Students advance in law competition – Georgia News

Students advance in law competition – Georgia News

By Melanie Ruberti

Melanie.ruberti@lagrangenews.com

NEWNAN – Student “lawyers” from LaGrange High School argued and defended a case successfully on Saturday inside the Coweta County Justice Center.

The LHS mock trial team recorded their inaugural win during a regional competition. The group will now move on to the district competition in February.

While the team did not take home top prize, the students qualified for the district competition by placing in the top three mock trial teams overall.

Some of the students also took home individual awards.

LHS Senior J.T. Fagundes, an attorney for the plaintiff, took home a Best Attorney Award for his performance in round 2 of the competition on Saturday, said Troup County Assistant District Attorney Jim Powers.

Senior Erin Lee, a witness for the defense, won a Best Witness Award for both rounds of the competition; while Sophomore Daysha Bledsoe, a witness for the plaintiff, took home a Best Witness Award for her performance in round two of the event.

This is the first year LaGrange High School has assembled a mock trial team. The group is comprised of students from all grade levels.

The team is guided by teacher supervisors Assistant Principal Jamie Bozeman and Darren Gravat, plus Senior Assistant District Attorney Melissa Himes and Assistant District Attorney Jim Powers with the Troup County District Attorney’s office, and Tyler Moffitt, a private criminal justice attorney and LHS graduate.

The students learned all aspects of the justice system, including: courtroom procedures and etiquette, basics of litigation for civil and criminal practice and rules…

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