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High School Students Will “Appeal” to Judges in State Moot Court Competition
COLUMBUS (April 25, 2019) - The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) will host its annual high school Moot Court Competition on Friday, April 26 at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center. Students will take on the role of appellate attorneys and argue both sides of an original case.
Students representing the following schools from across the state will participate: Danville High School (Knox County); Gilmour Academy (Cuyahoga County); Grandview Heights High School (Franklin County); Indian Hill High School (Hamilton County); Mason High School (Warren County); River Valley High School (Gallia County); Springfield High School (Clark County); Sycamore High School (Hamilton County); Upper Arlington High School (Franklin County); Village Academy (Delaware County); and Zanesville High School (Muskingum County).
Each year OCLRE volunteers create a new cased based on issues of constitutional law. This year students dive head-first into controversy by considering how expansive the right to gun ownership truly is under the Second Amendment. Pulling from U.S. Supreme Court precedent recognizing a right to keep a loaded gun in one’s home, students will consider whether that right persists when the home in question is also a vehicle (motor home).
Moot Court teams compete in legal brief-writing and oral argument rounds to persuade a simulated Supreme Court how the case should be decided. The championship round of the competition will be streamed live on the Ohio Channel website beginning at 3:45 p.m. on April 26.
Justice Patrick Fischer of the Supreme Court of Ohio will preside over the championship round of competition. Fellow panelists include Justice Melody Stewart, Supreme Court of Ohio; Tiffany Carwile, Office of the Ohio Attorney General; Michael Hendershot, Office of the Ohio Attorney General; and Ben Tracy, Ohio 10th District Court of Appeals.
The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to improve society by developing citizens empowered with an understanding of our democratic system. OCLRE is sponsored by the Supreme Court of Ohio, Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Ohio State Bar Association and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio Foundation. The Moot Court program is funded by a grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation. For more information, visit www.oclre.org.