COLUMBUS (May 4, 2017) - The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education
(OCLRE) will host its fourth annual high school Moot Court Competition May 5 at
the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center. Students will take on the role of
appellate attorneys and argue both sides of an original case.
More than 100 students representing the following schools from
across the state will participate: Danville High School (Holmes County);
Gilmour Academy (Lake County); Indian Hill High School (Hamilton County);
Kenton High School (Hardin County); Marysville High School (Union County);
Springfield High School (Clark County); Sycamore High School (Hamilton County);
Upper Arlington High School (Franklin County); Village Academy (Delaware
County); and William Mason High School (Warren County).
Moot Court case follows the aftermath of a school prank gone wrong. When
beloved mascot Harry the honey badger disappeared from Harrison High School, a
series of mysterious social media posts indicated that Harry had been on a tour
of Ohio’s tourist destinations. Desperate to bring Harry home, the school
principal used cell phone data to find geo-tagged photos. The convicted
student, Tracy Matthews, claims that the school violated her Fourth Amendment
rights by searching her photos, and the school believes it followed school
policies in this Fourth amendment case.
Teams will compete in both a legal brief-writing phase, and an
oral argument phase to test their skills as appellate advocates. The
championship round of oral arguments will be streamed live on the Ohio Channel
website beginning at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, May 5.
Kenton High School students are competing in Moot Court for the
first time. “Our students decided to compete in OCLRE's moot court competition
after their overwhelmingly positive experience in OCLRE's mock trial
competition. [They] are extremely excited to argue their appellate brief at the
Ohio Supreme Court—to be able to participate in legal arguments in our
state's highest court is truly an honor and opportunity of a lifetime,"
said advisor, Christina Q. Cross, Esq.
Justice Patrick Fischer of the Supreme Court of Ohio will preside
over the final round of competition. Fellow panelists will include Michael J.
Hendershot, Chief Deputy Solicitor for the Office of the Ohio Attorney General;
Samuel Peterson, Deputy Solicitor for the Office of the Ohio Attorney General;
Tiffany Carwile, Assistant Attorney General in the Constitutional Offices
Section; Nikki Baszynski, Assistant State Public Defender in the Office of the
Ohio Public Defender; and Christopher Walker, Associate Professor of Law for
the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University, and Benjamin Tracy,
staff attorney for the 10th District Court of Appeals.
The OCLRE is a non-profit,
nonpartisan organization whose goal is to improve society by developing
citizens empowered with an understanding of our democratic system. OCLRE is
sponsored by the Supreme Court of Ohio, Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Ohio
State Bar Association and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio
Foundation. The Moot Court program is funded by a grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation
. For more information about the OCLRE and the Moot Court
program, visit www.oclre.org