Twelve mock trial teams advance to State Mock Trial Competition March 7-8

February 26, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Feb. 26, 2014)—Twelve high schools from the throughout the state have advanced to the S.C. Bar High School Mock Trial State Competition: Blythewood High School; Bob Jones Academy, Team A (Greenville); Fort Dorchester High School (N. Charleston); Lexington High School; Montessori School of Anderson; Myrtle Beach High School; N. Myrtle Beach High School, Team A (Little River); River Bluff High School (Lexington); Socastee High School (Myrtle Beach); Strom Thurmond High School, Team A (Johnston); Wade Hampton High School (Greenville); and Wando High School, Team A (Mt. Pleasant).

These schools will compete for the state title March 7-8 at the Matthew J. Perry Jr. Federal Courthouse in Columbia.
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.

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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