Thursday, February 28, 2013
Congratulations to the Wando High School mock trial team – they are one of the two teams going to the S.C. Bar State Competition in Columbia. Coached by Sally McClary Wallace, Phyllis Andrews Gildea. Emily G. Johnston and Elliott Barrow, the team competed against seven schools from the Lowcountry region in the S.C. Bar Regional High School Mock Trial Competition on Saturday at the North Charleston Municipal Complex.
Benjamin Rabin team captain, Grace Glenn, Greer Glenn, Andrew Lipke were awarded outstanding student attorneys/witnesses.
Participating schools included Beaufort, Berkeley, Edisto, Fort Dorchester, Hilton Head Christian Academy, Summerville and Wando.
Students presented the plaintiff and defendant sides of a fictitious case before a panel of local volunteer judges and lawyers.
Additionally, students filled the roles of defendant, witnesses, bailiff and timekeepers.
Each team was judged on its presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.
This year’s fictitious civil case was Logan Gray vs. JML Properties.
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.
A total of 12 teams from five regions (Coastal, Lexington, Lowcountry, Midlands and Piedmont) will advance to the state competition which will be held on March 8-9 at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center.
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.