High school students gear up for S.C. Mock Trial Competition; regional comps scheduled for Feb. 22

February 11, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Feb. 11, 2014)—Forty-nine high schools from the throughout the state will compete in the S.C. Bar Regional High School Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, Feb. 22, in Conway, Greenville, Lexington and N. Charleston.

Participating schools from the Coastal region include Academy for Technology and Academics, C.E. Murray, Carolina Forest, Early College, Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, Hemingway, Johnsonville, Kingstree, Marlboro County, Myrtle Beach, N. Myrtle Beach, Socastee, S. Florence, Waccamaw and Wilson.

Participating schools from the Lowcountry region include Academic Magnet, Berkeley, Cane Bay, Charleston County School of the Arts, Ft. Dorchester, Summerville and Wando.

Participating schools from the Midlands region include AC Flora, Aiken, Blythewood, Chapin, Dreher, Dutch Fork, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Lexington, N. Augusta, Ridge View, River Bluff, Saint Francis Xavier, Spring Hill and Spring Valley.

Participating schools from the Piedmont region include Bob Jones Academy; Christ Church Episcopal School; Ft. Mill; Greenville Senior High Academy of Law, Finance and Business; Greenwood; Montessori High School of Anderson; Nation Ford; Seneca; Strom Thurmond; TL Hanna; Wade Hampton; Woodmont; and York Preparatory Academy.

Students will present the plaintiff and defendant sides of a fictitious case before a panel of local volunteer judges and lawyers. Additionally, students will fill the roles of defendant, witnesses, bailiff 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 is the Estate of Jordan Simon v. Terry Swift and Hilliard Academy. Jordan Simon, a senior track star at Hilliard Academy, died of a heart attack caused by steroid use. His mother, Kelly Simon, is suing Hilliard Academy and Coach Terry Swift for negligence in Jordan’s death. Hilliard Academy and Swift deny these claims and are arguing Kelly Simon was comparatively negligent in not discovering Jordan’s steroid use. For more information about the Mock Trial case or program, visit www.scbar.org/lre.

A total of 12 teams from the four regions will advance to the state competition March 7-8 at the Matthew J. Perry Jr. Federal Courthouse in Columbia.

The roles of courtroom sketch artist and courtroom journalist were introduced in the 2011 competition and return this year to broaden participation across a more diverse group of students. Entries will be judged by local reporters, graphic designers and artists, and the winners will receive a certificate and plaque at their schools’ awards days. For examples of last year’s winning entries, visit www.scbar.org/LawRelatedEducation/AllPrograms/HighSchoolMockTrial.

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 14,500 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.

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