Owasso High School and Moore High School to Compete for State Mock Trial Championship
(March 2, 2015 – Oklahoma City) Owasso High School’s Team Darrow will prosecute and Moore High School will represent the defendant to determine the winner of the Oklahoma High School Mock Trial competition on March 3. The final round will begin at 5 p.m. in the Bell Courtroom at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman. The public is invited to attend.
The two teams have advanced through a series of rounds that started with a field of 37 teams representing 32 schools across the state. Competition began in late January. This year's mock trial is a case focused on the criminal prosecution of an individual accused of aggravated robbery with a dangerous weapon. The Oklahoma champion will compete in the national competition in Raleigh, N.C., 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.
Owasso attorney coaches are Judge Daman Cantrell, Deirdre Dexter, Rob Ridenour and Ken Underwood. The Moore attorney coach is Charlie Glidewell.
Retired Judge Edward Cunningham will serve as presiding judge during the competition finals. Scoring judges will be Retired Judge Glenn Adams, Retired Judge Kenneth Dickerson, Judge Shon Erwin, Judge David Lewis, and Judge Mark Osby.
The Mock Trial Program is sponsored and funded by the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and the Oklahoma Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. 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 provide free legal assistance for the poor and elderly, safe haven for the abused, protection and legal assistance for children, public law-related education programs including those for school children and other activities that improve the quality of justice for all Oklahomans. The 17,600-member Oklahoma Bar Association, 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.