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Springfield High School Takes First Place at Moot Court Competition

COLUMBUS (May 21, 2015) - The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education hosted the second annual high school Moot Court Competition May 19 at Capital University Law School and the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center. Students took on the role of appellate attorneys and argued both sides of an original case.

The winner of the competition was Springfield High School, and Gilmour Academy took second place. Semifinalists were Archbishop Hoban High School and Danville High School. Quarterfinalists were Pleasant High School, Reading High School, Sycamore High School, and an additional team from Springfield High School.

More than 100 students representing the following schools from across the state participated: Archbishop Hoban High School (Summit County); Benedictine High School (Cuyahoga County); Danville High School (Holmes County); Gilmour Academy (Lake County); Lake High School (Stark County); Marysville High School (Union County); Perkins Local High School (Erie County); Pleasant High School (Marion County); Reading High School (Hamilton County); Springfield High School (Clark County); St. Frances DeSales High School (Franklin County); Sycamore High School (Hamilton County); Thomas Worthington High School (Franklin County); Upper Arlington High School (Franklin County); Van Wert High School (Van Wert County); Village Academy (Delaware County).

Judge William A. Klatt, Ohio Tenth District Court of Appeals, presided over the final round of competition. Fellow panelists included Judge Patrick F. Fischer, First Appellate District of Ohio; Judge Matthew W. McFarland, Ohio Fourth District of Appeals; Pamela Vest-Boratyn, General Counsel for the Office of the Ohio Attorney General; Steven Dauterman, Senior Trust Officer, Fifth Third Bank; BethAnn Hullinger, General Counsel, Carnoustie Consulting; and Michael J. Hendershot, Chief Deputy Solicitor for the Office of the Ohio Attorney General.

The 2015 Moot Court case asked students to consider the petition of fictitious appellant Samuel Bennett Fields, a member of garage band named “Don’t Tread.”  The band’s message is distinctly anti-government and its lyrics have been the cause of controversy in the community. Moot Court students weighed the constitutionality of Gang Enhancement Statutes, as two members of the band were convicted of criminal activity in support of an anti-government militia.

to consider the Constitutionality of Gang Enhancement Statutes generally, and their application in this case specifically.

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization whose goal is to improve society by developing citizens empowered with an understanding of our democratic system. OCLRE is sponsored by the Supreme Court of Ohio, Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Ohio State Bar Association and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio Foundation.  The Moot Court program is funded by a grant from the Ohio State Bar Foundation. For more information about the OCLRE and the Moot Court program, visit www.oclre.org.

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