Mates Wins 2013 Ocean County Mock Trial
Jean Sullivian, May 17, 2013
|Mates Wins 2013 Ocean County Mock Trial, Mates Students and Instuctor.
OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY Students from the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) have participated in the Ocean County Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition for the past five years and this year clinched the county championship title. This year the challenge involved a civil lawsuit. Students, led by Mock Trial advisor MATES Instructor Michael McNamara, take on the roles of attorneys, witnesses and jurors and must present the most compelling litigation to advance through rounds of competition against other high school teams .
Ocean County Superior Court Justices the Honorable Judge James Blaney and the Honorable Judge Patricia Roe presided over the trial. They complimented the students on the skillful way they fielded questions on cross examination, their effective use of leading questions, and their ability to handle exhibits. Judge Roe observed, “Many experienced attorneys have not fared nearly as well.”
MATES students who participated are: Margaret Rice and Barry Lathrop, attorneys for the Defendant; Jessica Sansone, Stephen Zuckerman, and Rebecca Dixon, witnesses for Defendant;Neha Syal and Connor Giles, attorneys for Plaintiff; Anju Malhotra, Chris Coon, and Quinn Dunlea, witnesses for Plaintiff; Tyler Ascione, Hailey Conrad, Alyssa Papernik, Jazmine Prana, and Raul Syal, jurors.
The Mock Trial team advanced to the Regional/State Mock Trial at New Jersey Bar Foundation Law Center in New Brunswick. According to Mr. McNamara, “MATES did an admirable job in the regional competition in New Brunswick,” but lost in the final rounds of competition. He concluded, “the state title remains a future goal, but we are Ocean County Champions. For that, we are proud.”
The students were honored at the 2013 Ocean County Law Day Ceremony, sponsored by the Ocean County Bar Association, held earlier in May. Mr. McNamara accepted a plaque recognizing the team’s accomplishments.