Ohio High School Mock Trial

   photos courtesy of Dave Liggett

Hsmt TrophyOhio Mock Trial High School Competition


Watch your students grow both academically and personally, right before your eyes! Students learn first-hand about the law, court procedures and the judicial system while also building critical 21st Century skills. 

Ohio Mock Trial of­fers an in­no­v­a­tive ap­proach to learn­ing the law and how our legal sys­tem func­tions. Guided by teach­ers and vol­un­teer legal ad­vi­sors, stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in an orig­i­nal, un­scripted sim­u­lated trial writ­ten by at­tor­neys.  High school stu­dents argue both sides of the case in real court­rooms across the state.  The state fi­nals are held in the Ohio State­house and the win­ner ad­vances to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Each year vol­un­teer at­tor­neys cre­ate an orig­i­nal case around a cur­rent con­sti­tu­tional issue im­por­tant to stu­dents.  Mock Trial teams work with an at­tor­ney or a judge to pre­pare their case – from both the plain­tiff and de­fense per­spec­tive. Com­pe­ti­tions at the dis­trict, re­gional and state lev­els are con­ducted in an ac­tual court­room and are scored by pan­els of lawyers and judges.


2019-2020 Mock Trial Competition Dates

  • Registration Deadline:   December 2, 2019 (Registration is now closed)
  • Late Registration Deadline:   December 18, 2019 (Registration is now closed)
  • Roster Deadline:    December 18, 2019
  • Withdrawal Deadline:   December 20, 2019 (No refunds will be issued after this date)                 
  • District Competition:   January 17, 2020
  • Regional Competition:   February 7, 2020
  • State Competition:    March 12-14, 2020

Mock Trial Objectives

  • Improve critical thinking, reading, writing, public speaking and listening skills
  • De­velop un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the law, court pro­ce­dures, and the ju­di­cial sys­tem
  • Un­der­stand con­sti­tu­tional rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties
  • Rec­og­nize and re­ward stu­dents’ aca­d­e­mic and in­tel­lec­tual achieve­ments


For questions, contact Danielle Wilmot at dwilmot@oclre.org or 614-485-3507.


The 2020 Ohio Mock Trial Case, Rory Maldonado v. Varga, et al., asks students to examine the First Amendment right to free speech. This case focuses on if/when it is permissible for a school to restrict student speech. A former Trillium High School student is suing the school and the principal, Blake Varga, for violating their First Amendment right to free speech.

Rory Maldonado was a senior at Trillium in 2019 when they organized a demonstration centered around the individual right to gun ownership. Rory worked with another student to plan the demonstration which originally included a march from the high school to nearby PawPaw Park. After hearing talk of Rory’s demonstration and its supposed connection to a major food fight that took place, Principal Varga warned the school that any students participating in the demonstration would be suspended.

In an effort to remove the school from the demonstration plans, Rory canceled the march from the school and instead instructed everyone to meet directly at PawPaw Park. Rory went through with the demonstration and was subsequently suspended from all Senior Week activities and banned from walking at graduation. This case is the civil trial in which Rory Maldonado is suing the school and Principal Varga for a deprivation of rights.




While the legal arguments in the 2020 Ohio Mock Trial Case File focus on the First Amendment, the case material includes information and (fictitious) statements related to gun ownership and gun regulation. We recognize this is a sensitive topic for many but presents an opportunity for important conversations. OCLRE has curated a list of resources to assist you in beginning these conversations with your students. 



Clarifications, updates, and corrections to the case will be found in this section as needed.  Please check it periodically to stay up-to-date with the latest changes.


 Final Errata - 12/17


Rule Changes

To view a summary of 2020 rule changes, click HERE

To order your case, click HERE

Orders will be processed on Mondays and Wednesdays. All orders received after 2:00 pm will be processed the following day. 

Case File Pricing

Case files can be ordered in either hard copy or digital versions. Digital case files are sent via e-mail as a PDF. 

Hard copy teacher manuals are loosely bound hole-punched paper and include a copy of the ABA Guide to Mock trials. Additional hard copies for students can be ordered after a first copy has been purchased (or received at the Conference)




Shipping & Handling

Hard Copy Case File




Digital Copy Case File




Additional Hard Copy 



$10 for orders up to $50.  $15 for orders over $50

Team Registration

$170 per team

$265 per team



 Not a member yet?  You can easily join while registering for any OCLRE program!

Previous Cases 

Looking for a prior year's case file? To view a complete list of case summaries from 1983-2019, click  HERE .  A form to purchase previous cases is forthcoming.


2018-19  State of Buckeye v. Quinn Woolf: Quinn Woolf: High school student, Quinn Woolf, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and telecommunications fraud for stealing $120 million from the State of Buckeye’s pension fund.  The state is basing its charges on drone footage of the Woolf’s backyard captured from 400 feet in the air that was later enhanced. Defense has moved to exclude the drone footage, claiming that police violated Quinn’s Fourth Amendment protection against unlawful search and seizure.  2018-19 Case Capsule Video

 2017-18     State of Buckeye v. Adam Smith: Inspired by the popular podcast Serial, students tackle the post-conviction relief petition of Adam Smith, a defendant convicted of the murder of his ex-girlfriend in 1999. Almost 20 years later, Smith has filed a petition for a new trial, alleging ineffective assistance of counsel. Smith contends that his original attorney mishandled cell phone evidence in his case and failed to pursue a potential alibi witness.  2017-2018 case video

 2016-17    Pat Justice v. CAT News, et al.: During a campaign stop at a local high school, the incumbent Governor met with Principal I.M Veritas. After a heated argument, the Governor stormed out, just as Principal Veritas suffered a fatal brain aneurysm and died. A student reporter heard the argument and reported to CAT News that the Governor killed the principal. Justice lost the election and has now filed a civil suit against CAT News, alleging defamation.  2016-2017 case video

2015-16    State of Harmony v. Riley Green: En route to the annual Medieval Fair, a student causes a disturbance while playing in character with a bow and arrow at a convenience store. The store owner calls the police, and as Officer Green arrives on the scene, he finds AJ in the parking lot holding his bow and arrow. After issuing a warning, Officer Green makes the decision to use deadly force to prevent further harm. Officer Green is charged with felonious assault.


For more information on how to become involved with the Ohio High School Mock Trial pro­gram, please con­tact Danielle Wilmot, dwilmot@oclre.org 614-485-3507.


2019-2020 Mock Trial Competition Dates

In order to compete in the 2020 Mock Trial Competition, all teams must submit a registration form and a roster. Each school wishing to field a team must purchase a case file and submit a behavior standards form.

  • Team Registration is now closed. 
  • Click here to submit a team roster. (Submit by December 18)
  • Click here to complete the behavior standards form.
  • Click here to download the photo release form. 
  • The withdrawal deadline is December 20, 2019.
    • To submit a Team Drop Form, click here.


Team Registration

$170 per team 

$265 per team



2020 Mock Trial Competition Dates

  • District Competition: January 17, 2020
  • Regional Competition:  February 7, 2020
  • State Competition: March 12-14, 2020


For more information on how to become involved with the Ohio High School Mock Trial pro­gram, please con­tact Danielle Wilmot, dwilmot@oclre.org 614-485-3507.

District Site Assignments

Per OCLRE Rule IV.B.ii (pg. 13) District Site Assignments will be released on January 3, 2020. Please note that due to an increase in team registrations in some areas of the state and a change in competition sites, your site assignments may not be the same as last year.

This page will be updated by 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 3, 2020. After that time, please see below for placement information. Please note, if you have multiple teams you may be assigned to compete at more than one location.

OCLRE will attempt to provide teams with side playing first information no earlier than two days before the district competition. Side playing first information will be listed below, next to your team name. 

If your team is listed with P/D, this means that your team will "double." Refer to page 13 in the case file for information. 


Site Location: Butler County Common Pleas Court; 315 High Street Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Sponsor: Caparella-Kraemer & Associates
Check-In Time: 8:15 a.m.
Time of Trial 1: 8:45 a.m.
Time of Trial 2: 1:00 p.m.


Team Name

Side Playing First
Fairfield HS Fairfield D
Lakota East HS Hawks D
Lakota East HS Thunder P
Mason HS Gold P
Mason HS Gray D
Mason HS White P
Ross High School S P
Talawanda HS The Law Suits D
Talawanda HS The Oxford Commas D
Winton Woods High School Warriors P


Site Location: 270 E. Main Street Batavia, Ohio 45103
Sponsor: Clermont County Bar Association, Clermont County Court of Common Pleas, Clermont County Municipal Court
Check-In Time: 9:00 a.m.
Time of Trial 1: 10:00 a.m.
Time of Trial 2:  1:15 p.m.

School Team Name Side Playing First
Anderson High School/Forest Hills Black D
Anderson High School/Forest Hills Orange D
Batavia HS Green P
Batavia HS White D
Cincinnati Country Day School Legal Zoomers D
Fayetteville Perry High School Fayetteville-Perry P
Georgetown HS Black and Gold P
Indian Hill High School Kardashian D
Indian Hill High School Shapiro P
Milford Sr High School Legal Eagles P
North Adams HS Gold P
North Adams HS Green P
Turpin High School Turpin HS D
West Clermont HS WC Navy D
West Clermont HS WC Silver P
West Clermont HS WC White D
Western Brown Local  Gold P
Western Brown Local  White D

Cuyahoga County Courthouse

Site Location: 1 W Lakeside Ave #202, Cleveland, OH 44113
Sponsor: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation
Check-In: 11:15
Trial 1 Time: 12:30
Trial 2 Time: 3:00

School Team Name Side-Playing First
Beaumont HS Blue Streaks D
Cleveland School of Science and Medicine John Hay Science P
Hathaway Brown HS HB Red P
Independence High School INDY GOLD D
Lakewood HS Lakewood HS P
Mayfield High School Green P
Orange HS ACDC D
Orange HS Aerosmith D
Orange HS Queen D
Orange HS Rolling Stones P
Shaker Heights High School White P
Solon High School Brandeis P
Solon High School Chase D
Solon High School Marshall P
Solon High School Rehnquist D
St Edward High School Edward D
St Edward High School Peyton D
Strongsville HS Apollo P
University High School MAROON D
Warrensville Heights HS WHHS Team Blue P

Cuyahoga Justice Center

Site Location: 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Sponsor: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation
Check-In: 11:15
Trial 1 Time: 12:30
Trial 2 Time: 3:00

School Team Name Side Playing First
Bard Early College Bard Mockingjays D
Cleveland School of Science and Medicine John Hay Medicine P
Cuyahoga Hts HS Cuyahogah Heights  D
Hathaway Brown HS HB Blue D
Hathaway Brown HS HB Yellow P
Independence High School INDY BLUE D
Independence High School INDY GREEN P
Mayfield High School Black D
Mayfield High School White D
Orange HS Beatles P
Orange HS Floyd P
Orange HS Metallica P
Orange HS Nirvana D
Orange HS Zeppelin P
Rocky River High School Rocky River HS P
Shaker Heights High School Black P
Shaker Heights High School Red D
Shaw HS EC Cardinals D
Solon High School Burger D
Solon High School Jay P
Solon High School O'Conner P
Solon High School Sotomayor D
Solon High School Warren P
St Edward High School Dujare D
St Edward High School Moore D
St Edward High School Moreau P
Strongsville HS Aries P
University High School BLACK P
University High School WHITE D
Warrensville Heights HS Team 2 D


Site Location: 145 N. Union Street, Delaware, OH 43015
Sponsor: Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County
Check-In: 9:00-9:15
Trial 1 Time: 9:30
Trial 2 Time: 1:00

School Team Name Side Playing First
Big Walnut HS Eagles D
Buckeye Valley HS Don't Mock Us P
Delaware Hayes HS Pacers P
Dublin Jerome High School Astraea D
Dublin Jerome High School Atalanta P
Dublin Jerome High School Poseidon P
Fairbanks HS fLAWless D
Westerville Central HS Westerville Central HS D
Westerville North HS Libertas P
Westerville North HS Oratio D


Site Location: 375 S. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
Sponsors: Franklin County Municipal Court
Check-In: 12:00
Trial 1 Time: 12:45
Trial 2 Time: 3:00

School Team Name Side Playing First
Bishop Watterson HS Eagles P
Centennial High School Mr. Sparkles D
Columbus North International HS Lion Law D
Columbus School for Girls Guacamole P
Columbus School for Girls Salsa D
Fort Hayes Metro Educ Center HS Legal Eagles D
Franklin Heights HS Team Falcons P
Grandview Heights High School Ginsburg's Gang D
Grandview Heights High School Litigating Ladies P
Grove City HS Grove City HS D
Hilliard Davidson High School Al-litigators P
Hilliard Davidson High School Gavelry P
Metro Early College High School Metro Mock Trial P/D
Springfield HS Blue P
Springfield HS Gold P
Springfield HS Platinum P
Thomas Worthington High School Breaking Bread D
Thomas Worthington High School Mockery P
Upper Arlington HS Burger P
Upper Arlington HS Kennedy D
Upper Arlington HS Scalia D
Walnut Ridge HS Walnut Ridge D
West Jefferson HS Gold D
West Jefferson HS Metallic Brown P
Worthington Kilbourne Victor Lupi D


Site Location: 1000 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Sponsors: Cincinnati Bar Foundation
Check-In: 12:30
Trial 1 Time: 1:00
Trial 2 Time: 4:30

School Team Name Side Playing First
Clark Montessori High School Rory's Cactus P
DePaul Cristo Rey Bruins P
Elder HS Purple D
Elder HS White D
Indian Hill High School Bailey D
Indian Hill High School Cochran D
Indian Hill High School Dershowitz P
Madeira High School Gold P
Madeira High School Hazardous Freedom P
Mercy McAuley High School Mercy McAuley  P/D
Oak Hills High School Highlander P
Oak Hills High School Kilts P
Princeton HS Gray D
Princeton HS Red D
Purcell Marian HS Red and Blue P
Reading Community High School Blue D
Reading Community High School White P
Roger Bacon High School Spartan Team P
Seton High School Seton HS P
Seven Hills School Pawpaw D
Seven Hills School Principal Veritas D
Seven Hills School Quinn's Gazebo D
St Ursula Academy HS Cincinnati Blue P
St Ursula Academy HS Cincinnati Gold D
St Xavier HS Team Black D
St Xavier HS Team Blue D
St Xavier HS Team Green P
St Xavier HS Team Red D
St Xavier HS Team White P
Sycamore HS Maverick D
Sycamore HS Valkyries P
Ursuline Academy HS Green D
Ursuline Academy HS White D
Walnut Hills High School Auctoritias P
Walnut Hills High School Justice Eagles P
Walnut Hills High School Super Team D
Wyoming High School Blue Team P


Site Location: 1 E Main St., Logan, OH 43138
Sponsor: Hocking County Juvenile Court and Hocking County Bar Association
Check-In: 8:15
Trial 1 Time: 8:30
Trial 2 Time: 1:30

School Team Name Side Playing First
Circleville High School Tigers P
Logan HS Team Chieftain D
Olivia Davidson Washington Mock Trial Club Team Strongheart P
Olivia Davidson Washington Mock Trial Club Team Valient D
Teays Valley HS Viking Gold D
Westfall HS Westfall P


Site Location: 2 E. Main St., Norwalk, OH 44857Sponsor: Huron County Prosecutor’s Office
Check-In: 12:00
Trial 1 Time: 1:00
Trial 2 Time: 3:00

School Team Name Side Playing First
Edison HS Milan Charger D
Perkins HS Black Team P
Perkins HS White Team P
Sandusky Central Catholic School Team Panther D
St Paul Catholic HS Dwayne the Mock Johnson D
St Paul Catholic HS Mock-A-Doodle-Doo P


Site Location: 47 North Park Place, Painesville, OH 44077
Sponsor: Lake County Common Pleas Court and Lake County Bar Association
Check-In: 8:30
Trial 1 Time: 9:15
Trial 2 Time: 12:45

School Team Name Side Playing First
Andrews Osborne Academy 1Skone D
Andrews Osborne Academy 2Birdz D
Charles F Brush HS ARC NATION P
Kenston High School School of Mock P
Kenston High School The Verdict P
Lake Catholic HS Lake Catholic A D
Lake Catholic HS Lake Catholic Green D
Mentor HS Buffalo Chicken Wrath P
Mentor HS Paw Blart Hallcops P
Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School Leagal Lions Team Purple P
Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School Legal Lions Team Blue D
Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School Legal Lions Team Gold D
Perry High School Picante Pirates P/D
Riverside HS Painesville Legal Beavers P
Riverside HS Painesville Legal Challenge D


Site Location: 1 Courthouse Square, Newark, OH 43055
Sponsor: Licking County Bar Association
Check-In: 8:30
Trial 1 Time: 9:30
Trial 2 Time: 1:30

School Team Name Side Playing First
Bishop Rosecrans HS Bishop Rosecrans D
Granville HS Recycle  D
Granville HS Reduce D
Granville HS Reuse P
Northridge HS Mock On Vikings  P
Pickerington High School Central Trail Blazers P/D
Zanesville HS Blue Devils 1 P


Site Location: 601 Broad Street, Elyria, OH 44035
Check-In: 12:15
Trial 1 Time: 1:00
Trial 2 Time: 3:00

School Team Name Side Playing First
Lake Ridge Academy LRA Blue D
Lake Ridge Academy LRA Green P
Lake Ridge Academy LRA Purple D
North Olmsted HS Judge, Jury, and Executioner P
North Olmsted HS Third Amendment P
Open Door Christian HS Open Door D


Site Location: 555 N. Erie St., Toledo, OH 43604
Sponsor: Toledo Bar Association
Check-In: 11:30
Trial 1 Time: 12:30
Trial 2 Time: 2:30

School Team Name Side Playing First
Maumee Valley Country Day School 2020 Maumee Valley D
Maumee Valley Country Day School Maumee Valley Country Day School D
Maumee Valley Country Day School MV 2020 P
St Francis DeSales HS Toledo St. Francis de Sales P
St Ursula Academy St Ursula Academy P/D
Sylvania Northview High School Sylvania Northview High School P
Sylvania Southview HS Dauntless D
Sylvania Southview HS Grey D
Sylvania Southview HS International P
Sylvania Southview HS Transylvania D
Wauseon High School Super Smash Lawyers P


Site Location: 222 W. Center Street, Marion, OH 43302
Sponsor: Marion County Bar Association
Check-In: 8:30
Trial 1 Time: 9:15
Trial 2 Time: 1:15

School Team Name Side Playing First
Kenton HS/Cross Law Firm Mocking Jay D
Marysville HS Blackburn D
Marysville HS Nittany P
West Liberty-Salem High School Junior Varsity P


Site Location: 93 Public Square, Medina, Ohio 44256
Sponsor: Medina County Bar Association
Check-In: 8:30
Trial 1 Time: 9:00
Trial 2 Time: 11:00

School Team Name Side Playing First
Brecksville Broadview Hts HS BBHHS Bees A Team D
Brecksville Broadview Hts HS BBHHS Bees B Team P
Buckeye High School Buckeye Orange P
Buckeye High School Buckeye White P
St Joseph Academy HS Gold D
St Joseph Academy HS Purple D


Site Location: 41 North Perry Street, Dayton, OH 45422
Sponsor: Dayton Bar Association
Check In: 11:00-11:45
Trial 1 Time: 12:00
Trial 2 Time: 2:00

School Team Name Side Playing First
Alter High School Crusaders P
Alter High School Knights D
Alter High School Paladins D
Celina High School Green  D
Celina High School White  P
Centerville High School  Black Team P
Centerville High School  Gold Team P
Centerville High School  Gray Team D
Centerville High School  White Team P
Chaminade Julienne HS Chaminade Julienne D
DECA HS Mock Trial  DECA Mock Trial P/D
Lehman Catholic High School Lehman Catholic High School P
Miamisburg High School Viking Black D
Miamisburg High School Viking Blue P
Miamisburg High School Viking White D
Northmont HS Northmont P
Shawnee HS Shawnee High School D


Site Location: 50 Park Ave East, Mansfield, Ohio 44902
Check-In: 8:30
Trial 1 Time: 9:15
Trial 2 Time: 1:15

School Team Name Side Playing First
Ashland HS Blue D
Ashland HS Red P
Ashland HS White P
Danville High School  Holmes P
Danville High School  Mandaloes D
Danville High School  Pingu D
Danville High School  Tesla D
Pioneer Career & Technology Center Adelie Penguins P
Pioneer Career & Technology Center Emperor Penguins D
Pioneer Career & Technology Center Royal Penguins P
St Peter HS Team Alpha P/D


Site Location 1: 602 Seventh St, Portsmouth OH 45662
Site Location 2: 728 Second St, Portsmouth OH 45662
Sponsors: American Legion James Dickey Post 23, Velma Feagans, Portsmouth Bar Association, Portsmouth Rotary Club, Southern Ohio Medical Center, the Scioto Foundation, and the Honorable Howard H. Harcha, III
Check-In: 8:45
Trial 1 Time: 9:30
Trial 2 Time: 1:00

Comments: Lunch will be served at the American Legion James Dickey Post 23 (directly across the street from the courthouse) for all participants on the day of the competition. Dress rehearsal will be on Wednesday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. – Teams are to report to their assigned courtrooms.

School Team Name Side Playing First
Notre Dame HS Notre Dame Titans P
Portsmouth HS Portsmouth D
Portsmouth West HS Rules and Rights P/D
River Valley HS Bidwell RV Phoenix D
River Valley HS Bidwell RV Raiders D
South Webster High School South Webster 1 D
South Webster High School South Webster Red D
St Joseph Mock Trial Team St. Joseph Flyers P
Valley High School LandCor P
Valley High School Traicer P
Wheelersburg High School Pirates P


Site Location: 218 Cleveland Avenue SW, Canton, OH 44702
Sponsor: Judge Mary Falvey, Canton Municipal Court
Check-In: 12:00-12:30
Trial 1 Time: 1:00
Trial 2 Time: 3:00

School Team Name Side Playing First
GlenOak HS Legal Eagles D
Hoover High School Hoover Black P
Hoover High School Hoover Orange P
Jackson HS Massillon Black P
Jackson HS Massillon Gold D
Jackson HS Massillon Purple D
Jackson HS Massillon White P
Lake High School Team Blue D
Lake High School Team Red D
Lake High School Team White P


Check-In Location: Ocasek Building: 161 South High Street, Akron, OH 44308
Trial Location: 209 S. High Street, Akron, OH 44308
Sponsor: Akron Bar Association
Check In: 8:00
Trial 1 Time: 9:00
Trial 2 Time: 1:00

School Team Name Side Playing First
Archbishop Hoban Gavel Time P
Archbishop Hoban Team Blue P
Archbishop Hoban Team Gold D
Austintown Fitch High School Austintown Fitch High School D
Green High School Courtroom Crew D
Green High School Kraft Mac & Legal Fees P
Green High School Ladies of Law D
Green High School Los Abogados D
Nordonia High School Law-Mart P
Nordonia High School Legally Brunette P
Perry High School Panthers P
Revere High School A Few Good Men and Women P
Revere High School The Legal Seagulls D
Revere High School The Texas Law Hawks P
St Vincent St Mary HS St. Vincent-St. Mary Mock Trial Team P/D
Walsh Jesuit Expeditus D
Walsh Jesuit Yves D


Site Location: 161 High Street NW, Warren, OH 44481
Sponsor: Trumbull County Bar Association
Check-In: 8:45
Trial 1 Time: 9:00
Trial 2 Time: After conclusion of first trial

School Team Name Side Playing First
Hubbard High School Hubbard Blue P
Hubbard High School Hubbard White D
Lordstown High School Finch D
Niles McKinley Niles Blue Team D
Niles McKinley Niles Red Team P
Struthers HS Struthers Black P


Site Location: 125 E. High Street, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
Sponsor: Tuscarawas County Bar Association
Check-In: 8:00
Trial 1 Time: 9:00
Trial 2 Time: 12:30

School Team Name Side Playing First
Claymont High School Brown P
Claymont High School White P
Dover City Schools Dover Crimson P
Dover City Schools Dover Gray D
Indian Valley High School Team 1 D
Indian Valley High School Team 2 D
New Philadelphia HS NP Black P
New Philadelphia HS NP Red D
Steubenville High School Big Red D
Tuscarawas Central Catholic HS TCC Gold P
Tuscarawas Valley HS Tusky Valley Black P
Tuscarawas Valley HS Tusky Valley Red D


Site Location: 215 W. Fifth Street, Marysville, OH 43040
Check-In: 8:15
Trial 1 Time: 9:00
Trial 2 Time: 1:00

School Team Name Side Playing First
Fairbanks HS Justice League P
Fairbanks HS Law and Disorder P
Marysville HS Elbert D
Marysville HS Regal D


Site Location: 500 Justice Drive, Lebanon, OH 45036
Sponsor: Warren County Common Pleas Court
Check-In: 8:30
Trial 1 Time: 9:00
Trial 2 Time: 1:00

School Team Name Side Playing First
Bishop Fenwick HS Fenwick Gold P
Bishop Fenwick HS Fenwick Red D
Kings HS Benchwarmers D
Kings HS The A Team D
Mason HS Mason Black P
Mason HS Mason Green D
Mason HS Mason Green & White P
Mason HS Mason Silver P


Site Location: 205 Putnam St, Marietta, OH 45750
Sponsor: Washington County Bar Association
Check-In: 9:00
Trial 1 Time: 10:00
Trial 2 Time: 1:00

School Team Name Side Playing First
Federal Hocking High School Federal Hocking Lancers D
Harrison Central Harrison Central D
River Valley HS Bidwell RV Black P
River Valley HS Bidwell RV Silver P
Warren HS Midnight Warriors P
Warren HS Schoolhouse Gatekeepers D


Site Location: 1 Courthouse Square, Bowling Green, OH 43402
Sponsor: Wood County Bar Association
Check-In: 11:30-12:00
Trial 1 Time: 12:30
Trial 2 Time: 3:00

School Team Name Side Playing First
Archbold HS Blue Streaks D
Eastwood I HS Eagle Law D
Eastwood I HS Legal Eagles D
Perrysburg High School Mock Trial Libertatem P
Perrysburg High School Mock Trial Res Ipsa P
Perrysburg High School Mock Trial The Activists P


Ohio Mock Trial Resources

Mock Trial Evidence Maze

This resource, with special thanks to Clermont County Common Pleas Court Mediator & Senior Magistrate Harold Paddock for developing and sharing, is perfect if you are getting lost trying to navigate the Mock trial evidence "maze".

Putting On Mock Trials ABA Guide

The American Bar Association has created a guide to putting on Mock Trials. It has helpful information about the components of a trial, advise for students and sample trials.  

Make Your Case presented by Scholastic American Justice

Girl Make Your Case is a court­room trial sim­u­la­tion in which stu­dents con­trol the ac­tion as they ex­pe­ri­ence a real court­room set­ting. Make Your Case was de­vel­oped by Scholas­tic in con­junc­tion with the Amer­i­can Board of Trial Ad­vo­cates. The Amer­i­can Jus­tice webpages also con­tain ad­di­tional civic ed­u­ca­tion re­sources, including lesson plans, printables and more.  

Mock Trial Practicum

Pic3This publication en­hances the Mock Trial ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents, teach­ers, coaches and judges by pro­vid­ing an in­ter­ac­tive area that will help stu­dents bet­ter un­der­stand the trial process and learn­ing tools for new and ex­pe­ri­enced ad­vi­sors. Ac­cess to the site is avail­able for $100 per team (up to 8 stu­dents) and $10 for each ad­di­tional stu­dent, re­new­able each year. 

Introducing Case Files

 Click Here to check out these five easy steps which explain how to introduce a case to your students so they get the most out of it. This can be used as a starting point to introduce the Mock Trial case file to your students to help them understand the basic elements.

Mentor Hangouts

OCLRE talked to two of our experienced advisors to find out how they get the Mock Trial year started. This video will give high school advisors and teachers insight on how to approach and prepare for the Mock Trial competition. The advisors share tips, lesson plans, and past experiences.

Mock Trial Student Tips Videos

Iadc Logo

The Foundation of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), has a YouTube channel with short videos offering mock trial tips for students. The videos include helpful suggestions for conducting direct and cross-examination, opening statements and closing arguments.


Mock Trial Tutorial

OCLRE created this video to help students and teachers learn the basics of a mock trial presentation. It details what each part of the trial is about and how the students should approach each section. The video uses examples from a state championship round so you can see each part of the trial in action.



2019 Lori Urogdy Eiler AwardAward Winner Envelope Graphic

Congratulations to Noel Alden who is the legal advisor to Danville High School’s mock trial and moot court teams. Alden was nominated by Danville High School student Calvin Huh. In his nomination of Alden, Calvin stated, “As both a full-time attorney and full-time dairy farmer, Mr. Alden has sacrificed nearly all of his free time coaching us. Mr. Alden has helped us all grow through his blunt honesty. [He] does not sugarcoat things, but he also doesn’t dismiss ideas. He provides direct, constructive criticism…but [lets] us figure out how to fix things. Most importantly, Mr. Alden has tried to instill in us a respect for all people.” 

Alden is with the firm Zelkowitz, Barry & Cullers, Ltd. 

To nominate your legal advisor: 2020 Eiler Award.


How do I get started?

If you or your school/organization are new to Ohio Mock Trial, welcome! First, you need the case file… The case is released annually at the Law & Citizenship Conference. Conference attendees are the first to receive their copy of the case and are also able to attend many mock trial related sessions, including the case presentation by members of the case writing committee and OCLRE staff. In addition to the case file, conference attendees hear from top-notch speakers in the fields of civics, social studies, law, and government, and leave with 30+ lessons and resources. Additionally, if you register for the Law & Citizenship Conference, you will receive a discount on the cost of the case file. As part of the conference, you can also attend an intro to Mock Trial professional development day for only $10 (regularly $25).  This professional development session is intended for those who are new to mock trial, or who would like a refresher.


I am unable to attend the Law & Citizenship Conference but want to get the Mock Trial case. What do I do?!

Take a deep breath and relax. You can still order the case! Complete the form under the "Case File" tab and the case file will be sent to you. Please note that cases will not be sent until after the Law & Citizenship Conference in September. 


I’ve got my case materials. Is that all? Am I ready to compete?

NO. Not yet. Team registration is a separate cost and registration form. Most team advisors wait until closer to the registration deadline, usually mid-December, to make sure that student interest hasn’t waned and to be certain of the number of teams they will field. A team consists of 5 – 11 students.


My students and I are struggling with start-up. Who can help us? 

OCLRE has teacher mentors for all of its programs, including mock trial. Teacher mentors have expressed willingness to help other teachers who are new to a program, to answer questions from the teacher perspective or offer advice. Click Here to access a list of mentors. You can also contact the Mock Trial Program Coordinator Danielle Wilmot, dwilmot@oclre, (614) 485-3507. 


How much time should my students and I spend on practice and preparation?

The short and simple answer is: it varies. Some teams are classroom-based and therefore spend class time each week preparing. Other teams are extra-curricular and meet one or more times per week, before or after school or on weekends. Others may only have time to meet a few times per month. There is no right or wrong answer. Figure out what works best for you, your fellow advisors (if any), and your students. The case is released in September and the first competition date is at the end of January, so at most teams have about four months to prepare.


I don’t have a legal advisor. Do I need one?

OCLRE does not require that mock trial teams have a legal advisor, however, most teachers appreciate assistance from volunteer attorneys, who help students understand case law, courtroom procedure and etiquette. Often times a mock trial legal advisor is the parent of a student or a local attorney who volunteers in his/her community. The time commitment for volunteer legal advisors varies and is worked out between the teacher/team advisor and attorney. If you are unable to find a legal advisor, contact Danielle Wilmot, dwilmot@oclre, and OCLRE may be able to put you in contact with an interested local attorney.


When and where do my students compete? 

District Competition (the first round of competition) takes place in January. To the greatest extent possible, teams are assigned to a competition site closest to their school. Competition site placement is based on a number of factors, including teams’ ability to travel and courtroom availability at local competition sites. Teams that win both trials (having played both P and D) at the District level advance to Regional Competition in February. Teams that win both trials at Regional Competition will advance to State Competition, in March in Columbus. The state champion team is eligible to compete in the National Mock Trial Competition.


I have a question about or found a discrepancy in, the facts of the case and/or a witness statement. What do I do?

OCLRE will post errata on the Mock Trial page every two weeks beginning in October and going through January. Errata questions must be submitted by the teacher or legal advisor, not students, and should be directed to dwilmot@oclre.org.


It’s competition day and there is inclement weather in my part of the state/school is delayed/school is closed, etc. What do I do?

If your team cannot make it to the competition site, please immediately notify the district/regional competition coordinator where you are scheduled to compete (available in January) as soon as possible. You should also notify OCLRE by contacting Danielle Wilmot, dwilmot@oclre, (614) 485-3507. Teams are expected to follow school district policy and/or common sense when making the decision whether or not to travel in inclement weather. Most importantly: safety should come first! The scheduling of make-up competitions is at the discretion of OCLRE and the affected site coordinators (please see page 10 of the case manual for make-up competition policy).


My school doesn’t have a mock trial team, but I want to get involved. What can I do?

Are you a high school student? Start by talking to a teacher – it could be a social studies teacher, the drama teacher, or even the principal. If you and four or more interested students are willing to take on the challenge, the teacher may be willing, too. There is some expense involved, so make sure to factor that into consideration. If you get buy-in from school personnel, refer the person to the top of this list of FAQs for next steps. If a student can’t convince a teacher in his/her school, please contact OCLRE. On occasion, there are non-school affiliated community teams or other opportunities to get involved.


I am having trouble with the online order form and am getting frustrated. What should I do?

Don’t worry – OCLRE is here to help! Call us at (614) 485-3510 or toll-free at (877) 485-3510 and ask for Cathy. She can guide you through problems and make sure you get what you need. Additionally, Cathy can answer questions about usernames and passwords, as well as payment options. OCLRE endeavors to continually improve our online order and registration processes to benefit our constituents and your feedback help us to do so.


What are the payment options for online orders and registrations? Do I have to use a credit card?

OCLRE offers several payment options. You may pay with a credit card, request to be invoiced, or enter a purchase order (PO) number. If the PO number is not known at the time an order is placed, you may select the purchase order option and then enter “pending” for the number.


How do I know if my order/registration has been completed successfully?

When orders and registrations have been submitted successfully to OCLRE, an automatic email confirmation is generated and should arrive in your inbox within minutes. If you do not receive a confirmation email within an hour, please contact OCLRE. 


A few helpful hints for proper form completion:

  • Follow the process all the way through, using the “Next” and “Submit” buttons.
  • Complete all required (*) fields or you will not be able to proceed/finish
  • Complete the payment portion of the form, even if you are not paying by credit card.
  • Other options that you can select include requesting an invoice or entering a PO number (or indicate that a PO is in process and the number is “pending”)

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