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Courtroom Artist Contest


For more information, please contact Ashley Emerson at aemerson@njsbf.org.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: The NJSBF State Mock Trial Championship Finals will be held on March 28, 2024 – 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. The snow date is April 5, 2024.

Encourage your high school students to participate in the Foundation’s 2023-2024 Courtroom Artist Contest, which is held in conjunction with the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition.  This competition gives creative students an opportunity to stretch their artistic muscles while sketching their school’s mock trial team in action.


Important Dates – 2023-2024 Contest

  • 2023-2024 Courtroom Artist Contest Rules and Guidelines: download HERE.
  • 2023-2024 Code of Conduct: All teachers and student participants must complete the Code of Conduct form by Dec. 1, 2023. Access and submit the form HERE.

More About our Courtroom Artist Workshop Leaders & Judges

Aggie Whelan Kenny: Ms. Kenny is known for her coverage of 9/11 responders and long term coverage of the US Supreme Court. She has been a courtroom artist for over 40 years and is an Emmy award winner for her work on the Mitchell-Stans trial (1974) for the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. For more about Aggie Kenny click here.

Elizabeth Williams: Ms. Williams is an illustrator, courtroom artist and author.  Her work has appeared on the cover of major news publications including USA Today, the New York times and The Wallstreet Journal. She is co-author of The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art, a history of American courtroom sketch artistry.  For more about Elizabeth Williams click here.

Congratulations to the 2023 Winners!

38 students (from 19 schools) entered this year’s contest. These talented artists sketched a mock trial team in action during the county contests of NJSBF’s High School Mock Trial Competitions.  The winners were honored at the New Jersey Law Center with a celebratory breakfast, Awards were presented during Mock Trial Finals by Kathleen N. Fennelly, Esq., President of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.

First Place Winner

by Cypress Drueding of Cumberland County Technical Education Center

Honorable Mention

by Erin Bradford of Cranford High School

Second Place Winner

by Fox Mertyris of Hunterdon County Polytech

Honorable Mention

by Sanika Godbole of John P. Stevens High School

Third Place Winner

by Maggie Kelleher of Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science

Honorable Mention

by Sumehra Mamun of John P. Stevens High School