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 involves 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 17
high schools (36 teams total) participated in two exciting days of competition,
with the help of 61 volunteer judicial panelists. Congratulations to the
four teams from the Cuyahoga trials that will be competing at the State Competition in Columbus March 6-8:
- Orange High School – Team DaVinci
- Solon High School – Teams Alito and Roberts
- Strongsville High School – Team Athena
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
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
- Orange High School – Team Madrid
- Orange High School – Team Shanghai
- Orange High School – Team
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.