OverviewMock Trial is a nationwide competition that allows students to simulate a case as a lawyer, witness, or even both through a fictitious yet realistic court case. Teams of 5-8 compete against others schools on both sides of the argument. Through this activity, participants learn about the court system in the United States, Amendments to the United States Constitution, general teamwork skills, rules of evidence, the general structure of a court case, and much more. This year's case is Emerson Jones v. Buckeye Juvenile Correctional Institution . This battle between a former inmate and a juvenile detention center tests students' knowledge of the eighth amendment as well as supreme court cases that focus on excessive force used in prison riots and medical malpractice.
Special Note: This year’s teams were named after Riley Pearson. Riley was a participant in Mock Trial during the 2012-2013 school year; however, her struggle with cancer made her unable to continue being a part of the team in the subsequent years. Riley passed away on September 26, 2014. Even though her position on the Mentor High School Mock Trial team only lasted for one season, her positive outlook as a member of the team and determination to persevere will never be forgotten. This year’s efforts are in honor of Riley and our everlasting memories of her.