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March 2013 CBA REPORT
in the spotlight
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By Jeffrey Krismer and Zach Brown
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ifty teams representing 23 high
schools filled the Hamilton County
Courthouse and worked tirelessly
through two trials in one night in an
effort to advance to the regional Mock
Trial competition and then hopefully on
to state. Through opening and closing
statements, two witnesses, and direct and
cross examinations, the teams argued
whether a student’s confession should be
excluded due to violation of the Fifth or
Fourteenth Amendments. More im-
portantly, students learned invaluable
lessons about how our legal system func-
tions, and also about logical reasoning,
adaptation to unexpected challenges, the
importance of thorough preparation, and
public speaking.
The January 29 competition, hosted
by the CBA Young Lawyers Section,
provided students a unique and memo-
rable experience and has proven to be a
training ground for future lawyers and
community leaders. The popularity and
success of the mock trial program in
Hamilton County is a testament to the
strength and dedication of the Cincinnati
legal community and to the bright hope
we have in the next generation of com-
munity leaders. Also, it is a substantial
part of the Ohio High School Mock Trial
program, which as a whole is the second
largest in the nation after California.
Once again, we owe a special thanks
to the attorney volunteers who make
the program possible. This year we were
almost able to fill each of the 25 court-
rooms with three judges for both rounds.
This achievement was possible due to the
more than one hundred attorneys and
judges who volunteered their time to
judge the competition on January 29th
and offer their guidance to the students.
Without them, this competition and this
wonderful opportunity for the students
cannot happen.
Second, we want to thank the at-
torneys who volunteered countless hours
as legal advisors for the high schools. The
legal advisors commit to working with
the students to develop and hone their
skills, and their efforts represent a sig-
Attorney Volunteers Bring
Mock Trial to Life
for High School Students
Participating Schools
Anderson High School
Clark Montessori
Colerain High School*
Deer Park High School
Elder High School
Finneytown High School
LaSalle High School
Mariemont High School
McAuley High School*
McNicholas High School
Moeller High School
Mother of Mercy High School*
Oak Hills High School*
Princeton High School
Seven Hills School*
St. Ursula Academy*
St. Xavier High School*
Summit Country Day *
Sycamore High School
Turpin High School
Ursuline Academy
William Henry Harrison High School
Wyoming High School*
nificant part of the students’ high school
education. We are grateful for your dedi-
cation and hard work in representing the
practice of law to a new generation.
Finally, thank you to the CBA staff,
especially Jamie Shiverdecker, whose
tireless work made sure the competition
ran smoothly, and to the law student
volunteers from University of Cincinnati
College of Law and Chase College of Law.
* schools with teams that went on to regional competition; results from that competition are at
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St. Xavier
takes on Mother
of Mercy in the
2013 Mock Trial
Competition.
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