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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Mar 25, 2014

Springfield High School Wins First State Title

Members of the Springfield High School team celebrate after being awarded the 2014 championship trophy in the 34th Annual Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia Clark, who presided over the championship round, poses with the team. See other photos from the championship round.

All photos by Liz Todaro of the Tennessee Bar Association unless otherwise noted.

NASHVILLE, March 25, 2014 — The Springfield High School mock trial team claimed the 2014 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Championship title, defeating White Station High School of Memphis. The team now will represent Tennessee at the National High School Mock Trial Competition May 8-10 in Madison, Wis.

The two-day state competition, sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, 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 Justice Cornelia Clark presided over the championship match Saturday evening.

The teams put their skills to the test arguing the fictitious case of Jessie Jameson v. Jordan Evergreen, which involved allegations that a hit song climbing the country charts violated the copyright of a song penned by Jameson, a struggling singer-songwriter. The infringement suit claimed that Jordan “Catnip” Evergreen had access to Jameson’s song. The plaintiff’s team relied on the expert testimony of musicologist Dr. Doe Raymie who argued that the hit song was substantially similar to the one written by Jameson. The defense argued that Evergreen did not factually copy the song and that there was no similarity between the lyrics. With two original songs written and recorded specifically for the competition, this year’s case presented unique challenges, but also included the usual twists and turns that challenge students to think on their feet as they present their best arguments.

It was Springfield's first year to compete in the championship round. To reach the state competition, each team had to win its respective district competition held throughout February.

At a ceremony immediately preceding the championship round, students were recognized for their efforts. TBA YLD President David McDowell, an attorney with Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott, & Cannon in Chattanoogga, presented awards to the top 10 teams, the best lawyers and witnesses, the most valuable players for each team, and the team exhibiting the best sportsmanship-like behavior. See photos from the award ceremony below.

Top 10 Teams

1. Springfield High School, Springfield
Attorney Coaches: Marisa Combs, Lewis Thomason & Lisa Richter, 19th Judicial District Child Support Referee
(See photo above)

2. White Station High School, Memphis
Attorney Coach: Eugene "Buddy" Bernstein, Bernstein Law Office

The White Station team poses with Justice Cornelia Clark after winning second place in the championship round.

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

YLD President David McDowell (left) presents the third place award to a member of the Montgomery Bell team.

4. Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association (CSTHEA) Green Team, Chattanooga
Attorney Coach: Hamilton County Chancellor Jeff Atherton

YLD President David McDowell (right) presents the fourth place award to Chancellor Atherton (center), the coach of the CSTHEA Green Team and team member Seth Jones.

5. Franklin High School, Franklin
Attorney Coach: Terry E. Wood, 21st Judicial District Attorney General’s Office

YLD President David McDowell (right) presents the fifth place award to a member of the Franklin High School team.

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

YLD President David McDowell (right) presents the sixth place award to the Dyersburg team.

7. Unicoi County High School, Erwin
Attorney Coaches: Sarah Shults & Lois Shults-Davis, both with Shults & Shults

8. The Webb School, Bell Buckle
Attorney Coach: Kathleen Camp, The Webb School

9. Harpeth Hall School, Nashville
Attorney Coaches: Jonathan Cole, Megan Sutton & Maia Woodhouse, all with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC

YLD President David McDowell (left) presents the ninth place award to a member of the Harpeth Hall team.

10. Bearden High School, Knoxville
Attorney Coach: W. Matthew McWhirter, Bearden High School

Other teams competing included:

Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association (CSTHEA) Blue Team, Chattanooga
Attorney Coach: Hamilton County Chancellor Jeff Atherton

Jefferson County High School
Attorney Coach: Jim Gass; Ogle, Gass & Richardson PC

Kingsport Area Christian Home Education Association, Kingsport
Attorney Coach: David A. Greene, Covenant Trust LLC

St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis
Attorney Coach: Betsy Weintraub, Fisher & Phillips LLP

Science Hill High School
Attorney Coach: Jeff Miles, Pectol & Miles

Smith County High School
Attorney Coaches: Branden Bellar, Bellar & Winkler; Tillman Payne, Law Offices of Tillman W. Payne; & Jacqueline Scott, Law Office of Jacquelyn M. Scott

Sportsmanship Award

Smith County High School of Carthage -- in a repeat performance -- took the Team Sportsmanship Award. The award recipient is based on the votes of other teams and presiding judges. The team is coached by J. Branden Bellar with Bellar & Winkler and Jacqueline M. Scott, Attorney at Law, both of Carthage and Tillman Payne with the Law Offices of Tillman W. Payne in Nashville. The team won the same award in 2013, the first year it competed at the state level.

Individual Awards

Best Advocate for the Plaintiff

1st Place: Caroline Rogers
Bearden High School

2nd Place: Rebecca Blair
Harpeth Hall School

3rd Place: Samantha Sullivan
Science Hill High School

Best Advocate for the Defense

1st Place: Carson Cook
Franklin High School

2nd Place: Andrew Carver
Kingsport Area Christian Home
Education Association

3rd Place: Dakota Dunn
Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association's Blue Team

Best Witness for the Plaintiff

1st Place: Marianne Dodson
Bearden High School

2nd Place: Taylor Woodruff
Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association's Green Team

3rd Place: Krissana Singh
St. Mary's Episcopal School

Best Witness for the Defense

1st Place: Maddie Bouton Franklin High School

2nd Place: Caleb Maxey
Jefferson County High School

3rd Place: Chandra Edwards
Unicoi County High School

Team Most Valuable Players (MVPs)

Abbie Wood
Bearden High School

Drew Hartley
Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association (CSTHEA) Blue Team

Seth Jones
Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association (CSTHEA) Green Team

Jed Finley
Dyersburg High School

Jimmy Wester
Franklin High School

Summer Kapanka
Harpeth Hall School

Erin Moore
Jefferson County High School

Andrew Carver
Kingsport Area Christian Home Education Association (KACHEA)

Aaron Kaplan
Montgomery Bell Academy

Isabella Arbelaez
St. Mary’s Episcopal School

Mandy Stallard
Science Hill High School

Addison Terry
Smith County High School

Maddie Loving
Springfield High School

Jared Sanchez
Unicoi County High School

Elizabeth Norvell
The Webb School

Sapna Kedia
White Station High School



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 Rachel Bell
Davidson County General Sessions Court

Judge Lee B. Bowles
Marshall County General Sessions Court

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

Justice Cornelia Clark
Tennessee Supreme Court

Judge Paul B. Conley III
Crockett County General Sessions Court

Judge Amanda McClendon
20th Judicial District Circuit Court

Judge A. Wilson Wages
Municipal Court of Millington

Judge Thomas T. Woodall
Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

Mock Trial Committee
Chair Joshua B. Dougan
The Dougan Law Firm PLLC, Jackson

Vice Chair William P. Holloway
Schell, Binkley & Davies LLC, Franklin

Committee Members:
Christian Barker
Barker Nashville PLLC, Nashville

Kristen L. Corn
City of Franklin, Franklin

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

R. Holland Matthews
The Matthews Firm PLLC, Columbia

William E. “Bill” McManus
Attorney at Law, Jonesborough

Robert L. Sands
Dix & Associates PLLC, Murfreesboro

Tommy Santel
Parkerson Santel PLLC, Murfreesboro

Troy Weston
Eldridge & Blakney PC, Knoxville

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

Attorney Volunteers
Katrina Atchley Arbogast
Louise Biedenharn
Robb Bigelow
John Billings
Shauna Billingsley
Rebecca Brady
Robert Bratcher
Bradley Carter
Garth Click
Eva Close
Joann Coston-Holloway
Seth Crabtree
Jason Demastus
Jake Dickerson
Jackie Dixon
Kathryn Ellis
Justin Faith
Kacey Faughnan
Amber Floyd
Corrin Fulton
Kati Goodner
Nicole Grida
Mary Beth Haltom
Bill Harbison
Charles Harrison
Phil Hatch
Jon Hatfield
Ian Hennessey
Jason Hicks
Ellie Hill
Ashley Holliday
Chuck Holliday
Jake Hubbell
Meredith Humbert
Pamela Kelly
Brittani Kendrick
Steven King
Rachel Kirby
Nina Kumar
Tessa Lawson
Wendy Longmire
Aimee Luna
Holly Mancl
Chris McCarty
David McDowell
Bryce McKenzie
Shane McNeill
Kelsy Miller
Chaz Molder
Adam Moore
Rachel Moses
Matt Potempa
Rachel Ralston Mancl
Sharon Ramos
Donna Ridgel
Nathan Shelby
Kortney Simmons
Terica Smith-Anderson
Alexis Snyder
Jason Steinle
John Tarpley
Brittany Thomas
Todd Tressler
David Veile
Claire White
Paul Whitt
John Williams
Will Wilson
Brian Winfrey
Stacie Winkler

Law Student & Other Volunteers
Jacques Cabell
Brittany Edmondson
Nichelle Everitt
Joy Gallagher
Rob Miller
John Morris
Melissa Morris
Paul Richardson
Marissa Snead

Local Competition Coordinators
District 1:  Nicole Bermel Dunlap & Mary Wu, Memphis
District 2:  Courtney Reedy, Jackson
District 3: Cara Lynn, Columbia
District 4: Shauna Billingsley, Franklin
District 5:  Peter Robinson & Rob Laser, Nashville
District 6: Sue Hynds Dunning, Gallatin
District 7: K. Chris Collins, Chattanooga
District 8: Rachel Moses, Cookeville
District 9: Ashley Bentley, Knoxville
Districts 10 & 13: Karrah Leary & Kathryn Ellis, Knoxville
Districts 11 & 12: Erin D. McArdle, Jonesborough


District Competition Materials
Exhibit Stipulations
Song Files:
June to July Girl
He’s My Still Loving You

State Competition Materials
Problem (Revised 3/3/14)
Exhibits (No changes)
Exhibit Stipulations (No changes)
Rules (No changes)
2014 Final Bracket

General Materials
Frequently Asked Questions
2014 Scoresheet
Want to tweet about this year's case or competition?
Use hashtag #TNMockTrial2014

State Team Resources

State Volunteer Resources


The Springfield High School team represented Tennessee at the 2014 National High School Mock Trial Championship in Madison, Wis., May 8-10. See results from the national competition here.

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