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.

2019-2020 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.

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]

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]

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]

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]

County Co-Coordinator
Name:    Edward Simonson, Esq.
Firm:      Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office
4 Moore Road DN-110
Cape May Courthouse, NJ 08201
Tel:        609-465-1135 ext. 3407
Fax:       609-465-1347
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]

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]

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: [email protected]

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:    [email protected] 

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]

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]

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]

County Coordinator
Name:    Jessica Wilson, Esq.
Firm:      KMH&L Attorneys at Law
2681 Quakerbridge Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Tel:        609-586-9000
Fax:       609-586-9404
Email:     [email protected]

County Co-Coordinator
Name:     Tyler Hall, Esq.
Rebenack, Aronow & Mascolo
111 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Tel:         732-247-3600
Fax:        732-247-3630
E-mail:    [email protected]

County Co-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]

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.
Firm: Paras, Apy & Reiss, P.C.
2 Bridge Avenue, Suite 601
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Tel: 732-219-9000
Fax: 732-219-9020
Email: [email protected] 

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:     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]

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]

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

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]

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:  [email protected]

County Coordinator
Name:    Elizabeth A. Farrell, Esq.
              Associate General Counsel
Firm:      Brighton Health Plan Solutions
One Penn Plaza, 53rd Floor
New York, NY 10119
Tel:         646-931-6566
Fax:        212-419-9780
E-mail:    [email protected]

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]



Clarification #1
September 20, 2019
In the third paragraph of the Statement of Facts on page 37 of the 2019-2020 High School Mock Trial Workbook, change Kal Simpson’s age to 19.

Clarification #2
October 25, 2019
Delete page 64.  Click here for revised CV of Dr. George.

Clarification #3
October 25, 2019
On page 73, line #14, change 17th to 18th.  At the end of line #14 , delete the sentence beginning with “Graduated valedictorian…”  Replace with the following:  “I was first in my class at Metropolitan High.”

Clarification #4
October 25, 2019
On page 75, line #79,  change “I came from the main lot” to “It came from the main lot.”

Clarification #5
October 25, 2019
In Exhibit C on page 82, change time to 10:55 p.m.

Clarification #6
November 8, 2019
Page 76, line #15, delete “For the past 35 years,” and replace with “ Since 1984”.

Clarification #7
November 8, 2019
Page 77, line #44, delete “in my 25 years” and replace with “in all my years.”

Clarification #8
November 8, 2019
Page, 79, Dr. Allen’s CV, delete “2018” for the first three jobs under “Professional Experience” and replace with “present.”

Clarification #9
December 9, 2019
Page 73, lines #16 and #17, delete: “My life changed even before my senior year.”  Replace with: “My life changed drastically.”  Then delete: “So I was going through college applications even after I got bit.” Page 74, line #59, delete: “By the end of my senior year.”  Continue with “I was out of control.”


Our 2019-2020 High School Mock Trial Workbook, which contains the case, rules and procedures, is now available. To download the workbook, click here. The 2019-2020 criminal case deals with the killing of a police dog.

The Official Competition Entry Form is on page one of the 2019-2020 High School Mock Trial Workbook. Please fill out the entry form when you download the workbook. You must submit an Official Entry Form by October 25, 2019 in order to enter the competition.

UPDATED RULES OF EVIDENCE STUDY GUIDE: At last year’s Mock Trial Workshop teacher-coach David Pfeifer presented a mock trial rules of evidence study guide for students. To download the guide, click here.

Our free Annual Mock Trial Workshop for teacher- and attorney-coaches will be held on October 24, 2019 at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. To register, click here. Teachers who attend will receive professional development hours.

If you have any questions about the competition, contact Sheila Boro at 732-937-7519 or email [email protected].To download the High School Mock Trial brochure, 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 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 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, usually in January or early February. 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.

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

Courtroom Art Contest

For the fifth 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.

Click on image below to download the 2019-2020 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.