Earlier this month, over fifty young men filled Spada Commons as Delbarton's new Mock Trial Team kicked off their first meeting. Students on the Mock Trail Team will participate in an imitation of a fictional trial as they try to persuade the jury with their case. A trial consists of opening statements, direct examinations, cross-examinations, and closing statements.
Delbarton’s Mock Trial Team is run by Adam Carlisle as he has had years of Mock Trial experience. Carlisle coached Wyoming Seminary Mock Trial and Moot Court for over fifteen years, winning numerous state championships in Pennsylvania prior to coming to Delbarton. With his past teams, they have reached the final round of Empire New York: The World Championship in 2011 and 2015. Carlisle’s students have also reached the final round of Gladiator: The 1-on-1 Mock Trial World Championship in 2017 and 2018 which is something no other coach has achieved!
Knowing of his successes in Mock Trials, Neel Dhall ‘24 and Colin Pryma ‘24 reached out to Carlisle to coach the team as they work to revive this program at Delbarton.
Returning to his alma mator, Matthew J. Iammatteo ‘10 has agreed to serve as an attorney advisor to the team. Currently, Iammatteo is an attorney with Wilson Elser where he represents established businesses and individuals in all aspects of civil litigation. His work focuses on the defense of claims related to general liability, professional liability, medical malpractice and health care, toxic tort and product liability litigation.
Cases can be civil or criminally based. The New Jersey State Bar Foundation just released this year's case sneak peek; In this year’s criminal case, the defendant, a 20-year-old computer whiz, is accused of conspiracy to receive and sell stolen goods from vendors on the dark web, using cryptocurrency to avoid detection.
In order to prepare for the trial, students will mirror the actions of real, practicing attorneys. They will write their own opening statements, direct and cross examinations and work on creating strong closing arguments. Mock trials take place in real court rooms as they are presided over by actual judges. The juries themselves consist of practicing attorneys.
The Delbarton Mock Trial Team will be hosting auditions this week, October 19-21 from 3:00-5:00 PM in the Hayes Room of St. Benedict Hall.