2011 Mock Trial Results

White Station takes 3rd straight mock trial title


Mock Trial Champs 2011

NASHVILLE, March 16, 2011 -- White Station High School of Memphis claimed the state high school mock trial championship title this past Saturday, defeating McCallie School of Chattanooga, in the 31st annual Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition. It was White Station's third win in three years. The team now will represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Phoenix on May 5-8.

The two-day state competition, which took place Friday and Saturday, involved 16 teams and 200 volunteers, including lawyers, law students and paralegals. In addition, sitting judges in the state presided over the trial rounds at the Metro Davidson County Courthouse in downtown Nashville. Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Connie Clark presided over the championship match Saturday evening.

The teams put their skills to the test arguing the case of United States of America v. Kiffin van der Lame -- a federal criminal case involving wire fraud and extortion. The defendant, Kiffin van der Lame, a citizen of Atlantica, was accused of extorting funds from the Anderson family in exchange for information about the Anderson's daughter, who had visited Atlantica on spring break and went missing. Teams had to prove whether van der Lame did or did not commit the alleged crimes, and if he did, what role possible mental health problems played in his decision-making.

To reach the state competition, each team had to win its respective district competition held throughout February.

 


Top 10 Teams


1. White Station High School Green Team, Memphis
Attorney Coach: Eugene “Buddy” Bernstein, Bernstein Law Office

2. McCallie School, Chattanooga
Attorney Coach: Alicia Oliver, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel

Second Place

3. White Station High School Gray Team, Memphis
Attorney Coach: Eugene “Buddy” Bernstein, Bernstein Law Office
Third Place

4. Kingsport Area Christian Home Education Association
Attorney Coach: David A. Greene
Fourth Place

5. Chattanooga SE Tenn. Home Education Association
Attorney Coaches: Hamilton County Chancellor Jeff Atherton; Scott Maucere, Maucere Law Group
Fifth Place

6. Jefferson County High School, Dandridge
Attorney Coach: NA
Sixth Place

7. Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School, Nashville
Attorney Coach: Bridgett A. Wohlpart
Seventh Place

8. Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville
Attorney Coach: Wade B. Cowan, Davies, Humphreys, Horton & Reese PLC
Eighth Place

9. St. Mary's Episcopal School
Attorney Coach: Jennifer Nichols, District Attorney's Office
Ninth Place

10. Dyersburg High School, Dyersburg
Attorney Coach: Jeff Lay, Jones, Hamilton & Lay

10th Place


Best Advocate for the Prosecution

Best Advocate ProsecutionBlaine Coyle with Knoxville West High School was named the competition's Best Advocate for the Prosecution.

Allison Montague Allison Montague with the Clarksville High School team took second place in the Best Advocate for the Prosecution category.

Joe Saulsbury

Joe Saulsbury with the Kingsport Area Christian Home Education Association (KACHEA) took third place in the Best Advocate for the Prosecution category.


Best Advocate for the Defense

Elizabeth Saulsbury

Elizabeth Saulsbury with the Kingsport Area Christian Home Education Association (KACHEA) was named Best Advocate for the Defense.

Brandon Holt

Brandon Holt with Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School in Nashville took second place in the Best Advocate for the Defense category.

Alexis Adams

Alexis Adams with St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis took third place in the Best Advocate for the Defense category.


Best Witness for the Prosecution

Alex Button

Alex Button with Signal Mountain High School in Chattanooga was named Best Witness for the Prosecution.

Margaret Frank

Margaret Frank with Beech High School in Hendersonville took second place in the Best Witness for the Prosecution category.

Sarah McEvoy

Sarah McEvoy with Ravenwood High School of Brentwood took third place in the Best Witness for the Prosecution category.


Best Witness for the Defense

Katherine Cloar

Katherine Cloar with Dyersburg High School was named Best Witness for the Defense.

Aaron Broder

Aaron Broder with Nashville's Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School took second place in the Best Witness for the Defense category.

Priyanka Moolchandani

Priyanka Moolchandani with St. Mary's Episcopal School of Memphis took third place in the Best Witness for the Defense category. 


Team Most Valuable Players (MVPs)

Alex Frank, Beech High School

Alex Frank, Beech High School

Rain Dartt, Clarksville High School

Rain Dartt, Clarksville High School 

Stephanie Fast. Chattanooga SE Tenn. Home Education Association

Stephanie Fast. Chattanooga SE Tenn. Home Education Association 

Sean Stapleton, Dyersburg High School

Sean Stapleton, Dyersburg High School 

Tadd Minton, Jefferson County High School

Tadd Minton, Jefferson County High School

Jonathan DeTroye, Kingsport Area Christian Home Education Association

Jonathan DeTroye, Kingsport Area Christian Home Education Association 

Austen Smith, McCallie School

Austen Smith, McCallie School

Kannan Raju, Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet

Kannan Raju, Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet

Will Stewart, Montgomery Bell Academy

Will Stewart, Montgomery Bell Academy

Ann Elizabeth Sovereign, Ravenwood High School

Ann Elizabeth Sovereign, Ravenwood High School 

Sarah Jemison, St. Mary’s Episcopal School

Sarah Jemison, St. Mary’s Episcopal School 

Chris Matthews, Signal Mountain High School

Chris Matthews, Signal Mountain High School 

Kellan Pearson, Tullahoma High School

Kellan Pearson, Tullahoma High School

Raney Shattuck, West High School

Raney Shattuck, West High School

Stephanie Kim, White Station High School Gray Team

Stephanie Kim, White Station High School Gray Team 

Sandhya Sridhar, White Station High School Green Team

Sandhya Sridhar, White Station High School Green Team 

Mock Trial Chair Marisa Combs

Mock Trial Chair Marisa Combs flips a coin as Buddy Bernstein (middle), coach of the White Station Green Team, and Bob Oliver (left), advisor of the McCallie School team, call the toss to determine which team will play prosecution and which will play defense in the championship round.

White Station Green Team members revel in their first place finish.

White Station Green Team members revel in their first place finish.


Special Recognitions

Recognition of Bob Oliver

Recognition of Bob Oliver

Bob Oliver, faculty advisor of the McCallie School team, is recognized at the competition award ceremony for his contributions to the Tennessee mock trial program. He is retiring this spring after 21 years of teaching and coaching mock trial teams at the school. Download a high resolution version

Recognition of Philippa Thompson

Recognition of Philippa Thompson

Mock Trial Committee Chair Marisa Combs asks competitors to remember long-time mock trial volunteer Philippa Thompson, who died unexpectedly on March 1. As part of an effort by Philippa's friends, a "Flat Philippa" -- modeled after the Flat Stanley story -- made an appearance at the competition.

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Best Witness Honorable Mention

Best Witness Honorable Mention
Sam Snider with the White Station High School Gray Team of Memphis was recognized for winning four ballots for best witness -- two for his testimony as a prosecution witness and two for his testimony as a defense witness. Though he fell short of winning the best witness award for either category, the winning of four ballots was a significant achievement.

 


Participating Judges


The mock trial competition would not be possible without the support of the Tennessee judiciary. The following judges served as presiding judges during one or more of the competition's trial rounds:

Judge Bill Anderson Jr.
Shelby County General Sessions Court

Magistrate Judge Joe B. Brown
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

Judge Byron D. Bryant
Municipal Court of Knoxville

Chief Justice Connie Clark
Tennessee Supreme Court

Judge Paul B. Conley III
Crockett County General Sessions Court

Judge Richard H. Dinkins
Tennessee Court of Appeals

Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr.
30th Judicial District Criminal Court

Judge Phyllis Gardner
Shelby County General Sessions Court

Judge Michael R. Jones
19th Judicial District Circuit Court

Judge Carol L. McCoy
20th Judicial District Chancery Court

Judge Camille R. McMullen
Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

Judge Betty Thomas Moore
Shelby County General Sessions Court

Judge Robert W. Newell
Gibson County Juvenile Court

Judge Robert W. Wedemeyer
Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

Judge Thomas T. Woodall
Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

 


Mock Trial Committee


Chair
Marisa Lee Combs
Lewis, King, Krieg & Waldrop PC, Nashville

Vice Chair
Troy Weston
Eldridge & Blakney PC, Knoxville

Committee Members
Kristen Corn
City of Franklin

Josh Dougan
Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell PLC, Jackson

Candi Henry
Dodson, Parker, Behm & Capparella PC, Nashville

Matt Kroplin
Frost Brown Todd LLC, Nashville

Rachel Ralston
Hunter, Smith & Davis LLP, Kingsport

Thomas Santel Jr.
Cope, Hudson, Reed & McCreary PLLC, Murfreesboro


Staff
Stacey Shrader
State Mock Trial Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association, Nashville

Special thanks is also due to Nashville lawyers Jordan Keller and T.D. Ruth, both with Lassiter, Tidwell, Davis, Keller & Hogan PLLC, for their assistance with the software used to run the competition. Both are former members of the Mock Trial Committee.


Final Bracket


Download the final bracket summary for the state competition.


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