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Coach/Advisor: Mr. John Tobias

To contact Mr. Tobias by e-mail, click on the link below:

jtobias@bordentown.k12.nj.us

 

 

 

 2016 Burlington County Champions

Burlington County Semi-finalists

2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015

 Burlington County Quarter-finalists

2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2014

 

The Mock Trial Team is a beneficial extracurricular activity for the students of Bordentown Regional High School for the following reasons:

  • The Mock Trial competition is an annual nation–wide event and is sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association.
  • More than 46,000 students have participated in this competition in New Jersey since 1982.
  • Preparation begins in early November and the actual competition is held in early Spring.
  • The Mock Trial competition will take place at the Mt. Holly Courthouse.
  • Mock Trial provides a concrete, interactive learning experience which cannot be obtained solely through textbooks or a typical classroom experience.
  • Mock Trial provides students with the opportunity to learn how disputes are resolved through our system of justice.
  • Mock Trial helps to develop skills in critical thinking, public speaking, role-playing, communication, reading comprehension, team effort and competition.
  • Topics of past Mock Trials tackled relevant and vital issues such as hate crimes, negligence, fraternity hazing, adoption, drunk driving, battered woman syndrome, sexual harassment, an accidental death at a concert, and freedom of the press.
  • Many local newspapers cover Mock Trial contests throughout the state enhancing the academic reputations of the participating schools.

 

  • **BRHS students that have competed for Debate and/or Mock Trial have gone to the following colleges: Princeton, Oxford, Penn, Cornell, Barnard, NYU, Penn State, Wake Forest, UNC - Chapel Hill, Delaware, TCNJ, Rutgers, Ursinus, RPI, Seton Hall, Northeastern, Alabama, Stevens Institute of Technology, Macalester, Univeristy of Florida, BCC and many more.**

 

Student Testimonial

Mock Trial was an experience that taught me tangible skills which I continue to hold at my disposal. In my trial preparation I learned how to frame an argument and then to direct a witness exactly to my specifications without leading them or disrupting a natural flow of testimony. I learned how to synthesize an entire court case's evidence while emphasizing the foundation of my argument beyond reasonable doubt, and I did all of this while improving my mastery of public speaking. Most of the skills I acquired seamlessly translated to my writing process and my ability to debate in an ethics course. In truth, part of the appeal was knowing that in the courtroom I could be ruthless on cross-examination and act out a theatrical scene worthy of courtroom television. Perhaps the theatre and tangible skill-set explain why it has been hard for me to leave Mock Trial behind. One reason I return to my high school is to judge Mock Trial scrimmages and I think that says a lot of what the program can teach you. 

 

Casey Boyles

Bordentown Regional High School, '07

Princeton University, '11