Owasso High School and Moore High School to Compete for State Mock Trial Championship
(Feb. 26, 2016 – Oklahoma City) Owasso High School will prosecute and Moore High School will represent the defendant to determine the winner of the Oklahoma High School Mock Trial competition on Tuesday, March 1. 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.
Both schools competed in the 2015 championship. This year, they advanced through a series of rounds that started with a field of 36 teams representing 29 schools across the state. Competition began in late January. This year's mock trial is a case focused on the civil prosecution of computer company being accused of capturing a student’s private messages and searches. The Oklahoma champion will compete in the national competition in Boise, Idaho, 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, Rob Ridenour and Ken Underwood. The Moore attorney coach is David Smith.
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 Suzanne Mitchell.
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 foundation, through its grants and awards program, allocates funds to nonprofit agencies and programs like mock trial. The mission of the foundation is to ensure justice is possible for all Oklahomans through the promotion of law, education and access to justice. 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.