Forensics / Mock Trial

FORENSICS/ MOCK TRIAL TEAM has started and welcomes new members this year.

What is Mock Trial? A mock trial is a reenactment of a courtroom trial in which high school students become the lawyers, plaintiffs, defendants, and witnesses of a real court case. They compete against teams from other schools in Mock Trial Circuit 7. The program’s objectives are to (1) Further understanding of the law, court procedures, and the legal system; (2) Increase proficiency in soft skills such as listening, speaking, reading and reasoning; and (3) Heighten appreciation for academic studies as well as career consciousness of law-related professions. A mock trial is not a dramatic play, a speech competition, a debate, or a game, though it incorporates facets of all four. Successful mock trial participants possess excellent public speaking skills, an acute ability to think on their feet, a thorough understanding of trial procedures and rules, and a healthy competitive spirit. I hope that you consider joining our team! If you want further information, feel free to attend a meeting or email me. All meetings and competitions are virtual this year.

Meetings are held every Wednesday at 3:30 in Mr. Ozdem’s Zoom classroom. Before the competition we will meet twice a week. (TBA)

 

Email me to get invitation for the meeting. fozdem@cmitacademy.org

VOLUNTEER ADVOCATE is needed to coach the team.

Volunteers interested in helping our students to get court experience are welcome.

Advocate coach will join the ZOOM meetings to coach. Please contact to me for further information.

CLUB DESCRIPTION AND ANNUAL PLAN

CLUB NAME: Forensics / Mock Trial
CLUB SPONSOR: Fethi Ozdem
CLUB SPONSOR E-MAIL: fozdem@cmitacademy.org
MEETING DAY(S) : Wednesday,
MEETING TIME : 3:30 – 5:00 pm
MEETING FREQUENCY  Once a week / 

(before the competition twice a week TBA)

 

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE CLUB?
Students become the lawyers, plaintiffs, defendants, and witnesses as they bring a real court case to life. They compete against teams from other schools in Mock Trial Circuit 7.

 

CLUB DESCRIPTION
At the center of each year’s competition is a new legal case – either civil or criminal in nature – that challenges students to think critically about timely issues. Acting as attorneys and witnesses, students portray defense or plaintiff/prosecution and are scored on their performances by judges or attorneys. The program’s objectives are to (1) Further understanding of the law, court procedures, and the legal system; (2) Increase proficiency in soft skills such as listening, speaking, reading and reasoning; and (3) Heighten appreciation for academic studies as well as career consciousness of law-related professions.

Competitions take place at the local level – within each of the eight judicial circuits in Maryland – from January through March. The teams with the “winning-est” record from each of the circuits advance to the Regionals; those that prevail in the Regionals advance to Annapolis as part of the Final Four. At the invitation of the Maryland State Bar Association, which sponsors the Mock Trial Competition each year, the top four teams stay overnight in Annapolis, where they will compete in the Semi-Finals and potentially advance to the State Championship. 

In what has become a true tradition, the two finalists compete in Maryland’s highest court – the Court of Appeals. The State Championship is webcast live from the high court, and is available to view here: Mock Trial State Championship Webcast.

(This year’s competition will be online)

A mock trial is not a dramatic play, a speech competition, a debate, or a game, though it incorporates facets of all four. Successful mock trial participants possess excellent public speaking skills, an acute ability to think on their feet, a thorough understanding of trial procedures and rules, and a healthy competitive spirit.

 

Team make-up. A team must be comprised of no fewer than eight (8) but a maximum of twelve (12) student members

Team Roles. Teams may use its members to play different roles in different competitions. For any single competition, all teams are to consist of three attorneys and three witnesses, for a total of six (6) different students. 

Major skills covered in this course will include a basic working legal vocabulary, public speaking skills, critical analysis of information and evidence, improved citizenship as an educated participant in the American legal and governmental systems.

Curriculum

  • Basic principles of the American court system, laws, crimes, civil rights 
  • Elements of a trial, jury, witness, attorney, evidence
  • Introduction to public speaking

  

 

THE GOALS OF THE CLUB
1 Compete against teams and

Further understanding of the law, court procedures, and the legal system; 

2 Increase proficiency in soft skills such as listening, speaking, reading and reasoning;
3 Heighten appreciation for academic studies as well as career consciousness of law-related professions

 

SOCIAL MEDIA & WEBSITE: 

How can this club support the school website and the school`s social media accounts?

Competition preparations, invitationals, trial day and trophies!

 

How can this club support school activities such as;

Spirit Week, BHM, Open House, CMIT club expo, etc?

 

CMIT club expo: Mock trial demonstration.

 

CLUB RULES/EXPECTATIONS

List below the club norms and rules each member should follow: 

  1. Attend team practices and meetings.
  2. Attend ALL trials, even the ones that you are not participating in.
  3. Come to practice ready to work, rehearse, and learn. 
  4. Read the entire case packet when it is distributed.
  5. Memorize your parts. 
  6. Be willing to adopt a professional demeanor and appearance.
  7. Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision- making, 
  8. Set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed.
CLUB ANNUAL PLAN 
WEEK BRIEF PLAN OF THE MEETINGS
OCT 5-9 Informational Sessions
OCT 12-16 Informational Sessions
OCT 19-23 Tryouts
OCT 26-30 First practices; review and practice of the rules of procedure
NOV 2-6 Distribution of case packets; tentative assigning of roles
NOV 9-13 Practices 
NOV 16-20 Practices 
NOV 23-27 Practices 
NOV 30-DEC 4 Practices (twice per week)
DEC 7-11 Practices (twice per week)
DEC 14-18 Practices (twice per week)
DEC 21-25 Practices (twice per week)
JAN 4-8 Practices (twice per week)
JAN 11-15 Practices (twice per week)
JAN 18-22 Practices (twice per week)
JAN 25-29 Preliminary trials
FEB 1-5 Preliminary trials
FEB 8-12 Preliminary trials
FEB 15-19 Preliminary trials
FEB 22-26 Tiebreaker trials and state playoffs
MAR 1-5 Tiebreaker trials and state playoffs
MAR 8-12 Tiebreaker trials and state playoffs
MAR 15-19 Tiebreaker trials and state playoffs
MAR 22-26 Tiebreaker trials and state playoffs
APR 6-9 Evaluation of the competition
APR 12-16
APR 19-23
APR 26-30
MAY 3-7
MAY 10-14
MAY 17-21
MAY 24-28