Mock Trial Takes State!
By Christian Talley '12, team captain
McCallie’s varsity mock trial team took first place at the Tennessee State Mock Trial Tournament on March 17 in Nashville.
After district qualifiers, the state championship pitted Tennessee’s 13 best mock trial teams from across the state head-to-head through four rounds on Friday and Saturday.
The championship round was especially notable as it was an all-Chattanooga final, pitting McCallie against CSTHEA (Chattanooga Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association).
Members of the winning team include seniors Will Anderson, Daniel Caballero, Carson Fallo, Christian Talley, and Brian Mu, along with junior Aaron Long. Juniors Scott Shelton, Scott Harvey, and Grant McKown served as alternates. In addition, Daniel Caballero was named McCallie’s MVP, while Christian Talley was named the 3rd Best Defense Advocate and 2nd Best Plaintiff Advocate for the entire competition.
The central issue in the case was whether or not the defendant, Mr. Jesse Stewart, had intentionally set fire to his business, Denim N’ More, a fictional Tennessee textile manufacturer, in order to collect a multimillion dollar insurance policy. The plaintiff, McCallie, arguing on behalf of the insurance company, Mid-South Liability, sought to prevent a payout on the policy, while the defendant, CSTHEA, sought to ensure the payout for Mr. Stewart.
McCallie earned its spot in the state tournament by going undefeated in the regional championship and emerging as the first seeded team from its district.
Mr. Jason Jones served as faculty advisor, and Alicia Oliver of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel served as McCallie’s attorney coach.
The Honorable Gary R. Wade, Associate Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, presided over the final round.