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High School Mock Trial

Launched in 1982, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s annual Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition has become a shining example of how legal and education communities come together to provide interactive learning experiences for high school students outside of the classroom. Using an original case the NJSBF’s Mock Trial Committee prepares, student teams take on the roles of attorneys, witness and jurors. The program helps students develop skills in public speaking, critical thinking, and teamwork.

Congratulations Clifton High School

On March 28, Clifton High School of Passaic County and Mainland Regional High School of  Atlantic County vied for the prestigious state title and the right to represent New Jersey in the National High School Mock Trial Championship in May. Members of the Kent Place School team of Union County, who placed third, served as jurors and received awards. Awards were also presented for this year’s Courtroom News Reporter and Courtroom Artist competitions.

Presiding over the championship round, once again, was New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and Hon. Marilyn C. Clark, retired Presiding Judge, Criminal Division, Passaic County.

This year, 215 teams (more than 3,400 students) from around the state participated in the NJSBF 2023-2024 Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competitions.

59 talented student artists entered this year’s Courtroom Artist Contest by sketching  a mock trial team in action during the county mock trial contests. First place winner, Yunfan Tian, from North Hunterdon High School will represent New Jersey at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in May. View the winning sketches here.

NJSBF’s Courtroom News Reporter contest was held for the first time this year.  First place winner, Teesta Bhola-Shah from Chatham High School in Morris County will also represent New Jersey at the national championship.

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation thanks all students, teachers, mock trial coaches, attorney volunteers, judges, county coordinators and NJSBF Mock Trial Committee members who made this year’s competition such a success.

Congratulations to all county winners, regional finalists, semi-finalists and finalists.  View the list of 2023-2024 winners here.

In Memorium ~ Vincent J. Apruzzese, Esq. 1928 – 2024

It is with great sadness that the New Jersey State Bar Foundation announces the passing of Vincent J. Apruzzese, Esq., the namesake of our High School Mock Trial Competition.  Mr. Apruzzese was an icon in the legal industry in New Jersey.  He was a past president of the New Jersey State Bar Association and led the drive to build the New Jersey Law Center.  He regularly attended the state championship finals of the competition, which was named in his honor many years ago, and personally congratulated each of the students participating. As the first chairman of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and its Public Education Committee, he was dedicated to the implementation of free, law-related education programs for the public, and particularly for young people. He will be greatly missed.

Past State Champions – For the Honor Roll of past state champions, click here.

Past Mock Trial Finals

 

For the first time since 2019, finalist teams vied in person for the state title on March 20, 2023.  Watch Mendham High School of Morris County and Princeton Day School of Mercer County battle for first place. View the video HERE. (Please note that there are multiple file sizes listed, each with a different resolution level. Please check the file size before downloading to ensure your device will accept the file size. We recommend 360p or 240p for standard viewing).

Virtual Mock Trial Finals, held March 23, 2022, features Bordentown Regional High School of Burlington County and West Morris Mendham High School of Morris County.  View the video HERE.

The first-ever virtual finals, held March 18, 2021, features Lower Cape May Regional High School of Cape May County and West Morris Mendham High School of Morris County. View the video HERE.

View excerpts from the 2018-19 Mock Trial Finals (opening statements, direct- and cross-examinations of witnesses and closing arguments),

Take a look at the short video below, which highlights the Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition.

County Mock Trial Coordinators:

Addresses and contact information below are provided for official, NON-COMMERCIAL use for the benefit only of registered participants in NJSBF’s mock trial competition. Please do not use this information for solicitation purposes.

ATLANTIC
County Coordinator
Name:    Jessica Rodio-Segal, Esq.
Firm:     Attorney General’s Office
4 Echelon Plaza
201 Laurel Road, 3rd Floor
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Tel:        609-805-0793
E-mail:   Jessica.rodio@law.njoag.gov

BERGEN
County Co-Coordinator
Name:    Nicole McDonough, Esq.
Firm:     Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.
One Riverfront Plaza
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Tel:        973-643-5967
Email: nmcdonough@sillscummis.com

County Co-Coordinator
Name:    John McDermott, Esq.
Firm:      Harwood Lloyd
130 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Tel:        201-487-1080
Fax:       201-487-4758
Email:    jmcdermott@harwoodlloyd.com

BURLINGTON
County Coordinator
Name:  Brett E. J. Gorman, Esq.
Firm:    Gorman, D’Anella, & Morlok, LLC
Atlantic City Office
1601 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 700
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
Tel:     609-429-4600
E-mail:  bgorman@gdmlawgroup.com

CAMDEN
County Coordinator
Name:    Peter Frattarelli, Esq.
Firm:      Archer Greiner P.C.
1025 Laurel Oak Road
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Tel:        856-795-2121
Fax:       856-795-0574
E-mail:   pfrattarelli@archerlaw.com

CAPE MAY
County Co-Coordinator
Name:   Justin D. Turner, Esq.
Firm:     Shoreside Legal, LLC
P.O. Box 106
Ocean View, NJ 08230
Tel:       609-536-9799
E-mail: jdtlaw@comcast.net

County Co-Coordinator
Name: Paul M. Stanton, Esq.
Firm: McCrosson & Stanton, P.C.
200 Asbury Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Tel: (609) 399-2411
Email: paul@mccrossonstantonlaw.com

CUMBERLAND
County Coordinator
Name:    Teri L. Giordano, Esq.
Firm:      Van Embden Van Embden & Giordano, P.C.
900 E. Pine Street, PO Box 863
Millville, NJ  08332
Tel:         856-327-5656
Fax:        856-327-5852
E-mail:  teri@vanembden.com

ESSEX
County Co-Coordinator
Name: Janika S. Best, Esq.
Email: janikabest@gmail.com

County Co-Coordinator
Name: Daniel A. Krieger, Esq.
Firm: Margolis Edelstein
400 Connell Drive, Suite 5400
Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
Tel: 908-790-7774
Email:dkrieger@margolisedelstein.com

GLOUCESTER
County Coordinator
Name:    Lewis C. Fichera, Esq.
Firm:      773 West Atlantic Avenue
Sewell, NJ 08080
Tel:        856-468-3000
Fax:       856-468-3089
Email:   lewis.fichera@yahoo.com

 

HUDSON
County Coordinator
Name:    Steve McCurrie, Esq.
Firm:      McCurrie, McCurrie & McCurrie, LLC
680 Kearny Avenue
Kearny, NJ  07032
Tel:        201-997-2100
Fax:       201-997-9567
E-mail:   mccurrielaw@mccurrielaw.com

HUNTERDON
County Co-Coordinator
Name:    John Macce, Esq.
Firm:      Macce & Cresti, PC
17 East Main Street
Clinton, NJ  08809
Tel:        908-713-9008
Fax:       908-713-9009
E-mail:   john@maccelaw.com

County Co-Coordinator
Name:    Anne M. Mohan, Esq.
Firm:      Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP
Headquarters Plaza
One Speedwell Avenue
Morristown, NJ  07962-1981
Tel:        973-451-8471
Fax:       973-451-8726
Email:    amohan@RIKER.com

MERCER
County Coordinator
Name:    Domenic B Sanginiti, Jr.
Firm:      Stark & Stark
100 American Metro Boulevard
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Tel:       609-895-7399
Email: dsanginiti@stark-stark.com

MIDDLESEX
County Coordinator
Name:  Jenee K. Ciccarelli, Esq.
Firm:   Ciccarelli Law, PC
239 New Road, Building A
Suite 301
Parsippany, NJ 07054
Tel:      973-737-9060
Fax:     973-619-0023
Email: jenee@jc-lawpc.com

MONMOUTH
County Co-Coordinator
Name:  Elissa Perkins, Esq.
Firm: LaRocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg & Crupi, LLC
252 South Street
Freehold, NJ 07728
Tel: 732-409-1144 ext. 270
Fax: 732-409-0350
Email: eperkins@divorcelawnj.com  

County Co-Coordinator
Name: Amanda Wolf, Esq.
Firm:   Wolf Law, PC
214 Broad St.
PO Box 8938
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Tel: 732-741-4448
Fax: 732-741-1785
Email: awolf.redbanklaw@gmail.com

MORRIS
County Co-Coordinator
Name:    Brian Giardina, Esq.
Firm:      Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, PC
100 Southgate Parkway
PO Box 1997
Morristown, NJ 07962-1997
Tel:          973-780-0141
Fax:        973-538-5146
E-mail:   bgiardina@pbnlaw.com

County Co-Coordinator
Name:   Christopher P. Mazza, Esq.
Firm:     Porzio, Bromberg & Newman P.C.
100 Southgate Parkway
PO Box 1997
Morristown, NJ 07962-1997
Tel:         973-889-4256
Fax:        973-538-5146
E-mail:    cpmazza@pbnlaw.com

County Co-Coordinator
Name:   Raquel R. Rivera, Esq.
Firm:     Porzio, Bromberg & Newman P.C.
100 Southgate Parkway
PO Box 1997
Morristown, NJ 07962-1997
Tel:         973-462-0335
Fax:        973-538-5146
E-mail:    RRRivera@pbnlaw.com

OCEAN
County Co-Coordinator
Name:    Stacie A. Brustman, Esq.
Firm:      Adams & Brustman, LLC
550 U.S. Highway 70, Suite A
Lakehurst, NJ  08733
Tel:         732-657-8300
Fax:        732-657-4545
E-mail:    sbrustman307@gmail.com

County Co-Coordinator
Name:    Taylor Toscano, Esq.
Firm:      Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office
119 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ  08753
Tel:       732-929-2027, ext. 2741
E-mail:  ttoscano@co.ocean.nj.us

PASSAIC
County Coordinator
Name:      Alfred V. Acquaviva, Jr.
1114 Goffle Road
Suite 203
Hawthorne, NJ  07506
Tel:          973-423-4472
Fax:         973-423-6013
E-mail:     aljunior@avalawyers.com

SALEM
County Coordinator
Name:     Christopher Pine, Esq.
Tel:          856-906-4794
E-mail:     cpine@pinelawoffice.com

SOMERSET
County Coordinator
Name:     Adelaide Riggi, Esq.
Firm:       Snyder Sarno D’Aniello Maceri & da Costa LLC
440 Route 22 East, Suite 170
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Tel:         908-927-0200
Fax:        908-927-0207
E-mail:    ariggi@snydersarno.com

SUSSEX
County Coordinator
Name: Travis W. Nunziato, Esq.
Firm:   Laddey, Clark & Ryan, LLP
60 Blue Heron Rd, Suite 300
Sparta, NJ 07871
Tel:      973-729-1880
Fax:     973-729-1224
E-mail: Tnunziato@lcrlaw.com

UNION
County Coordinator
Name:    Lauren B. Jones, Esq.
Firm:      Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins
505 Morris Avenue, Suite 200
Springfield, NJ 07081
Tel:         973-379-4200
Fax:        973-379-7872
E-mail: ljones@lawjw.com

WARREN
County Coordinator
Name:    Jessica L. Cardone, Esq.
Firm:    Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office
65 Park Avenue
P.O. Box 756
Flemington, NJ 08822
Tel:        908-788-1129
Fax:       908-806-4618
E-mail: jcardone@co.hunterdon.nj.us