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Orange High School Wins Mock Trial State Championship

Orange High School Wins Mock Trial State Championship

State Mock Trial Champs Orange High School

COLUMBUS (Mar. 14, 2016) - The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) concluded its 33rd annual High School Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, Mar. 12, when Orange High School (Cuyahoga County) defeated Dayton Early College Academy (Montgomery County) to win the state championship. The competition began on Thursday, Mar. 10 at the Franklin County Courthouse with 37 teams from across the state. Orange and Dayton Early College Academy 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 Orange team will compete for the National High School Mock Trial Championship, May 14-16, in Boise, Idaho.

Ohio Mock Trial is Ohio’s largest high school academic competition. More than 3,500 students participate each year, and approximately 1,000 legal professionals volunteer to serve as judges and team advisors. Each year, OCLRE writes an original case based on a relevant constitutional issue. Students must prepare arguments for both plaintiff and defense. Ohio Mock Trial is designed to educate students about the U.S. Constitution and judicial system and to help them develop critical thinking, reading, writing, public speaking and listening skills. This year’s case focused on the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures as it applies to use of force by an officer to deter or eliminate threat of harm to the officer or the public.

The panel of judges for the final trial included Justice William O’Neill of the Supreme Court of Ohio; Michael Buenger, Administrative Director of the Supreme Court of Ohio; Ohio State Bar Association president John Holschuh; Ohio State Bar Foundation president Tom Moushey; OCLRE Board of Trustees member Steve Dauterman; Judge Jerry McBride a member of the Ohio Mock Trial Competition Committee and a judge of the Clermont County Common Pleas Court; Jeff Ginsburg, Ohio Mock Trial Competition Committee member and personnel director of the Holmes County Department of Jobs & Family Services; Kara Keating, Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office; and Jeremy Young, Ohio Mock Trial Case Committee co-chair  and attorney at Roetzel & Andress.

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization whose goal 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 Ohio Mock Trial program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation. For more information please call (877) 485-3510 or visit www.oclre.org. 

Mock Trial Runner-up Dayton Early College Academy

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