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It’s rare that one person can practice law while helping run a system that trains the next generation of lawyers; but that’s one of the reasons why Sabrina Owen was named the LRE Lawyer of the Year.
Throughout the past 13 years, she’s traveled the country to judge the National High School Mock Trial competition. This is in addition to coordinating Middle and High School Mock Trial events for the Lowcountry.
“It is impressive to see children be able to take the ideas and constructs of the constitution and apply them to modern day situations in ways that most adults don’t,” said Owen, who practices at Ramsdale Law Firm in Mount Pleasant.
Owen currently serves as the Lowcountry coordinator for Middle and High School Mock Trial, but her passion stretches further. She has judged state competitions and spent several weekends traveling the country to judge National High School Mock Trial competitions.
LRE helps more than just the students. From judging competitions across the state and the nation, Owen has made connections everywhere she goes.
“Being able to coordinate competitions has afforded me personal relationships with everyone from the Clerk of Court to court staff to judges that I otherwise would not have had,” she said.
Owen received the award during the House of Delegates meeting in May in Rock Hill.
“The Lawyer of the Year award seeks to recognize attorneys in South Carolina who make significant contributions to furthering the mission of the LRE Division,” said Cynthia Cothran, the SC Bar LRE Director. “Sabrina does just that every time she volunteers to judge or recruit someone to help with a Mock Trial competition.”
The LRE Division’s mission is to provide students with opportunities to develop an understanding of their role as citizens in a constitutional democracy. In keeping with its mission over the years, the division has sponsored a variety of worships for teachers, conferences for teachers and students, technical assistance to schools and competitive venues for students. If you are interested in joining the LRE Committee, visit www.scbar.org/getinvolved.