Ohio Mock Trial Cuyahoga Competition

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association was pleased to host the 31st Annual Cuyahoga District and Regional Competitions for teams from Northeast Ohio in 2014.

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 2014 involved alleged violations of students’ First and Fourth Amendment rights by high school officials in response to student protests over the corporate naming of the school’s football field.

The Ohio Mock Trial Cuyahoga District Competition was held on Friday, Jan. 31 and the Regional Competition was held on Feb. 21.  Over 360 students from 16  high schools (36 teams total) participated in two exciting days of competition, with the help of 61 volunteer judicial panelists. 

Special congratulations to Orange High School, whose Team DaVinci finished second statewide in the State Tournament held March 6-8 in Columbus!  Congratulations as well to Team Roberts from Solon High School, which made it to the final four.  Click here to view a video of the final championship round, featuring Cuyahoga County’s own Orange High School Team DaVinci versus the state champions from Sylvania Southview High School. 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.

This is Ohio’s largest academic competition and Cuyahoga County high school participation is strong – with the help of volunteers from the legal community in 2013, over 450 students representing 18 local high schools were 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.  74 volunteer judicial panelists – judges, magistrates, and attorneys from Cuyahoga and Lake Counties – presided over the trials and scored the events in 2013.

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. 

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.

Thank you to the more than 70 volunteer judges, magistrates, and attorneys who helped make this program a success for the students who worked so hard in preparation in 2013.  We were proud to host over 450 students representing 18 high schools in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Summit Counties.  The fictional case asked whether a student under suspicion of arson and murder was improperly interrogated and detained during the police’s investigation in violation of the student’s 5th and 14th Amendment rights.

The Cuyahoga District Competition was held at the Justice Center on February 8, 2013 while the Cuyahoga Regional Competition was held at the Cuyahoga County Courthouse on February 22, 2013. 

Congratulations to the following teams that advanced from the Cuyahoga Regional Competition to the State Tournament!

  • Orange High School – Team Madrid
  • Orange High School – Team Shanghai
  • Orange High School – Team Versailles

For pictures from the District and Regional Competitions featured on the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation Facebook page, click here.  To view the 2013 Ohio Mock Trial State Competition Final Round, click here.