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Posted by: Landry Butler on Dec 8, 2011
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Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark (third from left) joins students and attorney coaches from White Station High School of Memphis in celebrating the Green Team's first place win in the 2011 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition. Download a high resolution version

Photos by Mindy Thomas Fulks

Tennessee Bar Association

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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.

 


High Resolution Photos

High resolution version of the photos on this page are available for download. Right click on the link "Download a high resolution version" and save the file to your own computer.
 


Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Connie Clark (fourth from left) joins students and attorney coaches from McCallie School of Chattanooga after the team placed 2nd in the 2011 Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Competition. Download a high resolution version


White Station High School Gray Team from Memphis placed 3rd in the competition. Download a high resolution version


The team from Kingsport Area Christian Home Education Association (KACHEA) took 4th place in the competition -- a strong showing for the team's first appearance at the state competition. Download a high resolution version


Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association (CSTHEA) placed 5th in the competition. Download a high resolution version


Jefferson County High School of Dandridge took 6th place in the competition. Download a high resolution version


Nashville’s Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School placed 7th in the state competition. Download a high resolution version


Montgomery Bell Academy of Nashville placed 8th in the competition. Download a high resolution version


St. Mary’s Episcopal School of Memphis placed 9th in the competition. Download a high resolution version


Dyersburg High School placed 10th in the competition.

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Beech High School of Hendersonville won the 2011 Team Sportsmanship Award for its exemplary conduct during the competition. The winner of this award is chosen by all the student competitors. Download a high resolution version