January 6, 2014

Volunteers Needed to Judge Mock Trial

The annual Ohio High School Mock Trial competition is looking for attorneys to serve as judges for the 2014 district competition! The District Competition will be held on Friday, January 31 and is in need of 45 attorneys or judges to volunteer as mock judges. The competition will be held at the Franklin County Municipal Court (375 S. High St.) from 1:00pm–5:30pm.

A 45-minute training session is mandatory and may be attended at the Columbus Bar (175 S. Third St.) on any of the following dates: Wednesday, January 22 at 5:30pm; Thursday, January 23 at noon; or Tuesday, January 28 at noon. Lunch will be provided at noon training sessions on a first come, first served basis.

In this year’s case, Phillips High School agrees to license naming rights of its field to a large corporation. In response, students organize protests both in school and on the field. The school district responds by installing security cameras, searching lockers of the students involved and filing a lawsuit seeking an order authorizing the school to remove the students from the field. The students claim that these actions violate their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

The Ohio Mock Trial Program, established by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education in 1983, is a statewide educational program designed to allow students to become aware of their constitutional rights and responsibilities. It provides students the opportunity to learn first-hand about the law, court procedures and the judicial system while also building interpretation, critical thinking and public speaking skills. Students who compete in the program develop a greater understanding of the principles and foundations of our legal system.

To volunteer, contact Donna Sweet at donna@cbalaw.org.