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Buist Academy of Advanced Studies of Charleston, lead by teacher coaches Christopher Garner and Liz Good and attorney coach Elizabeth Bailey, took home first place in the 19th annual SC Bar State Middle School Mock Trial held Dec. 6-7 at the Richland County Central Court at Decker Center in Columbia. Socastee Middle School from Myrtle Beach, guided by teachers Amanda Herath, Daniell Hamilton and Debra Jaime and attorney coach Audra Byrd, took home the award for First Runner-Up.

Twelve middle schools advanced from the Regional Competitions in November to compete in the SC Bar State Mock Trial Competition. The students presented the prosecution and defense sides of a fictitious civil case before a panel of local volunteers lawyers and judges. This year’s case was Drew Mosley v. Rockie’s Food Corporation, in which Drew Mosley is suing the food distributor for personal injury.

During the competition, the teams and their coaches selected Chapin Middle School to win the Professionalism and Civility Award. The award was created to highlight professionalism among teams inside and outside the courtroom. The Chapin Middle mock trial team was instructed by teacher Betty Dixon and attorney coaches Sarah Eibling and Tucker Player.

Congratulations to all participating schools and award-winners! Thank you to the incredible volunteer coaches and judges who so selflessly give back to the youth in their communities.

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The Mock Trial Program is sponsored by the SC Bar’s Law Related Education (LRE) Division, which was developed in 1976 to improve the ability of teachers to instruct law related education. The program is supported by the Bar’s LRE Committee and made possible through a SC Bar Foundation IOLTA grant and the SC Bar.