Mock Trial participants with their legal adviser, Dan Shields.
For the first time ever, Lakewood High School participated in the annual Ohio Mock Trial competition, sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law Related Education. Mock Trial is a program where students are given a case folder with facts and legal cases, and then present a trial. The participants act as lawyers and witnesses. The team did well in the competition, including winning a Best Attorney award.
The students who participated in the January 18 competition were Lily Bacon, Laura Shields, Jason Melnick, and Cameron Levis as attorneys, and Hudson Fordu, Ivy Rook, Emma Pagsuyoin, and Jakob Hamilton as witnesses. Izzy Fallon served as the timekeeper, Max Gilliland served as the bailiff, and Emily McIntire served as the alternate lawyer/witness. Teacher Ron Lewis was the faculty advisor, while Lakewood attorney Dan Shields helped the team as legal advisor.
The trial was the State of Buckeye vs. Quinn Woolf. The main issue involved was the application of the Fourth Amendment to the search of Quinn’s residence. Here, the question presented was whether the state could use evidence gathered by a drone flying over Quinn’s house. It was a very detailed case, and the students worked for three months to prepare their case.
The Lakewood team tried two cases, one against Strongsville High School, and one against St. Edward High School. The team won the case vs. St Ed’s, but lost a narrow decision to Strongsville. Junior Lily Bacon (pictured with certificate) won Best Attorney in the trial versus St. Ed’s.
Said Shields about the team’s debut performance at the competition: “The Mock Trial team should be very proud, as they competed well against more experienced programs. It was a great showing for the first year team!”