Harwood Lloyd Attorneys help Chair, Coach and Judge at this year’s Bergen County Mock Trial Competition.

Partner, John W. McDermott, Co-Chaired this year’s Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. The competition took place at the Bergen County Courthouse, Hackensack, New Jersey. It provided students access to a real courtroom setting. The students gained firsthand, practical experience in the workings of a trial, conducting opening and closing statements, and examining witnesses. Partner, David T. Robertson acted as an attorney-coach for one Bergen County High School while Partners, Peter E. Mueller, Evelyn Storch, Kathleen Lee and Associate, Leidy Gutierrez presided over trials, ruling on the participants’ objections, determining winning parties in various trials using a detailed scoring system established by State Bar Foundation, and providing qualitative evaluation of both teams.