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Middle School Students Bring “Revolution” to the Courtroom

Middle School teachers across Ohio have brought a classic piece of literature to life by participating in the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s Middle School Mock Trial. Nearly 500 students from 32 middle schools across Ohio will play a role in the 2017 Ohio Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase March 24, 30, and 31 at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center.


Indian Hill High School Team Red Wins Mock Trial State Championship

COLUMBUS (Mar. 14, 2017) - The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) concluded its 34th annual high school Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, Mar. 11, when Indian Hill High School-Team Red (Hamilton County) defeated Notre Dame Cathedral Latin High School-Legal Lions (Geauga County) to win the state championship. The competition began on Thursday, Mar. 9 at the Franklin County Courthouse with 32 teams from across the state. Indian Hill and Notre Dame each won four consecutive trials to advance to the championship, which took place at the Ohio Statehouse and was broadcast live by the Ohio Channel. The Indian Hill team will compete for the National High School Mock Trial Championship, May 11-13, in Hartford, Connecticut.


Perry, Lake mock trial teams ready for state finals

The 34th annual Mock Trial Competition, which takes place Thursday through Saturday, is a program of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education.


Students’ Legal Battle to End at the Ohio Statehouse

COLUMBUS (Mar. 7, 2017) - Beginning Thurs., March 9, approximately 300 high school students representing 24 schools from across Ohio will arrive in Columbus to vie for the title of state champion of the 34th Annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition.


Danville Going to State Mock Trial

DANVILLE — Mock Trial competitions always feature a case on a timely topic, and this year’s case is called “Pat Justice v. CAT News, et al.” In it, the ºctional incumbent governor loses a close election and sues a news station, accusing them of providing biased media coverage.


Hoover Mock Trial Team Competes at Regional Competition

NORTH CANTON - The Hoover High School Black Team competed in the Canton District Mock Trial competition on Jan. 20 and advanced to the regional competition in Akron on Feb. 10. While the team isn't moving on to the state level competition, North Canton student Ally Tsenekos did win for best witness.


Teachers Experience Ohio Government in Action

COLUMBUS (Feb. 10, 2017) – Teachers from around the state convened in the state capital on Feb. 8-9 to take part in a two-day conference and get an inside view of Ohio’s three branches of government. Ohio Government in Action, a program of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, provides teachers the opportunity to meet with leaders and learn about Ohio’s legislative, judicial and executive branches and to share ideas and develop lessons to help their students better understand state government.


Lisbon mock trial team advances to regionals

LISBON– The Lisbon Blue Mock Trial team defeated Harrison Central and Steubenville in the Ohio Mock Trial District competition. They will now advance to the regional competition in Akron on Feb. 10. Lindsey and Katie Chludzinski were awarded best attorney and Julie Muntean the best witness.


High School Students Advance to Regional Mock Trial Competition

COLUMBUS (Feb. 9, 2017) – Following a district competition in which more than 3,000 Ohio high school students competed, approximately 1,000 students – representing 110 teams – will compete this Friday, February 10, in the regional level of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s (OCLRE) 34th Annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition.


Civics Competition to Take Center Stage at Ohio Statehouse

COLUMBUS (Jan. 26, 2017) – Is Congress the most important link between the American people and their national government? What is the value of the dissenting opinion in American jurisprudence? Why did Congress think it was necessary to pass the Voting Rights Act? These are a few of the questions high school students from across the state have been preparing to answer at the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution state competition to be held January 27 at the Ohio Statehouse.


Students from Lake, Jackson, Hoover, Perry and Manchester high schools competed Friday in the annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition.

CANTON Local high school students participated Friday in the district round of the annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition. Advancing to the regional competition were Hoover Team Black, Lake Team Blue and Perry High School. Also participating were students from Jackson and Manchester high schools.


Warren High School Students Testify to the Benefits of Mock Trials

MARIETTA — The Warren Warriors advanced to regionals Friday after a competing in a grueling day of mock trials at the Washington County Courthouse.


Mock Trial a Real Test of Judicial Knowledge

In the 2017 Ohio Mock Trial case, Pat Justice v. CAT News et al., students considered a case of defamation of a public official by a news station.


Students Head to Court, Tackle Timely Issue in Mock Trial Competition

COLUMBUS (Jan. 19, 2017) - More than 3,000 high school students will enter courtrooms across the state on Friday, January 20, to take part in the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s (OCLRE) 34th Annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition.


Elyria Court to Host Ohio Mock Trial Event

ELYRIA — Hundreds of students all over the state will put their critical thinking skills to the test Friday as they participate in the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s 34th annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition.


Chief Deputy Solicitor transforms student development through Moot Court

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Oct. 19, 2016) –Attorney Michael Hendershot, Chief Deputy Solicitor in the Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike De Wine, understands the value of providing today’s youth with development opportunities. He had previously served as a local high school debate team coach and as a coach for “We the People,” a civics education program developed by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE). More recently, Hendershot has been a driving force behind Ohio’s Moot Court program, an OCLRE-sponsored competition for high school students that focuses on the appellate court process.


Educators Will Kick Off School Year at Civics Conference

COLUMBUS (September 15, 2016) - More than 100 educators will come to Columbus on September 18 and 19 to attend the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s 26th annual Law & Citizenship Conference. The conference is a statewide gathering of teachers, professors, lawyers, and other civic and law-related education professionals who come together to share curriculum, effective teaching strategies, and best practices. This year’s theme is “Democracy in Action: Teaching Students About Elections” and topics include: civil rights and the ballot box, the electoral college, political cartoons, and the role of the media in elections.


Law and Citizenship Conference News Release

Lanzinger, Osterud to Receive Ohio Center for Law-Related Education Highest Honors

COLUMBUS (Sept. 15, 2016) – The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) will present its two highest honors—the Eiler Award for Mock Trial Coaching Excellence and the Founders’ Award—at the 26th annual Law & Citizenship Conference on Monday, Sept. 19 in Columbus.


St. Hilary Mock Trial teams compete at state

COLUMBUS — St. Hilary School’s Mock Trial teams of seventh- and eighth-graders competed at the Ohio Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase in Columbus April 15. For the second year, the school had two teams, with students serving as attorneys and witnesses.


High School Students to Compete in Moot Court Competition

COLUMBUS (May 19, 2016) - The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) will host its third annual high school Moot Court Competition May 20 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.


Government Curriculum Lead

News Release

The Ohio Cen­ter for Law-Re­lated Ed­u­ca­tion (OCLRE) is cur­rently seek­ing a cur­ricu­lum lead to help guide the cre­ation of a new Ohio Gov­ern­ment Cur­ricu­lum pro­ject. The cur­ricu­lum will serve teach­ers in grades 8-12, and will act as a sup­ple­ment to our text­book Ohio Gov­ern­ment in Ac­tion by Dr. David Nay­lor. The po­si­tion will be con­trac­tual, with the term of em­ploy­ment ex­tend­ing from June 2016 until Jan­u­ary 2017.


Teams Make a Good Case for Advancement

A police officer shoots a man who points a toy bow and arrow at him -- was the officer justified in using deadly force? That question kicked off the 2016 Ohio Mock Trial district competitions Jan. 29, during which Worthington Kilbourne and Thomas Worthington high school students argued as prosecutors or defense attorneys or served as witnesses, scoring high enough to advance to the Feb. 19 regional contests.

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