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 andrew.godbold@leitnerfirm.com


For more information, contact any member of the district mock trial committee, which consists of Chris Collins (ccollins@polsinelli.com), Andrew Godbold (andrew.godbold@leitnerfirm.com), Jeffrey Maddux (jmaddux@chamblisslaw.com), Dustin Manning (dmanning@polsinelli.com), Doug Hamill (dhamill@bdplawfirm.com), or Jason Demastus (jason.demastus@hcdatn.org). 


Rainbow Daycare Holds Prom For Students

Rainbow Daycare Center presented "An Evening Under the Stars" Prom on Saturday, May 20. Students, ages two through five, attended with their parents as their "dates." (click for more)

Bright School Presents First Citizen Of The World Award

Becoming wise and compassionate citizens of the world is part of the educational experience at The Bright School, officials said. This year, the school is honoring young alumni for the first time with an award to recognize leadership in service to others. The Class of 2017 presented the inaugural Citizen of the World Award Friday at graduation to Mimi Vance ’10, who graduated ... (click for more)

Special Equipment Used To Pinpoint Fire Inside WRCB TV Transmitter On Walden's Ridge

Special equipment was used to locate a fire inside a WRCB TV transmitter on Walden's Ridge on Tuesday morning. At 6 a.m ,, an automatic fire alarm notified the 911 Center of a possible fire at 2306 Fairmount Pike. Walden's Ridge Emergency Services responded and arrived on the scene reporting no visible signs of smoke or fire showing at this address. WRES Fire Chief ... (click for more)

Fire Destroys Commercial Building On Dodson Avenue

Chattanooga firefighters responded to a commercial fire shortly after 1 a.m. Monday.   Captain Wadie Suttles with Engine 4 said heavy smoke and flames were visible when the first of four fire companies arrived on the scene at 3019 Dodson Ave. As firefighters forced their way inside to began an interior attack, Captain Suttles called for a second alarm response to bring ... (click for more)

What We Owe Our Veterans

As our church, Warren Chapel AME Church  paid honors to the veterans and my viewing of the PBS feature,  Sunday , evening, I began to feel and think differently than before. Each year to sort of "go all out" celebrating Veteran's Day.  WE provide flags, certificates, notes of appreciation and acknowledgements.  My  brother, father and grandfather were ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Good, Bad & Ugly

Last week I came across a wonderful story about one of my favorite personal causes – preventing suicide – and the response to the article (“A Suicide Letter”) was heavy. Many people appreciated what I had gleaned from the “I Am Second” website and, among the emails was a plea for help from a single mother, desperate to help her son. I immediately passed her email “up the ladder” ... (click for more)