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For immediate release: February 6, 2006
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Monmouth Vicinage Participates in Mock Trial Program

Freehold, NJ-- The Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth Vicinage is proud to announce its participation in the 2005-2006 Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition.

This year's mock trial included the strongest turnout of volunteer judges and attorneys since the inception of the program in Monmouth County. Sixteen Monmouth Vicinage judges, in conjunction with approximately 100 members of the Monmouth Bar Association, dedicated their time to perform as judges and coaches during the competition.

"It is truly a complement to see that our judges are so dedicated and committed to helping our students by volunteering their time after hours to participate in such an important community event," said Assignment Judge Lawrence M. Lawson. "As the Assignment Judge, I am truly thankful and pleased that the Monmouth Vicinage has judges who have given of their time to educate our students so that they understand the judicial process and the rule of law, which is the foundation of our democracy."

This year, Monmouth County had one of the highest high school participation rates in the state with twenty-seven private and public schools competing in the mock trials. The final round for the County will be held Wednesday, February 8 at the Monmouth Vicinage Courthouse.

The Honorable Louis F. Locascio, J.S.C. will preside over the County finals. "The mock trial program is one of the most worthwhile programs in which students can participate during high school, especially if they are considering becoming lawyers. The mock trials demonstrate what it is truly like trying a case in front of a judge in a courtroom. Even if students do not decide to pursue a career in the legal profession, the program promotes self-confidence, which is so necessary in today's society", said Judge Locascio.

The preliminary mock trials, sponsored by the 21 county bar associations, pit student teams from local high schools against each other as they play various roles such as prosecutors/plaintiffs, defendants, attorneys, witnesses, and jurors in a fictional court case designed by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. Winners of the County finals will advance to the statewide semi-finals held at the New Jersey Law Center, One Constitution Square, New Brunswick on February 16.

List of Participating Monmouth Vicinage Superior Court Judges

Judge Lawrence M. Lawson
Judge Richard W. English
Judge Terence P. Flynn
Judge Michael A. Guadagno
Judge Paul A. Kapalko
Judge Ira E. Kreizman
Judge Honora O'Brien Kilgallen
Judge Alexander D. Lehrer
Judge Louis F. Locascio
Judge James J. McGann
Judge Edward M. Neafsey
Judge Norman J. Peer
Judge Joseph P. Quinn
Judge Ronald Lee Reisner
Judge Thomas F. Scully
Judge Bette E. Uhrmacher

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