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High School Students Gear Up For S.C. Bar Mock Trial Competition
web posted February 13, 2013
COLUMBIA – Eleven schools from the
Piedmont region will compete in the S.C. Bar Regional High School Mock
Trial Competition on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Greenville Courthouse
located at 305 E. North St. in Greenville. Participating schools
include Bob Jones Academy; Christ Church Episcopal School; Greenville
Senior High Academy of Law, Finance and Business; Greenville Technical
Charter; Greenwood; Montessori High School of Anderson; Seneca; Strom
Thurmond High School in Johnston; Wade Hampton; Westminster Catawba
Christian; and Woodmont.
Students will present the plaintiff and defendant sides of a fictitious
case before a panel of local volunteer judges and lawyers.
Additionally, students will fill the roles of defendant, witnesses,
bailiff and timekeepers. Each team will be judged on its presentation
skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.
This year’s fictitious civil case is Logan Gray vs. JML Properties,
Inc. Logan Gray, a news anchor and investigative reporter, aired a
story about the bedbug infestation experienced while staying at a JML
Property, and is subsequently suing the company. JML Properties denies
the claim, alleging that Gray planted the bedbugs, and filed a
counterclaim stating that the news story was defamatory and resulted in
substantial financial losses. For more information about the Mock Trial
case or program, visit
A total of 12 teams from five regions (Coastal, Lexington, Lowcountry,
Midlands and Piedmont) will advance to the state competition March 8-9
at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center.
The roles of courtroom sketch artist and courtroom journalist were
introduced in the 2011 competition and return this year to broaden
participation across a more diverse group of students. Entries will be
judged by local reporters, graphic designers and artists, and the
winners will receive a certificate and plaque at their schools’ awards
day. For examples of last year’s winning entries, visit www.scbar.org/LawRelatedEducation/AllPrograms/HighSchoolMockTrial/artistjournalist.aspx
The Mock Trial program is sponsored by the S.C. Bar’s Law Related
Education (LRE) Division, which was developed in 1976 to improve the
ability of teachers to instruct law related education.
The Mock Trial program is made possible through a S.C. Bar Foundation
IOLTA grant and the S.C. Bar.
The South Carolina Bar, which has a membership of more than 14,000
lawyers, is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism and
understanding of the law.
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