Lee’s Mock Trial Team Succeeds At Tournament

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - by Charity Parris, Lee University
The Society for Law and Justice team members.  Back row, from left, William Fulford, Brandon Wilson, Luke Pavlov, Ben Wycoff, Mandy Huffman, and Ben Absher.  Front row, from left, Kristen Deal, Skylar Burton, and Maegan Phillips.
The Society for Law and Justice team members. Back row, from left, William Fulford, Brandon Wilson, Luke Pavlov, Ben Wycoff, Mandy Huffman, and Ben Absher. Front row, from left, Kristen Deal, Skylar Burton, and Maegan Phillips.

The Society for Law and Justice, Lee University’s mock trial team, placed second at the 2017 Owl Classic Mock Trial Competition, hosted by Kennesaw State University at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. 

“I am absolutely thrilled with our results at the OWL Classic Mock Trial tournament, especially considering that it was the first mock trial tournament for over half of our team,” said Ben Absher, junior political science major and president of the Society for Law and Justice. 

Competing against teams from Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and others from Tennessee, Lee’s team finished the competition with a record of 4-0. The group is student-coached and student-administered, while most of its opposing teams are coached by faculty. 

Additionally, Luke Pavlov, a freshman theater major and first-time “mocker,” won the “Best Witness” award for his portrayal of a pharmacologist. 

After the success at the Owl Classic competition, the team is currently preparing to compete in the Middle Tennessee State University Annual Mid-South Invitational Mock Trial Tournament on Nov. 10-11. Lee’s team received an invitation to compete based on their prior participation in the Mid-South Invitational. 

The MTSU invitational is a two-day, four-round tournament and about five times larger than the OWL Classic, according to Mr. Absher. Teams will attend from all over the southeast and the competition will be more challenging than the OWL Classic. 

In preparation for the MTSU tournament, Lee’s team is reviewing comments on judges’ ballots from OWL Classic, practicing their objections, and rehearsing witness stories. 

“I look forward to seeing how the confidence boost of OWL Classic carries over into ‘confidence in the courtroom’ at MTSU,” said Mr. Absher. 

The Owl Classic is hosted by the American Mock Trial Association, a governing body that offers undergraduate students opportunity to compete with teams in trial simulations. 

For more information about the AMTA, visit http://www.collegemocktrial.org/

For more information about Lee’s Mock Trial Team, contact Mr. Absher at babshe00@leeu.edu.

Chattanooga State Receives $2,000 Donation From BASF

BASF donated $2,000 to Chattanooga State Community College in support of the Chattanooga State Basketball Program for 2017-2018.  “The college fosters great relationships between our community and their student athletes,” said Robert Gagliano, BASF’s director at Chattanooga sites. “Our partnership has continued to thrive because of our shared vision to enable student athletes ... (click for more)

Lee Prof’s Play Receives Production

Stacey Isom Campbell’s play, “Laundry at the Coin & Spin,” received an Equity-approved showcase production in New York City as part of the fifth annual Collective:10 Play Festival.  Ms. Campbell’s play, along with four other ten-minute plays, premiered Nov. 1-5 at The Collective: NY.  “Equity means my play meets the criteria to be considered a professional production,” ... (click for more)

5 Disinherited Adopted Children Of Dr. J. Don Brock May Share In Rich Estate After All

Five disinherited adopted children of the late Chattanooga businessman J. Don Brock may share in his large estate after all. After losing at the trial court and appeals court level, the plaintiffs won a victory at the Tennessee Supreme Court. Justice Cornelia Clark ruled in favor of the adopted children and remanded the case to the trial court for settlement of the estate. ... (click for more)

Walker County Asks Dismissal Of Erlanger Lawsuit Asking Court To Order New Taxes For Payment Of $8.7 Million Debt

Walker County, Ga., is asking the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Erlanger Health System that asks a federal judge to order the levying of taxes to pay an $8.7 million debt. Walker County noted that new Commissioner Shannon Whitfield has imposed a special tax levy on its citizens designed to satisfy the debt. It also says that Commissioner Whitfield held several meetings with ... (click for more)

Stormwater Fiasco And East Ridge Camping

When did the Chattanooga City Council get replaced by members of the East Ridge City Council? I don't recall a time in Chattanooga where they've voted to shoot the city in the foot more than they have lately.  If this goes through despite the environmental impact warnings and then Camp Jordan has increased flooding after spending millions on sports ball fields, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why I Am Thankful

You would think that after 40 years of publishing an annual list of things for which I am thankful, I’d be getting to the bottom of it, but it seems the older I get I have found I appreciate so much more around me. I take absolute delight in planting a flower, feeding the birds and throwing a ball for my dog. I find that the more people who I come to know the more who I come to ... (click for more)