Mock Trial

Mock Trial

Ohio High School Mock Trial

Advisor: Mike Whitten ([email protected])

According to the Ohio High School Mock Trial website, “The Ohio Mock Trial Program is an academic competition designed to foster a better understanding of the American democratic legal system and to encourage development of analytical and communication skills. In moving from the classroom to the courtroom, high school students add an important dimension to their learning experience in citizenship education. Through first-hand experience, the Mock Trial Competition can serve to teach students about their rights and responsibilities under the Constitution and prepare students for possible future involvement as parties, witnesses and jurors in trials.”

~to improve basic skills such as critical thinking, listening, speaking, and reading
~to develop a greater understanding and appreciation for the law, court procedures, and the judicial system
~to increase understanding of our constitutional rights and responsibilities
~to recognize students' academic and intellectual achievements

General Information:
~the program was started in 1989-1990 by Mike Whitten, and he has remained as the advisor since then
~Attorneys James Mann, Matt Chafin and Dennis Rathburn and former TVHS Mock Trial participant/current Capital University Law student Rose Vargo have volunteered to assist Mock Trial participants this season
~2010 marked the 20th year Teays Valley has participated in the Ohio Mock Trial Competition
~2005 is the 6th year TVHS has advanced one or more teams into the State level of competition

How to Get Involved
~Any high school student may participate
~Practice/Meetings begin in late October and practice on Friday afternoons up through the district competition, which is around mid-February
~Students earn 1/2 credit in Social Studies for successfully completing the program up through and including competition
~According to Mr. Whitten, it is an outstanding program that builds oral advocacy and speaking skills while at the same time teaching students Constitutional Law and developing the student's ability to think on his/her feet and become a critical listener. It is a program that is beneficial for pre-law students as well as other college-bound students in our district. The program is challenging and requires a great deal of reading and preparation. It is unique in that students get to work hands-on with practicing lawyers in a real court-room setting.
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