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). 


Auditions For Lee’s Children’s Chorale To Take Place Monday

Auditions for the spring semester of Lee University’s Children’s Chorale will be held Monday from 6-7 p.m.  The Lee University Children’s Chorale is an opportunity for area students to be involved in a community ensemble that is committed to excellence. Students will be encouraged to grow both as musicians and singers throughout rehearsal and enjoy performing music that ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Schools Activities For The Week Of Jan. 17

Week of Jan. 17 Stuart Elementary Character Ed Breakfast will be Wednesday. Representatives demonstrating Self Discipline will be honored at the breakfast. For more information contact Richelle Shelton, 423-476-8246, rshelton@clevelandschools.org.       Cleveland High School invites you to Open House on Thursday, 5-8 p.m. Students and their families ... (click for more)

Man Says Former Female Acquaintance Helped Carry Out Home Invasion Of His Residence

A man told police a woman who previously spent the night several times at his residence helped carry out a home invasion at his home. Dylan Moore picked Briona Lishae Turner, 19, of 8319 Iris Dr., out of a lineup. She was charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary. In the incident on Saturday, Moore said someone repeatedly rang the doorbell at his home on McDonald ... (click for more)

Finley Stadium Chairman Reports Positive State And Future Of The Facility

The new chairman of Finley Stadium Board of Directors, Gordon Davenport, reported on the positive current state of the stadium and its future at the board of directors meeting Tuesday afternoon. “We’ve taken measurable steps and are growing up as an organization,” he said. His focus for the next five years will be to build upon what has already been accomplished and to grow ... (click for more)

Beyond Freedom Of Speech - And Response

Yes, most people know about the First Amendment to our Constitution, "The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction."  I being a "deplorable" draw the line when people block traffic, try to disrupt, and even stop an activity through malice and disregard for others. Case being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What Else $3 Can Mean

Orchard Knob Middle School, located on North Highland Park Avenue in Chattanooga, led every other secondary school in the state of Tennessee last year with 6.8 percent of its students expelled. So as people are working feverishly to keep the school from being taken over by the state’s Department of Education, allow me to pose a question. Last Friday during the last period of ... (click for more)