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Middle school students gear up for South Carolina Bar Middle School Mock Trial Competition

November 10, 2010

November 8, 2010

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 8, 2010) - Thirty-six middle schools from the across the state will compete in the S.C. Bar Regional Middle School Mock Trial Regional Competitions this Saturday, November 13.

School competing in the Coastal region include Forestbrook, Hanahan, Johnsonville, Marrington, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Ocean Bay, St. Anthony Catholic, St. James and Williams.  Schools competing in the Midlands region include Blythewood, Cardinal Newman, Crayton, Dent, Dutch Fork, E.L. Wright, Hand, Heathwood Hall, Hopkins, Irmo, Leavelle McCampbell, Lexington, Longleaf, Paul Knox, Schofield, St. Andrews, St. Anne Catholic and St. Joseph. School competing in the Piedmont region include Gold Hill, Greenville Middle Academy of Traditional and Global Studies, Johnston Edgefield Trenton, Merriwether, R.H. Gettys, Spartanburg Day, Springfield and West Oak.

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.

This year’s fictitious civil case, Mary Foster v. Frankie Taylor, involves the death of Mary's son, Tom Foster, a teenager who allegedly fell to his death while walking the Flying Tiger roller coaster in Jumbo Amusement Park. Tom and a group of high school students sneaked into the park in an attempt to see the ghost of a woman who was killed in 1976 by being thrown from the roller coaster. To read more information about the case or about the Middle School Mock Trial program, go to www.scbar.org/msmt.

A total of ten teams from the three different regional competitions will advance to the state competition on Saturday, December 4, at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center located at 212 S. Lake Dr. in Lexington.          

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 South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 13,500 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

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