Twelve teams advance to S.C. Bar High School Mock Trial State Competition

March 05, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 5, 2013) — Twelve high schools from throughout the state have advanced to the S.C. Bar High School Mock Trial State Competition March 8-9 at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center located at 205 E. Main St. in Lexington.

Participating high schools include Bob Jones, Chapin, Fort Dorchester, Fort Mill, Johnsonville, Lexington, Montessori School of Anderson, N. Myrtle Beach, Socastee, S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, Strom Thurmond and Wando.

Students competed in the regional competition Feb. 23 where they presented the plaintiff and defendant sides of a fictitious case before a panel of local volunteer judges and lawyers. Additionally, students filled the roles of defendant, witnesses, bailiff and timekeepers. Each team will continue to be judged on its presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.

This year’s fictitious civil case is Logan Gray vs. JML Properties, Inc. Logan Gray, a news anchor and investigative reporter, aired a story about the bedbug infestation experienced while staying at a JML Property, and is subsequently suing the company. JML Properties denies the claim, alleging that Gray planted the bedbugs, and filed a counterclaim stating that the news story was defamatory and resulted in substantial financial losses. For more information about the Mock Trial case or program, visit www.scbar.org/lre.

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 a S.C. Bar Foundation IOLTA grant and the S.C. Bar.

The South Carolina 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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