Mock Trial team members (front row from left): Hudson Fordu, Max Gilliland, Lily Bacon, Laura Shields, Bella Segreto; (back row,from let) Trin Ritchie, Jakob Hamilton, Ivy Rook, Jack Wynn
Earlier this month, the Lakewood High School Mock Trial team competed in the district Ohio High School Mock Trial competition sponsored by the OCLRE (Ohio Center for Law Related Education) and held at the Cuyahoga County Courthouse in Cleveland. The LHS team came away with a trial victory and individual awards for three team members.
Each fall, high school teams from around the state prepare a trial based on a case prepared by OCLRE. The teams prepare as plaintiff and defense, with two witnesses each. This year's case, Moldanado,v. Vega, involved a student suing a teacher and school district for violating his right to free speech. The issue was whether the principal was able to suspend the student over a rally he organized promoting gun rights.
The LHS team participated in two trials. After each trial, the best attorney and best witness were selected from the two teams. LHS won the first trial against a strong team from Orange High School and took home the Best Attorney and Best Witness awards. In the afternoon trial, LHS lost a narrow battle against the St Edward High School team, but also took home the Best Witness award.
The students worked hard on their own for over three months to prepare for the competition. According to the team advisers, the team did a magnificent job and thoroughly impressed the judges in both competitions.
The Plaintiff’s team consisted of Lily Bacon and Laura Shields as attorneys and Hudson Fordu and Ivy Rook as witnesses. The Defense team members were Bella Segreto and Jack Wynn as attorneys and Max Gilliland and Jakob Hamilton as witnesses. Trin Ritchie served as bailiff for both teams.
Laura Shields won the Best Attorney award and Ivy Rook and Jakob Hamilton won Best Witness awards.