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Welcome to the 28th edition of LRE News! We hope this newsletter is a useful tool for you. It was created to provide information on LRE news, programs and events for those involved with LRE programs. Suggestions and feedback are always welcome.

national news

Celebrate Constitution Day 2016 – September 16th

  • Constitution Day is normally observed on September 17 each year. That date falls on a Saturday this year, so it is to be celebrated the day before.
  • Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education declared that any education institution receiving federal funds must offer lessons on the U.S. Constitution every year for Constitution Day? 
  • Do you have plans for Constitution Day this year?
  • Looking for fun curriculum, lesson plans and games to use in the classroom?

This day is intended to prompt any federally funded educational institution to conduct an event of its own design that celebrates the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787. Events or programming can be designed as educators see fit to best emphasize this momentous event with their students.

Need a Constitution Day Pocket Book? www.nccs.net/products/quantity-discounts/pocket-constitution.php

Through participation in Constitution Day, students will increase their basic skills of listening, speaking, writing, reading, problem analysis, and many more attributes to include citizenship and awareness of their Constitution, applicable to their daily lives. Read the Federal Register establishing Constitution Day at

Constitution Day Resources:

state news
It’s Back … the 2016 SC Supreme Court Institute
The SC Bar and SC Supreme Court are hosting the SC Supreme Court Institute June 13-17 in Columbia, SC. The Institute is for middle and high school teachers who teach social studies, US government and history. The Institute focuses on the SC Supreme Court and the branches of government. Attendees will learn how to bring South Carolina courts and the law to life for their students while interacting with educators, attorneys, judges and Supreme Court justices. Teachers will gain new interactive tools with which to teach students about the Court. This Institute includes a visit to the SC Supreme Court to hear oral arguments and an opportunity to speak with the justices afterward, panel discussions with judges representing various courts, a technology component working with various online resources, and an opportunity to build lesson plans to bring back to the classroom. This free Institute also includes a session on iCivics (www.iCivics.org). The deadline to register is May 20, 2016.
Click Here for the Supreme Court Institute Application

LRE Awards and Recognitions
Awards & Recognition (click here to learn more)   
The school year cannot come to a close without first recognizing some outstanding individuals for their accomplishments with Law Related Education programs. 

The following 2016 awards were awarded: 
LRE Elementary School Teacher of the Year ($1,000): Lynn Quinn (St. James Elementary School)
LRE High School Teacher of the Year ($1,000): Sally Wallace (Wando High School)
LRE Citizen of the Year ($500): Stella Donelan
LRE Lawyer of the Year: Garrett Johnson

High School Mock Trial Scholarship Recipients ($1,000 each):
DeKiah Baxter  (Nation Ford High School)
Danielle Dechant (Greenville High School )
Sara Graham (Johnsonville High School)
Rose Catherine James (York Preparatory School)
Michaela Keklak (Aiken High School)
Brandon Lynch (North Myrtle Beach High School)
Kacey Markarian (North Myrtle Beach High School)
Wyatt Streett (Wilson High School)
Alexis Wood (Nation Ford High School)

Want to get in on the recognition? Check out the LRE website to learn how to apply for these awards next year.

Competition Dates for 2016-17
Middle School Mock Trial
Registration Opens Aug. 1 – Sept. 2, 2016
Rules Released August 1, 2016
Case Released August 31, 2016
Training for Teachers and Attorneys September 15, 2016
Regional Competitions
* Proposed Locations: Charleston, Conway, Greenville, Lexington and Sumter
November 12, 2016
State Competition (Lexington) December 2-3, 2016

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

District Level High School (Columbia) January 5, 2017
Middle School Level (Columbia) January 5, 2017
High School State (TBD) January 21, 2017
Nationals (Washington, DC) April 21-25, 2017

High School Mock Trial

Registration Opens Aug. 1 – October 7, 2016
Rules Released August 1, 2016
Training for Teachers and Attorneys September 15, 2016
Case Released October 31, 2016
Regional Competitions
* Proposed Locations: Charleston, Conway, Greenville, Lexington, and Sumter
February 25, 2017
State Competition (Location TBD) March 10-11, 2017
National Competition (Hartford, Connecticut) May 11-14, 2017

Don’t Forget About the Teacher Time Tracking Form to Redeem the Certificate of Hours!
The LRE Division appreciates all of the time and dedication given to the Mock Trial program. We know your students and their parents appreciate your commitment to the team, and your school would not be able to participate in Mock Trial competitions without great teachers like you. As a teacher who sponsored or assisted with a Mock Trial Team, LRE would like to show our appreciation with a participation certificate with the number of hours that were committed to the program.

This form was provided during the Mock Trial season to assist in tracking time committed to Mock Trial to include studying, reading, practicing and the actual hours on competition day(s). Make sure that your principal signs off on the completed form.
To download the form, click here

High School Mock Trial – Results and BIG Thank You
The 2016 High School Mock Trial season has come to a close, but not before recognizing our state winners.
Congratulations to Fort Mill High School on winning its third State Mock Trial competition (2007, 2009, 2016). Participating students from Fort Mill High School included Molly Anderson, Lauren Barnes, Kerry Barrowclough, Erica Daly, Stephen DeMayo, Sophia Hennessy, Lenique Huggins, Nick Kulesa, Hailey Morris, Jasmin Scardino, Daniel Sessions, Kaila Sigman, Jack Vidt, Sonia Xing and Tonia Xing. The teacher coaches were Beverly DeMayo and Ben Tyler. The attorney coaches were Garrett Johnson, Walter Dusky, BJ Barrowclough and Ryan Newkirk.
Click Here for Picture       

Congratulations to Wando High School on winning the first runner-up title. Participating students from Wando High School included Catherine Beaty, Will Bryant, Gibson Dowd, Skye Gregg, Lia Hsu-Rodriguez, Catherine Masters, Maddy Neese, Katherine Palmer, Eleanor Ross, Brevin Stallings, Ben Wallace, Coleman Wallace and Harrison Wetherell. The teacher coaches were Sally Wallace and Michael Beaudry. The attorney coaches were Elliott Barrow and Bruce Wallace. Click Here for Picture

This year, students presented the prosecution and defense sides of a fictitious criminal case to a panel of local volunteer lawyers and judges. The case focused on arson, robbery and the murder of a well-known woman in a small, fictitious South Carolina town. Students filled the roles of attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs and timekeepers, and each team was judged on its presentation skills, rather than the legal merits of the case. This year’s  top two teams competed on both sides of the case in the final two championship rounds.

This year marks the sixth year of the Mock Trial Courtroom Sketch Artist and Courtroom Journalist categories. These two components allowed students who would not typically have participated in Mock Trial an opportunity to display their talents through art or writing. The winning Courtroom Sketch Artist was Natalie Fanello from Montessori School of Anderson. (Click Here for Winning Sketch.) The winning Courtroom Journalist was Kristal L. Herrin from Strom Thurmond High School. Congratulations to these students for continuing a path for other students to follow. It is hoped that all student participants enjoyed these competition components.

Interested in starting this program at your school? FREE trainings are available online anytime online by Clicking Here, and an in-person training will be held in Columbia September 15, 2016.

Congratulations and many, many thanks to the following dedicated teacher coaches below who generously gave their time and energy to mentor students that participated in the 2016 High School Mock Trial program.

Schools Teacher Coaches
AC Flora High School John Heider
Academy for Technology and Academics Sarah Johnson
Aiken High School Worth Swearingen and Stephanie Capers
Berkeley High School Shonda Moody
Bob Jones Academy Chuck Nichols
Brookland Cayce High School Charlotte Shepard
C.E. Murray High School Katelyn Young, Janice Gamble and Quinn Ranahan
Cane Bay Sarah Jayne McClellan
Carolina Forest High School Anthony Antolak and Katherine Meade
Chapin High School Brantley Brinkley
Charleston County School of the Arts Matthew Foley
Dreher High School Robert Lominack
Eau Claire High School Kelly Collis
Fort Dorchester High School William W. Dowd
Fort Mill High School Beverly DeMayo and Ben Tyler
Governor's School for Science & Mathematics Gary Salazar
Greenville Sr. High Acad. of Law, Finance & Bus. Anderson M. Horne and Abbey Wood McLellan
Greenwood High School Weston Rochester and Grady Weaver
Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Barb Petit
Irmo High School Christine Steiger
James Island Charter High School Nolan Davis
Johnsonville High School Amanda McKee
Kingstree Senior High School Sean McKelvie and Sarah Lee Wilson
Legacy Early College High School Alice Austin
Lexington High School Julie Hall and Alasen Strickland
Lower Richland High School Kyle Moores
Manning High School Elizabeth McDonald
Midland Valley High School Nicole Palmer
Montessori High School of Anderson Susan I. Johnson
Myrtle Beach High School Melissa Buckner
Nation Ford High School Jimmy Fitzpatrick and Dawn Lisk
Next High School Zachery Eikenberry
North Augusta High School Rick Gill and Michael Stradley
North Myrtle Beach High School Brittany Nureev,  Amy Howe and Alissa Miller
Richland Northeast High School Bradley Ross and Joseph “Adam” Gamble
Socastee High School Suzanne Troiani and Landen Kirk
South Florence High School Michelle Barr, Greg Dukes and Diana Stacy
Spring Hill High School Amy Brown
Spring Valley High School John Robertson and Link Graham 
St. Francis Xavier High School Bill Donlon
Strom Thurmond High School Denise Jackson and Steven McKinney
TL Hanna Brett Thompson
Wade Hampton High School Grant Hunter and Karen Moyd
Wando High School Sally Wallace and Michael Beaudry
Westwood High School Marguerite Fettig
Wilson High School Laura Anne Hofler and Jill Young
York Preparatory Academy Debbie Holford and  Carissa James

Mock Trial Coaches’ Manual for Attorneys and Teachers
Looking for a resource to help you with Mock Trial? Check out the Mock Trial Coaches’ Manual for Attorneys and Teachers. This is a fabulous reference manual for coaches of all experience levels. The manual does not replace the competition handbook packed with competition rules and modified rules of evidence. The manual includes general guidelines regarding the roles of teachers and attorneys, tools for the classroom, lesson plans, handouts, tests and more. Attorneys and teachers can register for this free resource. Once registered the link to the document is provided.
Click Here to Register   

Law for Young Adults Resource Available
The Law for Young Adults resource for students preparing to turn 18 is a fabulous resource with over 30 topics relating to teenagers turning into adults. This is a great resource to use in the classroom or for students to go directly to for assistance. Click Here for the Document

Upcoming Events

Supreme Court 
Institute, June 13-17

Project Citizen
Training, June 28
Training, Sept. 22

Street Law for the SRO
Training, June 30

July 15

Foundations of Democracy
Training, July 28

Mock Trial
Training, September 15
Webinars, Available 24/7

Law for Teachers
Webinars, Available 24/7

For more upcoming events, click here to visit our website.

LRE Staff

Cynthia H. Cothran
LRE Director
Oversees all programs

Marian Kirk
LRE Program Coordinator II
Supports all programs and competitions

Donald Lanier
LRE Manager
Supports Community Works, Mock Trial, Street Law, Foundations of Democracy, School Resource Officer Trainings and We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

LRE programs are made possible with the support of the South Carolina Bar Foundation's IOLTA grant and the South Carolina Bar.