Toledo Law Mock Trial students traveled to Columbus on Friday, Nov. 18, to compete in the Ohio Attorney General’s Public Service Mock Trial Competition.
There were seven schools present at the competition with 10 teams overall. Toledo Law teams placed first and third. Additionally, four students came home with individual awards.
Mock Trial teams across Ohio law schools receive a case problem in early September. Teams prepare for the competition throughout the semester, getting ready to present each side of the case in two separate rounds during the competition. Student teams are assigned coaches, predominantly from statewide offices of the OAG, who help guide them along the way.
Teams were judged on the various steps of the trial, including pre-trial matters/motions, opening statements and closing arguments, witness performance and direct and cross-examinations. The competition is judged by federal and state judges as well as experienced litigators dedicated to public service.
Hannah Dennis, Cameron Ervin, Wesley Henkel, Briana Palmer, Joey Stefanko, and Natalie Sullivan, who served as captain, were on the first-place team.
Brianna Barnett, Kayte Geist, Kaci McGee, David Odle, Liz Quinn and Will Robinson, who served as captain, were on the third-place team.
Individual awards went to Dennis and Henkel for “Best Attorney” and Ervin and Quinn for “Best Witness.”
Tim Effler, Jeanna Jacobus and Holly Welch from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office served as coaches.