Ohio Mock Trial Competition
“The only exposure I had to the legal field was from television shows
such as Law & Order. Mock Trial allowed me to come face to face with
the career I have always known I wanted to pursue. For me, Mock Trial
was not just a competition in high school. Mock Trial was the most
important building block that solidified my passion to pursue law and
become a lawyer. Not only did Mock Trial introduce me to mentors and
legal professionals, but it also ignited a fire in me that still burns today." Tiana Bohanon, Cleveland State University Class of 2016
The CMBA was proud again this year to host the first two stages of the Ohio Mock Trial Competition in Cuyahoga County for teams across Northeast Ohio. District trials were held on January 20, 2017, and Regional trials were held on February 10, 2017 for advancing teams. Between the two competitions, over 600 students representing 25 high schools in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain Counties were provided the opportunity to hone their communication, analytical, and courtroom skills.
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. In the 2017 competition, students considered a case hypothetical involving defamation of a public official by a news station. Judicial panels score students based on their understanding of the case facts and applicable law, the roles of the attorney and witnesses at trial, and courtroom procedures and decorum.
Congratulations to the teams from the Cuyahoga Regional Competition that will compete at the State Tournament in Columbus March 9-11:
- Hathaway Brown School Teams HB 1 & HB 2
- Lake Ridge Academy Team Blue
- Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School Team Blue
- Orange High School Teams Everest & Fuji
- Strongsville High School Team Scorpio
The Ohio Mock Trial program is conducted under the auspices of the Ohio Center for Law Related Education (OCLRE), sponsored by the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Ohio State Bar Association, Attorney
General’s Office and ACLU Foundation of Ohio.
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.