We had another fun and rewarding experience volunteering for this year’s Ohio Mock Trial!  District competition was held on January 20th of this year, and these were the Regional trials held on February 10.  We arrived around 11:00 a.m. and went through the security line at the Old Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio.  I was greeted by Jessica Paine.  Jessica was smiling, energetic and organized as usual.  As an employee of the CMBA, she never fails to impress, accomplishing every task with an unfailing can-do attitude, contagious to everyone who has the privilege of working with her.  I’m not sure who else could organize and keep over 200 high-schoolers, plus staff and parents happy in such a way.  I was assigned to check in all of our volunteers.  It was a wonderful job as I got to see old associates and meet some new ones. (This is a shout-out to you, Judge Markus!) Our volunteers were given a delicious lunch and went to their assigned courtrooms.

The staff that assists each team helps them hone their skills – communication, analytical and courtroom are just a few of the skills that these students have the opportunity to showcase and improve.  All of the school teams (listed below) came prepared for a courtroom battle.  All of the team members were prepared in every way – from their professional outfits to their opening and closing arguments – every team should be proud of the way they handled their assignments.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t choose all of them to move on to the next round of competition in Columbus, but all of the scoring was close and choosing winners was difficult!  We wish all teams success in their regional competition in Columbus, we know that they will make the Cleveland legal community proud!

The Ohio Mock Trial program is conducted under the auspices of the Ohio Center for Law Related Education (OCLRE), sponsored by the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Ohio State Bar Association, Attorney General’s Office and ACLU Foundation of Ohio.

I had the privilege of taking some photographs of the students and competition.  Click here to check them out in the CMBA photo album!

 

Old Courthouse, Cleveland Ohio

Photo courtesy of Cuyahoga County Department of Public Works

 

 

 

Thank you so much to all the attorneys and judges below who volunteered their time and energy:

Edgar H. Boles II – Dinn Hochman & Potter

John E. Mellyn, Jr. – Hahn Loeser & Parks

Kerry M. Agins – Agins & Gilman

Ruchi V. Asher – Cuyahoga County Department of Law

Amanda Barreto – Ott & Associates

James Carrabine – Carrabine & Reardon

Stephen V. Cheatham – Buckley King

Forrest L. Collins – Forrest L. Collins Law Offices

Gregory S. Costabile – Buckley King

Darci L. Deltorto – Eight District Court of Appeals

Crystal M. Duplay – Law Offices of Timothy M. Sullivan

Dianne Foley – Koehler Fitzgerald

David Freeburg – Freeburg Law Firm

Aimee Gilman – Agins & Gilman

Hon. Francine B. Goldberg – Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court

Elizabeth A. Goodwin – Goodwin & Bryan

Nathaniel Hall – Hall Legal Services

Mark P. Herron – Herron Law Office

Jonetta J. Kapusta-Dorogi – Jonetta J. Kapusta-Dorogi LLC

James Lawniczak –  Calfee, Halter & Griswold

William D. Manson – The Lubrizol Corporation

Hon. Richard M. Markus, ret.

Britt L. Newman – Attorney at Law

Harold Rauzi – Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court

Rachel Reight – Baasten, McKinley & Co.

Hon. John J. Russo – Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

James W. Satola – Attorney at Law

Neal Shapero – Shapero & Roloff

Latha Srinivasan – First Energy

Richard G. Stuhan – Attorney at Law

Hon. William F.B.Vodrey – Cleveland Municipal Court

Stephan I. Voudris – Voudris Law LLC

Hon. Sandra L. Walker, ret.

Hon. Carol Weiss – Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas

Hon. Anjanette C. Arabian Whitman – Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court

 

The schools that participated this year are:

Edison High School

Hathaway Brown School

Lake Ridge Academy

Mentor High School

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School

Orange High School

Perkins High School

Solon High School

St. Edward High School

Strongsville High School

University High School

 

Article written by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company).  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, and is currently serving as Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and Chair of the Follow Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years.  Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation.

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