South Carolina Bar News April 2013 : Page 1

SC BAR NEWS April 2013 | Vol. 25, No. 4 FEATURED ARTICLES: 2 3 S.C. Bar Honors Pro Bono Award Winner Jason Luck Important Notice About Your Information in the Lawyers Desk Book New "Proud to Be a S.C. Lawyer" Videos Launched Senior Lawyers Visit Cuba Young Lawyers Show Support for Special Olympics Pro Bono Honor Roll Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection Annual Report 13 25 28 29 33 RECURRING: 10 4 The N. Myrtle Beach High School Mock Trial team celebrates its second state championship. Bar Bytes Bar Foundation News Calendar Casemaker Corner CLE News Ethics Advisory Opinions Firm Announcements Health and Wellness Lawyers Helping Lawyers Lending Library Spotlight Risk Management Judicial Advisory Opinions 34 9 14 N. Myrtle Beach High School Wins State Mock Trial Championship N. MYRTLE BEACH HIGH SCHOOL WON ITS SECOND STATE TITLE and Fort Mill High School was named first runner-up in the S.C. Bar High School Mock Trial State Competition March 9 at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center. Participating students from N. Myrtle Beach included Shannon Cherney, Lukas Gschwandtner, Kennedy Hayes, Courtni Hyatt, Brandon Lynch, Kacey Markarian, Allie Minarik, Stephanie Pacheco and Bailey Phillips. The teacher coaches were BJ DeCerbo and Amy Mock Trial , continued on page 9. 22 6 16 18 21 20 24

N. Myrtle Beach High School Wins State Mock Trial Championship

N. MYRTLE BEACH HIGH SCHOOL WON ITS SECOND STATE TITLE and Fort Mill High School was named first runner-up in the S. C. Bar High School Mock Trial State Competition March 9 at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center.<br /> <br /> Participating students from N. Myrtle Beach included Shannon Cherney, Lukas Gschwandtner, Kennedy Hayes, Courtni Hyatt, Brandon Lynch, Kacey Markarian, Allie Minarik, Stephanie Pacheco and Bailey Phillips. The teacher coaches were BJ DeCerbo and Amy Murphy. The attorney coaches were Josh Holford and Martin Spratlin. Mr. Holford is an alumnus of the Fort Mill High School Mock Trial team.<br /> <br /> N. Myrtle Beach High School will compete in the national competition May 9-12 in Indianapolis, Ind.<br /> <br /> Participating students from Fort Mill included Lauren Barnes, Holli Credit, Morgan Deal, Scott DeMayo, Stephen DeMayo, Devin Fiorenza, Zac Kolat, Nick Kulesa, Rhea Mathew, Hailey Morris, Jeffrey Parham, Raven Rascoe, Ivey Wambach and JaQuell Wilson. The teacher coach was Beverly DeMayo. The attorney coaches were Walter Dusky, Garret Johnson and Ryan Newkirk, all of whom are alumni of Fort Mill High School’s Mock Trial team.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> This year’s fictitious civil case was 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 denied 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 www.scbar.org/lre.<br /> <br /> The mock trial program is sponsored by the South Carolina Bar’s Law Related Education (LRE) Division, which was developed in 1976 to improve the ability of teachers to instruct law related education. The program is made possible through a S.C. Bar Foundation IOLTA grant and the S.C. Bar. Competitions would not be possible without the support of volunteers who serve as attorney coaches, scoring judges and presiding judges. See page 12 for a list of these volunteers.

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