VolunteerOpportunities

Volunteers are a critical part of delivering high quality authentic civic education programs to our students
 and teachers.  Volunteers are needed to serve in a variety of roles, from assisting as facilitators at competitions, to serving as judges, and even as writers of materials and case files. 

If you have questions about volunteering, or to learn more about our programs, please
e-mail oclre@oclre.org, or call 614-485-3510.

To volunteer please click here

For detailed descriptions of each volunteer opportunity:


High School: Ohio Mock Trial Competition-

Students present both sides of an unscripted, original case in real courtrooms before a panel of judges. Volunteers are needed to serve as judges and facilitators. NOTE: A law degree is required to serve as a judge for the mock trial competitions.

VOLUNTEER LEGAL ADVISORS  
We welcome attorneys to volunteer as legal advisors for its student-led programs. Teachers and students benefit from the guidance of legal experts to help learn and understand the material and procedures. Time commitment varies and is coordinated between teacher and volunteer attorney. Should OCLRE receive a request from a teacher in your area, we will put him/her in contact with you.

Facilitators help direct participants and judges to courtrooms, act as liaisons between OCLRE staff and judges/participants, and help to keep the competition running on time. Training sessions will take place at the beginning of each shift. NOTE: you do NOT need a law degree to serve as a facilitator.

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High School: We the People Competition-

Through simulated congressional hearings, students showcase their knowledge about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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  • TIMER FACILITATOR: The timer/facilitator keeps time during the simulated hearings (stopwatch provided), helps direct judging panels to the appropriate hearing rooms and returns score sheets to OCLRE

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Middle School: Ohio Mock Trial Showcase-

Middle School students present both sides of a case, inspired by a popular piece of literature, before a panel of judges; training and lunch provided. NOTE: A law degree is required to serve as a judge.

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High School: Moot Court Competition-

Students prepare legal briefs and present appellate arguments before a panel of judges. NOTE: A law degree is required to serve as a competition judge or brief evaluator. Appellate experience preferred.

Facilitators help direct teams and judges to assigned courtrooms and act as liaisons between OCLRE staff and participants/judges. Training and meals provided. NOTE: you do not need a law degree to serve as a facilitator.

BRIEF EVALUATOR: Score approximately 3 written briefs in advance of the competition. Briefs will be provided to reviewers electronically in advance of the competition. Two-three weeks will be allotted for scoring and returning to OCLRE.

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Middle School: We the People Showcase-

Through simulated congressional hearings, students showcase their knowledge about the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

  • JUDGE
  • TIME FACILITATOR: Keep time during the simulated hearings (stopwatch provided); help direct judging panels to the appropriate hearing rooms, and return score sheets to OCLRE staff.

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