FDHS advances to state mock trial competition
Students from Fort Dorchester High School have advanced to the S.C. Bar High School Mock Trial State Competition, to be held March 8-9 at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center.
Participating students include Jason Bardsley, Karlie Brown, Mackenzie Borum, Madeleine Cheesborough, Mary Kate Cole, Jade Cooper, Kirsten Cresho, Alexis Hickman, Kylin Johnson, Elliott Mueller, Charissa Simpson and Lauren Stewart. The teacher coach is William Dowd, and the attorney coach is David Cobb.
Students competed in the regional competition on Feb. 23 where they 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 will continue to 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 counter-claim stating that the news story was defamatory and resulted in substantial financial losses. For more information about the Mock Trial case or program, visit www.scbar.org/lre.
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. It is made possible through a S.C. Bar Foundation IOLTA grant and the S.C. Bar.