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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
Steven A. Morris, Esq.
Blaney & Karavan P.C.
3311 New Jersey Avenue
P.O. Box 1310
Wildwood, NJ 08260
Tel:       609-729-1700
Fax:     609-729-5372
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:    R[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 will contain the new case, procedures, and rules of evidence will be released by the end of October.

SNEAK PEEK: In this year’s criminal case, the defendant, a 20-year-old computer whiz, is accused of conspiracy to receive and sell stolen goods from vendors on the dark web, using cryptocurrency to avoid detection. 

Mock trial contests will be in person if circumstances permit. As a backup plan we will hold in reserve the option of virtual trials via Zoom as we did last season.

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.

The rules of evidence study guide will be updated and posted here in October.

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.

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].

Competition begins on the local level in January. 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.

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

Details to come regarding our free Fall 2021 webinar for teacher- and attorney-coaches.

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 2020-2021 High School Workbook. The new workbook for 2021-2022 will be released in October. 

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.