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Welcome to the 19th edition of LRE News in its newest format! We hope this newsletter has become a useful tool for you. It was created to provide information on LRE news, programs and events for those involved with LRE programs. Suggestions and feedback are always welcome.

2014 Training Catalog
The 2014 Law Related Education Training Catalog wsill be unveiled in February. Watch your inbox—you do not want to miss out on all the trainings coming your way.

national news

2014 Law Day Theme Announced
The 2014 Law Day theme has been selected by the American Bar Association: American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters. Please be sure to visit www.lawday.org in the coming months for more details on the theme as well as downloadable artwork, lesson plans, resources, the Dialogue and more.

One of our most cherished national ideals, expressed eloquently by Abraham Lincoln, is “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” It is the principle enshrined in our nation’s founding documents, from the Declaration of Independence’s assurance that government derive their powers from the consent of the governed, to the opening three words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, “We the People.”

The right to vote is the very foundation of government by the people. For this reason, striving to establish and protect every citizen’s right to vote has been a central theme of American legal and civic history. Much of the struggle on voting rights began decades ago, but the work is far from complete, and a citizen’s right to cast a ballot remains at risk today.

As we approach the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 2014 Law Day theme, American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters, calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy.

state news
It’s Back … the 2014 S.C. Supreme Court Institute
The S.C. Bar and S.C. Supreme Court proudly bring back the S.C. Supreme Court Institute, taking place June 16-20, 2014, in Columbia, SC. The Institute is for middle and high school teachers that teach social studies, U.S. government and history. The Institute focuses on the S.C. Supreme Court and the branches of government. Attendees will learn how to bring South Carolina courts and the law to life for their students while interacting with educators, attorneys, judges and Supreme Court justices. Teachers will gain new interactive tools with which to teach students about the Court. This Institute includes a visit to the S.C. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments and an opportunity to speak with the justices afterward! A meet and greet with Chief Justice Jean H. Toal and fellow justices is included. The Institute includes panel discussions with judges representing various courts, a technology component working with various Web site resources, and an opportunity to build lesson plans to bring back to the classroom. This free Institute also includes a session on iCivics (www.iCivics.org).

LRE Awards and Recognition
Each year, one middle school and one high school are selected as the LRE Schools of the Year. Winners are chosen based on their implementation of LRE curricula and/or programs and commitment to the principles of LRE. Each school receives a scholarship of $2,500 for use as it wishes. There is also an LRE Teacher of the Year Award for one middle school teacher and one high school teacher based on their implementation of LRE curricula and/or programs and commitment to the principles of LRE. Each of these teachers receives an award of $500 for use as they wish.

High school seniors who have participated in mock trial or either of the We the People programs have the opportunity to apply for a one-time $500 scholarship to assist with higher education costs.

An award is also provided to the LRE Citizen of the Year, selected based on his/her commitment to LRE programs and goals. This recipient will receive $500 to use as he/she wishes. LRE also recognizes one LRE Attorney of the Year who is recognized in front of his/her peers at the House of Delegates meeting.

The winner of the statewide High School Mock Trial Competition and the We the People competition receives some financial assistance to compete in the national competitions.

For applications, click here. All applications are to be postmarked no later than March 19, 2014.

Middle School Mock Trial – Results and BIG Thank You
The 2013 Middle School Mock Trial season has come to a close, but not before recognizing the 2013 State Champion, Forestbrook Middle School, and first runner-up, Ocean Bay Middle School.

If you thought that Mock Trial was only for high school, then you thought wrong! The 2013 Middle School Mock Trial season had 35 schools participating.

Forestbrook Middle School won its fourth state Mock Trial competition on December 7. Participating students included Hannah Beam, Bailee Carter, Hailey Haddock, Ashlyn Herring, Erica Holt, Jessica Jefferds, Ashley Jones, Joey Kirkman, Nayah Lewis, Aly Loyd, Zoe McNelis, Zack Odom, Neil Pankhania, Cecia Zavala Ramos, Sydny Stegal and Sophie Stavanovich. The teacher coaches were Gretchen Almeida, Grace Burleson and Stephanie Necessary. The attorney coach was Audra Byrd. Click Here for Picture

Ocean Bay Middle School was the first runner-up. Participating students included Gabby Arambula, Madison Blanton, Ryan Bao, Fendi Chen, Michael Corcione, Christian DiMarino, Ela Ender, Natasha Flaten, Michael Foltz, Eszter Horovitz, Lauren Myrick, Alexis Stultz, Christoph Tatgenhorst and Franky Wong. The teacher coaches were Billy Gainus, Marion Touzel, Elaine Aiken and Mary Lynn Hope. The attorney coach was Dominic Starr. Click Here for Picture

This year, students presented the plaintiff and defense sides of a fictitious case, Sidney Curie v. Petzicon Products, Inc. A two-year-old show dog returned from winning Best in Show and died a few days later following a reaction to flea treatment. The plaintiff instituted a civil action against Petzicon Products. The defense denied any responsibility of the dog’s death. The case was presented before a panel of local volunteer lawyers. Additionally, students filled the roles of witnesses and bailiff. Each team was judged on its presentation skills rather than the legal merits of the case.

Interested in starting this program at your school? Click Here for more information. FREE trainings are available any time online by Clicking Here, and an in-person training will be available September 2014.

Congratulations and many, many thanks to the following dedicated teachers and attorneys coaches who generously gave their time and energy to mentor students who participated in the 2013 Middle School Mock Trial program.

School Teachers Attorney Coaches
Aynor Middle John Adkins, Jamie Allen William Pavy
Bob Jones Academy Michael Murphy, Margaret Stegall Rick Patton
Buist Academy for Advanced Studies Christopher Garner, Liz Deters Elizabeth Corn, Bett Myrick, Amy Campbell Kelly
C.E. Murray Jr. High John Carey Ronnie Sabb, Adrian Dukes
Cane Bay Middle School Chelsey Mintz, Julie Reynolds Shawn Bates, Danielle Walker, James Reeves, Jeremy Stipkala, Steve DeAnotnio
Cardinal Newman Elizabeth Gertz none
Ctr. for Accelerated Prep. Peggy Fettig, Theresa Counts-Davis Brett Bayne, Lauren Acquaviva
Chapin Middle Kelly Wolfe James Burns, Sarah Eibling, Brian Barnwell, Jessica Goodfellow, Will Harter
Dent Middle Tim Hicks, Marc Turner Milton Kimpson
Dutch Fork Middle Mandy Goldsmith, Susan Dobbins, Jenny Adams Byron Roberts, Christy Rogers
Forestbrook Middle Gretchen Almeida, Stephanie Necessary, Grace Burleson Audra Byrd
Greenville Middle Academy David Gray, Laurie Gallego Rodney F. Pillsbury, Joy Grayson
Hammond School Karen Shull, Jake Horsfall Ellen Pauling, John Lay
Hand Middle Medina Boggs, Kyle Yobs Kathrine Hudgins
Heathwood Hall Episcopal Emily Hodges Barbara Petit, Candice Lively, Gwynne Goodlet
Hemingway Middle Mary Owens, Carleen Freeman Doward Harvin
JET Middle Joseph Friar Blair Massey
Kingstree Middle Adrina Wise, Kenyatta Bell Charlotte Wise, Mark Wise
Longleaf Middle Whitney Nichols, Richard Fish, Jennifer Bull Joseph Bias, David Ziegler
Marrington Middle Steven Sorrell, Angela Johnson Matthew Douglas
Meadow Glen Middle Jennifer Hamilton, Michael Moore, Courtney Garrison Jason Hall
Merriwether Middle Karen Tura, William Smith, Erin Sweeney Shane Massey
Montessori Sch. of Anderson Susan Johnson John Stathakis
Moultrie Middle Ann Hills Marie-Louise Ramsdale, Audrey Brown
Myrtle Beach Middle Karen McKenzie Charles Jordan Jr., Kerry Jardine
North Myrtle Beach Middle Brenda Kidd, Susan Hamilton Melissa Frazier
Ocean Bay Middle Billy Gainus, Elaine Aiken, Mary Lynn Hope, Marion Touzel Dominic Starr
Springfield Middle James Anderson, Danielle Reed Rodney Davis
St. Andrews Middle Judy Wright LaQuetta Ruston
St. Anthony Catholic Patti Odom, Cris Lekovich, Julie Yarnal George Jebaily
St. James Middle Samantha House, Janet Dickinson, Shelley Seavy, Kerry Harrah Robert Bryan
Sullivan Middle William McHenry, Lia McKay, Cheryl Brokaw Stephen Cox, Daniel J. Ballou, Jim Morton, Danny Wilson Jr.
Westview Middle Cheryl Brokaw Danny Wilson Jr.
Whittemore Park Middle Brandon Hooks, Jean Mintz  
Williams Middle Jackie Richardson, Brad Sponic Meggie Baker

Mock Trial Now on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Edmodo
Mock Trial is now on various social media sites. Stay up to date by checking us out today. Click on any of the hyperlinks above.

It’s Back … the 2014 Mock Trial Skills Workshop – Sept. 20, 2014
The LRE Division is sponsoring a Mock Trial Skills Workshop on Saturday, September 20, 2014! This year’s workshop will include general sessions and breakout sessions. It is planned for new students to have an opportunity to work with affidavits; role play; analyze video segments; examine rules of evidence; learning courtroom layout and etiquette, including making and handling objections; review openings, closings, directs and crosses; and get Mock Trial tips. The goal for all in attendance is to gain Mock Trial experience and skills in a fun learning environment. Teacher and attorney coaches will be able to accompany their students throughout the day. There will be limited space available. Schools will want to watch for more information and apply early.

Competition Dates for 2013/14
High School Mock Trial
Regionals February 22, 2014
North Charleston, Conway, Greenville, and Lexington
State (Columbia) March 7-8, 2014
Nationals (Madison, Wisconsin) May 8 – 11, 2014

Middle School Mock Trial
Battle of Carolinas (Conway) March 28-29, 2014

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
Nationals (Washington, DC) April 25-29, 2014

We the People: Project Citizen
In-School Presentations Scheduled individually any time prior to 4/24/13
State Showcase (Columbia) April 24, 2013

Mock Trial Coaches’ Manual for Attorneys and Teachers
Looking for a resource to help you with Mock Trial? The LRE Division recently unveiled the Mock Trial Coaches’ Manual for Attorneys and Teachers. This is a fabulous reference manual for coaches of all experience levels. The manual does not replace the competition handbook packed with competition rules and modified rules of evidence. The manual includes general guidelines regarding the roles of teachers and attorneys, tools for the classroom, lesson plans, handouts, tests and more. Attorneys and teachers can register for this free resource. Once registered the link to the document is provided.

Click Here to Register   

Project Citizen
The 2014 showcase of all completed Project Citizen entries is scheduled for April 24, 2014. In-school presentation dates can be scheduled any time during the school year leading up to the April 24th showcase. Judging of in-school presentations can be arranged with Cynthia H. Cothran at (803) 252-5139 or ccothran@scbar.org.

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
The 2014 Middle and High School competitions took place January 9, 2014, in Columbia at Columbia College. Six teams competed. The winner of the 2014 High School State Competition was Carolina Forest High School. The team’s 46 high school students will represent South Carolina at the national competition in Washington, DC April 25-29, 2014.

Carolina Forest High School students were Ryan Alawar, Erick Alvarado, Kyle Anderso,n Jonathan Burlinson, Evan Cox, Tori Creekmor,e Ryan Custe,r John Daniels, Chelsea DeChamplain, Taylor Estes, Emily Felig, Ryan Flynn, Dylan Fowle,r Dillon Graham, James Hatto,n Tyler Hazleton, Gunner Huggins, Linda Irving, Robert Jolly, Logan Jones, Patty Krame,r Rachael La Valle, Sarah Jane Lowe, Luke Mills, Keith Negri, Preston Nettle, Autumn Owens, Eden Perets, Alisha Petrizz,o Kasee Poa,t Juantavia Prather, Robbie Reardon, CJ Reye,s Joey Riotto, Kay Sheth, Jake Smith, Billy Sparks, Melanie Stefanchik, Kalie Strange, Austin Strickland, Jessie Strickland, Paige Thompson, Chandler White, Abel Wilson, Michael Wynne and Ryan Yurachek. Their teacher coach was J.J. Iagulli.

The winner of the 2014 Middle School State Competition was Dent Middle School. The middle school team consisted of Anthony Androulakis, Pranav Bellukutty, Treona Benjamin, Hannah Chappell, Kate Ellis, Nate Flesh, Goutham Gopal, Abby Kim, Meghan Kim, Henry Kohel, Logan Nall, Patrick Orr, Bobbie Jo Skipper. Their teacher coach was Marc Turner.

Updated Law for Young Adults Resource Available
The Law for Young Adults resource for students preparing to turn 18 is available. This is a fabulous resource with more than 30 topics relating to teenagers transitioning to adulthood. This is a great resource to use in the classroom or for students to go directly to for assistance.

Click Here for the Document
Upcoming Events

Supreme Court   
Institute, June 15-19

Project Citizen
Training, July 8
Training, Sept. 24

We the People
Training, July 9
Training, Oct. 1

Street Law
Training, Oct. 15

July 24

Foundations of Democracy
Training, July 30

Middle School Mock Trial
Training, September 10
Webinars, Available 24/7

High School Mock Trial
Training, September 10
Webinars, Available 24/7

Law for Teachers
Webinars, Available 24/7

For more upcoming events, click here to visit our website.

LRE Staff

Cynthia H. Cothran
LRE Director
Oversees all programs

Marian Kirk
LRE Program Coordinator
Supports all programs and competitions

Donald Lanier
LRE Manager
Supports Community Works, Street Law, Foundations of Democracy, School Resource Officer Trainings and We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

LRE programs are made possible with the support of the South Carolina Bar Foundation's IOLTA grant and the South Carolina Bar.