The annual Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by the Cleveland Municipal Court, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Cleveland Bar Association, is going into its 16th year. The program, under the direction of Judge Lauren C. Moore, involves 250-350 Cleveland students and their teachers who end up spending an entire day at the Justice Center presenting both sides of a hypothetical case that is based upon similar cases before the court. These cases involve such issues as stalking, driving under the influence, and children gaining access to firearms. The ultimate aim of the Mock Trial Competition is to improve student listening, speaking and reasoning skills and to better familiarize them with the justice system.
The 16th Annual Cleveland Municipal Court Mock Trial Competition, sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation, took place Friday, April 27th at the Justice Center. Fourteen teams from ten Cleveland High Schools participated, arguing the prosecution and defense of a case involving an Iraqi War veteran with mental disabilities, who gets involved in a complicated legal dispute arising from an Occupy Cleveland protest. The case was written by Cleveland Municipal Judge Lauren C. Moore, who oversees the Mock Trial Program.
A team of ninth graders from Whitney M. Young High School won first place. Cleveland School of the Arts #1 team won second place and Cleveland School of the Arts #2 team finished third.
A total of 317 students from the following schools participated:
Cleveland School of the Arts
James F. Rhodes
Jane Addams B.C.C.
John F. Kennedy
Max S. Hayes
Martin Luther King Career Campus
New Tech at East Tech
Whitney M. Young
Whitney M. Young, winners of the 16th Annual Mock Trial competition. Judge Moore is standing in the back row under the letter "E" and CMSD CEO Eric Gordon is seen standing under the "T". The white cylinder in the center of the photo is a time capsule. The Cleveland Municipal Court is celebrating its centennial this year and in doing so, the Court is collecting bits and piece of information to place in the capsule, which will be opened in 2112, 100 years from now. A program listing the winners of the 2012 Mock Trial will go into the time capsule.