Annual Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition Is Feb. 19–21

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is holding its annual Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition Feb. 19–21 for the district that includes Hamilton County.  

The local schools that are competing in Chattanooga include Signal Mountain High School, Chattanooga/Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association (CSTHEA), Baylor School, McCallie School, Ooltewah High School, East Hamilton High School, Girls Preparatory School, and the STEM School Chattanooga.  The final round of the district competition will be held on Monday, Feb. 24.  All rounds of the district competition will be held at the Hamilton County Criminal Courts building from 6–8 p.m.

Since 1980, the Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition strives to give students a fuller understanding of the American justice system by allowing them to experience the legal process first hand. Through role playing as lawyers, witnesses, plaintiffs and defendants, students develop an awareness and appreciation for the mechanism our society has chosen to resolve its disputes. The Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition is organized, hosted and judged by members of the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. As a public service project of the YLD, there is no charge for teams to compete in the state mock trial competition.

This year’s problem is a copyright infringement case involving an alleged theft of a country music song.  The top two teams from the Chattanooga district will advance to the state competition in Nashville on March 14 – 15.

Attorney Chris Collins of the Polsinelli law firm in Chattanooga is the district competition coordinator.  The Chattanooga Bar Association Young Lawyers Division is also assisting with the district competition.  Any local lawyer who is interested in volunteering as a mock trial “juror” or “judge” is encouraged to contact Andrew Godbold of the law firm of Leitner Williams Dooley & Napolitan at

For more information, contact any member of the district mock trial committee, which consists of Chris Collins (, Andrew Godbold (, Jeffrey Maddux (, Dustin Manning (, Doug Hamill (, or Jason Demastus ( 

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