Cleveland Mock Trial
“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 Cleveland Mock Trial Competition gives Cleveland high school students a chance to prepare their best legal arguments for an exciting day of competition
with their peers each year in the spring. Coached by volunteer attorneys and law students, the teams take turns representing the prosecution and defense in
a criminal appeal, giving them the opportunity both to hone their legal skills and to learn more about important issues facing teens
today. In years past the topics have included police encounters, charges of hazing, driving while texting, bullying, misdemeanor child endangerment, and criminal stalking. The top attorneys, witness, and essay writer are rewarded with a paid summer internship at the Cleveland Municipal Court.
2017 Competition -- Congratulations!
The CMBA thanks all participants in the 2017 Cleveland Mock Trial Competition! With the help of more than 40 volunteers (including judges, magistrates, attorneys, and other legal professionals who coached and judged), dozens of Cleveland Municipal Court staff, and more than 250 students, teachers, and other supporters, 16 teams from Cleveland and East Cleveland brought their peak game to the Justice Center May 5.
Special congratulations to the top three teams:
- John Hay – Cleveland School of Science & Medicine
- John Marshall – Team Honors
- NewTech West – Team #1
And to the students who won summer internships for their outstanding writing and performances as attorneys and witnesses:
- Writing Competition: Damien Rodriguez (Facing History New Tech)
- Outstanding Attorney for the Prosecution: Brian Jackson (Shaw)
- Outstanding Attorney for the Defense: Alyissa Sagoes (Bard Early College)
- Outstanding Witness: William Eatmon (Shaw)
For more information about the competition or to volunteer to coach or score next year's trials, please contact Jessica Paine or call (216) 696-3525.
2017 CASE MATERIALS FOR COACHES AND VOLUNTEERS:
Please click here
for the complete case materials for this year.