2019 Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition

February 22 – 23, 2019

This will be the twenty-eighth year of Delaware’s High School Mock Trial Competition. Each year, teams from Delaware's public and private schools are provided a case to analyze and present, and the Center tries to ensure that the case will be of interest to students and that it raises important social issues. The Competition has grown from four schools to over 25 schools and community programs.

During the Mock Trial, students play the roles of the witnesses and attorneys in the case. There are four preliminary rounds on February 22 and 23, 2019, allowing each team the opportunity to present both sides of the case. The finals will be held in the afternoon of Saturday, February 24 before a panel of Trial Court Judges, attorneys and members of the legal community including one Delaware Supreme Court Justice. Over 250 members of the judiciary and Delaware Bar act as legal advisors to the teams, and as judges and jurors for the Competition.

The goal of the Competition is to enhance students' citizenship skills. Students learn about our trial system and develop critical thinking and public speaking skills. The Mock Trial also provides teachers with a tool for authentic assessment. The Competition will be held in Wilmington, Delaware.

The winner of the Delaware competition represents the state at the National High School Mock Trial Championship. Delaware has sent a representative to the National Competition for the last 20 years.

Registration deadline for the competition is November 16, 2018. Click to obtain a copy of the Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition's Registration Form or call 302-778-0643.

2019 Mock Trial Case and Rules

2019 Mock Trial Case and Rules Information will be available in mid-November

Judge Registration

The Delaware High School Mock Trial Committee and Delaware Law Related Education Center invite you to join us as a judge volunteer for the 2018 Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition. The Competition will take place at the Leonard L. Williams Justice Center, 500 N. King Street, Wilmington, Delaware on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23, 2019. The time commitment to judge a round is approximately four hours. This time includes an orientation for volunteers prior to your scheduled round, judging the competition round, and student debriefing after the round.

We hope you will join us for the 28th year of High School Mock Trial Competition in Delaware. Complete this form and fax it to Margie Touchton, Judge Volunteer Coordinator, at 302-888-6976, or email it to mtouchton@morrisjames.com.

Mock Trial Committee

Jason Jowers, Esq.
Morris James LLP
Committee Co-Chair

Daniel Attaway, Esq,
Womble Bond Dickinson (US), LLP
Committee Co-Chair

N. Christopher Griffths, Esq.
Connolly Gallagher, LLP
Committee Co-Chair

Margie Touchton
Morris James LLP
Judge Volunteer Coordinator

Vice-Chancellor Joseph R. Slights, III
Court of Chancery

The Honorable M. Jane Brady
Judge, Superior Court (Ret.)
DELREC President of the Board of Trustees

The Honorable Paul R. Wallace
Judge, Superior Court
Mock Trial Liaison to the Court

Amy Arnott Quinlan, Esq.
State Court Administrator
Administrative Office of the Courts

Sean O'Sullivan
Administrative Office of the Courts

Claudine E. Smith DCP
Pro-Bono Director
Delaware Paralegal Association

Chris Kenton
DE Department of Education

Fran O’Malley, Ph. D.
Member, DELREC Board of Trustees

Barry Townsend, LPI
Vice-President, DELREC Board of Trustees

Alex Burns
Administrative Office of the Courts

Eileen Wilkinson
Awards Chair, DELREC Board of Trustees

Pat Quann
Executive Director
DELREC

Mock Trial Case Committee

Jason C. Jowers, Esq. Morris James LLP Committee Chair

Daniel M. Attaway. Esq. Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

Sean M. Brennecke, Esq. Klehr Harrison Karvey Branzburg LLP

Samuel L. Closic, Esq. Pricket, Jones & Elliott, P.A.

N. Christopher Griffths, Esq. Connolly Gallagher, LLP

Lisa M. Grubb, Esq. McGivney & Kluger, P.C.

Francis “Pete” J. Jones, Jr. Esq. Morris James LLP

Kathryn S. Keller, Esq. Delaware Department of Justice

Paul Sunshine, Esq. McGivney & Kluger P.C.

Andrew Vella, Esq Delaware Department of Justice