Public resources in the time of COVID-19 - full list here; how to donate here

For the community at large:
  • Cleveland Pandemic Response (CPR) is a group of organizers and community members who are helping facilitate the exchange of services, donations and volunteer time in Northeast Ohio during the COVID-19 crisis. Residents can request help at
  • Childcare Request from CPR - click here
  • Free child care for essential workers provided by the YMCA of Greater Cleveland - click here
  • The Greater Cleveland Food Bank:
  • Local free meals - click here
  • If your employment situation has changed with the COVID-19 outbreak, you may be eligible for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). To apply for benefits, contact your local SNAP office - click here for Cuyahoga County.
  • Comcast to offer free broadband to low-income households amid Coronavirus crisis - click here
  • COVID-19 interest-free emergency loans from HFLA of Northeast Ohio - click here
  • If your financial situation has changed with the COVID-19 outreach, you may be eligible for Medicaid. Go to the Medicaid Eligibility website to see if you qualify and start the enrollment process.
  • Many community health clinics offer free services or sliding fees, depending on your ability to pay. In Cuyahoga County, resources include Care Alliance or Neighborhood Family Practice.
  • If you or a member of your family is undocumented, please do not forgo medical help! Learn more about how seeking treatment or preventative care will NOT affect your immigration status by clicking here.
  • Check how your bank is responding to the coronavirus crisis - click here 
Special resources for families with students in the Cleveland and East Cleveland schools:
  • Student meals & emergency food during COVID-19 searchable online via this map for student meals & emergency food during COVID-19
  • Northeast Ohio Boys & Girls Clubs are offering meals for kids:
  • Spectrum to offer free internet access for students - click here
  • Education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings - click here
  • How to make the most of online courses: click here
  • Online exam tips - click here
  • Collection of anti-oppressive, anti-racist homeschool curriculum ideas and resources for families impacted by closures - click here

Cleveland Mock Trial

Important message from the CMBA (March 16, 2020)

To all Cleveland Mock Trial volunteers and supporters:

As you know, COVID-19 is causing disruption to schools and public institutions, which are temporarily shutting down to minimize the spread of the virus. Both the Cleveland and East Cleveland schools have announced temporary shut-downs in response to Ohio Gov. DeWine’s call for closure for at minimum three weeks starting Monday, March 16. Similarly, the CMBA will be operating mostly from outside of our offices from March 16-April 3 with staff working remotely and accessible by phone and email.

With the drastically reduced amount of in-school time and other demands on teachers’ resources, the CMBA, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and the Cleveland Municipal Court have made the sad but necessary decision to cancel the 2020 Cleveland Mock Trial Competition on May 8. This venerable program, now in its 24th year, has been a highlight of Law Day celebrations each spring and a valued partnership between the Bar, the schools, and the court.

We are looking into possible alternatives, such as holding a limited summer competition for year-long schools or holding a makeup competition in the fall. We will keep you posted as our plans develop. 

Thank you, sincerely, for your support of the students of Cleveland and East Cleveland schools. We look forward to resuming mock trial and other important law-related programs soon.

About the 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. The top attorneys, witness, and essay writer are rewarded with a paid summer internship at the Cleveland Municipal Court.

In years past the topics have included the opioid crisis, police encounters, charges of hazing, driving while texting, bullying, misdemeanor child endangerment, and criminal stalking. The 2019 case featured a hypothetical based on real historic events of great interest to Cleveland students: the trial of Fred Ahmed Evans in the wake of the shootout between political activists and police in the Glenville neighborhood. Students in Glenville High School reviewed and learned about the trial in 2019, the 50th anniversary of the events in question. The case presented an ideal opportunity for learning about criminal procedure, disputes between witnesses and their credibility, and interactions between the public and police, which continues to be a hot button issue today. 

Attorneys, judges, and law students are invited to volunteer as coaches and/or judicial panelists for the Cleveland Mock Trial when the competition resumes. Legal coaches visit their assigned classrooms about once a week from March through the competition in early May (3-4 visits total based on volunteers' availability and schedules) to help students understand mock trial basics. Volunteers can also sign up for one or both trials on Competition Day: 9:00-11:00 a.m. or 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland. No trial experience necessary, just an enthusiasm for supporting local high school mock trial teams.


2018 Competition

Congratulations to the more than 200 students, volunteers, and supporters who participated in the 2018 Cleveland Mock Trial Competition at the Justice Center on May 11, 2018! The CMBA extends special thanks to the more than 43 volunteers who served as legal advisors and judicial panelists, as well as the Cleveland Municipal Court for all its help and support that make the competition possible. Twelve Cleveland high school teams brought their peak game to the Justice Center, competing both as prosecution and defense in morning and afternoon trials. Highlighting the national opioid crisis, the 2018 competition involved criminal charges for a high school student accused of illegally selling the drugs that led to a fellow athlete's death, in a special case hypothetical written by past mock trial all-stars and Stokes Scholars Dairian Heard and Xavier Thomas-Hughes.
Special congratulations to the top teams from the 2018 Competition, as well as to students from Facing History New Tech, Collinwood, Cleveland Science & Medicine, Ginn, and Bard, who were recognized as Outstanding Attorneys, Witnesses, and Writer and will receive paid summer internships at the Cleveland Municipal Court.

  • First place: Cleveland School of Science & Medicine Team #2
  • Second place: Cleveland School of Science & Medicine Team #1
  • Third place: Facing History New Tech Team #1

The Cleveland Mock Trial Competition is a program 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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