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 cleveland.recovers.org.
  • 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: greaterclevelandfoodbank.org
  • 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.
  • Basic needs items for families from Providence House - click here
  • 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: clevekids.org/ways-to-give
  • 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

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 and following stay-at-home orders. Similarly, the CMBA is operating from outside of our offices from March 16-May 4 (unless otherwise noted) 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 in March 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.

In the meantime, we will hold the annual Writing Competition, open to all students in the Cleveland and East Cleveland high schools. Historically a part of the full mock trial competition, the essays will be submitted and reviewed remotely, with the winners receiving a cash prize! For full details, including the writing prompts, click here. For a sample essay rubric, click here.

We are looking into possible alternatives for a live competition, 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. For teachers who would like to access earlier years' case materials to use in class, please click here for the 2015 Cleveland Mock Trial Competition case materials as modified for remote learning this year. More remote learning materials adapted from The 3Rs curriculum can be found here.

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.




 

2019 Competition

Congratulations to the 220+ students, volunteers, and supporters who participated in the 2019 Cleveland Mock Trial Competition May 17! Special thanks to the more than 40 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. Fourteen Cleveland high school teams brought their peak game to the Justice Center, competing both as prosecution and defense in morning and afternoon trials. 

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 at Glenville High School have reviewed and learned about the trial as part of the 50th anniversary of the events in question. Two Glenville graduates, Brieyeah Cook and Chenoa Miller, spoke at the Awards Ceremony to share their experience in learning about their neighborhood’s history. 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.
 
Special congratulations to 2019’s top teams, as well as to students from MLK, Collinwood, and John Hay Science & Medicine, who were recognized as Outstanding Attorneys, Witness, and Writer and received paid summer internships at the Court.

  • First place: Cleveland Early College at John Hay
  • Second place: Collinwood
  • Third place: New Tech West, 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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