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Welcome to the 37th edition of LRE News! We hope this newsletter is a useful tool for you. It was created to provide information on LRE news, programs and events for those involved with LRE programs. Suggestions and feedback are always welcome.

national news

2020 Trainings/Institutes
Watch your in-box as you do not want to miss out on the LRE trainings and summer institute coming your way very soon!

2020 Law Day Theme Announced
The 2020 Law Day theme has been selected by the American Bar Association. Please be sure to visit www.lawday.org in the coming months for more details on the theme, as well as downloadable artwork, lesson plans, resources, the Dialogue, and more. The 2020 theme is:

Your Vote • ŸYour Voice •Ÿ Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100

The Law Day 2020 theme is “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.” In 2019-2020, the United States is commemorating the centennial of the transformative constitutional amendment that guaranteed the right of citizens to vote would not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex. American women fought for, and won, the vote through their voice and action. 

For more information and resources, visit www.lawday.org.

state news
Essay Contest for SC High School Students
The SC Bar Senior Lawyers Division will be hosting the 2020 Statewide Law Day Essay Contest open to all high school students. All mailed entries are due June 2020. There are monetary awards of $500 to $1,000. Watch your email for further information coming.

Law for Teachers
Law for Teachers is a program designed to give teachers an informative and practical guide to the legal issues they face every day in the classroom. Beyond providing ample information to teachers, the best part about the training is that the presenters present on all subjects in a manner that a lay person can understand. And, the discussions are not specific to any region of the state but are based on state laws as a whole. Another great feature incorporated into the trainings is that the information includes updates to the laws. Topics range from legal foundations, teacher contracts, Title IV, student discipline and more. See any of these FREE webinar trainings available 24/7.

New dates: June 8-12, 2020
It’s Back….the 2019 SC Supreme Court Institute

The SC Bar and SC Supreme Court proudly bring back the SC Supreme Court Institute taking place June 8 – 12, 2020, in Columbia. The Institute is for middle and high school teachers that teach U.S. government and/or U.S. history. The Institute focuses on the SC Supreme Court and the branches of government. Attendees will learn how to bring South Carolina courts and the law to life for their students while interacting with educators, attorneys, judges, and Supreme Court justices. Teachers will gain new interactive tools with which to teach students about the Court. This Institute includes a visit to the SC Supreme Court to hear oral arguments and an opportunity to speak with the justices! A meet and greet with the chief justice and fellow justices is included. The Institute includes panel discussions with judges representing various courts, a technology component working with various website resources, and an opportunity to build lesson plans to bring back to the classroom.

Register here.

iCivics (www.iCivics.org) is a web-based education project designed to enhance civics education of middle and high school students and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. The iCivics website provides Common Core State Standards-aligned interactive games, lesson plans and classroom handouts specific to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the three branches of government, persuasive writing and citizenship/participation, and so much more all at absolutely no cost to students or educators. 

LRE Awards and Recognitions
Each year, one elementary/middle school teacher and one high school teacher are selected as the LRE Teacher of the Year. Winners for these awards are chosen based on their implementation of LRE curricula and/or programs and commitment to the principles of LRE. Each of these teachers receives an award of $1,000 for use as they wish.
High school seniors who have participated in mock trial or either of the We the People programs have the opportunity to apply for a one-time $1,000 scholarship to assist with higher education costs.  
An award is also provided to the LRE Citizen of the Year selected based on their commitment to LRE programs and goals and this recipient will receive $500 to use as they wish. LRE also recognizes one LRE Attorney of the Year that is recognized in front of his/her peers at the annual House of Delegates meeting.
The winner of the statewide High School Mock Trial Competition and the We the People competition receives some financial assistance to compete in the national competitions.
All applications are submitted electronically no later than March 18, 2020 by noon.
Access the applications online.

Middle School Mock Trial – Results and BIG Thank You
The 2019 Middle School Mock Trial season has come to a close, but not before recognizing the 2019 State Champion, Buist Academy for Advanced Studies and first runner-up, Socastee Middle. There were a total of 41 schools that participated in the 2019 regional competitions. We hope everyone had a wonderful experience.

Buist Academy for Advanced Studies won their first state Mock Trial competition on Saturday, December 7, 2019. The teacher coaches were Christopher Garner and Liz Good. The attorney coach was Elizabeth Bailey.
See the team photo

Socastee Middle was the first runner-up. The team’s teacher coaches are Amanda Herath, Daniell Hamilton, and Debra Jaime. The attorney coach is Audra Byrd.
See the team photo

The fourth state Professionalism and Civility Award was presented this year. The teams nominated Chapin Middle School as the 2019 State Professionalism and Civility Award for the second year in a row!
See the team photo

Regional Professional and Civility Awards were presented as follows:
Conway Regional – Ten Oaks Middle School 
Georgetown Regional – St. James – Santee Elementary / Middle School
Greenville Regional – Bob Jones Academy
Lexington Summary Regional – Heathwood Hall Episcopal School
Lexington Westbrook Regional – AL Corbett Middle School

This year’s fictitious case was Drew Mosley v. Rockie’s Food Corporation. This was a products liability case. On June 21, 2017, the Plaintiff purchased a cup of coffee at the drive-thru at Rockie’s, the Defendant’s fast food restaurant. Allegedly, the lid suddenly and unexpectedly came off the cup causing the coffee to spill onto the Plaintiff, resulting in severe burns. The Defendant denied liability.

The case was presented before a panel of volunteer lawyers and judges. Additionally, students filled the roles of attorneys, witnesses, and bailiff. Each team was judged on its presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case.

Interested in starting this program at your school? Get more information.

If anyone is interested in starting a Mock Trial team at their school, FREE trainings are available anytime online, and an in-person training will be available August and September 2020.

Congratulations and many, many thanks to the dedicated teachers and attorney coaches who generously gave their time and energy to mentor students that participated in the 2019 Middle School Mock Trial program.

Mock Trial Now on Facebook, Twitter and Edmodo
Mock Trial is now on various social media sites. Be in the know by checking us out today. Click on any of the hyperlinks above.

Upcoming Competition Dates
High School Mock Trial  
Regionals – Columbia, Conway, Georgetown, Greenville and Lexington February 22, 2020
State (Columbia) March 13 and 14, 2020
Nationals (Athens, Georgia) May 7-10, 2020

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution  
National Competition (Washington D.C.) April 23-28, 2020

Mock%20Trial%20Coaches%20Manual%20-%20CoverMock Trial Coaches’ Manual for Attorneys and Teachers
Looking for a resource to help you with Mock Trial? The SC Bar LRE’s Division unveiled the Mock Trial Coaches’ Manual for Attorneys and Teachers. This is a fabulous reference manual for coaches of all experience levels. The manual does not replace the competition handbook packed with competition rules and modified rules of evidence. The manual includes general guidelines regarding the roles of teachers and attorneys, tools for the classroom, lesson plans, handouts, tests, and more. Attorneys and teachers can register for this free resource. Once registered the link to the document is provided.
Click Here to Register   



We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution
The 2019/2020 Middle and High School competitions took place December 13, 2019, in Lexington at River Bluff High School. There was a total of five teams competing.

The first-time winner of the 2019/2020 High School State Competition was the Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology (AAST) of Myrtle Beach. AAST will represent South Carolina at the national competition in Washington, DC in April 2020. AAST’s teacher coach was Robert DeCerbo.
See the team photo.

The first runner-up was Carolina Forest High School of Myrtle Beach led by teacher coach JJ Iagulli. Carolina Forest will also represent South Carolina at the national competition in April 2020 in Washington DC as a wild card team.
See the team photo.

The Middle School Showcase team was Southeast Middle School of Hopkins led by teacher coach, Lekena Ackerman.
See the team photo.

Congratulations and many, many thanks to the dedicated teacher coaches who generously gave their time and energy to mentor students that participated in the 2019/2020 We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program.

Upcoming Events

Mock Trial: Middle and High
Webinars, Always Accessible

Law for Teachers
Webinars, Always Accessible

For more upcoming events, click here to visit our website.


LRE Staff

Cynthia H. Cothran
LRE Director
Oversees all programs

Marian Kirk
LRE Program Coordinator II
Supports all programs and competitions

Donald N. Lanier
LRE Manager
Supports Community Works, Mock Trial, Street Law, Foundations of Democracy, School Resource Officer Trainings and We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

LRE programs are made possible with the support of the South Carolina Bar Foundation's IOLTA grant and the South Carolina Bar.