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March 12, 2012
Indian Hill High School Wins State Mock Trial Championship

The Ohio Center for Law Related Education (OCLRE) hosted the 2012 Ohio Mock Trial State Finals on March 8-10. Indian Hill High School in suburban Cincinnati won the state championship round. Archbishop Hoban High School out of Akron placed second in the event. Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Robert R. Cupp served as the presiding judge during the final round.

Established in 1983 by the OCLRE as a statewide educational program, the mock trial competition is a simulated trial in a real courtroom where high school students learn firsthand about law, court procedures and the judicial system by competing against other teams.

Three-hundred and fifty teams from 178 schools across Ohio participated at the district competition at the beginning of the year. From there, 114 teams advanced to the regional competition, and only 31 teams competed at the state level.

Since September, these students put in hundreds of hours of work alongside volunteer attorneys and judges. Their mock trial case was titled, “State of Ohio vs. Storm Jackson.” The defendant argued that using global positioning system data collected from his cell phone was in violation of his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. 

OCLRE’s Mock Trial coordinator Todd Burch said the mock trial competition teaches students about the law and their rights as well as about the Constitution and the legal system. He said the program is very important to students as they learn public speaking, team building, and critical thinking skills.

Archbishop Hoban, the 2011 Ohio Mock Trial champions, and Indian Hill, the 2009 and 2010 state champions, won eight rounds during state finals to make it to the final round on Saturday.

Lisa Eschleman, co-chair of the 2012 Ohio High School Mock Trial Case Committee said she was impressed with the students.

“Every year I’m always amazed at how these students have mastered not only the facts and the law but also trial procedure. It’s just exciting and so much fun,” Eschleman said. “I’m always surprised at how well these students are prepared, and every year we see the amount of time they’ve put into this really play out at the end.”

Indian Hill will represent Ohio at the national level in Albuquerque, New Mexico in April.

View the 2012 state championship round of Indian Hill High School verses Archbishop Hoban High School.