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Fictitious high school student Layton Pierce developed an educational mobile app that took off, attracting an investor, Creative Technology Investments (CTI). When the app was pulled off the market for its use as a platform for cheating, CTI sued Pierce for negligent misrepresentation and fraud. Both Pierce and CTI will be represented by high school students in the upcoming Mock Trial Competition.

Forty-four high schools will compete in the 18th annual SC Bar Regional High School Mock Trial Competitions on Feb. 24. Students will fill the roles of attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs and timekeepers in the fictitious civil case, Creative Technology Investments v. Layton Pierce.

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

Participating high schools include:

Charleston Regional Competition – Charleston County Courthouse
(100 Broad St., Charleston 29401)

  • Berkley High School
  • Fort Dorchester High School
  • Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics
  • James Island Charter High School
  • Summerville High School
  • Wando High School

Columbia Regional Competition – Richland Central Court in the Decker Center
(2500 Decker Blvd., Columbia 29206)

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

Conway Regional Competition – Horry County Government and Justice Center
(1301 2nd Ave., Conway 29526)

  • Academy for Technology and Academics
  • Carolina Forest High School
  • C.E. Murray High School
  • Kingstree Senior High School
  • Manning High School
  • Socastee High School
  • Waccamaw High School
  • Wilson High School

Greenville Regional Competition – Greenville County Courthouse
(305 E. North St., Greenville 29601)

  • Bob Jones Academy
  • Christ Church Episcopal School
  • Dorman High School
  • Greenville Senior High School
  • Greenwood High School
  • Legacy Early College High School
  • Montessori School of Anderson
  • Nation Ford High School
  • NEXT High School
  • Strom Thurmond High School
  • T.L. Hanna High School
  • Wade Hampton High School

Lexington Regional Competition – Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center
(205 E. Main St., Lexington 29072)

  • Brookland-Cayce High School
  • Chapin High School
  • Dutch Fork High School
  • Fort Mill High School
  • Irmo High School
  • Lexington High School
  • North Augusta High School
  • River Bluff High School
  • Spring Hill High School
  • York Preparatory Academy

Twelve teams from the five regional competitions will advance to the state competition March 9-10 at the Matthew J. Perry Federal Courthouse (901 Richland St., Columbia 29201).

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.