Wednesday, March 5, 2014
On Feb. 22, Fort Dorchester and Wando High School progressed to the S.C. Bar High School Mock Trial State Competition after winning its region competition at the North Charleston courthouse. Between March 7 and 8 at the Matthew J. Perry Jr. Federal Courthouse, students will display both the plaintiff and defendant side of a fictitious case before local volunteer judges and lawyers who will act as the panel for the event.
The Estate of Jordan Simon v. Terry Swift and Hilliard Academy is the fictional civil case this year. Senior track star Jordan Simon died of a heart attack due to her steroid use; mother Kelly plans to sue Coach Swift and Hilliard Academy for negligence in the death of Jordan. Swift and Hilliard Academy claim the argument is false, saying that Simon was at fault for not discovering Jordan's steroid use.
During the mock trial, students will act as defendants, witnesses, timekeepers and bailiff. They will be judged on presentational skills – not the legal merits of the case.
S.C. Bar's Law Related Education (LRE) is sponsoring the Mock Trial Program through a grant and the S.C. Bar. The LRE Division was developed in 1976. Their hope to improve teacher's ability to instruct education related to law.
With memberships of more than 14,500 lawyers, the South Carolina Bar is fulfilling their mission of “advancing justice, professionalism and understanding of the law.”