Ohio Mock Trial Cuyahoga Competition

About the Mock Trial Competition

The CMBA is pleased to host the District and Regional stages of the Ohio Mock Trial Competition for teams across Northeast Ohio.  The Ohio Mock Trial Cuyahoga District Competition took place on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, with the Regional Competition for advancing teams to be held on Feb. 19.  

Each year volunteer judges and attorneys serve as competition judicial panelists.  At this done-in-a-day volunteer opportunity, volunteers have the chance to observe the region's finest budding legal minds in an exciting afternoon of competition.  The fictional case in 2016 involves a police officer’s defense of the use of deadly force as well as an exploration of Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures as it applies to the use of force by an officer.

Thank you, Volunteers

For the District stage of the competition, the CMBA offered to host ALL teams from our area in 2016, which historically have been divided up between the various other competition sites outside Cuyahoga.  The change is intended to benefit teachers, advisors, and students as we welcome them all to compete in their home county, eliminating the need for many teams to travel far from their schools and making the competition fairer for everyone.

The CMBA congratulates all participants and volunteer judicial panelists for a successful Ohio Mock Trial Cuyahoga District Competition on Jan. 29.  Forty-nine teams from 19 local high schools presented their best legal arguments in the biggest District Competition statewide, with the help of more than 80 volunteer judicial panelists.  The CMBA also extends its sincere thanks to all volunteers and the judges and staff at the Justice Center and Cuyahoga County Courthouse for their contributions to the program!

Special congratulations to the following 14 teams that will advance to the Regional Competition on Feb. 19:

  • Beaumont High School: Team Blue Streaks
  • Brecksville Broadview Heights High School: Team Black
  • Charles F. Brush High School: Teams Arcs and Brush
  • Orange High School: Teams Alpha Centauri, Maia, Phoenix, Polaris, and Sirius
  • Solon High School: Teams Alito, Kagan, Kennedy, and Sotomayor
  • St. Edward High School: Team Andre

This is Ohio’s largest academic competition and Cuyahoga County high school participation is strong.  With the help of volunteers from the legal community as legal advisors and judicial panelists, students are provided the opportunity to hone their communication, analytical, and courtroom skills. Students are judged on their understanding of the case facts and applicable law, the roles of the attorney and witnesses at trial, and courtroom procedures and decorum.

Want to know what it's like to volunteer?  Click here for the January 2013 Bar Journal article featuring friends of the program sharing their experiences.

The Ohio Mock Trial program is conducted under the auspices of the Ohio Center for Law Related Education (OCLRE). The OCLRE is sponsored by the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Ohio State Bar Association, Attorney General’s Office and ACLU Foundation of Ohio. The Cuyahoga District and Regional Competitions are sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, with funding support from the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation.

For more information about the Ohio Mock Trial, including volunteering, please email Competition Coordinator Jessica Paine at jpaine@clemetrobar.org or call (216) 696-3525.

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The CMBA congratulates all participants and volunteer judicial panelists for successful Ohio Mock Trial Cuyahoga District and Regional Competitions in 2015.  Between the two stages of competition, over 480 students – 47 teams from 19 high schools in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Lorain Counties – presented their best legal arguments before 71 volunteer judges and attorneys who scored their efforts. 

Our sincere thanks to the judges and magistrates of the Court of Common Pleas, Cleveland Municipal Court, Cuyahoga County Eighth District Court of Appeals, Common Pleas Court, Probate Court, and Domestic Relations Court for allowing us to use their courtrooms for this special event, and to the Justice Center, Lakeside Courthouse, and Law Library staff for their gracious assistance.

For photos of all participating teams and of the volunteer judicial panelists, please visit the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CleMetroBarFoundation.