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.
"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
Sarah has embarked on her latest community endeavor, serving as a representative of the legal profession on an elite career panel.
Sponsored by a renowned community non-profit, Hudson Community First, the panel will speak to high school students about potential career paths.
Members of the panel, including Sarah, will then select an intern who will enjoy a day-in-the-life of their career interest.
Sarah already encourages her 18 trial students to pursue a path in the legal field.
"The career panel is a natural extension of the Hudson Mock Trial [HMT] idea. The goal is the same-to show young people that within a few years, they could be practicing law; and that the practice of law is incredibly rewarding and fun."
As a young person herself, Sarah enjoys working with the students.
"My career is so exciting to me. I like to spread that excitement to students because that was me a few years ago."
The Career Panel will take place at 7:00 p.m. sharp on Thursday, November 10th, at the Hudson High School Media Center, 2500 Hudson-Aurora Road, Hudson, Ohio 44236.
Members of the Hudson High School Mock Trial team tackled the constitutional rights of cell phone users Oct. 21 in the courtroom of Summit County Common Pleas Judge Tammy O'Brien.
The HHS Mock Trial team allows students to act as lawyers, witnesses and other participants in the legal process. It spends most of the year preparing for district and regional competitions in February in Akron, and for the state competition in March in Columbus, according to first-year adviser Sarah Hulburt.
Hulburt, a defense attorney, has enlisted the help of attorneys and judges to prepare students.
O'Brien welcomed the team to her courtroom Oct. 21 for a mock case involving Global Positioning System information obtained from a suspect's cell phone without a warrant. The case teaches students about Fourth Amendment rights regarding searches and seizures, Hulbert said.
"Our goal is to do a scrimmage in front of a different judge every month until the competition," she said. "Trial work is the most challenging [for a lawyer]. You have to think on your feet and do a lot of impromptu work. You can't memorize things."
The students practice two or three times a week, and their goal is to win a state championship. Hudson won the state competition three years ago.
The Oct. 21 case pitted the prosecuting team of juniors John Douglass and Ben Tiemann, who defended the use of the GPS information, against the defense team of junior Sydney Bender and senior Aaron Burne, who asked the judge to throw out the evidence.
"I've learned a lot about how to cross examine a witness," Sydney said. "There's a lot more involved to being a defense attorney than I thought. You have to be personable and communicate so the jury will vote in your favor."
Aaron said the experience has taught him how to think on his feet.
"You need to be creative in a moments notice to be a defense attorney," he said.
Sophomore Ethan Cravener portrayed the defendant, a college freshman accused of stealing drugs from a real estate open house.
Witnesses included a police detective portrayed by sophomore Kelley Tauring, a GPS expert portrayed by sophomore Kristin Van Deusen, a real estate agent portrayed by sophomore Michael Spaans, a victim portrayed by sophomore Audrey Torrence, a privacy rights representative portrayed by sophomore Carolyn Turkaly, and a GPS engineer portrayed by junior Zohaib Zafar.
O'Brien awarded the trial to the prosecuting team, advising the students to "establish the relevant facts but give legal arguments."
In addition, O'Brien gave a demonstration on leading questions, which the attorneys need to avoid, and how to establish relationships before questioning a witness.
Hulburt compared mock trials to sporting events; both require training and practice.
"Students can't get nervous or stressed in a courtroom, and the only way to get used to it is to do a mock trial in a real courtroom setting," Hulburt said.
Hulburt graduated from Hudson High School in 2004 and attended the University of Akron, where she obtained her law degree in 2009. She had 120 cases last year.
"I'm in court every day," Hulburt said. "I love the area and wanted to build a career in Hudson and Summit County. Standing up in a trial is most exhilarating thing I've ever done."
When Hulburt interviewed students for the team, she looked for confidence, the ability to express themselves and good eye contact.
Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty is the chairperson of the Summit County mock trial program, which is sponsored by the Akron Bar Association.
About 20 teams compete at the district competition in February, she said.
"It's like a huge pep rally with the screaming and cheering about the law," McCarty said. "It's exciting. That's why I keep doing it."
(Article by Laura Freeman originally posted at http://www.hudsonhubtimes.com/news/article/5114340.)