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Hudson trial team advances to regional Competition

Judge Alison McCarty Published: January 31, 2014 7:55 PM
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Mock Trial District results are in, Revere, Hoban are winners

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          Revere High School captured a big win at the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s High School Mock Trial District Competition on Friday.  More than 3000 high school students were in courtrooms to take part in the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) 31st Annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition.  The competition pits high school trial teams against each other, arguing cases inspired by real-life happenings.  This year’s case involves an “Occupy Wall Street” scenario played out on a high school campus.  Fictitious Philips High School agrees to license naming rights of its field to a large corporation. Students protest this action and the school district responds by installing security cameras and searching the students’ lockers. The students claim the school district has violated their rights under the First and Fourth amendments.


          Summit County’s Common Pleas Courthouse became a hotbed of high school-related activity as 20 teams overtook 10 different courtrooms today, and the competition waged on.  The students play the roles of attorney, witness and bailiff in the mock trials.  Local judges and attorneys volunteer their time and expertise to preside over and score the mock trials.


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“I congratulate the kids,” said Judge Alison McCarty, who chairs the Akron Bar Association’s Mock Trial Committee.  “They work hard, learn about our justice system, and really become excited about the law.  This is a great experience that each student will remember for a long time.”


McCarty said that over 40 lawyers and judges participated this year to ensure that the students received a realistic experience when they walked into the courtroom.


In order to advance to the Regional Competition, which occurs in three weeks, teams must win both of their trials.  This year, 7 teams from 5 schools advanced.  Revere High School took home the top honor, and Hoban came in second place.  Two other Hoban teams advanced, as did teams from Hudson, St. Vincent - St. Mary and Buckeye High Schools.


The Akron Bar Association sponsors the District and Regional Competitions, which are held each year in the Summit County Courthouse.  Teams that advance from Regional Competition will take part in the State Competition March 6-8 in Columbus. The state champion will advance to the National High School Mock Trial Championship May 8-10 in Madison, Wisconsin.




Attorney Marissa Pappas, and Magistrates Kandi O’Connor and Bill Wellemeyer listen to students argue their case at the Mock Trial Competition held Friday at the Summit County Courthouse.  Photo by Tom Bown



Attorneys Kandee Robinson and Darren DeHaven listen to high school students argue their case, while Judge John Quinn, center, presides.  Photo by Tom Bown


Students and observers fill the courtroom of Judge Lynne Callahan on Mock Trial Day at the Summit County Courthouse.  Photo by Tom Bown




Attorneys Brian Williams, Lisa Vitale and Cara Ford (left to right) listen to students argue on Mock Trial Day in the Summit County Courthouse. Photo by Tom Bown.



Attorneys Stephanie Zaranec, Jeremy Veillette (center) and James Knapp listen intently to the students plead their case in the courtroom of Judge Alison McCarty.  Photo by Tom Bown.



A student argues, and other listen carefully during the High School Mock trial Competition held at the Summit County Courthouse Friday.

Photo by Tom Bown.



Mock Trial Committee member Attorney Keith Malick adds up the scores for the Mock Trial Competition. Photo by Alison McCarty.



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McCaral Jan 31, 2014 7:56 PM

The attorneys pictured are Brian Williams, Lisa Vitale and Cara Ford.