OKLAHOMA HIGH SCHOOLS TO COMPETE AT STATEWIDE MOCK TRIAL SEMIFINALS
(Oklahoma City - Feb. 24, 2015) – Mock trial teams from Ada, Broken Arrow, Jenks, McAlester, Moore, Owasso and Southmoore High Schools are advancing to the semifinal rounds of the 2015 Oklahoma High School Mock Trial competition. These rounds are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 25 in Oklahoma City at the U.S. Western District Federal Courthouse and Thursday, Feb. 26 in Tulsa at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Ada, Moore, one of two teams from Owasso and Southmoore will compete in Oklahoma City. Broken Arrow, Jenks, McAlester and the second Owasso team will compete in Tulsa.
The two winning teams from Tulsa and Oklahoma City will compete in the final round on March 3 at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in Norman for the state championship title. The Oklahoma champion will compete in the national competition in Raleigh, N.C., in May.
The eight teams moving on to the semi-finals have advanced through a field of 37 teams representing 32 schools across the state. Competition began in late January.
Attorneys from around the state serving as coaches for these high school teams are Angie Dean in Ada; Clifton Baker and Mark Hunt in Broken Arrow; Mike Horn in Jenks; Judge Jim Bland, Judge Tim Mills, Judge Matthew Sheets, Ellen Quinton and Adam Scharn in McAlester; Charlie Glidewell in Moore; and Judge Daman Cantrell, Deirdre Dexter, Rob Ridenhour and Ken Underwood in Owasso.
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.
In this year’s fictional case, defendant Jessie Chandler is accused of aggravated robbery with a dangerous weapon. The incident took place in Quapaw, Okla. at a local holistic food store called Herb World. Chandler is accused of holding two individuals at gunpoint, extracting $2,700 from the safe and binding the witnesses before escaping.
OBA Mock Trial Coordinator Judy Spencer said, “Through this High School Mock Trial Program, Oklahoma students learn important critical thinking and team-building skills they can take with them throughout their lives, whether as a future attorney or in any career. It gives them an insider look at how the American judicial system functions, while helping them build confidence and character.”
The Mock Trial Program is sponsored and funded by the Oklahoma Bar Foundation and 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 advance the science of jurisprudence and promote the administration of justice throughout Oklahoma. Its mission is "Advancing education, citizenship and justice for all.” The 17,500-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.