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December 2012 CBA REPORT
Legal Community News
This section features current news and events of interest to the local legal community.
News items may be submitted to
Welcome New Members
The CBA Board of Trustees has approved the
following for membership:
Stephen R. Hernick
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Craig Moore
Patrick M. O’Neill
Benjamin Yocum & Heather LLC
Kamila Barrier
Zwicker & Associates PC
Karen Eutsler
Rendigs Fry Kiely & Dennis LLP
Amy Kattman
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
In M emoriam
David E. Gebhart
May 23, 1936 – November 4, 2012
Edward A. Hogan
August 19, 1924 – August 23, 2012
Richard H. Johnson
February 22, 1942 – October 3, 2012
William P. Whalen, Jr.
March 2, 1941 – October 3, 2012
The Cincinnati Bar Association
honors these members of the legal
community who have recently died.
Please contact Kathy Schmidt at
(513) 699-1390 or at kmschmidt@ if you are aware of a
death to be listed in an upcoming
issue of the CBA Report. We also
regularly publish obituaries in
the magazine. Please let her know
if you would like to write an
obituary about a deceased member,
preferably within three months of
the attorney’s death.
Mock Trial Volunteer Judges Training
Set for January 17 and 18
The CBA will hold two volunteer judges training sessions for the Annual Mock
Trial Competition on Thursday, January 17 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and on Friday, Janu-
ary 18 from 12-1 p.m. The training session is not mandatory, but will provide attorneys
who will be serving as judges for the program with basic information on their role. In
addition, volunteers will be provided with a packet of materials in advance of the com-
petition to acquaint themselves with the issues and judging criteria.
The 2013 Ohio high school mock trial case “State of Ohio vs. Dakota Allen
es 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 interroga-
tion 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 state-
ment claiming responsibility for the fire and is subsequently charged with murder and
arson. However, the defendant later recants the confession. The defendant has alleged
that the statements were improperly coerced by the police in violation of the Fifth and
Fourteenth Amendments and filed a Motion to Suppress. For more information on this
case, please visit the Ohio Center for Law Related Education’s website at
The competition is an excellent way to introduce high school students to the legal
system, and volunteer lawyers are crucial to the success of the program. More than 350
Cincinnati area high school students will compete in our district tournament with the
winners advancing to regional and then the statewide competition in Columbus, Ohio.
A panel of three judges will score the individual competitors on their performance and
will evaluate each team on its development of case theory, development of case strat-
egy, and persuasiveness. To ensure that the competition is judged as fairly as possible,
it is imperative that each argument is judged by a panel of three volunteer judges. The
CBA is anticipating a need for at least 100 volunteers per round of competition and is
seeking your assistance.
Both rounds of competition will be held on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, with the first
round beginning at 4 p.m. and the second round beginning at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton
County Courthouse. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions about this
year’s Mock Trial Competition, contact Jamie Shiverdecker at the CBA at
(513) 699-4013,
Get involved in the 2013 Mock Trial
Competition. The time commitment is minimal, and the student competitors greatly
appreciate your willingness to help with their big event. has
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