammond, Hand, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Lexington, Longleaf, Marrington, St. Andrews, St. Anne Catholic, St. Anthony Catholic, St. Joseph and Westview. The Midlands regional competition will take place at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center (205 E. Main St., Lexington).

Participating schools from the Piedmont region include Banks Trail, Greenville Middle Academy, Johnston Edgefield Trenton, Merriwether, Springfield and Sullivan. The Piedmont regional competition will take place at the Greenville County Courthouse (305 E. North St., Greenville).

Students will present the prosecution and defendant sides of a fictitious civil case before a panel of local volunteer lawyers and judges. Additionally, students will fill the roles of attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs and timekeepers. Each team will be judged on its presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.

This year’s fictitious case is Jess McGee v. Kasey Moore. McGee, the owner of a prized bull, is suing Moore for negligence after the bull escaped from his pasture and was killed in an accident.  Moore denies negligence, claiming the accident was unavoidable, and is suing McGee for the damage caused to her car.

A total of 12 teams from the three different regions (Coastal, Midlands and Piedmont) will advance to the state competition Dec. 7-8 at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center.

The Mock Trial program is sponsored by the S.C. Bar’s Law Related Education (LRE) Division, which was developed in 1976 to improve the ability of teachers to instruct law related education.

The Mock Trial program is made possible through an IOLTA grant from the S.C. Bar Foundation and the S.C. Bar.

The S.C. Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

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