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Twelve middle school teams throughout the state have advanced to compete in the SC Bar State Middle School Mock Trial Competition Dec. 1-2 at the Richland County Central Court in the Decker Center (2500 Decker Blvd., Columbia 29206).

At the state competition, students will present the prosecution and defense sides of a fictitious civil case before a panel of local volunteers lawyers and judges. Additionally, students will fill the roles of attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs and timekeepers. Each team will be judged on its presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.

This year’s case is Landry Lamar v. Bobbie’s Burgers, LLC, in which Landry Lamar sues Bobbie’s Burgers for unlawful whistleblower retaliation under East Carolina law.

One winning team from each of the five regions and seven wild card teams, representing the next highest scoring teams from all regions, have advanced to the State Competition.

From the Conway Regional Competition

From the Georgetown Regional Competition

  • Buist Academy – Regional Winner
  • Moultrie Middle School – Wild Card

From the Greenville Regional Competition

From the Lexington Summary Regional Competition

From the Lexington Westbrook Regional Competition

Back-up teams, Whittemore Park Middle School and North Myrtle Beach Middle School, will be notified by Nov. 17 if they will advance to the State Competition.

During the competition experience, teams and their coaches nominated another team to be considered for the Professionalism and Civility Award. The award was created to highlight professionalism among teams inside and outside the courtroom.

The Professionalism and Civility Award recipients are:

  • Conway Regional – Ten Oaks Middle School
  • Georgetown Regional – Philip Simmons Middle School
  • Greenville Regional – Bob Jones Academy
  • Lexington Summary Regional – Longleaf Middle School
  • Lexington Westbrook Regional – Ben Lippen Middle School

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.

About the South Carolina Bar:
The SC Bar, which has a membership of more than 16,000 lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.