S.C. Bar to host inaugural Battle of the Carolinas Middle School Mock Trial Competition

March 25, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 25, 2013)—Four South Carolina middle schools and four North Carolina middle schools will compete in the inaugural Battle of the Carolinas Middle School Mock Trial Competition March 28-29, at the Horry County Government and Justice Center located at 1301 Second Ave. in Conway.

The top four teams from the 2013 S.C. Bar Middle School Mock Trial State Competition—Forestbrook Middle School (winner), Ocean Bay Middle School (first runner-up), Dent Middle School and Dutch Fork Middle School—will compete against North Carolina’s top four teams: Ridge Road Middle School (winner), McDougle Middle School (first runner-up), The Academy at Lincoln and Wayne School of Engineering.

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

Teams will use the same case that was used in their respective 2013 regional and state Mock Trial competitions. This year’s fictitious case is Sidney Curie v. Petzicon Products, Inc. Curie, the owner of an award-winning West Highland Terrier, is suing Petzicon for the manufacture and sale of its flea treatment, FleaX, after Curie’s dog died following its use. Petzicon denies the allegations, claiming the death was caused by Curie’s improper application of the flea treatment.

The Battle of the Carolinas Middle School Mock Trial Competition is a project between the S.C. Bar and the N.C. Bar Association Foundation. The program is supported by the S.C. Bar Law Related Education Division, S.C. Bar Foundation, N.C. Law Related Education Division and N.C. Bar Association Foundation.

The S.C. Bar 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. For more information, visit www.scbar.org/lre.

The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,500 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.