Ada High School’s Maroon Team prosecuted and Clinton High School’s Gold Team defended a case to determine the winner of the Oklahoma High School Mock Trial competition on March 6. The final round will began at 5:30 p.m. in the Bell Courtroom at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman.
The two teams advanced through a series of rounds that started with a field of 36 teams representing 30 schools across the state. Competition began in late January. This year’s mock trial is a case focused on the criminal prosecution of the spouse of a fallen U.S. service member accused of arson and murder. The Oklahoma champion will compete in the national competition in Albuquerque, N.M., in May.
The competition involves teams of students taking on the roles of attorneys and defendants. The “trials” are heard by a judge and attorneys in a courtroom setting where individual and team performances are evaluated.
The Ada team is coached by teacher Angie Dean and attorney Frank Stout. Team members are Jasmine Bayatfar, Haley Dean, TJ Freeman, Charlie Gibson, Kaitlyn Kaiser, Bryan Kingery, Samuel McCann, Phillip Newcomer and John Stout.
“The mock trial program is a great way for our association to connect with students and get them involved and informed about the law and how it works,” said OBA President Cathy Christensen of Oklahoma City. “The students show complete dedication and a desire to learn skills that will help them become more successful throughout life.”
Retired Judge Edward Cunningham will serve as presiding judge during the competition finals. Scoring judges will be Justice Douglas Combs, Judge Shon Erwin, Judge David Lewis, Judge Millie Otey and Judge Dana Rasure,
The Mock Trial Program is sponsored and funded by the Oklahoma Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and the Oklahoma Bar Foundation. Nearly 400 judges and attorneys volunteered their time to work with mock trial teams as coaches and to conduct the competitions. The OBF bestows annual grants that advance the science of jurisprudence and promote the administration of justice throughout Oklahoma.
Its mission is “Advancing education, citizenship and justice for all.” The 17,000-member OBA, headquartered in Oklahoma City, was created by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to advance the administration of justice and to foster and maintain learning, integrity, competence, public service and high standards of conduct among Oklahoma’s legal community.