In 1983, interested groups came together to explore how Ohio could better inform students about their constitutional rights and responsibilities and fill a void in law-related education. A coalition of the Ohio State Bar Association, Ohio Attorney General Anthony Celebrezze, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio Foundation strongly believed that partnerships between the educational and legal communities could effectively achieve this goal and together founded Ohio Mock Trial, a statewide high school mock trial program. The Supreme Court of Ohio, which is also a strong proponent of law and citizenship education, became a program sponsor in June 1988.
Today, OCLRE continues to provide programs focused on:
- imparting practical law-related information to students and teachers,
- developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills for students, and
- providing positive engagement between students and the community.
COLUMBUS (Sept. 15, 2017) – The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) will present its two highest honors—the Founders’ Award and the Eiler Award for Mock Trial Coaching Excellence—at the 27th annual Law & Citizenship Conference on Monday, Sept. 18 in Columbus.
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio will hold a Teachers Institute for high school teachers on July 28, 2017. It will be held at the Joseph P. Kinneary U.S. Courthouse in Columbus, 85 Marconi Boulevard 43215. Chief United States District Court Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr. and Magistrate Judge Michael J. Newman will host the event.
COLUMBUS (May 16, 2017) - As the end of the school year approaches, most students are thinking about their summer plans. But more than 150 Ohio middle school students remain focused on academics, having spent the last few months studying and preparing for the Ohio Middle School We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution State Showcase, which will take place May 17 on the campus of Columbus State Community College.