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 is 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 will be held on January 26, 2018, and Regional trials were held on February 16, 2018 for advancing teams.

Sign up to volunteer today! Email Jessica Paine to volunteer or learn more.
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. 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. 2018 is the 35th anniversary of the Ohio Mock Trial program, and to mark this momentous occasion the case hypothetical tackles the most-requested topic yet: a murder trial, with a Constitutional twist! 

The CMBA extends 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 each year, and to the Justice Center, Lakeside Courthouse, and Law Library staff for their gracious assistance. 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. For photos of participating teams and of the volunteer judicial panelists, please visit the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation’s Facebook page: @CleMetroBarFoundation.

 

 

The Cuyahoga District and Regional Competitions are programs of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, with funding support provided by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation.

The CMBF is a 501(c)(3) organization; gifts to it are tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.



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Thank you, volunteers and participants!

For the District stage of the competition, the CMBA again offered to host all teams from our area in 2017, which historically have been divided up between the various other competition sites outside Cuyahoga.  Implemented first in 2016, the change was 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 successful District and Regional Competitions in 2017!  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 represented 25 high schools from Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain Counties. 

Special congratulations to the following schools from the Cuyahoga Regional Competition whose teams competed at the 2017 State Tournament in Columbus March 9-11, 2017:

  • Hathaway Brown School
  • Lake Ridge Academy (State finalist)
  • Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School (State finalist and statewide runner-up)
  • Orange High School (State finalist)
  • Strongsville High School
For photos of participating teams and of the volunteer judicial panelists, please visit the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation’s Facebook page.

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