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High School Mock Trial Competition

Some photos from a past Mock Trial Competition, including students getting into the spirit of the NJSBF’s “Rock the Mock” photo booth at the Southern, Northern and Central Regional Mock Trials.

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:    Julie Nugent, Esq.
Firm:     Weiss & Paarz
2600 New Road, Suite A
Northfield, NJ 08225
Tel:        609-641-8400
Fax:       609-641-4087
E-mail:   [email protected]

BERGEN
County Co-Coordinator
Name:    Nicole McDonough, Esq.
Firm:     Archer & Greiner P.C.
Court Plaza South, West Wing
21 Main Street, Suite 353
Hackensack, NJ 07601-7095
Tel:        201-498-8528
Fax:       201-342-6611
Email:  [email protected]

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:    [email protected]

BURLINGTON
County Coordinator
Name:  Brett E. J. Gorman, Esq.
Firm:    Parker McCay P.A.
9000 Midlantic Drive
Suite 300
P.O. Box 5054
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Tel:      856-985-4051
Fax:     856-810-5852
E-mail:  [email protected]

CAMDEN
County Coordinator
Name:    Peter Frattarelli, Esq.
Firm:      Archer & Greiner
One Centennial Square
Haddonfield, NJ  08033
Tel:        856-795-2121
Fax:       856-795-0574
E-mail:   [email protected]

CAPE MAY
County Co-Coordinator
Name:    Edward Simonson, Esq.
Firm:      The Simonson Law Firm, LLC
35 Spruce Road
Ocean City, NJ  08226
Tel:        609-602-8167
E-mail: [email protected]

County Co-Coordinator
Justin D. Turner, Esq.
Barry, Corrado, & Grassi, P.C.
2700 Pacific Ave
Wildwood, NJ 08260
Tel:       609-729-1333
Fax:     609-522-4927
E-mail: [email protected]

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:  [email protected]

ESSEX
County Co-Coordinator
Name:    Brian R. Olsen, Esq.
Firm:      Essex County Prosecutor’s Office
50 West Market Street,
3rd Floor
Newark, NJ 07102
Tel:         973-621-5006
E-mail: [email protected]

County Co-Coordinator
Name:   Robert Roglieri, Esq.
Firm:      Trenk Isabel PC
290 W. Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Suite 2350
Livingston, NJ 07039
Tel:         973-531-1044
E-mail:    [email protected]

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:   [email protected]

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:   [email protected]

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:   [email protected]

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:    [email protected]

MERCER
County Coordinator
Name:    Jessica Wilson, Esq.
Firm:      Capehart Scatchard
8000 Midlantic Dr, Ste 300S
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Tel:        856-840-4825
Fax:       856-439-3168
Email:  [email protected]

MIDDLESEX
County Coordinator
Name:  Jenee K. Ciccarelli, Esq.
Firm:   Ciccarelli Law, PC
47 Park Avenue, Suite 304
West Orange, NJ 07052
Tel:      973-737-9060
Fax:     973-619-0023
Email: [email protected]

MONMOUTH
County Co-Coordinator
Name:    Jonathan Goldsmith Cohen, Esq.
Firm:      I. Mark Cohen Law Group
1 Executive Drive, Suite 6
Tinton Falls, NJ 07701
Tel:        732-741-9500
Fax:       732-741-0226
E-mail:  [email protected] 

County Co-Coordinator
Name:  Elissa Perkins, Esq.
83 South Street, Suite 302
Freehold, NJ 07728
Tel: 732-409-1144 ext. 270
Fax: 732-409-0350
Email: [email protected]  

MORRIS
County Co-Coordinator
Name:    David L. Disler, Esq.
Firm:      Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, PC
100 Southgate Parkway
PO Box 1997
Morristown, NJ 07962-1997
Tel:         973-889-4133
Fax:        973-538-5146
E-mail:   [email protected]

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:    [email protected]

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:    [email protected]

OCEAN
County Co-Coordinator
Name:     John G. Ducey, Esq.
Firm:       Law Offices of John G. Ducey
345 Herbertsville Road
Brick, NJ  08724
Tel:         732-458-5600
Fax:        732-458-5602
E-mail:    [email protected]

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:    [email protected]

PASSAIC
County Coordinator
Name:      Alfred V. Acquaviva, Esq.
1114 Goffle Road
Suite 203
Hawthorne, NJ  07506
Tel:          973-423-4472
Fax:         973-423-6013
E-mail:     [email protected]

SALEM
County Coordinator
Name:     Christopher Pine, Esq.
Tel:          856-906-4794
E-mail:     [email protected]

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:    [email protected]

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: [email protected]

UNION
County Coordinator
Name:    Samuel J. Berse, Esq.
Firm:      Berse Law
217 Elmer Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
Tel:         855-326-5291
Fax:        855-326-5292
E-mail: [email protected]

WARREN
County Coordinator
Name:      Scott Wilhelm, Esq.
Firm:        Winegar, Wilhelm
Glynn & Roemersma
305 Rosebury Street
Phillipsburg, NJ  08865
Tel:          908-454-3200
Fax:         908-454-3322
E-mail:   [email protected]

Are You Ready to Rock the Mock?

Our 2021-2022 High School Mock Trial Workbook, which contains the new case, procedures, online rules, and rules of evidence, has been released. To download the workbook, click here.

2021-2022 High School Mock Trial County Champions

For a list of the winning schools from each county, click here.

CASE CLARIFICATIONS
Clarification #1
November 22, 2021

Revise Stipulation #2 on page 36 of the 2021-2022 High School Mock Trial Workbook as follows:  2.  The retail value and sales costs of the watches and a 24-carat gold laptop are stipulated to as the figures in Parris Jewel’s affidavit, the sales costs being taken from Big Tom’s ledger, found by Cameron Clark.

Clarification #2
December 3, 2021

On page 84, paragraph #2, delete laptop  and replace with desktop.

Clarification #3
December 3, 2021

On page 79, paragraph #1, correct as follows: Glencoe is located in California, not Illinois.

Clarification #4
December 8, 2021

Amend Rule 613 on page 29, second paragraph, as follows: When asking the witness about the document, it is best to refer to the page and paragraph number.  For the third paragraph, change to: “I would like you to read [indicate paragraph number and beginning of sentence] of page Y….” For the fourth paragraph, change to: “Can I have the page, paragraph number and sentence (counsel is referring to)?

Clarification #5
December 8, 2021

On page 37 delete stipulation #10.

Clarification #6
December 13, 2021

Please disregard.  See Clarification #13 for update.
On page 64, paragraph #22, amend as follows:  Clark was able to locate the only unsold items, the women’s Omega wristwatch, the ring and the handbag.

Clarification #7
December 13, 2021

On page 90, paragraph #19, change $6,825 to $7,500.

Clarification #8
December 13, 2021

On page 38, add Stipulation #27:  The person Overland saw who Big Tom called PJ should be referred to as the same gender as the defendant.

Clarification #9
December 17, 2021

On page 83, paragraph #13, delete “and still live” from the second sentence.

Clarification #10
December 17, 2021

On page 59, paragraph #9, fourth line, delete “postal.”

Clarification #11
December 29, 2021

On page 90, paragraph #19, change For a total of $7,500 to For a total of $8,175.

Clarification #12
December 29, 2021

On page 68, add at the end of paragraph #34:  The 3-carat ring had a receipt for purchase at Zaley’s Diamonds from January 1, 2017 for $15,000.

Clarification #13
December 29, 2021

On page 64, paragraph #22, delete the sentences starting with “It looks like Perry Jordan” and ending with “already been sold.”

Clarification #14
December 29, 2021

On page 64, paragraph #23, change July 5, 2019 to June 17, 2019.

Clarification #15
December 29, 2021

On page 69, paragraph #39, change 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 3:05 p.m. to 2:59 p.m.

Clarification #16
December 29, 2021

On page 67, paragraph #32, change August and early September to July and August.

Clarification #17
December 29, 2021

On page 67, paragraph #30, change 2020 to 2019.

Clarification #18
December 29, 2021

Participants are to presume that a jury has been impaneled in this case.  However, as that is a fiction in this year’s virtual competition, accordingly there will be no verdict rendered.

Update: The Mock Trial Committee has determined, for reasons of safety and fairness, that the competition be held virtually via Zoom as we did last year.

Register here to enter your school in the competition. Teacher-coaches, attorney-coaches and students are required to complete and sign the Code of Conduct before the first round of county competition.  To access the forms, click here. There is no charge to enter.

If you have any questions, contact Sheila Boro, director of mock trial programs, at [email protected].

For a quick overview of the competition, click here to download the High School Mock Trial brochure.

NOTE TO FIRST-TIME TEACHER COACHES: Two experienced mock trial teacher-coaches who are members of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Mock Trial Committee have volunteered to assist first-time mock trial teacher-coaches whose schools have registered for the 2021-2022 Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition.

David Pfeifer ([email protected]) of Holy Spirit High School in Atlantic County and Ed Moody ([email protected]) of Kingsway Regional High School in Gloucester County are available via email to serve as a “support group” for new mock trial teacher-coaches who have questions limited to the mock trial process and procedure. For tips for new teacher-coaches prepared by Mr. Moody, click here.

As usual, questions regarding our 2021-2022 mock trial case and/or rules should be directed to Sheila Boro, the Foundation’s director of mock trial programs at 732-937-7519 or e-mail [email protected].

To find out the date(s) and time(s) of your county’s competition, or to obtain an attorney-coach for your team, please contact your County Mock Trial Coordinator. Contact information is posted on this page.

The dates of the regional competition, in which county champions will compete, have been changed, as follows: Northern Regional, February 28; Southern Regional, March 1; and Central Regional, March 3.  Regional Finals will take place on March 8, followed by State Semi-Finals on March 10, culminating in State Finals on March 23.  Please update pages 15 and 16 in the 2021-2022 High School Mock Trial Workbook accordingly.

For the Honor Roll of past state champions, click here.

Mock Trial Webinar

To watch a recording of our December 10, 2021 Mock Trial Webinar for Teacher- and Attorney-Coaches, click here.

Rules of Evidence Study Guide

For a quick review of some of our Mock Trial Rules of Evidence, click here.  For all of the Rules of Evidence, See Part VI in the 2021-2022 Mock Trial Workbook.

Courtroom Art Contest

For the seventh year, the Foundation will sponsor a courtroom art contest for high school students in connection with our Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition. Art students whose schools enter the Mock Trial Competition will be eligible to participate. For details click here.

Click on image below to download the 2021-2022 High School Workbook.

Watch the first-ever virtual High School Mock Trial State Finals below, featuring Lower Cape May Regional High School of Cape May County and West Morris Mendham High School of Morris County. The trial was held on March 18, 2021.

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

Watch championship teams battle for the state title in the following video. You’ll see examples of opening statements, direct and cross-examinations of witnesses and closing arguments, which were excerpted from the final round of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s 2018-2019 Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition.