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November 2012 CBA REPORT
Legal Community News
Mock Trial Volunteers Needed
High school students throughout
Greater Cincinnati are counting on you,
the local bench and bar, as they prepare
for the 2013 Mock Trial Competition.
For the last 30 years, this program has
given students a practical introduction to
the justice system, the
Constitution and the
intricacies of the legal
process in a hands-on
way by participat-
ing in mock trials as
either lawyers or wit-
nesses. The program
is sponsored locally
by the Cincinnati Bar
Association’s Young
Lawyers Section and funded by the
Cincinnati Bar Foundation. More than
350 students from approximately 22 area
high schools participate each year.
The 2013 Ohio High School Mock
Trial case, “State of Ohio vs. Dakota Al-
len,” analyzes a high school sophomore
who is suspected of setting a fire at the
school that resulted in the death of a
maintenance worker. The police then
engage in a lengthy interrogation process
that involves driving to the scene of the
crime and the victim’s home as well as
various interrogation techniques. Late in
the day, the defendant makes a statement
claiming responsibility for the fire and
is subsequently charged with murder
and arson. However, the defendant later
recants the confession. For more in-
formation on this case, please visit the
Ohio Center for Law Related Education’s
website at
Where do you come in? Volunteer
lawyers are critical to the success of the
Mock Trial program. Volunteer attor-
neys preside over the
mock trials as judges
or act as legal advisors
by helping students
prepare for their mock
With more than
350 students compet-
ing during two rounds
of competition, we
need more than 100
volunteers per round to give three hours
of their time to act as “judge for a day.”
Judges evaluate the students, score their
performance, and offer their observa-
tions of the proceedings. Legal advisors
work with faculty and students in the
months leading up to the competition
to assist them in understanding the law,
mastering the material facts of the case
and shaping legal strategy. Legal advisors
also help students develop the technical
skills necessary to present their case, for
example, how to cross-examine witnesses
or object to improper testimony.
If you are interested in volunteering
as a judge or legal advisor, please contact
Jamie Shiverdecker at the Cincinnati Bar
Association (513) 699-4013 or
The Black Lawyers Association –
Cincinnati Bar Association Presents
F irst-Year
M inority
Law Student
Each year the BLAC-CBA Round
Table honors first-year minority law
school students attending the Salmon P.
Chase College of Law and the University
of Cincinnati College of Law. All area at-
torneys, associates, recruiters, law clerks
and Summer Work Experience in Law
(SWEL) students are invited to attend
this reception.
November 16, 2012
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Cincinnati Bar Association
225 E. Sixth Street, 2
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and
refreshments will be served.
RSVP by November 9 at
For more
information, please contact LaDonna
Wallace Smith at
or (513) 699-1392.
Tuesday, January 29
4 p.m. & 7 p.m.
To volunteer, contact
Jamie Shiverdecker at
(513) 699-4013 or
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