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This month attorneys from Bishop Rosecrans are revising

Published: January 29, 2011 11:00 PM

This month attorneys from Bishop Rosecrans are revising their openings and closings and witnesses are reviewing their statements as they make final case preparations for their two teams' entry into the 28th Annual Ohio Mock Trial Competition.Bishop Rosecrans' two teams involving 17 students will compete in the Ohio Mock Trial district competition on Friday, Feb. 4, in Muskingum County Courthouse, downtown Zanesville. This will be the school's 11th year participating in the Ohio Mock Trial program. Rosecrans is currently the only school in Muskingum county to have a mock trial program sending teams to competition. The Ohio program is sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law Related Education. Each year the Center writes an original, hypothetical, Constitution based case meant to inform students of their rights as citizens as well as to help them develop critical thinking, reading, writing, public speaking and listening skills. The 2011 Ohio High School Mock Trial competition analyzes an individual's rights to body parts of a deceased family member. In this year's case, after a youth died suddenly in a single car accident, an autopsy was performed with the family's consent to determine the cause of death. During the autopsy, a section of the brain was removed and sent to pathology where it was discovered that the brain cells are regenerative ("immortal"). The decedent's family has filed a lawsuit against the county coroner alleging that the coroner violated the family's due process rights by sending the regenerative cells to a research lab instead of returning them to the body.To maximize student learning in competition, a team of five to eleven students must prepare both plaintiff and defense cases, and participate in two trials against different teams. District winners from throughout the state will advance to the regional competition on Friday, Feb. 25. The state finals are March 10-12 in Columbus, and the final championship round will be held in the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. The state winner will compete in the national competition in Phoenix, Ariz., in May.Along with Mark Baker, a teacher at Bishop Rosecrans who is the mock trial adviser, the RHS team is receiving great help from its two legal advisers, Jim Krischak and Herb Baker, two local attorneys and supporters of Bishop Rosecrans. Judge William Joseph, another supporter of Rosecrans and former team legal adviser, has graciously provided use of his courtroom for team practices.

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