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The Bergen County Bar Foundation recently held its annual Law Day Mock Trial before Judge Bonnie Mizdol at the Bergen County Justice Center in Hackensack. The foundation used a grant from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation to invite students from each high school in the county to attend. Participants included students from Hackensack, Teaneck and Rutherford high schools as well as the Torah Academy. Volunteers from the bar took on roles as attorneys, plaintiffs, defendants and witnesses, and the students sat as jurors. This year, the foundation conducted a municipal court trial that promoted the Law Day theme: “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” Following the trial, the students were divided into juries and given the chance to deliberate.
“As in years past, this event has proven to be a successful educational tool for the students who participate,” said Thomas Loikith, the foundation’s president. “Both the students and the attorney volunteers gained a new perspective on the law.