Ohio High School Mock Trial

   photos courtesy of Dave Liggett

Hsmt TrophyOhio Mock Trial High School Competition

 

Watch your students grow both academically and personally, right before your eyes! Students learn first-hand about the law, court procedures and the judicial system while also building critical 21st Century skills. 

Ohio Mock Trial of­fers an in­no­v­a­tive ap­proach to learn­ing the law and how our legal sys­tem func­tions. Guided by teach­ers and vol­un­teer legal ad­vi­sors, stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in an orig­i­nal, un­scripted sim­u­lated trial writ­ten by at­tor­neys.  High school stu­dents argue both sides of the case in real court­rooms across the state.  The state fi­nals are held in the Ohio State­house and the win­ner ad­vances to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Each year vol­un­teer at­tor­neys cre­ate an orig­i­nal case around a cur­rent con­sti­tu­tional issue im­por­tant to stu­dents.  Mock Trial teams work with an at­tor­ney or a judge to pre­pare their case – from both the plain­tiff and de­fense per­spec­tive. Com­pe­ti­tions at the dis­trict, re­gional and state lev­els are con­ducted in an ac­tual court­room and are scored by pan­els of lawyers and judges.

Mock Trial Objectives

  • Improve critical thinking, reading, writing, public speaking and listening skills
  • De­velop un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the law, court pro­ce­dures, and the ju­di­cial sys­tem
  • Un­der­stand con­sti­tu­tional rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties
  • Rec­og­nize and re­ward stu­dents’ aca­d­e­mic and in­tel­lec­tual achieve­ments

 

For questions, contact Ryan Suskey at rsuskey@oclre.org or 614-485-3506.

 

 

2018 Case File: State of Buckeye v. Adam Smith

  

 

 

2018 Case File Cover2018 Case Capsule

Inspired by the popular podcast Serial the 2018 case asks students to tackle the post-conviction relief petition from Adam Smith. In October 1999, Smith was convicted of the murder of Hayley Leigh, his ex-girlfriend and fellow student at Trillium High. Almost 20 years later, Smith has filed a petition for a new trial, alleging ineffective assistance of counsel. Smith contends that his original attorney mishandled cell phone evidence in his case, and failed to pursue a potential alibi witness. The state has set an evidentiary hearing to consider Smith's motion for a new trial. Due to serious attorney misconduct, Smith's original trial attorney was disbarred only a few years after his case. Both sides have stipulated to the attorney's deficient representation. The hearing will focus on whether there is a reasonable probability that the outcome of the case would have been different but for the ineffective trial counsel (prejudice). 

To place an order for the 2018 Mock Trial Case File, click here. New orders will be filled on Mondays and Wednesdays up until the registration deadline in December.

 
Case updates and corrections - ERRATA

The final 2018 errata sheet is now available and can be accessed here: 2018 Final Errata. No further errata questions will be accepted for the 2018 season.

 

Looking for a prior year's case file? Click here to order previous year's case materials, from 1983-2016!


 

2018 Mock Trial Dates

  • District Competition: January 26, 2018
  • Regional Competition: February 16, 2018
  • State Competition: March 8-10, 2018

2018 Mock Trial Costs

All schools wishing to participate in the 2018 Ohio Mock Trial Competition must:

  1. Purchase a case file (or receive a free copy at the Law & Citizenship Conference)
  2. Complete a team registration form by the deadline. Click Here to register.
  3. Submit a complete roster of students
  4. Complete a Behavior Standards form prior to the first competition

Case files can be ordered in either hard copy or digital versions. Digital case files are sent via e-mail as a PDF. 

Hard copy teacher manuals are loosely bound hole-punched paper and includes a copy of the ABA Guide to Mock trials. Additional hard copies for students can be ordered after a first copy has been purchased (or received at the Conference)

Materials

Member

Non-Member

Hard Copy Case File

$180

$275

Digital Copy Case File

$165

$260

Additional Copy (Hard Copy)

$23

$28

Team Registration

$170 per team

$205 per team

 

 


For more information on how to become involved with the Ohio High School Mock Trial pro­gram, please con­tact Ryan Suskey, Rsuskey@oclre.org 614-485-3506.

 

Statewide Competition

2018 Mock Trial Dates

  • District Competition: January 26, 2018
  • Regional Competition: February 16, 2018
  • State Competition: March 8-10, 2018

 

In order to compete in the 2018 Mock Trial Competition, all teams must submit a registration form and a roster. Each school wishing to field a team must purchase a case file, and submit a behavior standards form.

To submit a Team Drop Form, click here.

The final 2018 errata sheet is now available and can be accessed here: 2018 Final Errata. No further errata questions will be accepted for the 2018 season.

 


District Site Assignments

Please note that due to an increase in team registrations in some areas of the state, your site assignments may not be the same as last year. If you have multiple teams you may be assigned to compete at more than one location.

 

N.B. Cuyahoga County and Franklin County each have TWO district sites. Be sure to check the site to which you are assigned, and the correct check in location.

 

Butler

Site Location: Butler County Common Pleas Court; 315 High Street Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Sponsor: Caparella-Kraemer & Associates
Check-In Time: 8:20 a.m.
Time of Trial 1: 8:45 a.m.
Time of Trial 2: 1:00 p.m.

School Team Name
Talawanda HS Talawanda Sith
Talawanda HS Talawanda Jedi
Lakota East Lakota East Thunder
Lakota East Lakota East Hawks
Ross HS Ross HS
Bishop Fenwick Fenwick Red
Bishop Fenwick Fenwick Gold
Kings HS Kings Edible Arraignments
Kings HS Kings Don't Mock Us
Kings HS Kings Over Rulers
Springboro HS Springboro PANDAmonium
Springboro HS Springboro Paw & Order

 

 

Clermont

Site Location: 270 E. Main Street Batavia, Ohio 45103
Sponsor:
Clermont County Bar Association, Clermont County Court of Common Pleas, Clermont County Municipal Court
Check-In Time: 
9:00 a.m.
Time of Trial 1:
10:00 a.m.
Time of Trial 2:  
1:15 p.m.

School Team Name
Batavia HS Batavia Green
Milford Senior HS Milford Eagles
Western Brown HS Western Brown HS White
Western Brown HS Western Brown HS Gold
Fayetteville Perry HS Fayetteville HS
Eastern HS Eastern HS
Georgetown HS Georgetown Black & Gold
North Adams HS North Adams Green
North Adams HS North Adams Gold
Anderson HS (Forest Hills) Anderson Orange
Anderson HS (Forest Hills) Anderson Black
Turpin HS Turpin Maroon
Turpin HS Turpin Gold
Mariemont HS Mariemont
William Mason HS Mason Green
William Mason HS Mason White
William Mason HS Mason Black
William Mason HS Mason Gray
Reading HS Reading Blue

 

 

Cuyahoga County Courthouse

Site Location: 1 W Lakeside Ave #202, Cleveland, OH 44113
Sponsor: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation
Check-In: 11:15
Trial 1 Time: 12:30
Trial 2 Time: 3:00

School Team Name
Maple Heights HS Maple Heights Mustangs
Beaumont School Beaumont Blue Streaks
Warrensville Heights HS Warrensville Tigers 
John Hay - Science and Medicine John Hay Science 
John Hay - Science and Medicine John Hay Medicine
St Joseph Academy St. Joseph Purple
St Joseph Academy St. Joseph Gold
Independence High School Indy Gold
Independence High School Indy Blue
Shaker Hts High School Shaker Red 
Shaker Hts High School Shaker Black
Rocky River High School Rocky River Alpha
Strongsville HS Strongsville Phoenix
Strongsville HS Strongsville Thor
Strongsville HS Strongsville Odin
Bard HS Early College Bard HS Early College
Shaw HS Shaw Cardinals for Justice

 

 

Cuyahoga Justice Center

Site Location: 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Sponsor: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation
Check-In: 11:15
Trial 1 Time: 12:30
Trial 2 Time: 3:00

School Team Name
Hathaway Brown HS Hathaway Brown Blue
Hathaway Brown HS Hathaway Brown Green
Hathaway Brown HS Hathaway Brown Red
Solon HS Solon Team O'Connor
Solon HS Solon Team Sotomayor
Solon HS Solon Team Holmes
Solon HS Solon Team Brandeis
Solon HS Solon Team Chase
Solon HS Solon Team Warren
Solon HS Solon Team Rehnquist
Solon HS Solon Team Marshall
Solon HS Solon Team Burger
Solon HS Solon Team Jay 
University HS University Maroon
University HS University Black
Orange HS Orange Newton
Orange HS Orange Galileo
Orange HS Orange Einstein
Orange HS Orange Hawking
Orange HS Orange Curie
Orange HS Orange Darwin
Orange HS Orange Edison
Orange HS Orange Copernicus
Orange HS Orange Cavendish
St Edward HS St. Edward Team White
St Edward HS St. Edward Team Black 
St Edward HS St. Edward Team Gold
St Edward HS St. Edward Team Green 
North Olmsted HS North Olmsted Eagles A
North Olmsted HS North Olmsted Eagles B

 

 

Delaware

Site Location: 140 N. Sandusky St., Delaware, OH 43015
Sponsor: Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County
Check-In: 9:00
Trial 1 Time: 9:30
Trial 2 Time: 1:00

School Team Name
Delaware Hayes HS Pacers Orange
Big Walnut HS Big Walnut Gold
Buckeye Valley HS BV Courtroom Crew
Buckeye Valley HS BV Don't Mock Us
Village Academy Village Academy Justice League
Village Academy Village Academy Rashoman
Marysville HS Marysville Hydra
Marysville HS Marysville Cerberus
St. Francis DeSales DeSales Codetalkers
St. Francis DeSales DeSales Strike Force

 

 

Franklin Domestic Relations

Site Location: 373 S. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Check-In: 12:00
Trial 1 Time: 1:00
Trial 2 Time: 3:00

School Team Name
Worthington Christian HS Worthington Christian Objection Connection
Worthington Kilbourne HS Worthington Victor Lupi
Walnut Ridge HS Walnut Ridge HS
Columbus North International International Team 1
Grove City HS Grove City Pamplemousse
Grove City HS Grove City Pantouffles
South HS South Bulldog Firm
Centennial HS Centennial The Truth

 

 

Franklin Municipal

Site Location: 375 S. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Sponsors: Office of the Ohio Attorney General, The Honorable James Green
Check-In: 12:00
Trial 1 Time: 1:00
Trial 2 Time: 3:00

School Team Name
Whetstone HS Whetstone - The Lawyers
Whetstone HS Whetstone - Free Lil Peep
Whetstone HS Whetstone - Brave Croissants
Whetstone HS Whetstone - Wetzstein
St. Francis DeSales DeSales Enigmas
St. Francis DeSales DeSales Bold Initiatives
St. Francis DeSales DeSales Venomous Vegans
St. Francis DeSales DeSales Bravehearts
Columbus School For Girls CSG Sun
Columbus School For Girls CSG Moon
Columbus School For Girls CSG Stars
Columbus Downtown HS Columbus Downtown Overrulers
Bishop Watterson HS Bishop Watterson Cardinal
Bishop Watterson HS Bishop Watterson Gold
Thomas Worthington HS Thomas Worthington Camembert
Thomas Worthington HS Thomas Worthington Equipo
Grandview Heights HS Grandview Zing
Grandview Heights HS Grandview Zang
Upper Arlington HS Upper Arlington Lamar
Upper Arlington HS Upper Arlington Burger
Upper Arlington HS Upper Arlington Frankfurter
Hilliard Davidson HS Hilliard Davidson Blue
Hilliard Davidson HS Hilliard Davidson White
Hilliard Davidson HS Hilliard Davidson Gray
Marion Franklin HS Marion Franklin Red Devils
Fort Hayes Arts & Academic HS Fort Hayes Red Tail Defenders
Northland HS Northland Gold
Metro Early College Metro Mock Trial Team
Westerville North HS Westerville North Athena
Westerville North HS Westerville North Minerva

 

 

Hamilton

Site Location: 1000 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
Sponsors: Cincinnati Bar Foundation
Check-In: 12:30
Trial 1 Time: 1:00
Trial 2 Time: 4:30

School Team Name
Cincinnati Country Day Cincinnati Country Day Law & Order
Seven Hills School Seven Hills - Justice
Seven Hills School Seven Hills - Truth
Seven Hills School Seven Hills - Hearsay
Summit Country Day Summit Country Day Blue
Summit Country Day Summit Country Day Siver
Walnut Hills HS Walnut Hills Gladiators
Walnut Hills HS Walnut Hills Rivalitus
Mother of Mercy HS Mother of Mercy - Legacy
St. Ursula Academy St. Ursula Gold
St. Ursula Academy St. Ursula Blue
Ursuline Academy Ursuline Green
Ursuline Academy Ursuline White
Sycamore HS Sycamore Raise the Bar
Sycamore HS Sycamore Winning Appeal
Sycamore HS Sycamore No Contest
Winton Woods HS Winton Woods Warrior Up
Wyoming HS Wyoming Blue
Wyoming HS Wyoming White
Madeira HS Madeira Blue Team
Princeton HS Princeton Gold
Oak Hills HS Oak Hills Highlander
Oak Hills HS Oak Hills Kilts
Oak Hills HS Oak Hills Scotts
Oak Hills HS Oak Hills Norse
Oak Hills HS Oak Hills Tartan
Lasalle HS Lasalle Legal Lancers
Indian Hill HS Indian Hill Targaryen
Indian Hill HS Indian Hill White Walkers
Indian Hill HS Indian Hill Lannister
Indian Hill HS Indian Hill Stark
Indian Hill HS Indian Hill Greyjoy
Leaves of Learning Leaves of Learning Cardigans
DePaul Cristo Rey HS DePaul Cristo Rey Bruins
Elder HS Elder Purple
Elder HS Elder White
Roger Bacon HS Roger Bacon Spartan
Purcell Marian HS Purcell Marian Red Cavaliers
Purcell Marian HS Purcell Marian Blue Cavaliers
St. Xavier St. Xavier Black
St. Xavier St. Xavier Blue
St. Xavier St. Xavier Green
St. Xavier St. Xavier Orange
St. Xavier St. Xavier Red
St. Xavier St. Xavier White
Clark Montessori HS Clark Montessori Mockessorians
McAuley HS McAuley Gold
McAuley HS McAuley Burnt Sienna

 

 

Hancock

Site Location: 318 Dorney Plaza, Findlay OH 45840
Sponsor: Hancock Legal Education Fund
Check-In: 11:45
Trial 1 Time: 12:15
Trial 2 Time: 2:30

School Team Name
Kenton HS Kenton Courtroom Crew
Wauseon HS Wauseon Live Long & Prosecute
Archbold HS Archbold Blue
Archbold HS Archbold Gold

 

 

Hocking

Site Location: 1 E Main St., Logan, OH 43138
Check-In: 8:30
Trial 1 Time: 9:15
Trial 2 Time: 1:30

School Team Name
Logan HS Logan HS Purple
Trimble HS Trimble Tomcats Alpha
Pickerington Central HS Pickerington Trailblazers
Circleville HS Circleville HS
Teays Valley HS Teays Valley Blue
Teays Valley HS Teays valley Gold

 

 

Huron

Site Location: 2 E. Main St., Norwalk, OH 44857
Sponsor: Huron County Prosecutor’s Office
Check-In: 12:00
Trial 1 Time: 1:00
Trial 2 Time: 3:00

School Team Name
St. Paul Catholic HS St. Paul Undecided
St. Paul Catholic HS St. Paul Whatever
St. Paul Catholic HS St. Paul Julius
Perkins HS Perkins HS Black
Perkins HS Perkins HS White
Edison HS Milan Edison HS Team Charger

 

 

Lake

Site Location: 47 North Park Place, Painesville, OH 44077
Sponsor: Lake County Common Pleas Court and Lake County Bar Association
Check-In: 8:30
Trial 1 Time: 9:00
Trial 2 Time: 1:00

School Team Name
Mayfield HS Mayfield Wildcats
Ginn Academy Ginn Class Action
Charles F. Brush Charles F. Brush - Men in Black
Kenston HS Kenston HS Blue
NDCL School NDCL Legal Lions
NDCL School NDCL Latin Lions
NDCL School NDCL North Stars
Perry HS Perry HS Novus
Andrews Osborne Academy Andrews Osborne LEBEL and Associates
Mentor HS Mentor HS Free Adam
Mentor HS Mentor Johnson 8
Cornerstone Christian Cornerstone Team Patriots
Riverside HS Painesville Riverside HS
Lake Catholic HS Lake Catholic HS
Willoughby South HS Willoughby South

 

 

Licking

Site Location: 1 Courthouse Square, Newark, OH 43055
Sponsor: Licking County Bar Association
Check-In: 8:30
Trial 1 Time: 9:30
Trial 2 Time: 1:30

School Team Name
Northridge HS Northridge HS Marshalls
Granville HS Granville Blue
Granville HS Granville White
Whitehall Yearling Whitehall Legal Rams
Whetstone HS Whetstone Team 8
Whetstone HS Whetstone Snack Alert
Whetstone HS Whetstone #FreeHaley
Whetstone HS Whetstone Law & Order

 

 

Lorain

Site Location: 601 Broad St., Elyria, OH 44035
Sponsors: Smith, Illner & Gemelas, Co. LPA
Check-In: 12:15
Trial 1 Time: 1:00
Trial 2 Time: 3:00

School Team Name
Sandusky Central Catholic Sandusky Central Catholic Panthers
Open Door Christian HS ODCS Patriots
Lake Ridge Academy LRA Blue
Lake Ridge Academy LRA Purple
Lake Ridge Academy LRA Red
Lake Ridge Academy LRA Green

 

 

Lucas

Site Location: 555 N. Erie St., Toledo, OH 43604
Sponsor: Toledo Bar Association
Check-In: 11:30
Trial 1 Time: 12:15
Trial 2 Time: 2:30

School Team Name
St. Francis De Sales - Toledo SFS Red
St. Francis De Sales - Toledo SFS Blue
Northview HS Northview HS
Maumee Valley Country Day MVCDS Hawks 1
Maumee Valley Country Day MVCDS Hawks 2
Maumee Valley Country Day MVCDS Hawks 3
Sylvania Southview SSV Jasper
Sylvania Southview SSV Earl
Sylvania Southview SSV Tinkerbell
St. Ursula Academy St. Ursula ArrowAlpha

 

 

Marion

Site Location: 222 W. Center St., Marion, OH 43302
Sponsor: Marion County Bar Association
Check-In: 8:30
Trial 1 Time: 9:15
Trial 2 Time: 1:15

School Team Name
Pleasant HS Pleasant HS Love
Sidney HS Sidney Gold
Sidney HS Sidney Black
Lehman Catholic HS Lehman Blue
Lehman Catholic HS Lehman Gold
Dublin Jerome HS Dublin Jerome Cassiopeia
Dublin Jerome HS Dublin Jerome Andromeda
Dublin Jerome HS Dublin Jerome Bellatrix
West Jefferson HS West Jefferson Vortex
West Jefferson HS West Jefferson Fletcher

 

 

Medina

Site Location: 93 Public Square, Medina, Ohio 44256
Sponsor: Medina County Bar Association
Check-In: 8:30
Trial 1 Time: 9:00
Trial 2 Time: 11:00

School Team Name
Brecksville-Broadview Hts HS Brecksville Bees One
Brecksville-Broadview Hts HS Brecksville Bees Two
Buckeye HS Buckeye Orange
Buckeye HS Buckeye White
Cloverleaf HS Cloverleaf Justice League
Cloverleaf HS Cloverleaf Avengers

 

 

Montgomery

Site Location: 41 North Perry Street, Dayton, OH 45402
Sponsor: Dayton Bar Association
Check-In: 11:00
Trial 1 Time: 12:00
Trial 2 Time: 2:00

School Team Name
Centerville HS Centerville Gold
Centerville HS Centerville Black
Centerville HS Centerville White
Miamisburg MS Burg Blue
Northmont HS Northmont Gold
Northmont HS Northmont Green
Archbishop Alter HS Lawter Paladins
Dayton Early College DECA Black
Chaminade Julienne HS Chaminade Blue
Chaminade Julienne HS Chaminade Green
Springfield HS Springfield Platinum
Springfield HS Springfield Blue
Springfield HS Springfield Gold
West-Liberty Salem HS West-Liberty Tigers
Celina HS Celina Green
Celina HS Celina White

 

 

Richland

Site Location: 50 Park Ave. East, Mansfield, OH 44902
Sponsor: Richland County Bar Association, Inc.
Check In: 8:30
Trial 1 Time: 9:15
Trial 2 Time: 1:15

Comments: Pre-Trials start at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

School Team Name
Coshocton County Coshocton Gold
Coshocton County Coshocton Silver
St. Peter HS St. Peter Rice + Katsaounis
St. Peter HS St. Peter Phillips + Naumoff
Lexington HS Lexington Purple
Ashland HS Ashland Red
Ashland HS Ashland White
Ashland HS Ashland Blue
Danville HS Danville Black
Danville HS Danville Blue
Danville HS Danville White
Danville HS Danville Devils

 

 

Scioto

Sponsors: American Legion James Dickey Post 23, DESCO Federal Credit Union, Mrs. Rosalee Greene, The Honorable Howard H. Harcha III, Dr. Michael Martin, Portsmouth Bar Association, Portsmouth Rotary Club, Scioto Foundation, Southern Ohio Medical Center
Site Location: 602 Seventh St, Portsmouth OH 45662
Check In: 8:45
Trial 1 Time: 9:30
Trial 2 Time: 1:00

Comments: Lunch will be served at the American Legion James Dickey Post 23 (directly across the street from the courthouse) for all participants on the day of the competition. Dress rehearsal will be on Wednesday, January 24 at 6:00 p.m. – Teams are to report to their assigned courtrooms.

School Team Name
Wheelersburg HS Wheelersbug Pirates
South Webster HS South Webster Raison Brans
South Webster HS South Webster Lucky Charms
Valley HS Valley HS Team Caleb
Valley HS Valley HS Team Leen
Portsmouth West HS Portsmouth West - West Law Firm
Notre Dame HS Notre Dame HS Titans
Portsmouth HS Portsmouth HS Blue
Ironton St. Joseph Central Catholic Ironton Flyers
River Valley Bidwell River Valley Raider
River Valley Bidwell River Valley White
River Valley Bidwell River Valley Phoenix

 

 

Stark

Site Location: 218 Cleveland Avenue South, Canton, OH 44702
Sponsor: Canton Municipal Court, Judge Mary Falvey
Check In: 12:00
Trial 1 Time: 1:00
Trial 2 Time: 3:00

School Team Name
Tuscarawas Valley HS Tusky Valley Black
Tuscarawas Valley HS Tusky Valley Red
Perry HS Perry HS Panthers
Jackson HS Massilon Jackson Purple
Jackson HS Massilon Jackson Gold
GlenOak HS Glenoak Legal Eagles
Hoover HS Hoover Black
Hoover HS Hoover Orange
Steubenville HS Steubenville Big Red

 

 

Summit

Site Location: 161 South High Street, Akron, OH 44308
Sponsor: Akron Bar Association
Check In: 8:30
Trial 1 Time: 9:00
Trial 2 Time: 1:15

School Team Name
Lake HS Uniontown Lake HS Blue
Lake HS Uniontown Lake HS Red
Lake HS Uniontown Lake HS White
Walsh Jesuit Walsh Jesuit Gold
Revere HS Revere HS Red
Revere HS Revere HS Blue
Archbishop Hoban Akron Archbishop Hoban Blue
Archbishop Hoban Akron Archbishop Hoban Gold
Archbishop Hoban Akron Archbishop Hoban Kennedy
Archbishop Hoban Akron Archbishop Hoban Alito
Archbishop Hoban Akron Archbishop Hoban Ginsburg
Nordonia HS Nordonia Testifiiines
Nordonia HS Nordonia Habeas Corpus
Nordonia HS Nordonia Legally Blind
Green HS Green HS Ladies of Law
Green HS Green HS Entire Bee Movie Script
Green HS Green HS Orange & Black
Hudson HS Hudson Ginsburg
Hudson HS Hudson Kagan

 

 

Trumbull

Site Location: 161 High Street N.W., Warren, OH 44481
Sponsor: Trumbull County Bar Association
Check In: 8:30
Trial 1 Time: 9:00
Trial 2 Time: After conclusion of first trial

School Team Name
Hubbard HS Hubbard Legal Eagles Blue
Hubbard HS Hubbard Legal Eagles White
Niles McKinley HS Niles Red
Niles McKinley HS Niles Blue
Lordstown HS Lordstown Red
Struthers HS Struthers Black

 

 

Tuscarawas

Site Location: 101 East High Avenue, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
Sponsor: Tuscarawas County Bar Association
Check In: 8:00
Trial 1 Time: 9:00
Trial 2 Time: 12:00

School Team Name
Claymont HS Claymont Brown
Claymont HS Claymont Orange
Claymont HS Claymont White
Claymont HS Claymont Gold
Claymont HS Claymont Platinum
Dover City Schools Dover Crimson
Dover City Schools Dover Grey
New Philadelphia HS New Philadelphia Black
New Philadelphia HS New Philadelphia Red
Tuscarawas Central Catholic TCC Black & Gold
Harrison Central HS Harrison Central Blue
Harrison Central HS Harrison Central White

 

 

Union

Site Location: 215 W. Fifth St., Marysville, OH 43040
Sponsor: Union County Bar Association
Check In: 8:10
Trial 1 Time: 9:00
Trial 2 Time: 1:00

School Team Name
North Union HS North Union HS
Marysville HS Marysville Titan
Marysville HS Marysville Minotaur
Fairbanks HS Fairbanks Alibi
Fairbanks HS Fairbanks Bennigans
Fairbanks HS Fairbanks Crew

 

 

Washington

Site Location: 205 Putnam St, Marietta, OH 45750
Sponsor: Washington County Bar Association
Check In: 9:00
Trial 1 Time: 10:00
Trial 2 Time: 1:30

School Team Name
Olivia Davidson Washington ODW Booker T
Olivia Davidson Washington ODW Olivia
River Valley Bidwell HS River Valley Black
River Valley Bidwell HS River Valley Silver
Bishop Rosecrans HS Rosecrans Bishops
Federal Hocking Federal Hocking Gold

 

 

Wood

Site Location: One Courthouse Square, Bowling Green, OH 43402
Sponsor: Wood County Bar Association
Check In: 12:00
Trial 1 Time: 12:30
Trial 2 Time: 3:00

School Team Name
Eastwood HS Eastwood C
Eastwood HS Eastwood Z
Perrysburg HS Perrysburg Justitia Foedus
Perrysburg HS Perrsyburg Ceteris Paribus
Perrysburg HS Perrysburg Carpe Atrium
Tinora HS Tinora HS

 

For more information on how to become involved with the Ohio High School Mock Trial pro­gram, please con­tact Ryan Suskey, rsuskey@oclre.org 614-485-3506.

 

Ohio Mock Trial Resources

Mock Trial Evidence Maze

This resource, with special thanks to Clermont County Common Pleas Court Mediator & Senior Magistrate Harold Paddock for developing and sharing, is perfect if you are getting lost trying to navigate the Mock trial evidence "maze".

Putting On Mock Trials ABA Guide

The American Bar Association has created a guide to putting on Mock Trials. It has helpful information about the components of a trial, advise for students and sample trials. 

Make Your Case presented by Scholastic American Justice

Girl Make Your Case is a court­room trial sim­u­la­tion in which stu­dents con­trol the ac­tion as they ex­pe­ri­ence a real court­room set­ting. Make Your Case was de­vel­oped by Scholas­tic in con­junc­tion with the Amer­i­can Board of Trial Ad­vo­cates. The Amer­i­can Jus­tice webpages also con­tain ad­di­tional civic ed­u­ca­tion re­sources, including lesson plans, printables and more.  

US Federal Court Materials

PicThe US Fed­eral Courts have nu­mer­ous ed­u­ca­tional out­reach ma­te­ri­als on their web­site.  The re­sources serve to teach stu­dents about the Con­sti­tu­tion and the Fed­eral Court Sys­tem through the use of in­ter­ac­tive court sim­u­la­tions, con­sti­tu­tion re­sources and var­i­ous les­son plans on cur­rent top­ics in­clud­ing the nom­i­na­tion and con­fir­ma­tion process of Supreme Court Jus­tices

Mock Trial Resources Web Site

Pic2 The New Hampshire Bar Association has a website rich with Mock Trial resources. This site contains links to Mock Trial practice cases for all grade levels as well as links to several useful Mock Trial guides.

Mock Trial Practicum

Pic3 The Na­tional High School Mock Trial Cham­pi­onship Board in part­ner­ship with Great Rivers tech­nol­ogy pre­sents the Na­tional Mock Trial Practicum Publication.  The Publication en­hances the Mock Trial ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents, teach­ers, coaches and judges by pro­vid­ing an in­ter­ac­tive area that will help stu­dents bet­ter un­der­stand the trial process and learn­ing tools for new and ex­pe­ri­enced ad­vi­sors. Ac­cess to the site is avail­able for $100 per team (up to 8 stu­dents) and $10 for each ad­di­tional stu­dent, re­new­able each year.  For a demon­stra­tion or more in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Stacy Beyer, In­struc­tional Tech­nol­ogy Con­sul­tant, at 563-589-1270 or sbey­er@greatrivertech.net

Mock Trial Student Tips Videos

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The Foundation of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), has a YouTube channel with short videos offering mock trial tips for students. The videos include helpful suggestions for conducting direct and cross examination, opening statements and closing arguments.

IADC Mock Trial Student Tips Videos

Congratulations to all teams that competed in the 2017 High School Mock Trial State Competition.

 Finalists:
Columbus School for Girls – Team Pop
Lake Ridge Academy – Team Blue
Orange High School – Team Everest
Westerville North – Team Marbury
St. Vincent St. Mary
Indian Hill High School – Team Black

 Runner-Up: Notre Dame Cathedral Latin – Legal Lions Blue


2017 Winner:  Indian Hill High School – Team Red

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For more information on how to become involved with the Ohio High School Mock Trial pro­gram, please con­tact Ryan Suskey, Rsuskey@oclre.org, 614-485-3506.

 

Questions

How do I get started?

If you or your school/organization are new to Ohio Mock Trial, welcome! First, you need the case file… The case is released annually at the Law & Citizenship Conference. Conference attendees are the first to receive their copy of the case and are also able to attend many mock trial related sessions, including the case presentation by members of the case writing committee and OCLRE staff. In addition to the case file, conference attendees hear from top-notch speakers in the fields of civics, social studies, law, and government, and leave with 30+ lessons and resources. *Additionally, if you register for one or both days of the Law & Citizenship Conference, you can attend a FREE mock trial professional development session the day prior to the conference. This professional development session is intended for those who are new to mock trial, or who would like a refresher.

 

I am unable to attend the Law & Citizenship Conference but want to get the Mock Trial case. What do I do?!

Take a deep breath and relax. You can still order the case! Complete this form and the case file will be sent to you. Please note that cases will not be sent until after the Law & Citizenship Conference in September. 

 

I’ve got my case materials. Is that all? Am I ready to compete?

NO. Not yet. Team registration is a separate cost and registration form. Most team advisors wait until closer to the registration deadline, usually mid-December, to make sure that student interest hasn’t waned and to be certain of the number of teams they will field. A team consists of 5 – 11 students.

 

My students and I are struggling with start-up. Who can help us? 

OCLRE has teacher mentors for all of its programs, including mock trial. Teacher mentors have expressed willingness to help other teachers who are new to a program, to answer questions from the teacher perspective or offer advice. Click Here to access a list of mentors. You can also contact the Mock Trial Program Coordinator Ryan Suskey, rsuskey@oclre.org

 

How much time should my students and I spend on practice and preparation?

The short and simple answer is: it varies. Some teams are classroom-based and therefore spend class time each week preparing. Other teams are extra-curricular and meet one or more times per week, before or after school or on weekends. Others may only have time to meet a few times per month. There is no right or wrong answer. Figure out what works best for you, your fellow advisors (if any), and your students. The case is released in September and the first competition date is at the end of January, so at most teams have about four months to prepare.

 

I don’t have a legal advisor. Do I need one?

OCLRE does not require that mock trial teams have a legal advisor, however, most teachers appreciate assistance from volunteer attorneys, who help students understand case law, courtroom procedure and etiquette. Often times a mock trial legal advisor is the parent of a student or a local attorney who volunteers in his/her community. The time commitment for volunteer legal advisors varies and is worked out between the teacher/team advisor and attorney. If you are unable to find a legal advisor, contact Ryan Suskey, rsuskey@oclre.org, and OCLRE may be able to put you in contact with an interested local attorney.

 

When and where do my students compete? 

District Competition (the first round of competition) takes place in January. To the greatest extent possible, teams are assigned to a competition site closest to their school. Competition site placement is based on a number of factors, including teams’ ability to travel and courtroom availability at local competition sites. Teams that win both trials (having played both P and D) at the District level advance to Regional Competition in February. Teams that win both trials at Regional Competition will advance to State Competition, in March in Columbus. The state champion team is eligible to compete in the National Mock Trial Competition.

 

I have a question about, or found a discrepancy in, the facts of the case and/or a witness statement. What do I do?

OCLRE will post errata on the Mock Trial page every two weeks beginning in October and going through January. Errata questions must be submitted by the teacher or legal advisor, not students, and should be directed to rsuskey@oclre.org.

 

It’s competition day and there is inclement weather in my part of the state/school is delayed/school is closed, etc. What do I do?

If your team cannot make it to the competition site, please immediately notify the district/regional competition coordinator where you are scheduled to compete (available in January) as soon as possible. You should also notify OCLRE by contacting Ryan Suskey, rsuskey@oclre.org (614) 485-3506. Teams are expected to follow school district policy and/or common sense when making the decision whether or not to travel in inclement weather. Most importantly: safety should come first! The scheduling of make-up competitions is at the discretion of OCLRE and the affected site coordinators (please see page 10 of the case manual for make-up competition policy).

 

My school doesn’t have a mock trial team, but I want to get involved. What can I do?

Are you a high school student? Start by talking to a teacher – it could be a social studies teacher, the drama teacher, or even the principal. If you and four or more interested students are willing to take on the challenge, the teacher may be willing, too. There is some expense involved, so make sure to factor that into consideration. If you get buy-in from school personnel, refer the person to the top of this list of FAQs for next steps. If a student can’t convince a teacher in his/her school, please contact OCLRE. On occasion, there are non-school affiliated community teams or other opportunities to get involved.

 

I am having trouble with the online order form and am getting frustrated. What should I do?

Don’t worry – OCLRE is here to help! Call us at (614) 485-3510 or toll-free at (877) 485-3510 and ask for Cathy. She can guide you through problems and make sure you get what you need. Additionally, Cathy can answer questions about usernames and passwords, as well as payment options. OCLRE endeavors to continually improve our online order and registration processes to benefit our constituents and your feedback help us to do so.

 

What are the payment options for online orders and registrations? Do I have to use a credit card?

OCLRE offers several payment options. You may pay with a credit card, request to be invoiced, or enter a purchase order (PO) number. If the PO number is not known at the time an order is placed, you may select the purchase order option and then enter “pending” for the number.

 

How do I know if my order/registration has been completed successfully?

When orders and registrations have been submitted successfully to OCLRE, an automatic email confirmation is generated and should arrive in your inbox within minutes. If you do not receive a confirmation email within an hour, please contact OCLRE. 

 

A few helpful hints for proper form completion:

  • Follow the process all the way through, using the “Next” and “Submit” buttons.
  • Complete all required (*) fields or you will not be able to proceed/finish
  • Complete the payment portion of the form, even if you are not paying by credit card.
  • Other options that you can select include requesting an invoice or entering a PO number (or indicate that a PO is in process and the number is “pending”)
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