December 11, 2012
Mock Trial Judges Needed!
Be a judge for a day! Volunteer with the Annual Mock Trial competition 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 or email@example.com.
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, January 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 competition to acquaint themselves with the issues and judging criteria.
The 2013 Ohio high school mock trial case “State of Ohio vs. Dakota Allen” 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. 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 www.oclre.org.