Springfield High Wins 2014 Mock Trial Title

Springfield High School of Robertson County claimed the top spot at the 2014 Tennessee State High School State Mock Trial Competition this month. Following a hard-fought final round, Springfield's team prevailed over second-place finisher, White Station High School of Memphis. The team was coached by Robertson County natives Marisa Combs, an attorney with Lewis Thomason in Nashville, and Lisa Richter, a Child Support Referee in the 19th Judicial District.

The two-day state competition, sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, involved 16 teams and nearly 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. Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark presided over the championship match Saturday evening.

Teams across Tennessee put their skills to the test as they argued the case of Jesse Jameson v. Jordan Evergreen. Jameson, a struggling songwriter, asserted a copyright infringement claim against Evergreen, alleging that Evergreen's hit single, "He's My Still Loving You," was actually a stolen copy of Jameson's "June to July Girl." In addition to addressing the complex law of copyright infringement, students were tasked with mastering and presenting certain aspects of music theory.

Springfield's team will now represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition in Madison, Wis., May 8-10.

See photos from the competition and a full list of volunteers.