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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:   jnugent@weisspaarz.com

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:  nmcdonough@archerlaw.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:    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:  bgorman@parkermccay.com

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:   pfrattarelli@archerlaw.com

CAPE MAY
County Co-Coordinator
Name:    Edward Simonson, Esq.

E-mail: edsimonsonlaw@gmail.com 

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: steve@blaneykaravan.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:    Robert Spawn, Esq.
Firm:      Kozyra & Hartz, LLC
354 Eisenhower Parkway
Plaza I, 2nd Floor, Suite 2300
Livingston, NJ 07039
Tel:         973-740-1550
Fax:        973-740-1515
E-mail: robertspawn@kozyrahartz.com

County Co-Coordinator
Name:   Margarita Romanova, Esq.
Firm:      Kozyra & Hartz, LLC
354 Eisenhower Parkway
Plaza I, 2nd Floor, Suite 2300
Livingston, NJ 07039
Tel:         973-740-1550
Fax:        973-7401515
E-mail:    margaritaromanova@kozyrahartz.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:    Jessica Wilson, Esq.
Firm:      Capehart Scatchard
8000 Midlantic Dr, Ste 300S
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
Tel:        856-840-4825
Fax:       856-439-3168
Email:  jwilson@capehart.com   

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: jenee@jc-lawpc.com

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:  jgc@imclawgroup.com 

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: eperkins@divorcelawnj.com  

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:   dldisler@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

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:    john.ducey@verizon.net

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

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:     aacquaviva@avalawyers.com

SALEM
County Coordinator
Name:     Christopher Pine, Esq.
Tel:          856-906-4794
E-mail:     christopher.c.pine@gmail.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:     Janine M. Cerra, Esq.
Firm:   Attorney at Law, LLC
1 Main Street, Suite 6
Sparta, NJ 07871
Tel:      973-729-9090
Fax:         973-729-9091
E-mail:  jcerra@cerralaw.com

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: sam@berselaw.com  

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:   wilhelms@wwgrlaw.com

2021 Results

County Mock Trial Winners

Atlantic – Mainland Regional
Bergen – Northern Highlands
Burlington – Rancocas Valley Regional
Camden – Kings Christian
Cape May – Lower Cape May Regional
Cumberland – Cumberland County Tech
Essex – Montclair Kimberley
Gloucester – Kingsway Regional
Hunterdon – North Hunterdon
Hudson – McNair Academic
Mercer – Princeton Day
Middlesex – East Brunswick
Monmouth – Colts Neck
Morris – West Morris Mendham
Ocean – Jackson Memorial
Passaic – Passaic County Tech
Salem – Arthur P. Schalick
Somerset – Montgomery
Sussex – Newton
Union – Oratory Prep
Warren – Warren Hills

Regional Finalists

South – Lower Cape May Regional and Kingsway Regional
Central – Colts Neck and Oratory Prep
North – Montclair Kimberley and West Morris Mendham

State Semi-Finalists

Lower Cape May
Colts Neck
West Morris Mendham

State Finalists

Lower Cape May 
West Morris Mendham

State Champion

Lower Cape May 

Are You Ready to Rock the Mock Online?

Mock Trial Workbook Clarifications

Clarification #1
November 9, 2020
On page 12, R.2:2-2, delete reference to student jurors.  There will not be student jurors in this season’s online competition.  See R.2:3-3 on page 13 for further information.

Clarification #2
November 9, 2020
On page 48, line #116, delete the following:  “This was before COVID-19, and,” and continue with:  “In any event…”

Clarification #3
November 10, 2020
On page 30, delete reference to R.702 in R.701(c) and correct as follows:  (c) not based on scientific, technical or other specialized knowledge.

Clarification #4
November 18, 2020
On page 61, line #5, delete July 4, 2019 and change to February 4, 2019.

Clarification #5
November 30, 2020
On page 74, Online Rule 1.9 Trial Access, the number of devices allowed to be logged into Zoom per team per trial has been increased to a maximum of 17 devices.

Clarification #6
December 16, 2020
On page 58, line #96, change date to September 21, 2019.

Clarification #7
December 22, 2020
On page 41, re: indented sentences in fifth paragraph, replace with the following:

Firstly, that Jaime Cato arrested Plaintiff.
Also, that Officer Jaime Cato did not have probable cause that Plaintiffs committed any offense to arrest Plaintiffs and that that offense did not occur in his/her presence.

Clarification #8
December 22, 2020
Since there will not be student jurors in the online competition, no reference should be made to jurors.

Our 2020-2021 High School Mock Trial Workbook, which contains the new case, procedures, rules of evidence and online rules, has been released! To download the workbook, click here.

Register here to enter your school in the competition. There is no charge to enter.

If you have any questions, contact Sheila Boro, director of mock trial programs, at sboro@njsbf.org.

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

Attention High School Mock Trial Teacher- and Attorney-Coaches: Join us on November 19, from 4 to 5 pm for a free webinar. For details, register here ASAP. 

FOR THE UPDATED RULES OF EVIDENCE STUDY GUIDE, Click here.

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 2020-2021 Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition.

David Pfeifer (dpfeifer@holyspirithighschool.com) of Holy Spirit High School in Atlantic County and Ed Moody (moodye@krsd.org) 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 2020-2021 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 sboro@njsbf.org.

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.

Our Mock Trial webinar for coaches was held on November 19. To view the video, click here.

Courtroom Art Contest

For the sixth 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.

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.