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Issue 2 Fall 2016 Partnering With Teachers to Bring Citizenship to Life SPONSORS: SUPREME COURT
Issue 2
Fall 2016
Partnering With Teachers to Bring Citizenship to Life
SPONSORS: SUPREME COURT OF OHIO • THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF OHIO • OHIO STATE BAR ASSOCIATION • ACLU OF OHIO FOUNDATION

More Than Law: Programs Teach Transferable Skills

By Caitlyn Smith, Program Coordinator

Most would argue that preparing students for the workforce is important, but how can it be done in a meaningful way?

OCLRE programs are designed to challenge students in a number of ways, to better prepare them as citizens – and as future employees. Many students may have a concrete idea of what they want to do after graduation, but many others do not. Therefore, it remains important to teach, and allow students to practice, skills that transfer to any career. “Soft skills,” such as critical thinking, problem solving, team work, and public speaking serve students – and their future employers – in any field.

With hopes of becoming a more confident public speaker, Carolyn Speicher participated in Mock Trial for three years before graduating from Oak Hills High school in 1996. She is now the Assistant Director of Event Services & Guest Experience at the Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. Carolyn knew in high school she did not want to pursue a career in law, but problem-solving is what drew her to Mock Trial. Of her experience, Carolyn said, “it was like a puzzle you [had] to put together – you’re given a lot of information and it’s up to you to decide what is important and why.” //cont. P2

In This Issue

Award Recipients Announced Ohio Mock Trial Case Capsule Professional Development

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Start a “Revolution” in the Classroom Thank You, Donors!

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Teachable Moment:

What it Means to “Teach for Social Justice”

By Ryan Suskey, Director of Professional Development & Programs

As we reflect on the events of this summer and begin another school year, I wonder how our young citizens will discuss, learn from, and process the moments of tragedy and triumph that occurred since they last left our classrooms. The summer was full of historic moments: from the devastating loss of life in Orlando, violence on the streets of Chicago and Dallas, to the first female presidential nominee and the first ever refugee team competing in the 31st Olympiad.

The thoughtful and engaged citizens we are trying to create will be tasked with understanding and contextualizing these events. Teachers have an opportunity to provide young, budding citizens with tools to understand and respond to these events; but how? //cont. P4

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A Student’s Thanks

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a letter written by 2016 Archbishop Hoban graduate and former mock trial team member, Matthew Deibel, to Hoban mock trial legal advisors. Edited and reprinted with permission.

“I wanted [you] to know I will be attending the University of Akron next year on a full ride. I truly have all of you to thank for this scholarship. I won this scholarship because of a presentation I gave last week. Everyone applying for the scholarship had 20 minutes to prepare a 5-minute presentation on a topic we knew basically nothing about. I realized right before I was presenting that the judges would grade like mock trial… Mock trial [gave] me an advantage over everyone else. I used a combination of all of the skills I have learned from all of you over the past three years… I gave the presentation like a closing statement with passion. [You have] taught me that people will believe you if you speak confidently.”

~ Matthew Deibel

More Than Law (cont. from P1)

Students who participate in mock trial are presented with an extensive case file, and it is up to them to carve out arguments. Students must build these arguments based on hundreds of pages of material, and ultimately may have as

little as four minutes to present their case in opening or closing arguments. Similarly, We the People students put together four minutes of prepared testimony to present to

a panel of judges, but may be asked a variety of follow-

up questions that test the depth of their knowledge and

understanding of the U.S. Constitution.

OCLRE programs share the common goal of developing informed, active citizens. Programs are academically rigorous and offer built-in assessments. They also offer opportunities for students to practice skills that can help shape them into valuable citizens and employees. While many OCLRE students may decide they want to study law, students in any field can apply the skills they learn. Speaking with confidence, working as a team, and considering another’s point of view are among the most important skills gained through participation. Carolyn pointed out how she has utilized these skills in the workplace. “You need to be able to have real, tough conversations with people – and be able to walk away and grab a sandwich with them later.”

“You need to be able to have real, tough conversations with people – and be able to walk away and grab a sandwich with them later.”

When students finish an OCLRE program they know more about the law and become more
When students finish an OCLRE
program they know more about
the law and become more informed
citizens - citizens who can later use
their skills in any career they choose,
and give back to their communities
in many ways.

Carolyn recently volunteered for OCLRE as a facilitator during the Ohio Moot Court competition. When asked if

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was different to be on the other side, she said “It (mock

trial) was a big part of my high school career. It wasn’t

club where we showed up and made a poster and left. Coming back [as a volunteer] made me see how [the] program played a big part in what I’m doing now.”

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Carolyn is still in contact with many of her former teammates; one is a program coordinator for the Girl Scouts of America, one is a civil engineer, and another is a fitness and recreation specialist. When asked if she thought their experiences in Mock Trial helped any of their careers, her response was “any employer will want [employees] who can figure out how to dissect information, make a decision,

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Eiler, Founders’ Award Recipients Announced On behalf of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education and

Eiler, Founders’ Award Recipients Announced

On behalf of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education and its Board of Trustees, it is a pleasure to announce the 2016 recipients of OCLRE’s highest honors.

Osterud
Osterud

Lori U. Eiler Award for Mock Trial Coaching Excellence

Judge S. Dwight Osterud, Perrysburg Municipal Court (retired), started the Perrysburg Court Law & Government Explorer Post in 2001. Since that time, as a part of his efforts to instill in young people an understanding of and appreciation for the law and justice system, Judge Osterud has coached the Post’s Mock Trial team. “Judge O,” as he is affectionately known to students, strikes the balance of having “…created a competitive though friendly atmosphere… allow[ing] participants to see the court as a tool for justice as opposed to a place to be feared,” according to Perrysburg alumnus and fellow coach Russell Quick.

Lanzinger
Lanzinger

Founders’ Award

Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger is the recipient of the Founders’ Award. Justice Lanzinger is committed to enhancing public understanding of the judicial system. She has been particularly supportive of civic education, and in 2010 launched her “Justice Judy” blog in an effort to engage an increasingly tech-savvy population of young people in understanding the purpose and function of our laws and courts. Justice Lanzinger has been elected to serve at each level of the state judiciary, and has served as a judge or justice for more than 30 years.

and has served as a judge or justice for more than 30 years. Ohio Mock Trial

Ohio Mock Trial Case Capsule: Pat Justice v. CAT News et al.

In the 2017 Ohio Mock Trial case, Pat Justice v. CAT News et al., students will consider a case of defamation of a public official by a news station. Pat Justice recently ran for re-election as Governor of the State of Ohio. During the campaign, Trillium High School’s We the People club invited Governor Justice to speak during the lunch hour. Afterward, the Governor met with a student in the principal’s office. Principal I.M. Veritas was a rival of Governor Justice in college and, once the two were alone, an argument began which ended with the Governor storming out. As the Governor left, Principal Veritas suffered a fatal brain aneurysm and died. A student reporter heard the argument and reported to a local news affiliate CAT News that the Governor killed the principal. While it was disproven quickly, the story went viral. Governor Justice lost the election, and has filed a civil suit against CAT News, alleging defamation. The former Governor will seek to prove that the station published the story with reckless disregard to the truth, and that the story damaged his/her reputation and cost him/her the election.

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Teachable Moment (cont. from P1)

OCLRE programs like Ohio Mock Trial, Youth for Justice, and We the People, give students tools to understand and engage in a thorough and thoughtful consideration of issues of social importance. Teachers for social justice do not teach their beliefs; rather, they teach the tools needed to form a belief of one’s own. Teaching for social justice equips students with the ability to evaluate the community around them, identify problems, and then do something about it.

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them, identify problems, and then do something about it. a search warrant for a phone cover

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those geotags? Would the game makers be compelled to turn over a user’s complete second by second log?

Tackling topics for which students have context helps to show them how their lives are connected to larger issues.

It might take more time to teach the

Fourth Amendment via Pokémon Go! than from a textbook, but which method is more memorable?

This teachable moment is aimed at helping teachers fully embrace the opportunities that teaching for social justice presents.

Connect to Students’ Lives

When you make a topic relevant, people pay attention. Finding the intersection of current events and student interests can create the perfect storm of student engagement.

While our students—and, admit it, some of us—were busy playing Pokémon Go! this summer, how many stopped to consider the possible Fourth Amendment implications? The app “pulses” a player’s location every ten seconds while interacting with the global server. Previous versions of the app even showed a map of each location visited. Would

Teach from Multiple Perspectives

Every issue has at least two different sides. When starting out in Mock Trial or Moot Court, students may complain of being “forced” to represent a side of the case with which they disagree.

In a social justice oriented classroom, issues are approached with as much context as possible. While interested in students’ initial opinions, we also want to provide opportunities for them to integrate or respond to opinions that differ from their own.

A rich classroom discussion considers

pros and cons of every point. After all, that is what citizens are called on to do all the time.

Training students to tackle issues from at least two perspectives will help

them build a strong habit of making informed decisions, and become better citizens as a result.

Utilizing Authentic Assessments

Engaging students in a simulation of a real life scenario allows them to test their role as citizens in a safe setting. Chances are good that students will encounter complicated issues in conversation, or even at their future jobs. By participating in OCLRE programs, which encourage active citizenship, students have a chance to role play scenarios they might encounter in real life.

As an eighth grader, I learned a lot from writing a report about pollution and its effect on sea life, but it ended there. The good grade was nice, but the Atlantic Ocean is more than 400 miles away from my home!

on sea life, but it ended there. The good grade was nice, but the Atlantic Ocean

Teachers who engage students in Youth for Justice and Project Citizen hit the same research and writing standards, while simultaneously helping students to see what tools are at a citizen’s

Create a Classroom Culture to Foster Growth

For some students, the classroom may be the only place they are exposed to deep ideas about politics, society,

they are exposed to deep ideas about politics, society, contributions to history were there at the

contributions to history were there at the very fabric of our founding.

As we embark on yet another school year, I hope you will feel encouraged

on yet another school year, I hope you will feel encouraged disposal to create change. My
on yet another school year, I hope you will feel encouraged disposal to create change. My

disposal to create change. My eighth grade report done as a Youth for Justice project might have ended in my petitioning our school to invest in single-stream recycling programs, or organizing a clean-up of the local waterways that eventually run into the ocean. Authentic assessments like YouthforJusticehelpstudentscomplete the fourth dimension of C3, taking informed action, while communicating their findings to a broader audience.

philosophy, and art. Encouraging and displaying a variety of viewpoints in lessons, on the walls, and on bookshelves, encourages students to consider a variety of viewpoints.

Reading both majority and dissenting opinions of a Supreme Court decision teaches students that there is more than one way to interpret the Constitution. Reading Abigail’s letters to John Adams shows students that women’s

2016-2017 Ohio Mock Trial Rule Clarifications

In order for teams to be assigned to a site for district competition, rosters must be submitted online (www.oclre.org) by December 20, 2016 and no changes will be osters must be submitted online (www.oclre.org) by December 20, 2016 and no changes will be accepted without approval of the competition committee. At each level of competition, advisors will be asked to verify rosters on site.

When a competition site does not have an equal number of teams, one will be asked to split and play prosecution and defense in separate trials at the same time (team must have 8 or more members to be eligible to split). Teams that cannot (team must have 8 or more members to be eligible to split). Teams that cannot split must apply for an exemption on the roster form.

Pairings will be drawn completely at random and exclusively by OCLRE; site coordinators will not change trial times or re-draw pairings for any reason. Schools ; site coordinators will not change trial times or re-draw pairings for any reason. Schools that field two or more teams understand they may be matched against each other.

All exhibits are stipulated as admitted, and witnesses do not have to enter exhibits into evidence. , and witnesses do not have to enter exhibits into evidence.

Witnesses are considered constructively separated, meaning that witnesses are unaware of prior trial testimony . witnesses are unaware of prior trial testimony.

All students are eligible to compete on a mock trial team if they have been enrolled in their school during the academic year in which the competition occurs, and have not yet graduated.that witnesses are unaware of prior trial testimony . All teams are expected to adhere to

All teams are expected to adhere to the OCLRE behavior standards, which must be completed and signed by an adult advisor from each team. Violation , which must be completed and signed by an adult advisor from each team. Violation of behavior standards could lead to the disqualification of a school/group and immediate dismissal from the competition.

to open the doors to a discussion and learning process that involves us all.

These tips above are a start; we want to hear from you about how you are working to build the next generation of citizens in your classroom.

to build the next generation of citizens in your classroom. Share with us at oclre@oclre.org. Congratulations

Share with us at oclre@oclre.org.

Congratulations to OCLRE Board Treasurer Pierce J. Reed

On April 28, 2016, Reed received the inaugural Excellence in Mentorship Award from the Columbus Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society. Mr. Reed was recognized at an awards ceremony, where former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland presented his award.

at an awards ceremony, where former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland presented his award. BLC Photography, www.blcimages.com

BLC Photography, www.blcimages.com

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Professional Development Offers High Rigor, Fun (Really!) Authentic Assessment

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Nine Ohio teachers have joined the ranks of the James Madison Legacy Project for the 2016-17 school year.

Through funding from a U.S. Department of Education SEED grant (Supporting Effective Educator Development), OCLRE has partnered with the Center for Civic Education to offer in-depth teacher professional development focused on the United States Constitution and government.

Brandi Brown, eighth grade teacher at South Side Middle School in Columbiana, added that she enjoyed implementing the simulated congressional hearings. “I have always had high expectations for my students, but I learned that eighth grade students can exceed my expectations when answering these challenging, evidence-based questions. There really was no wasted time in class and, as a teacher, it was nice to be the facilitator of knowledge.”

Last school year, nine Ohio teachers received more than 30 hours of professional development incorporating content and pedagogy to assist in teaching the history,

content and pedagogy to assist in teaching the history, Both teachers encourage their peers to participate

Both teachers encourage their peers to participate in We the People.

“I learned that you can just start with the program and it not be perfect, but your students will benefit regardless of your insecurities. As a teacher today, we are bombarded with new pedagogy, textbooks, online engagement activities, etc., that usually only last one to two years at most and require a lot of effort. However, We the People is worth the effort and I will be using this curriculum for many years to come,” said Ms. Brown.

philosophy,evolution,andapplication of the Constitution and Bill of Rights through the We the People program.

Matthew Wunderle, Ravenna High School government teacher, notes the professional development “lectures… alone were enough to make the program worth my time,” and adds he was “introduced to many web-based tools that were incredibly invaluable to my instruction this past year.”

incredibly invaluable to my instruction this past year.” Mr. Wunderle added “My students were stretched out

Mr. Wunderle added “My students were stretched out of their comfort zone to think critically about the Constitution while simultaneously applying those ideas to current events. We the People is such a wonderful authentic assessment for my students, as it not only requires them to think critically, but the dialogue portion demands that they have really mastered the content rather than simply memorize facts.”

Steven Cudney, Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, Columbus

Nick Geruntino, Washington High School, Washington Court House

Doug Gilbert, Litchfield Middle School, Akron

Jessee Hankins, Findlay High School, Findlay

Robin Lashley, Middleburg Heights Junior High School, Berea

Jordan Masterson, East High School, Columbus

Jessica Parker, Trotwood-Madison Middle School, Trotwood

Amy Stultz, Fostoria Jr./Sr. High School, Fostoria

Gloria Wu, Bowsher High School, Toledo

SEED grant funding will allow another cohort of teachers to participate in the 2017-18 school year.

Interested teachers should visit http:// www.oclre.org/aws/OCLRE/pt/sp/ programs_wethepeople, or contact program coordinator Tim Kalgreen (tkalgreen@oclre.org; 614-485-3515).

Start a “Revolution” in the Classroom with a NEW Middle School Mock Trial Case In

Start a “Revolution” in the Classroom with a NEW Middle School Mock Trial Case

In a renewed effort to blend social studies and history into the literature- based Middle School Mock Trial program, OCLRE has created a new case based on a work of classic historical fiction. Esther Forbes’ Newberry Award winning novel Johnny Tremain serves as the basis for the newest case in OCLRE’s Middle School Mock Trial collection.

Johnny Tremain is a teenage boy in revolutionary-era Boston. After leaving his apprenticeship at a silversmith shop, Johnny meets a new friend, Rab, and together they join the patriot cause. Johnny meets American founding fathers, including Paul Revere, Sam Adams, and James Otis as they organize events, including

the Boston Tea Party and warning citizens in the countryside of the impending British Army march toward Lexington. For the purposes of the mock trial, Johnny is arrested by the British and charged with treason against the Crown.

The case will be available for purchase in late September, and will be the featured case at the 2017 Middle School Mock Trial State Showcase, March 24, 30, and 31, 2017 at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center in Columbus. Information and registration can be found at http://oclre.org/aws/ OCLRE/pt/sp/programs_mocktrial.

OCLRE extends its thanks to the case writers for their contributions to

the creation of this new case: Michele Ballinger, Columbus City Schools; Judge Kim Browne, Franklin County Juvenile Court; Todd Burch, Esq., Ohio State Bar Association; Georgia Lang, retired educator; David Slutzky, Cleveland Metropolitan School District; and Fred Stratmann, Esq., CommuniCare Health Services.

Middle School Mock Trial professional developments are scheduled for November 15 and January 12. Details and registration may be found at www. oclre.org/professional_dev.

Contact Tim Kalgreen, Middle School Mock Trial program coordinator, at tkalgreen@oclre.org or 614-485-3515 for more information.

Thank You, Donors!

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education is grateful to the following individuals and organizations for their kind and generous support of our mission to partner with teachers to bring citizenship to life. Donations listed were given between August 1, 2015 and July 31, 2016. Thank you!

Sponsors

Supreme Court of Ohio Attorney General of Ohio Ohio State Bar Association American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio Foundation

Corporate & Charitable Funders

Ohio State Bar Foundation Chief Justice Moyer Legacy Fund William K. Weisenberg Fund for Civic Education Center for Civic Education The Honor Project Trust Hubert A. & Gladys C. Estabrook Charitable Trust AmazonSmile Foundation Kroger TechSoup

$100 - $199 Christine Ardley & Douglas Buchanan Robert Priest Debra Schimmoeller Jeffrey P. Sherman
$100 - $199
Christine Ardley & Douglas Buchanan
Robert Priest
Debra Schimmoeller
Jeffrey P. Sherman
In-Kind Contributions
Capital University Law School
Columbus State Community College
John Carroll University
Ohio Attorney General
Ohio Channel
Ohio State Bar Association
Supreme Court of Ohio

$1000 or more

Columbus Bar Foundation Chester Family Professionalism Fund Rourke & Blumenthal Secure Discovery

$500 - $999

Federal Bar Association Vorys Richard A. Dove Lisa Eschleman Daniel Hilson

$200 - $299

John Quinn Marion Smithberger Ohio State Bar Association Staff

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Mock Trial District Competition

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Mock Trial Regional Competition

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Youth for Justice/Project Citizen professional development

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Mock Trial State Competition

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We the People Middle School State Showcase