Hudson High School; Hudson, Ohio: Hudson Mock Trial (HMT), a premiere Trial Advocacy team with an expertise in Constitutional Law, is prepared to embark on an ambitious 2013-2014 campaign. Building off of a historic prior year that saw an appearance in the Northeast Ohio Regional Championship, HMT enters the campaign with the utmost confidence. “The mentality within HMT is absolutely set on victory,” said Alumna Attorney and Coach Sarah Margaret Hulburt. “We know our abilities, and look forward to exercising them at an elite level.”
Simply, every goal to which Sarah Margaret sets her mind and body, she aggressively commits. This relentless pursuit saw her attend- for all 13 years- and graduate, in the top echelon of one the most prolific and largest classes in Hudson history; 2004, where she was the founding Sports Editor of the Explorer newspaper, guest-writer for the Cleveland Browns, member of the National Honor Society, Red Cross Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor, District qualifier on a state-ranked swim team, and undisputed female Champion of the Hudson High School Weight Room Bench Press (225 lbs.); a record that is deeply untouched. “One of the most powerful aspects of my identity is, unequivocally, Hudson,” said Hulburt. “The level of competition and pure intelligence that surrounded me in school and sports was absolutely unparalleled, and really drove me to push the limits on what I expected to achieve.”
Although members of the Hudson High School Mock Trial team are proud of their recent regional accomplishments, they are determined to make it to state next year. "We have a young team," said coach and defense attorney Sarah Hulburt. "Now we know what to do to get to state." Only one member of the team is a senior, so to prepare the team for next year, they will conduct a criminal trial in front of Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty June 8 in the Summit County Courthouse on High Street in Akron. The attorneys and witnesses will be portrayed by members of the mock trial team, and a University of Akron detective will provide information about the case.
Sarah’s accountant calculated that she did $7500 in pro bono legal services for the 2011 year; including (2) felony cases, a juvenile case, (2) legal custody cases, and (8) misdemeanor cases.
“Pro bono work, in my opinion, should be performed by every practicing attorney in the State of Ohio. This allows the dissemination of legal services to those who typically need it the most - the indigent.“
Looking at Sarah’s history provides insight to her pro bono commitment. In high school, she was a member of National Honor Society and participated actively in community events.
“I started volunteering when I was a teenager and found that it gave me a lot of satisfaction as well as exposure to different types of people. [Growing up] in a wealthy suburb, I had never really experienced it.”
"Like a battle, a trial is fought, in the hallowed halls of a courthouse. Like a warrior, a lawyer exercises her own physical and mental preparation. And like a champion, the winner takes all - sometimes life itself.
Trials date back as far as mankind has known conflict. Images of the great philosopher and lawyer Cicero arguing in capital trials to hundreds of citizens in the Quaestiones perpetuae ("standing jury courts") of Rome are evoked. As are bloody accounts of fierce Germanic warriors, “Sharing the Sun;” perpendicular to the sun so that neither has an advantage in trial by combat. King Charles VI authorized a judicial duel between Sir Jean de Carrouges and squire Jacques Le Gris over the alleged rape of Carrouges wife. As the Royal Court looked onward, Carrouges stabbed his opponent in the throat with his dagger, claiming victory. A loss in these cases meant death."
"For 2004 Hudson High School graduate Sarah Hulburt, now a practicing attorney in Summit County, the opportunity to learn about trial law by participating in mock trials was the impetus for forming a new club at her alma mater. The Hudson Mock Trial Club, which started in September, held its first scrimmage mock trial match at the Summit County Court Room of Judge Tammy O'Brien recently, and Hulburt had the opportunity to help other Hudson students learn what it was like to actively participate in the courtroom."
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Article by Michele Collins in Hudson Life, December 2011