The Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition

February 26-27, 2016

This will be the twenty-fifth 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 26 and 27, allowing each team the opportunity to present both sides of the case. The finals will be held in the afternoon of Saturday, February 27 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 13, 2015. Click to obtain a copy of the Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition's Registration Form or call 302-778-0643.

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 2016 Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition. The Competition will take place at the New Castle County Courthouse, 500 N. King Street, Wilmington, Delaware on Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27. 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 25th 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

Mock Trial Committee

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

Margie Touchton
Morris James LLP
Judge Volunteer Coordinator

The Honorable M. Jane Brady
Judge, Superior Court
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.
Deputy State Court Administrator
Administrative Office of the Courts

Kathryn Coombes
Administrative Office of the Courts

Rose Green
Cooch and Taylor P.A.
Paralegal Volunteer Coordinator

Chris Kenton
DE Department of Education

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

Pat Quann
Executive Director

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

Ashley Tucker, Esq.
Administrative Office of the Courts

Eileen Wilkinson
Awards Chair, DELREC Board of Trustees

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

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