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Fictitious businessman, Lane Hill, has been charged with murdering business partner, Zoe Caine. Caine was in a deep gambling hole and had to secretly steal money from the company. Over $200,000 later, the business went bankrupt and Hill hired an accountant. When Caine was at the height of the mountingdebt, Hill allegedly threatened to kill Caine. Shortly thereafter, Caine was found dead. Both Hill and the state of South Carolina will be represented by high school students in the upcoming SC Bar Regional High School Mock Trial Competitions.

Forty-eight high schools will compete in the 19th annual event on Feb. 23 at locations throughout South Carolina. Students will fill the roles of attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs and timekeepers in the fictitious criminal case, State of South Carolina v. Lane Hill.

Students will present the case before a panel of local volunteer lawyers and judges in Columbia, Conway, Greenville, Georgetown and Lexington. Each team will be judged on its presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.

Participating high schools include:

Georgetown Regional Competition – Georgetown County Courthouse, 401 Cleveland St, Georgetown

  • Berkeley High School
  • Charleston Collegiate School
  • Charleston School of the Arts
  • Fort Dorchester High School
  • The Georgetown School
  • James Island Charter High School
  • Summerville High School
  • Waccamaw High School
  • Wando High School
  • West Ashley High School

Columbia Regional Competition – Richland Central Court in the Decker Center, 2500 Decker Blvd., Columbia

  • A.C. Flora High School
  • Cardinal Newman School
  • Clover High School
  • Dreher High School
  • Heathwood Hall Episcopal School
  • Indian Land High School
  • Richland Northeast High School
  • Ridgeview High School
  • Spring Valley High School
  • Westwood High School

Conway Regional Competition – Horry County Government and Justice Center, 1301 2nd Ave., Conway

  • Academy for Technology and Academics
  • Carolina Forest High School
  • Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics
  • Kingstree Senior High School
  • Manning High School
  • Socastee High School
  • Myrtle Beach High School
  • Socastee High School
  • Wilson High School

Greenville Regional Competition – Greenville County Courthouse, 305 E. North St., Greenville

  • Bob Jones Academy
  • Dorman High School
  • Fort Mill High School
  • Greenville Senior High School
  • Greenwood High School
  • Montessori School of Anderson
  • NEXT High School
  • T.L. Hannah High School
  • Upstate Homeschool Co-Op
  • Wade Hampton High School

Lexington Regional Competition – Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center, 205 E. Main St., Lexington

  • Aiken High School
  • Bethune Bowman High School
  • Brookland-Cayce High School
  • Chapin High School
  • Dutch Fork High School
  • Irmo High School
  • Nation Ford High School
  • North Augusta High School
  • Spring Hill High School
  • Strom Thurmond High School
  • York Preparatory Academy

Twelve teams from the five regional competitions will advance to the state competition March 8-9.

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.