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

November 14, 2013

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Nov. 14, 2013)—Twelve middle schools from throughout the state have advanced to the S.C. Bar Middle School Mock Trial State Competition: Buist Academy (Charleston), Dent (Columbia), Dutch Fork (Irmo), Forestbrook (Myrtle Beach), Hand (Columbia), Johnston Edgefield Trenton (Johnston), Marrington (Goose Creek), Meadow Glen (Lexington), N. Myrtle Beach (Little River), Ocean Bay (Myrtle Beach), St. James (Myrtle Beach) and Sullivan (Rock Hill).

These schools will compete for the state title Dec. 6-7 at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center located at 205 E. Main St in Lexington. This year marks the 10th S.C. Bar Middle School Mock Trial State Competition.

Students will present the plaintiff and defense 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 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 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 S.C. Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,500 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

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